Good sleep = energy!
A good night’s sleep always helps on expedition so it’s important to have a sleeping bag designed to give you comfort at the lowest minimum temperature. There’s plenty of choice, so it pays to look around and work out what’s right for your adventure.
Most sleeping bags are rated for how many seasons they are useful:
– 1 or 2 = summer
– 3 = spring or autumn
– 4 or 5 = winter or extreme cold
Check the temperature range for which the sleeping bag can offer you comfort and safety. Remember, there’s no need for a heavy 4-season bag if you’re sleeping in a warm location in summer.
An outdoor sleeping bag is usually made of synthetic or down material.
Synthetic is cheaper and heavier, and offers more insulation when wet. Down is light, compact and very warm – but more expensive and only insulates when dry.
Vango Nitestar series
Vango Latitude series
Vango Venom series
Vango Ultralite series
Lifeventure Cotton AXP Sleepers
Rectangle or Mummy
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All Duke of Edinburgh’s Award recommended sleeping bags are snug ‘mummy’ shape for outdoor use, with compression sacks to pack small. A 3-season bag should be fine for any Award level.
Sleeping mats give you extra insulation and comfort when camping. Use standard padded mats, or self-inflating mats for that extra level of comfort.
A yoga or pilates mat isn’t suitable for sleeping outdoors. You may only need a three-quarter length mat to keep your shoulders and waist comfy.
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A good sleeping bag can last you for many years, be a really great value addition to your camping kit, and there are lots of ways to keep your kit costs down:
For DofE Adults’ discounts, click here.