We have all experienced the use of a sleeping bag at one time or another. Whether we used a sleeping bag at a sleep over at a friend’s house or on a camping trip it was something we enjoyed and saw it as something of an adventure in using it. But what do we know about the sleeping bag other than it is warm and cozy and makes us feel secure?
The one thing we are sure of when it comes to knowing something about our sleeping bag is that is keeps us warm. But did you know it does this using your own body heat? The sleeping bag is insulated with different kinds of fibers which may be natural or synthetic. These fibers trap your body heat and use it to keep you warm. In order for your sleeping bag to keep you warm you should not bundle up when you get into it. The more clothing you have on when you are in your sleeping bag the less warmth your sleeping bag will produce. This happens because the clothing you have piled on is retaining the heat that your sleeping bag would be using to keep you warm.
There are three basic styles of sleeping bags and they are: rectangular, tapered or mummy style, and cocoon. Although many people like the rectangular style the tapered (mummy) and the cocoon styles are the more preferred especially when the weather is intense. The materials that the sleeping bags are made of are: flannel, nylon and poly-cotton blends. Each is good in its own way, i.e. flannel is comfortable, warm, and is soft to the skin; nylon does not hold moisture in and dry quicker than the other materials; and poly-cotton are the strongest and are best where the terrain is rougher.
Choose your sleeping bag according to the temperature and the weather where the sleeping bag will be used.