How To Choose: Sleeping Bag

When you’re out camping or on a multi day hike you’re going to need something to sleep in.  You’ve already got your tent but you’ll need to keep warm when you sleep.  Decathlon has a range of sleeping bags and sleeping gear to make your outdoors trips much easier.

Temperature

First thing’s first, you’ll need to know the temperature of the place you’re camping in.  Sleeping bags typically have a temperature rating from anywhere between 0°C and 25°C.  If it’s going to be raining or cold you’d do better to look for a bag that’s’ better suited to that environment.  You should also be realistic with your expectations and requirements.  If you’re going somewhere cool but not freezing, don’t pick up a 0°C sleeping bag, you’ll overheat, sweat too much, and just generally be uncomfortable.  For a simple family camping trip don’t worry too much about getting a bag that’s not warm enough, you can always layer up and put on more clothes.

Size

Sleeping bags come in a variety of sizes, just like people.  Make sure you get a sleeping bag that you’ll fit into lying flat without your head sticking out too much.  Many sleeping bags have a section for you to fit a pillow while others might zip all the way to the top covering you up.  You’ll also want to consider how much space the bag takes up both when rolled out and packed.  If it’s too long for your tent that could cause problems, and if it doesn’t fit in with everything else you’ve packed you’ll need to sacrifice some of your other gear to make room.  This one can be hard to work out without some trial but with our return policy it’s easy to send it back and pick up another.

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Padding/Mattress

When you’re out in nature the floor isn’t going to be as soft as your bed at home.  You could be camping on the beach or a rock face or anything else you stumble upon.  The padding in some sleeping bags might be enough to alleviate some of the discomfort but when there’s one tree root that you just can’t avoid digging into your spine at 2am you’re going to want some extra protection.  

Decathlon offers a range of mattresses and camping beds, that range from simple mats to inflatable mattresses, which can be used to avoid the sticks and stones preventing a good night’s sleep.  If you’re normally a heavy sleeper you might be able to get away with just the sleeping bag or a rollout mat.  If you’re a lighter sleeper you might want to pick up an inflatable mattress. Similar to your sleeping bag, make sure the thing fits where you’re intending to set it up, but also keep in mind it’s not going to be comparable to your mattress at home.

Alternatives

Maybe you can’t stand sleeping bags, maybe you just like a challenge.  You don’t need to sleep in a sleeping bag if you don’t want to, you could always set up a hammock or dress up an inflatable mattress with some sheets.  Sheets are probably an easier option if you’re camping and will have an established place to sleep for multiple nights.  If you’re moving around a lot while climbing or hiking you’ll want something quick to set up and easy to put away.  Hammocks are pretty simple devices that are easy to hang if you’ve got the right gear or environment.

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Now that you’ve got an idea of what you need to consider have a look at the Decathlon range of sleeping bags, and you can also view our range of mattresses and sheets/hammocks.

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