Where do you time out when you are spending time in the wilderness? A lot of outdoor freaks are freezing out there, so let’s take a moment and think about what can be done to feel nice and relaxed when you are in the nature.
First of all, you need a nice quality sleeping bag. I prefer down sleeping bags, which I feel are warmer than most other types of sleeping bags.
There are both advantages and disadvantages to down sleeping bags. A major advantage is the weight and the way down sleeping bags can be compressed if you apply a bit of force. If you do it correctly, you can probably force most down sleeping bags into a small bag so it doesn’t take up much space in your backpack.
It is difficult to compress down sleeping bags as much as is actually possible, but luckily all manufacturers gives you a nice bag with several compression straps when you choose to buy one of their products. Without the compression straps, it would be impossible for all of us to compress our down sleeping bags as much as needed when we need to squeeze them down in our backpacks.
Unlike synthetic sleeping bags, down sleeping bags are worthless if they become wet. Not a problem for most weekend campers, but probably worth thinking about if you want to go camping in the Alps.
It will be a disaster for your expedition if you end up with a wet sleeping bag that can’t keep you warm. If you are not able to stay warm during the night, you will need to turn around and go back home. You might therefore wish to consider the choice between synthetic sleeping bags and down sleeping bags carefully if you are going somewhere where you can’t just turn around and go home.
Another disadvantage is the price tag. Down sleeping bags tend to be more expensive than synthetic sleeping bags, so you might need to consider something else if you are on a budget. But be aware, it’s possible to find down sleeping bags in all price ranges on the internet.
Thin down sleeping bags are almost always cheaper than thick down sleeping bags, so if you are on a budget, you might want to try a little trick. Buy a thinner sleeping bag than you need and then also buy a good sleeping bag liner which costs very little and effectively increase the comfort temperature by several degrees. You can use this trick with both synthetic sleeping bags and down sleeping bags, but because of the price of down sleeping bags, it is especially recommended for that type.