Sleep Sacks - TravelPUNK Backpacker College Student Budget Travel Message Boards!



Go Back   TravelPUNK Backpacker College Student Budget Travel Message Boards! > Members Lounge > General Travel Tips, Education, Advice > Budget Travel Gear

Budget Travel Gear Yo Nellie, which backpack should I git? Questions and answers on gear related topics (i.e. backpacks, sleeping bags, tents, hiking boots, stoves, etc.).

Raileurope.com: See Europe by train
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 09-22-2004, 09:05 PM   #1
TPunk Recognized
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: Orlando, FL - Abaco, Bahamas
Posts: 398
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Send a message via AIM to JiveTurkey
Default

Ok, I'm trying to figure out if I need a sleep sack or not. I plan on staying in Hostles, and I'm not on a tight budget, so I can afford a good hostle. I do think, however, that I will be doing a bit of train travel. I might try and sleep in my seat (1st class) or get a couchette (sorry for the spelling). So with all that in mind, should I get a sleep sack? If so, should I get the silck (easy to clean, more $$$, smaller and weighs 6oz.) or the cotton (harder to clean, cheaper, larger, weighs 20.5oz) What are the bennifets of a sleep sack? Is it worth the space in my backpack? Will I use it or even need to use it? Has anyone else used it?

Thanks,
Lee
__________________
MYSPACE PAGE Don't Look!!!
JiveTurkey is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-22-2004, 09:29 PM   #2
BONO'S LOVE SLAVE
 
U2fan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: Unfortunately, currently not in Sydney
Posts: 1,644
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default

I decided not to get one and just brought an old sheet that I didn't care much about so I could always sleep on it. Sometimes people sew a sheet together to make a sack but I'd just lay the thing out, always on the same side so at least I was on something that was mine. It worked out fine and I was glad I didn't have anything that would take up more space. Plus at the end you can just throw it out.
__________________
Flight to Tokyo: 92,000 yen

Metro to Ginza shopping district: 160 yen

Watching middle-aged Japanese woman dance to U2: priceless
U2fan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-22-2004, 10:54 PM   #3
TPunk Recognized
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: Michigan
Posts: 210
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default

I would say it is not worth it. At many of the better hostels, you will be provided with one for free. Not all hostels give them out and in the cleaner ones it is not really needed.

As for the trains, I have found the bedding in the couchettes to be pretty clean. It is quite a tight fit in the beds, so another sheet would probably just be more of a problem. As for sleeping just on the seats, I don't see how a sleep sack would really help.
skidrage is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-22-2004, 11:06 PM   #4
TPunk Emeritus
 
Somnambulation's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: California
Posts: 1,698
Thanks: 0
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
Default

I didnt use a sleep sack and although I brought a sleeping bag, I never used it unless I was sleeping outside. I never had a problem just using the sheets the hostels provided until the second to last night I was in Europe. It was the Bax Pax hostel in Berlin and I was sleeping in a VW Beetle that had been converted into a bed. The hostel was really clean and the bed seemed to be as well to the naked eye, but that thing must have been infested something fierce because I had bug bites for the next week. So I would advise not sleeping in anything infestable like that, but beds are usually ok.
Somnambulation is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-23-2004, 08:44 AM   #5
TPunk Recognized
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: Orlando, FL - Abaco, Bahamas
Posts: 398
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Send a message via AIM to JiveTurkey
Default

Thanks for the feedback. I'm just worried about the bed bugs. How do I avoid them??
__________________
MYSPACE PAGE Don't Look!!!
JiveTurkey is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-23-2004, 08:57 AM   #6
Weasel Jones
 
joanofarc's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2003
Location: San Diego, CA
Posts: 2,076
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default

lavendar oil for one - you can use a cottonball/pad to wipe down your mattress (remove sheets, of course)... also do some inspection in/around the bed area - pull it away from the wall if possible, check the seams of your mattress: look for reddy/brown what will be blood stains; perhaps read canadian dude's thread on the matter... try the health thread.

good luck
__________________
bend over to the front and touch your toes
bounce that ass up and down and get low...
joanofarc is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-24-2004, 02:12 PM   #7
TPunk Recognized
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: NYC
Posts: 154
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Send a message via AIM to Blakeimus
Default

Unless you plan to sleep on the streets or something then no. in pampolona sleeping bags were like gold. Tecias even got stolen.

I found the hostels to be clean. youll be fine.

may the force be with you.
Blakeimus is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-05-2004, 08:31 AM   #8
TPunk Emeritus
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Posts: 2,115
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default

If you're going to Sweden, you have to rent (or buy) sheets there. Not a big deal if you're on a generous budget, just good to know about. Mostly in Eastern Europe (which is where we mostly travel) sheets are included.
tumblezweedz is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply






Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Sleep at Gatwick travelchick75 General Travel Tips and Advice 13 08-28-2006 07:59 PM
sleep sheets 0107490 General Travel Tips and Advice 6 02-23-2006 03:10 AM
Sleep Sheets prom83 Budget Travel Gear 12 05-19-2005 10:16 PM
Sleep wear GoKrazy General Travel Tips and Advice 3 04-28-2005 04:12 PM
Its 4:09am TP go to sleep!!!! Canadian Dude General Discussions 3 06-27-2003 06:49 AM


All times are GMT -7. The time now is 09:12 PM.



 

Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO 3.2.0

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 89 90 91 92 93 94 95 96 97 98 99 100 101 102 103 104 105 106 107 108 109 110 111 112 113 114 115 116 117 118 119 120 121