Sleeping Bag Accessories: Hiking ain’t no fun if you haven’t had a good nights sleep, and so far on the other pages we’ve covered quite a lot of detail about tents and sleeping bags, but there are a couple of accessories which can help you to sleep even more peacefully on your backpacking adventure.
Helping You To a Good Nights Sleep on Your Hike
Best Sleeping Bag Accessories For Comfortable Camping
Sleeping Bag Pillows – many backpackers sleeping bags have a pocket at the head which you can stuff with your hiking clothes to make a nice pillow to rest your weary head, but a self inflating pillow can make things even more comfy (you know how you always end up with a not so soft bit of your clothes sticking up, no matter which way you stuff that pillow compartment in your sleeping bag).
For those who really do like all the comforts of home whilst they are in the middle of the wilderness (and don’t mind carrying the little extras in their backpack . . . or hubby’s backpack) then a self inflating (or even not self inflating, but one that needs a little bit of puff power) can really help you to get a good nights sleep.
Sleeping bag straps – some backpacks have a separate compartment in which to carry your sleeping bag whilst you are hiking, others don’t but have straps which you can use to fasten your sleeping bag securely onto your backpack. Well, you can buy these separately if you need to, and securely attach your sleeping bag to the exterior of your backpack (but with quick release fastenings for when you get tired).
Sleeping bag stuff sacks – are usually supplied with your sleeping bag and really do make a big difference to the volume of sleeping bag you have to carry.
Trash liners inside your sleeping bag stuff sack, so your sleeping bag is effectively inside a trash liner then inside the stuff sack will help to keep your sleeping bag dry when the heavens open. You really do not want a wet sleeping bag, that’s not good for sleeping in at all.
Sleeping Bag Liners
What Are They and Do I Need One?
Sleeping Bag Liners are considered as one of the important sleeping bag accessories and a great way to keep you extra snugly in your sleeping bag, whilst helping to keep the sleeping bag clean (remember, you might not have showered for a few days and your poor sleeping bag will get the worst of your backpacking or hiking grime), and, if you get too hot you can always fore go the sleeping bag altogether on your hiking trip and just sleep in the liner.
Sleeping Bag Liners can add up to 15 degrees of extra warmth, so it really does help to make your sleeping bag suitable for a wide range of temperatures . . . beats buying lots of different sleeping bags for different types of hiking and backpacking trips at different times of the year.
Sleeping Bag Liners are like the silk sheets which make your already comfortable bed even more attractive, especially after you’ve spent a good few hours hiking the trails.
That fleece one sure looks cozy, but I do like the feeling of sleeping on soft silk . . . that’s just me I guess! Remember that the fleece one will be more bulky and heavier in your back pack too!
Make sure that you get a sleeping bag liner which is the same shape as your sleeping bag. A mummy shaped sleeping bag liner would be pretty annoying if your normal sleeping bag has room to maneuver, but on the other hand, you really don’t want a rectangular liner crushed inside a mummy sleeping bag . . . it would make it all wrinkly . . . a wrinkly mummy, that’s a first!