Do You Need A Sleeping BAg??? - 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 10-20-2003, 06:31 PM   #1
TPunk Emeritus
 
Canadian Dude's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: Canada
Posts: 2,709
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default

I brought a sleeping bag with me on my lst trip and I used it only 2 nights of the 9 I was away...Most hostels DO NOT let you use them in fear of bring bedbugs or lice from another hostel. You are normally provided with sheets and a blanket by the hostel, which should be changed every day.


My sleeping bag is very small in size, but very warm and long enough that my 6'4" frame can fit in upto my neck. It doubled as a pillow on long train rides, and when I slept on the floor of the ship, i stuffed the cover with clothes and made a pillow. Fully rolled up, it maybe weighs 2-3 lbs, so it was not heavy to carry. It fit right inside my pack, so not to be exposed to the elements. I was glad I had it with me, but only because it was so small, if I had of had a big sleeping bag, I might not have liked carring it around so much.

__________________
"The father who does not teach his son his duties is equally guilty with the son who neglects them." Confucius
Support Travelpunk.com by Booking Your Hostel Here

Canadian Dude is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-19-2003, 08:52 PM   #2
An Optimistic Realist.
 
Sijuki's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: Detroit / Las Vegas
Posts: 3,353
Thanks: 2
Thanked 10 Times in 10 Posts
Send a message via AIM to Sijuki Send a message via MSN to Sijuki Send a message via Yahoo to Sijuki
Default

CD, where did you get a sleeping bag like that? What was the price, if you don't mind me asking. I am thinking about pulling some camping on my journey, and want something light and small so it won't weigh down the rest of my journey, especially if I end up hiking.
__________________
.~Sijuki~.



2009-2014: February - Mexico (Cancun x 3, Cozumel x 1, Mazatlan x 2

2014 : Europe: Norway, Denmark, Hungary, Czech Rep, Germany, France, England

2015 : US:Yellowstone, Grand Teton, Joshua Tree NP, Salton Sea, Grand Canyon, Petrified Forest, Mt. Rushmore. 20 states. Europe: Stockholm, Barcelona, Madrid, Prague, Krakow, Warsaw, Ireland (month driving around), Northern Ireland, Edinburgh.

2017 : Dublin, South Africa, Grand Cayman (planned)

Need a Railpass for that Trip to Europe?
Or Maybe a Hostel Reservation?
Frog Creek Brewing -- Upcoming Microbrewery

Sijuki@gmail.com
Sijuki is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-19-2003, 09:47 PM   #3
TPunk Emeritus
 
Diorama's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2003
Location: vancouver, canada
Posts: 2,261
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default

Yeah that's such a hard question to respond too. On my first trip I didn't take one and frankly I didn;t even need one. All the hostels I stayed at had good bedding sheets. Though I did take a sleep sheet.When I went to Costa Rica though, I took one because I did some camping. But even during the times that I stayed at cheap hotels/hostels i'm glad i had it. Because it's so hot in central america all they really gave you was a sheet, but sometimes the nights cooled down I did end up using the sleeping bag. On my next trip to oz I think i will take it. I plan on settling down for a few months so I think it will come in handy, if not then i'll ship it home. But what CD said is true, alot of hostels (specially hostelling international) won't allow sleeping bags.
__________________
I have been to: Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore, New Zealand , Australia, Fiji, Costa Rica, United States, England, Ireland, Wales, Northern Ireland, Scotland , France, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Vatican, Guatemala, Belize, Honduras, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Panama, Colombia, Mexico, India, Nepal.

Where to Next? Iceland!
Diorama is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-19-2003, 09:48 PM   #4
TPunk Emeritus
 
Canadian Dude's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: Canada
Posts: 2,709
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default

Here ya go bro, check out the size difference in the Pic, its like half the size of a normal bag, and its serious comfy...just watch the temp, its not a winter bag, just for spring, summer and early to mid fall

Compact Sleeping Bag

Now mine is about 4yrs old, and well used, so if you get a new one like this, i am sure there havebeen advances in the making of them since I got mine...I am seriously thinking of getting another, just the same.
__________________
"The father who does not teach his son his duties is equally guilty with the son who neglects them." Confucius
Support Travelpunk.com by Booking Your Hostel Here

Canadian Dude is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-19-2003, 10:06 PM   #5
An Optimistic Realist.
 
Sijuki's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: Detroit / Las Vegas
Posts: 3,353
Thanks: 2
Thanked 10 Times in 10 Posts
Send a message via AIM to Sijuki Send a message via MSN to Sijuki Send a message via Yahoo to Sijuki
Default

Thanks, I was looking around and found a mummy bag that looks decent. I don't plan on camping in the winter, unless its a last resort.

Hostels shouldn't have a problem with me having the sleeping bag in my pack if i don't plan on using it will they?
__________________
.~Sijuki~.



2009-2014: February - Mexico (Cancun x 3, Cozumel x 1, Mazatlan x 2

2014 : Europe: Norway, Denmark, Hungary, Czech Rep, Germany, France, England

2015 : US:Yellowstone, Grand Teton, Joshua Tree NP, Salton Sea, Grand Canyon, Petrified Forest, Mt. Rushmore. 20 states. Europe: Stockholm, Barcelona, Madrid, Prague, Krakow, Warsaw, Ireland (month driving around), Northern Ireland, Edinburgh.

2017 : Dublin, South Africa, Grand Cayman (planned)

Need a Railpass for that Trip to Europe?
Or Maybe a Hostel Reservation?
Frog Creek Brewing -- Upcoming Microbrewery

Sijuki@gmail.com
Sijuki is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-20-2003, 04:33 AM   #6
TPunk Emeritus
 
Canadian Dude's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: Canada
Posts: 2,709
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default

What they can't see will not hurt them....
__________________
"The father who does not teach his son his duties is equally guilty with the son who neglects them." Confucius
Support Travelpunk.com by Booking Your Hostel Here

Canadian Dude is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-20-2003, 08:26 AM   #7
An Optimistic Realist.
 
