Camping in cold weather is not just about what temperature your sleeping bag is rated for, but also how you are dressed and what your personal comfort level is with different conditions. Sweat cools you off, so it’s a good idea to bring a separate set of sleep clothes that will be dry when you go to sleep. Wear a hat to prevent heat loss from your head. Use a sleeping pad to insulate the ground below you, and also consider a liner to add extra warmth to your sleeping bag. Be sure to eat and hydrate before bed, as well as doing a little exercise to keep your blood flowing. Compressed fibers do not insulate very well, so be sure to store your sleeping bag in a roomy container when your trip is over.
- Just because you are sleeping in a 15-degree rated bag does not mean you will be warm enough when the temperatures drop at night during your camping excursion.
- When dressing for bed, wear a fresh wool or synthetic base and a stocking hat, otherwise you will lose body heat through the head.
- Adding a sleeping bag liner to your sleeping bag will also provide additional warmth on those colder nights.
“So this started a discussion about just what the temperature ratings on sleeping bag meant and all the myths we have heard over the years on how a camper should dress, or not dress, for sleeping.”