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Camping Basics: How to Choose a Sleeping Bag
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Learn More About Sleeping Bags & Camp Bedding
Trail-Ready Comfort: Sleeping Bags & Bedding Buying Guide
Rest up for the night with ultra-comfortable sleeping bags, crafted for the campground.
Before you venture out into the great outdoors, bring along a few comforts from home like air mattresses, plush pillows, sleeping pads, cots and much more. Whether you're backpacking or just spending a few days at the cabin, sleeping bags are an essential.
Select from mummy-style sleeping bags, rectangular sleeping bags and sleeping bags for kids, all available in a variety of colors and styles. And don't forget to pick up the extras, like air pumps for your mattress, linen bags and straps for carrying. Turn to top brands for quality sleeping bags and camp bedding, like The North Face®, Marmot® and Field & Stream®.
Before you head outdoors, think about the temperature, climate and nature of your camping trip. These factors will impact which sleeping bag you should select:
- Mummy Sleeping Bags are cut for a wider space in the shoulders and a narrow fit in the leg and foot areas. This snug design minimizes dead air for efficient warmth in cold temperatures.
- Rectangular Sleeping Bags provide added space in the leg and shoulder areas, making them ideal for wide-frame backpackers, or those who move around frequently during sleep. Semi-rectangular bags provide a blend of both styles.
- Lightweight Sleeping Bags are great for warmer weather and when you are trying to lighten your load on a backpacking trip.
- Kids' sleeping bags are perfectly sized for little campers.
Consider the inner liner of your sleeping bag, and select a material that will feel comfortable as you rest. Browse everything from brushed flannel to innovative thermal reflective materials. For children, select space-saving youth sleeping gear with a smaller fit to keep little ones warm.
In what type of environment are you camping? If you're camping in a damp area or for an extended period of time, a cot or air mattress is likely the right choice for you.
Select between sleeping bags built with down or synthetic insulation material. Down provides plush, exceptional warmth at a lighter carry weight, while synthetic materials better handle wet weather and moisture.
You can get extra utility with a bag that features loops and pockets, which help stow away small items during your trip.