Just preparing the trip essentials and wondering which one to buy?? Any opinions or experiences?
I have a silk sleeping sheet/liner and it is wonderful when you are staying in places that may have less than hygienic sheets, plus they are extremely light to carry around. The only minus is that they wont keep you warm in colder conditions.
Sleeping bags are great for keeping warm and give you a lovely feeling of being cozy, but their size means that they are not my choice anymore. I have used them previously when I had had a car whilst travelling, but don't use them for backpacking.
I only travel with a sleeping bag liner (has a pillow cover 'hood') now - very small and light. Most accomodation places provide blankets, which together is usually plenty.
Even if I were to travel somewhere cold I'd be more likely to hire a sleeping bag at the destination, rather than take my own.
I agree with both Shane and Jo. I've just come back from the Baliem Valley in Papua which can get quite cold at night. All I took for the trip was a day pack, so obviously I only took a silk sleeping sheet. Although there was no way I could have got a sleeping bag in Wamena, I could buy or borrow blankets...
It depends on the activities that you intend to do along the way. If you plan to do some camping, then better bring a sleeping bag.
Recently, I regretted leaving mine behind when it got too cold and only had a silk liner that barely kept me warm. I had several cold, sleepless nights because of it.
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I agree with Hana, it does depend what kind of travelling and what you are going to be doing and where.
If you are planning to camp along some very cold wilderness then I would safely assume a sleeping bag would be a good investment and a good sacrifice in space.
If on the other hand you are going to mainly stay in towns, moving a lot, changing locations often etc.... then I reckon a sheet would be the far better option!
Thank you all for advise;-)
We will be moving a lot but we are not excluding the possibility of camping etc. I guess we can always rent them;-)
one more question related to the subject ;-) Cotton or silk or it does not matter??
Silk. It's lighter and packs into a much smaller stuff bag.
Silk, if you can afford it, definitely! Although I think I ended up making my own once which was in fact cotton but I was very envious of friends who had the silk ones!
yes there is a price difference ;-) 10£ per cotton vs 30£ per silk so wanted to know if it is worth the difference;-)thanks for your reply guys;-)
Silk for sure - worth the difference - very comfortable.
I agree with Shane the extra money is worth it.
It depends what your motto is...mine is "Preparation is everything"...so if I need a sleeping bag...I take one...but only one with a compression bag...and leave it somewhere if I do not want to carry it. As for the inner liner...mandatory & silk everytime...lighter, hygienic & quick drying if washed...but I wouldn't pay the prices you quoted!
thank you all for advise ;-) we are getting the silk ones.