When a great day of wilderness exploration is over, or the festival winds down for the night, all campers need a cozy, secure place to sleep. A sleeping bag is the obvious choice for many people that are out for the weekend. They are simple and easy to pack. Many people are used to the old-fashioned rectangular bags. They are basic designs we know from school camps – a padded piece of material with an opening at the top and a zip don’t the size. These days we can do a lot better than that for a more enjoyable night’s sleep.
Some people will appreciate mummy bags and “human” bags for great comfort
Mummy bags are not bags for the matriarch of the family, but rather a more constrictive, cozier sleeping bag for more warmth and comfort. This bag tapers at the feet for a snug fit, and some have an additional hood for heat retention. There are also some designers that have taken this further with the human sleeping bag. This is a sleeping bag/onesie style hybrid system with arms, legs and a hood. The opposite approach here is the 2 person sleeping bag. 2-person bags are great for couples camping out in their little pop up tents. They can enjoy a cozier experience sharing this sleeping bag, as it can be difficult to cuddle up at night with individual bags.
Then there are tougher sleeping bags for solo campers out in harsher conditions
Many campers have four season tents now, so why not pair that with a 4 season sleeping bag. This is a model that can handle the elements and cold night with more ease. There are some great hollow fiber beds in a mummy style with better temperature protection. Some are suitable down to to -15 degrees. These options are still light and portable, and have waterproof linings in case of issues with the rain. Some solo travelers may also appreciate sleeping bag with a little extra security for peace of mind. There are designs with zip covers, to stop it coming undone in the night, and sometimes inner pockets for valuable items.
Then there are some really weird designs that stand out from the crowd
Some designers focus on the look of the bag over the features, especially when catering for kids and festival-goers. They include shark attack sleeping bags, weird creatures and pizza slices. This is quirky, but not necessarily practical. The shark attack one could give kids nightmare on a dark night and the pizza isn’t that waterproof. The jury is still out on the chair sleeping bag. The addition of the stool legs might be more practical for some, but is still questionable in regard to comfort.
The important thing to do is find a design that suits the trip, not a quirky design. A weird sea slug camping bag could be a conversation starter around a camp fire, but might not offer the warmth and protection for long periods outdoors. Look at the shape, the materials and the practical features of a new sleeping bag. Find that middle ground between quirky and functional.