Of course, there are many considerations when deciding to go camping. First off, should you go to a campground or find a wildlife park? What season should you go? Most people go in the summer, although you can comfortably camp in the spring, summer, or fall. The two major considerations are the sleeping bag and the tent. Luckily, sleeping bags come in three main types: Warm weather, three season, and cold weather. Three season sleeping bags are the best for the average camper. The other consideration, the tent, depends on how many people you decide to take and how much gear you are bringing.
When couples go camping, they do not always like to sleep in separate sleeping bags. This is why many companies have decided to create double sleeping bags. As the name implies, these are roomy enough to allow two people to sleep in the same bag. These specially designed sleeping bags also convert into two separate single bags. They keep you warm and toasty all night even in cold, damp weather. When the temperature takes a dip to the lower side, you also have the added advantage of having another person’s body heat to keep you warm.
When looking for a good double sleeping bag, you should note qualities such as cold weather rating, softness, durability, and weight. A good choice for camping is the Coleman Hudson double sleeping bag. This bag weighs only eight and a half pounds, is rated down to ten degrees Fahrenheit, and has a soft flannel lining, with features such as a cowl shaped pillow and pockets for valuables. It is ninety inches long, including the pillow, and filled with Coletherm insulation.
Another good decision is a Coleman double sleeping bag, the Hibernation, which also utilizes Coletherm insulation to keep the warmth in, and is rated down to forty-degree weather. The Hibernation double sleeping bag contains six pounds of insulation, weighs fifteen pounds, and is seventy-seven inches long. It features a snag-free zipper design, and as with most double bags, this bag can be unzipped and turned into two separate single bags. On the inside, there is comfortable, soft cotton lining, as well as a cotton shell that makes this bag very quiet as compared to polyester shelled bags.
If looking for lightweight sleeping accommodations, you might want to look at the Nordikcamping double sleeping bag. Another three-season sleeping bag, this can accommodate most cool weather temperatures, down to near freezing. This also weighs about ten pounds, making for an excellent backpacking sleeping bag. The filling is hollow polyester fiber, which traps warm air to keep you warm. Two more good points are the fact that this bag is machine washable, and has a metal zipper that is less likely to jam.
When camping with only one other person, you may want to consider a 4 man tent. As the name implies, these tents can comfortably sleep four people. Unfortunately, you cannot fit four people and all their gear in these tents. Most campers buy these tents for two people, as both the people and the gear can fit comfortably in the tent. In general, only half of the advertised people can sleep comfortably in any tent. The only exception to this rule is if you are traveling as light as possibly, were it would be more practical to buy the smallest, lightest tent. A 6 man tent is only different from a 4 man tent in that it is generally one third larger. These tents are better for camping parties of three to four people who want to share the same tent.
Of course, not everyone who is camping will want to share a sleeping bag with someone, but in extreme temperatures, it is a wise decision. These are also practical if you want to go on a camping trip with your significant other. When deciding on what kind of sleeping accommodations you will have, it is important to take into consideration what kind of weather you will be having. You will need to know whether you will need waterproof gear or a sleeping bag that stays warm when wet. Obviously, though, the most important thing is to have fun while you are camping, and not spend time worrying about whether you picked the right sleeping bag.
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