“I’m going to the woods to rough it, so I’m going to rough it! I won’t need a sleeping bag.”

Bringing an old pillow and a blanket may seem like enough, but you may soon find that the air and the ground can get very cold once the sun goes down, even in temperate climates.

Turning your back on modern conveniences and roughing it in the great outdoors can be a refreshing, enjoyable and revitalizing experience. The notion of getting closer to nature by sleeping on the ground under a blanket of stars certainly sounds romantic. However, without a good sleeping bag to protect you from the hard, cold ground, your well-earned week-long vacation can quickly become seven days of backaches and sleepless nights. A miserable night's sleep could ruin your long-planned vacation for you and all those around you.

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Adult sleeping bag for camping in temperatures as low as 30 degrees Fahrenheit

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A right zipper one and left zipper one can be zipped together to double sleeping bag for couple or family uses.

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Kids' sleeping bag for camping in mild temperatures as low as 50 degrees F

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Youth sleeping bag for camping in mild temperatures as low as 45 degrees F

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You'll forget you're camping in this sleeping bag with soft poly-flannel lining;

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use as a bag or unzip completely flat for use as a two-person quilt

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Soft polyester lining wicks away moisture and Comfort mummy fit

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crafted with high quality water-resistant 210T polyester, lined with TC fabric and filled with luxurious cotton that works together for cloud-like comfort

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Consider This When Choosing a Sleeping Bag

A sleeping bag will keep you warm by trapping a layer of air around your body. As your body heat acts upon this layer of non-circulating air, it warms it up, and the sleeping bag insulates it (and you) from the colder outside air. Size and type come into play here as the less air there is inside your bag, the quicker that air will warm up.

There are several varieties, styles, and features available on modern sleeping bags. Manufacturers design them for situations ranging from a weekend stay at a state park to extended sub-zero survival conditions. Which one you choose should be based on how (and how often) you plan to use it, and, of course, how much you want to spend. It is crucial that you have all your needs met, but it's not necessary to spend money on features you'll never need based on your camping circumstances.

Sleeping Bag Temperature Ratings

The label of your potential sleeping bag should display the temperature rating assigned to that model of sleeping bag. The temperature rating is the range of temperature at which a particular sleeping bag can be expected to keep you warm. If the label says, “20-degree bag,” it's designed to maintain your comfort level at an outside temperature no lower than 20 degrees Fahrenheit.

Manufacturers calculate these ratings with the understanding that the user has a sleeping pad under the bag and is wearing long underwear. Also, know that these are just guidelines, and your metabolism and cold resistance may be above or below the norm.

In some bags, ratings may be accompanied (or replaced) by an indicator of the bag rating. For example, if the label reads “Summer Season,” it will be rated from +35 degrees Fahrenheit and higher. If the label reads “3-Season,” that means it's rated from +10 to +35 degrees Fahrenheit. And if the label says “Winter,” it will be rated at 0 to +10 degrees. Most sleeping bags have a rating of from +15F to +50F.

When shopping for a sleeping bag, remember to choose one with a slightly lower temperature rating than you would typically expect in your camping area. You'll be ready for a cold snap, and you can always open it a bit to let some cool air in if it is warmer than you anticipated.

Four Main Sleeping Bag Shapes

As mentioned before, the shape and size of your sleeping bag will influence how fast the air inside will warm up and how easy it will be to maintain that warmth. However, you'll find that there are other advantages and disadvantages to different shapes of sleeping bags.

Rectangular

Most sleeping bags are rectangular. This shape offers comfort with roominess. Also, if you have two sleeping bags with the same zipper, they can be attached to create something akin to a queen-sized sleeping bag. This roominess allows you to accommodate two or more people to share their collective body heat.

Barrel-shaped

Designed for backpacking and camping, this tapered design provides an increased thermal transfer of body heat to the air. This sleeping bag offers greater heat retention without the constriction of a mummy type bag.

Mummy

Designed for backpacking and camping, this tapered design provides an increased thermal transfer of body heat to the air. This sleeping bag offers greater heat retention without the constriction of a mummy type bag.

​​​​Sleeping Bag Insulation Types

The type of insulation you choose impacts your comfort, particularly in cold-weather camping. Whether you decide on natural or synthetic materials depends on personal preference. However, make sure you choose according to the climate.

Synthetic Insulation

The choice of most campers and sleeping bag manufacturers, synthetic insulation offers excellent performance at a lower price than some other materials. Customarily fabricated of polyester, the main advantages of synthetic insulation are its ability to insulate when slightly wet and its quick-drying capability. It is more durable and less expensive than down-filled bags, and it is non-allergenic. On the downside, it doesn’t compress down as much for storage, making it less suited for hiking and backpacking.

Goose-down Insulation 

Goose-down provides a lighter and more compressible option than synthetic fill. However, this convenience usually comes at a bit of a higher price than synthetic. The negative aspect of goose-down is that it is almost useless if it gets wet. Some bags feature a fill that is more water resistant. But, again, you'll find them with a higher price tag.

Sleeping Bag Hoods

If you find yourself out in nature during colder temperatures, it can be a significant advantage to have a built-in hood. Closing with a drawstring, this feature will prevent heat loss through the top of the bag as well as from your exposed head. Several models include a pocket you can fill with clothing to form a thick pillow.

