Sleeping bag or sleeping bag liner?
I have often seen the debate of ‘should I or shouldn’t I take a sleeping bag with me?’ posted in travel forums and it was something I thought about before I left for my RTW trip. In the end, I decided not to take a sleeping bag with me because I wanted to travel as light as possible and the backpack I had did not have the capacity to carry a sleeping bag with everything else I was taking with me.
For me, it was the right decision because, when I needed one for trekking, I was able to hire it. From the experience I had during my trial run at independent travel, instead of taking a sleeping bag, I decided to take a silk sleeping bag liner. That has turned out to be one of my ‘must have’ items when I travel. I always throw it in my bag before I go anywhere for a number of reasons:
1. A silk sleeping bag liner is small and light, which makes it very portable
2. It’s very handy when you feel cold on a long bus or train journey. Silk helps to keep you warm. It’s quick and easy to take out and put back in its stuff sack but you do have to worm your way in and out of it whilst in your seat. I’m a bit of pro at that now!
3. It’s great when there are no bedclothes provided or if there aren’t enough to keep you warm. I’ve been to places that don’t provide any so I was glad to have my sleeping bag liner with me. As you can tell, I only stay in the best places!
4. It’s great when it’s hot because one of the benefits of using silk is, it not only keeps you warm when it’s cold, it keeps you cool when it’s hot.
5. Dirty bedclothes can be a problem in some places. That was, in fact, my reason for getting it in the first place. When I had a trial run at travelling independently, the place I stayed in had dirty bedclothes. I laid on my sarong and covered myself with my towel because I didn’t have anything else. Once I bought my sleeping bag liner, I didn’t have to worry about that again. Of course, this won’t be an issue if you stay at luxury resorts and hotels.
6. Use it for its intended purpose… as a liner inside a sleeping bag you’ve hired for a trek. It will keep you warmer and I don’t know how often, if ever, they wash the sleeping bags but, as long as you have your own sleeping bag liner, you don’t need to worry about that.
7. They are so quick and easy to hand wash and air dry.
What should you do?
Ultimately, it is your choice whether you decide to take a sleeping bag, a sleeping bag liner, or neither of these with you. It will depend on how you travel, where you stay and what you intend to do on your travels. In my opinion, it is certainly worth considering.
What do you think?
I’d love to hear from you! Would you consider taking a sleeping bag or sleeping bag liner? Or, do you take a sleeping bag or sleeping bag liner with you when you travel? Please leave a comment below.
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