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Do Youth Hostels still have rules about sheet sleeping bags and their design?
13 years ago, January 9th 2009 No: 1 Msg: #59412  
My dad backpacked Europe in the 70's and the YHA etc. had rules about you bringing your own sheet sleeping bag designed to exacting specifications. I haven't heard a word on this in any of my research so far. Are these rules still around?

Also, I'm interested in buying one of the silk versions of these bags online as they are more lightweight and dry quickly. Has anyone used one? Is it worth the extra cost?

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13 years ago, January 9th 2009 No: 2 Msg: #59418  
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Hi Stacey,

Welcome to TravelBlog.

A lot of YHs provide sheets in the price, or rent them. I have a cotton one and have used it quite a lot. Reply to this

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13 years ago, January 9th 2009 No: 4 Msg: #59420  
I've done a it of research and have found this sleep sheet on ebay which is a great price but I wonder if it's so cheap because it'll fall apart quickly.
There's also Jagbag liners but they're seriously expensive. Then there's Sea to Summit liners. On another blog site those two brands were recommended. Do you think I should risk getting the cheaper ebay one (it looks ok in the photo's) or go with a more expensive but durable Endura silk version?

This research is creating more questions than answers I'm realising! Reply to this

13 years ago, January 9th 2009 No: 5 Msg: #59431  
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Check on TradeMe too; sleeping bag liners.

I would go for the cheaper end of the new ones. I have a cotton one, so can't comment on the silk ones really. Reply to this

13 years ago, January 9th 2009 No: 6 Msg: #59446  
Some hostels in Europe dont allow sleeping bags to be used in the beds. Most/all of the hostels provide sheets. Some charge for the sheets but most dont. I wouldnt bother to buy sleeping bag liners. You can put your entire sleeping bag in the washing machine if it you want it cleaner. The only time I would ever bother with taking sheets is if I am going to a country where clean beds are not usual. There are no countries in Europe that fit into that cathegory. Reply to this

13 years ago, January 10th 2009 No: 7 Msg: #59567  
Oh I'm not planning on taking a sleeping bag Mell. Don't most hostels have rules against you using them? I thought it was a rule that you have a sleep sheet.

Thanks for the link Jo. Reply to this

13 years ago, January 10th 2009 No: 8 Msg: #59625  
Yeah, a lot of hostels have rules against using sleeping bags in the beds. Most hostels in Europe these days provide sheets so you dont usually need to have your own. Reply to this

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13 years ago, January 13th 2009 No: 10 Msg: #60011  
Not in europe but eleswhere in the world some hostels ban the use of sleeping bags and liners, maybe to charge ect for sheets?.......who knows

I had a cotton liner were i thought the hygiene levels may have been a little on the low side and it did me fine and was cheap and was ditched at the end of my trip, so depndig on how much use you think you may have for it, then id just get a cheap one.

Take care

Mike😊 Reply to this

13 years ago, January 13th 2009 No: 11 Msg: #60028  
Thanks Mike!

The one I'm looking at is actually one of the more expensive ones on the market (the Jagbag DeLux in Edura silk). I'm trying to think of it as an investment. I'd like to keep it for future use and be ready for all possibilities. I'm a bit worried that if I buy a cheap one it might tear half way through my trip and that would be a pain in the butt. Gah, I hate making decisions!

My biggest question is, in places where you're expected to use sleep sheets, do they have to be of a particular design (ie. have an extra flap that will fold over the blanket on top of you?)
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13 years ago, January 13th 2009 No: 12 Msg: #60035  
I usually go for cheap and cheerful, easy come and easy go when it comes to travel stuff. It saves the stress of having to look after it too much. Things get lost and stolen and damaged.

I'm a bit worried that if I buy a cheap one it might tear half way through my trip and that would be a pain in the butt.


If that happens you can buy another, if you need a sheet.

do they have to be of a particular design


I have never come accross such a rule in any hostel I have stayed in.
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13 years ago, January 13th 2009 No: 13 Msg: #60037  
Thanks Mell! I think I'll have to give up the idea of the Jagbag. It's an escessive expense. And at the end of the day, I'd be really pissed if it got stolen (I guess that tells me all I need to know huh?) Reply to this

13 years ago, January 13th 2009 No: 14 Msg: #60044  
Your wisdom has prevailed Mell and rather than buying the AUD$70 Jagbag liner I was in love with, I've opted for a more practical AUD$30 burgundy silk, 2 year guaranteed version from ebay. Still not as cheap as a cotton one, but it's a compromise. (And it's my favourite colour. I figure if I'm desperate I could use it as a shawl or something like I saw on another website. :p) Thanks for your advice! Reply to this

13 years ago, January 13th 2009 No: 15 Msg: #60062  
Silk and your favourite colour! Well, that should keep you happy at night. 😉 Reply to this

13 years ago, January 13th 2009 No: 16 Msg: #60085  
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I haven't heard much about the sheet liner thingys. I leave for Central America soon. Should I use one? are they really needed? I planned on just using my sleeping bag.

Thanks
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13 years ago, January 13th 2009 No: 17 Msg: #60086  
I think you can just use your sleeping bag when camping if you dont mind sleeping in an unlaundered thing for a while. When I was in C. America all the hotel beds I slept in had sheets. In Ecuador there are scabies in a lot of the beds but the stuff to get rid of them is readily available in the pharmacies there. I forget the name of the stuff. You could find out and keep it handy to show the pharmacist if you need it. I think you will find what it is called in the Lonely Planet book for Ecuador. If you dont want to risk picking them up at all it may be wise to always use you sleeping bag there. Reply to this

13 years ago, January 13th 2009 No: 18 Msg: #60099  
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I don't mind the unlaunderedness of the bag, I am just curious about how the hostels operate. Sounds like it should be fine though. If I make my way to Ecuador, then I will really look for one before hand. Thanks! Reply to this

13 years ago, January 14th 2009 No: 19 Msg: #60179  
Id say with a cheap sleep liner if it tears you can always get it repaired and it would still be cheaper than the expensive one........when in Asia my friends rucksack got torn and he got it fixed for less than a bottle of chang beer😊 Reply to this

13 years ago, January 15th 2009 No: 20 Msg: #60238  
Oh! I hadn't even thought about the cost of fixing things. Although I'd say Europe would cost more than Asia. Reply to this

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