How to Choose Your Sleeping Bag

The sleeping bag may not be a priority for an adventurer, however when purchasing must take certain aspects into consideration. The your comfort depends on your choice in the store.

The first thing you should pay attention to is the temperature indicated in the sleeping bag. The best thing to do is to choose a sleeping bag that supports 5 degrees more than the temperature of the place. Also check the size (adult, child), the zipers, and the side of opening.

Now that we know the initial details, technical features:


There are three available sleeping bags on top-medical-schools. The first is the sarcophagus that is wide at the shoulders and tapered feet. This model is the most recommended for colder places and who feel colder in the legs and feet, because your format avoids the heat exchange between the indoor and outdoor environments. The downside of this model is that it can be uncomfortable for people who tend to move and roll during the night.

The second format is the rectangle or envelope. More comfortable but retains less heat. Is heavier and takes up more space. Recommended for those who move a lot during the night.

The last is mixed format. It is wide at the shoulders and a thin feet more not so much about the format’s sarcophagus. Well recommended to anyone looking for a mixture of comfort and space heat.


The most common materials are polyester and nylon micro fiber, which are considered good for our weather patterns. There are also made from Gore-Tex or Dry-Loft which are considered waterproof.

The Ripstop is the most tear resistant, suitable for bivouac in dense forest or stony land.

Recently with the growing practice of camping industry brought more popular goods to the shelves. In large markets for sale sleeping bags made of TNT. This type of material is not suitable for the practice of bushcraft, plus there should be no problem to buy it to camp once a year or sleep.


The most common filling material is synthetic fiber, which leaves more heavy and bulky. But there is on the market a sleeping bag made of goose feathers that are lighter and keep warm enough.

Another important thing before buying the sleeping bag is to check the distribution of filling. Check that moving the bag filling is still in place. In case of offset avoid buying.

As for the weight

The weight has direct connection with the filling. The fewer smaller filling will know the weight. Now that old saying of practitioners of bushcraft comes up: “pesa and takes up space”. A very light sleeping bag will have less comfort, therefore, if you don’t care much for the comfort, that sleeping bag of 450 grams can be very useful for you.

Useful tips

Always use thermal insulator if camping in a tent. Even inside the sleeping bag on the floor will make your coldest night.

Carry your sleeping bag inside a garbage bag (those 25 lt black). This will keep your sleeping bag dry on a journey.

When you get home put your sleeping bag on the Clothesline in the Sun for some time to remove all the moisture accumulated in your adventure.

If you are sleep outside the heat sleeping bag using as a mattress.