How to Choose Sleeping Bags for Camping?

Camping is a fun and amazing way to spend time with your family or friends. You get to enjoy the amazing feel of nature and sleep under the stars. As long as you have the right kind of food and proper gear, you will definitely enjoy camping.

One of the most important things that you should never forget to get as you go camping is a sleeping bag. The big task is knowing how to choose sleeping bags for camping. There are a number of factors that you should consider as you get you camping sleeping bag.

The Temperature

Different sleeping bags have different temperature ratings. This helps you know the average temperature that will keep you warm while camping. If for instance a sleeping bag is ’30-degree bag,’ this means that you should still be fine even if the air temperature drops to no lower than 30 degrees. The manufacturer of course assumes that you will use a sleeping pad under the bag as well as wear warm sleeping clothes. Different manufactures have different ratings on sleeping bags. However, camping bags usually have a temperature rating of +15 degrees & 50 degrees.


Compared to backpacking bags, camping bags have more room making them more comfortable. Sleeping bags come in different shapes and sizes. There are rectangular sleeping bags, mummy bags, barrel shaped and double wide sleeping bags. Most of these can be used for both backpacking and camping. Just chose a shape that you are most comfortable with to suit your needs.

Type of Insulation on the Sleeping bag

Sleeping bags are either made of synthetic insulation or goose down insulation. Synthetic insulation is strong and dries quickly. It is affordable but if you are looking to use your sleeping bag for backpacking as well, it might not serve the purpose.

Goose down insulation is more durable and is easy to compress compared to synthetic insulation. It is however a bit higher on the price. When Goose down insulation gets wet it loses its insulating power.

Well, these are the most important aspects that you should look at as you choose sleeping bags for camping. Keep in mind that there are kids as well as women’s sleeping bags as well that are ideally designed to suit their needs.

You may also read

Fun Camping Gadgets
Camping Basics