Now that you know the basics of sleeping bag construction, let’s look at some of the models of 2018.

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The biggest name in outdoor recreation rates high with this classic sleeping bag. Everyone in the family will be happy to use a Coleman Palmetto for campsite sleeping. You'll find it easily affordable for the occasional camper, but durable enough for more frequent use. Temperature rated to 30 degrees Fahrenheit, this unit may be a bit cumbersome for children to manage.

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This lightweight, dual-purpose bag from Clostnature suits year-round camping. Waterproof and insulated with 100 percent hollow polyester fiber, it provides sleeping comfort down to 15 degrees Fahrenheit. On cold winter nights, use the mummy hood to keep your head warm. With zippered side and bottom air vents, the temperature inside is adjustable for warmer weather. Its extra length will accommodate a 6-foot camper comfortably.

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It's no surprise that the biggest name in family camping should make a perfect sleeping bag for the kids. This low-priced starter unit will keep the youngsters happy on family camping trips or sleep-overs with their friends. Built as sturdy and durable as its bigger brother, the Illumi-Bug boasts of the same fill material, tough fabric, and quality construction as the models for grown-ups.

However, Coleman has added some features just for the kids. They have added detailing that glows in the dark as well as an interior pocket for flashlights or the favorite stuffed sleeping buddy. Temperature rated down to 45 degrees Fahrenheit, this unit also comes in at a lower price than most adult bags. While its major drawback in the adult’s eyes will be that it is too small to be used by larger family members, most children may see that as a plus.

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Too big for the Ilumi-Bug, but still not quite cozy enough in a bigger bag? Coleman comes through again with the Plum Fun. Not only will you find it the perfect size for larger kids but is also an ideal fit for smaller adults at 65 by 25 inches. This warm and cozy bag is lightweight and features a built-in mini-pillow. The Plum Fun is also easy to set up and easy to pack.

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At the other end of the size spectrum, we find the Teton Sports XLL Celsius. If you have disliked sleeping in the woods because you're just plain too tall or too big for conventional sleeping bags, Teton Sports may have just what you are looking for. Finally, you'll enjoy your family camping trips. At a full 90 by 39 inches, the XXL Celsius is tall enough for you to stretch out your legs and wide enough for you to shift your sleeping positions without feeling constricted.

And this bag isn’t just an oversized niche novelty product. Besides being big and roomy, this bag is temperature rated to 0 degrees Fahrenheit, stuffed with padding, and featuring both right and left-hand zippers. As could be expected, this bag is more substantial than most at 7 pounds, but that may be a small price to pay to be able to sleep comfortably in the great outdoors.

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If you are hiking or backpacking to a remote campsite, weight is a vitally important consideration when choosing your sleeping bag. The Therm-A-Rest Corus HD Quilt serves just that purpose. It weighs a mere 1 pound, 6 ounces. Filled with Nikwax Hydroponic Down, it's both cozy warm and resistant to moisture. Their ThermaCapture seams reduce heat loss, and an elastic band above the foot area provides additional stability and warmth for your feet.

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In some situations, it will become necessary to camp out in some nasty weather. In wet conditions, synthetic-fill is always the best, but Mountain Hardware has taken this concept to the extreme with its HyperLamina Flame bag.

Having produced foul-weather gear for years, Mountain Hardware has designed a sleeping bag that touches all the bases of bad weather innovation. Their laminated construction has eliminated the need for seams that would allow cold air and water to creep in. The Thermal-Q insulation of the lining and shell alters thickness at critical points to focus its warmth on your feet and your core.

Temperature rated at just 20 degrees Fahrenheit, this mummy design bag weighs only 2 pounds, 8 ounces. The center zipper placement, as well as the hood design, will keep out the drafts from around your head to further contain your internal heat.

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Camping can be a highly romantic adventure for couples. Whether kindling a new relationship or rekindling an existing one, nothing is more romantic than snuggling under the stars and being serenaded by the sounds of nature.

This Ohuhu bag is perfect for such occasions. This bag temperature rating comes in at a chilly 30 degrees Fahrenheit. With a polyester shell, the thick cotton fill will keep you and yours warm and cozy till the dawn. The customizable configuration should make for a carefree, romantic evening. Comes the dawn, this bag and it's two included camp pillows packs easily into its carrying sack.

To Zip It Up...

Choosing your sleeping bag can be a lot like deciding on a winter coat. It can be a far more personal decision than just rushing to the store and grabbing the first one you see on the shelf.

Some people head out on their adventure with an SUV packed to the dome light with provisions and supplies. If that is your style, you will not have to be as discriminating about your sleeping bag. You may want to purchase the thickest and most comfortable one you can find. After all, carrying the weight of a thick sleeping bag will not be an issue.

However, if you are going on a more spartan trek where the weight you must carry will be a deciding factor, you'll need a sleeping bag that can provide warmth and comfort as well as be compressible and weigh as little as possible. Whatever your backwoods adventure, hopefully, this list will help you make a decision that you can sleep with, no matter what the circumstances.

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