Sijuki's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: Detroit / Las Vegas
Posts: 3,353
Thanks: 2
Thanked 10 Times in 10 Posts
Send a message via AIM to Sijuki Send a message via MSN to Sijuki Send a message via Yahoo to Sijuki
Default

Quote:
What they can't see will not hurt them....
You know the U.S. Airports used to believe that too. :D
__________________
.~Sijuki~.



2009-2014: February - Mexico (Cancun x 3, Cozumel x 1, Mazatlan x 2

2014 : Europe: Norway, Denmark, Hungary, Czech Rep, Germany, France, England

2015 : US:Yellowstone, Grand Teton, Joshua Tree NP, Salton Sea, Grand Canyon, Petrified Forest, Mt. Rushmore. 20 states. Europe: Stockholm, Barcelona, Madrid, Prague, Krakow, Warsaw, Ireland (month driving around), Northern Ireland, Edinburgh.

2017 : Dublin, South Africa, Grand Cayman (planned)

Need a Railpass for that Trip to Europe?
Or Maybe a Hostel Reservation?
Frog Creek Brewing -- Upcoming Microbrewery

Sijuki@gmail.com
Sijuki is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-21-2003, 05:26 PM   #8
Members
 
Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: Auckland, New Zealand
Posts: 111
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Send a message via ICQ to TheCross Send a message via MSN to TheCross
Default

I've decided to take my sleeping bag with me. It's one of those compact ones made of goosedown. It packs down to about 30cm long by 15cm diameter.

I figure it's small and light and if required will be a godsend.

-TC-
TheCross is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-24-2004, 01:46 PM   #9
Members
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Posts: 35
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default

Never underestimate the bonus of having a good compression bag for your sleeping bag. Hiking in the mountains here in the NW its a godsend. So much less to get caught on when your sliding down an elk trail.
Boudiccae is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-25-2004, 04:25 AM   #10
TPunk Recognized
 
Ozpacka's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: Australia
Posts: 647
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default

Still undecided on my sleeping bag. I bought a new beaut little one, it will fit in my bag nicely, and no doubt will be handy, but i wont decide to till about 3 days out before i leave weather or not i will take it. Just have to see what will fit after i have packed other more essential items into my little sack.

__________________

Travelpunk - More extreme than your Mum!
Ozpacka is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-02-2004, 09:32 AM   #11
TPunk Emeritus
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: Vancouver, BC
Posts: 1,804
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Send a message via MSN to pinion
Default

ozpacka: I'm having a tough time deciding wether or not I should bring my sleeping bag as well. I think I'll just do the same as you and leave it till the last few days to decide.

I doubt I'll end up using it, I think its more for peace of mind its there.
__________________
I've been a wild rover for many's the year,
And I've spent all me money on whiskey and beer.
But now I'm returning with gold in great store,
And I never will play the wild rover no more
pinion is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-10-2004, 11:55 PM   #12
TPunk Emeritus
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: Perth, Australia.
Posts: 1,246
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default

I bought myself a sleeping bag - a real cheapy $13AUD from a discount store. Its also like 30 x 15 and pretty small and light. I have a couple of straps (with buckles) on the outside of my pack so I can afford to take it as it doesnt take valuable comparment space.

At 13 bucks who really cares, Ill ditch it if it annoys me.
__________________
urOZm8 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-11-2004, 02:01 PM   #13
TPunk Emeritus
 
Somnambulation's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: California
Posts: 1,698
Thanks: 0
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
Default

Quote:
Most hostels DO NOT let you use them in fear of bring bedbugs or lice from another hostel.
I knew I had read that somewhere, turns out it was on these boards. Is that really true? It seems that if they let you bring a sleep sheet that they wouldn't mind a sleeping bag. Sleep sheets can just as easily carry lice and disease right?
Somnambulation is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-11-2004, 03:10 PM   #14
TPunk Emeritus
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: Vancouver, BC
Posts: 1,804
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Send a message via MSN to pinion
Default

I think sleeping bags are more likely to pick something up because of the stuffing in them. If a bug gets in I'm sure its able to live for a few days. A sheet would probably be less likely to carry something.

I'm not 100% sure about that though
__________________
I've been a wild rover for many's the year,
And I've spent all me money on whiskey and beer.
But now I'm returning with gold in great store,
And I never will play the wild rover no more
pinion is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-11-2004, 06:51 PM   #15
TPunk Recognized
 
Fedfe's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: Canada
Posts: 290
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default

that makes sense pinion. plus, you can always just toss your sheet in the washer! sleeping bag, not so much. also, sleeping bags are probably a lot hotter in those summer spanish nights........!!
__________________
"Sir, you're drunk!"
"And you're ugly. But tomorrow I will be sober, and you will still be ugly."
-Winston Churchill
Fedfe 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
Sleeping in a car? toddkaz General Travel Tips and Advice 11 09-23-2006 04:15 AM
Sleeping bag freakypete Budget Travel Gear 3 05-08-2006 11:09 AM
sleeping in my van beholderseye Travel Transportation 5 01-31-2006 02:22 PM
Sleeping bag? DoctorJ Hostel, Hotels, Budget Accomodations: Questions and tips 9 01-04-2006 04:38 PM
do i really need a sleeping bag? Tack Hostel, Hotels, Budget Accomodations: Questions and tips 2 07-12-2005 09:22 PM


All times are GMT -7. The time now is 07:46 AM.



 

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