Camping is one of the most exciting things you can do on a holiday. It gets even more exciting when you are part of a group out in the mountains or deep in the forest. The stories told around a campfire last a lifetime in the mind. Apart from the tents, camping sleeping bags are the next most important items you should have. The choice depends on the weather you expect to find at the camping site. Camping sleeping bags are classified under different categories according to their durability and reliability in certain weather conditions. They are categorized according to temperature rating.
Temperature ratings refer to the temperature range in which a person will be able to enjoy a good sleep within a particular sleeping bag. Extreme temperature ratings refer to the very lowest temperature a sleeping bag is suitable for. If a sleeping bag is used in temperatures below that which is recommended, it will be ineffective at keeping the occupant warm. With that said, when you buy a sleeping bag, you need to bear in mind that the temperature ratings are only there to act as a guide.
If you take your camping seriously, and you enjoy a little bit of extra comfort, a good camping mat should also be packed in, together with all your other campaign stuff. Camping mats are very effective at providing insulation between the ground and you when you’re in your sleeping bag. Many campers even say that it’s impossible to get a good night’s sleep without a camping mat, no matter how low a camping sleeping bag is rated.
As one goes camping, it is important to consider the kind of clothing one will carry. Since most camping takes place in rugged rough places, always carry a set of warm clothing to protect yourself from the cold weather at night. The clothing should always be dry because dry clothes are a poor conductor of heat.
As mentioned earlier, one should always take possible weather changes into consideration when you go camping. If the weather remains dry and calm, you will be fine with camping sleeping bags rated at 10F, but if there are strong, cold winds blowing, you may need something better. Ideally, it is always best to choose sleeping bags which have micro-fiber shells, in that they are the most effective at keeping the cold out.
Humidity is something else which also needs to be taken into consideration, bearing in mind that air is a poor conductor of heat during dry weather. Damp air is better at conducting heat. In other words, during times when the humidity is high, sleeping bags with a temperature rating of 35F will probably be inadequate, whereas they would be fine if the air was dry.
As previously stated, the temperature ratings only provide guidance to the camper regarding the bag to select. However, the ratings should not be considered as the absolute determinants because people have different tolerance levels. Some people are able to tolerate cold weather better than others are. Men can withstand more severe weather than women can. The bag you choose should be one that fits your unique individual needs.
Temperature ratings do act as a useful guide, and they’re certainly not something you should choose to ignore, but what’s even more important, is that you make sure the bag of your choice fits you comfortably. You also need to make sure there are no holes in the draft flaps and the hood. Lastly but not least, as with all your other camping stuff, you should only rent or purchase camping sleeping bags from reputable dealers.