Settle In: Learn More About Sleeping Bags
Bundle up for the night with sleeping bags and bedding designed for the campground. Before you head into the great outdoors, select from a variety of air mattresses, sleeping pads, cots, pillows and much more.
Shop mummy-style and rectangular-shaped bags in a variety styles and colors. Bring the comforts of home into the outdoors with air mattresses, or roll up a lightweight sleeping pad for your next backpacking excursion.
Pick up the accessories you need, like air pumps, linen bags and straps.
The size of your sleeping bag is critical. Choose a bag that’s large enough for you to sleep soundly, but compact enough to minimize dead air for warmth. The general rule: Campground campers should opt for a larger bag for added room, while trail campers should look for a bag that is lightweight and more closely sized to your body. Consider the different sleeping bag shapes:
- Mummy sleeping bags are cut for wider space in the shoulders and a narrow fit in the leg and foot area. This snug design minimizes dead air for added, efficient warmth in cool temperatures
- Rectangular sleeping bags provide extra space in the leg and shoulder area, making them an ideal choice for wide-frame backpackers or those who move around frequently during sleep.
- Semi-rectangular bags provide a blend of both styles. These bags feature a tapered foot area and additional room in the torso, so campers benefit from both added warmth and room.
The insulation in your sleeping bag determines the level of warmth it will provide. Most bags are crafted with either synthetic or down insulation, sandwiched between the sleeping bag’s outer shell and inner lining. Also note carry weight and fill weight: Carry weight is how much the sleeping bag weighs, while fill weight is the weight of the insulation itself.
Synthetic insulation better handles wet weather and moisture, with a composition that traps air and increases warmth within the bag. Down insulation is woven from the fluffy undercoating of ducks and geese. Down is the best natural insulator—providing efficient, feather-light warmth. Do choose a down-insulated sleeping bag if there is any chance the bag will get wet.
Sleeping bags are optimized to provide warmth and coverage in the great outdoors. Consider the various components of a sleeping bag:
- Hood: Prevents heat from escaping the neck, head and shoulders. Hoods are shaped in a variety of designs, including form-fitting hoods for trail campers and flat hoods for campground and wilderness campers. Mummy sleeping bags feature draft collars, or tubes of insulation inside the hood.
- Chest Baffles: Tubes of insulation that wrap across the chest to prevent heat loss in the torso area.
- Footboxes: Eliminate dead air around the feet. Footboxes come in different shapes and sizes, from wide and roomy to form-fitting and snug.
- Outer Shell: Available in a variety of materials, including nylon, polyester, cotton and canvas duck. Nylon, cotton and poly-cottons are lightweight and soft, while canvas duck provides rugged protection in harsh conditions.