If you’re planning to spend a night in the great outdoors, you’ll need a good sleeping bag. By choosing the right version, you can help ensure you stay comfy and cosy. However, because of the array of products now available, it can be tricky to know which bag to buy. This brief guide will give you some handy hints, and it also provides information on how to wash the items.

Think about when and where you’ll use it

Before you start searching through the impressive selection of sleeping bags now on offer, it’s important to establish exactly when and where you’ll be using yours. First and foremost, think about temperature. Are you a fair-weather camper or will you be enduring chilly conditions? Sleeping bags have temperature ratings. For three-season use in most of the northern hemisphere, it’s wise to look for a bag that’s rated down to -5°C or -10°C. This might mean you get too warm during the hottest months, but there’s always the option of unzipping the bag.

Also, think about the size of the sleeping bag when it’s packed. If you’re planning hiking or backpacking adventures, you’ll need a compact version that’s easy to carry around. Alternatively, if you’re planning simple family trips to convenient camp-sites, it doesn’t really matter how big your bag is.

To zip or not to zip?

In the past, all sleeping bags featured zips. Now, it’s possible to get versions that you simply slide into. This helps to eliminate drafts and it means you won’t have to deal with any snags. However, you can’t open these products if you get too hot.

Size matters

The sleeping bag you buy must be the perfect fit, Tesco have a wide range available. These sleeping aids come in a range of widths and lengths, and you can also choose between rectangular or ‘mummy’ shaped bags that taper in at the feet. If you’re not sure which size or style to go for, take a trip to your local camping store to try a few out.

Top cleaning tips

Once you’ve gone to the effort and expense of selecting the best sleeping bag, you’ll want to keep it in tiptop condition. All of these items come with their own cleaning instructions. However, there are a few general rules to note. For example, if you decide to hand wash them, use cold water, lie the bag flat and make sure you get rid of any traces of soap. Also, never be tempted to wring or twist it as this can cause the filling to clump together.

As long as you spend some time finding the perfect product and then follow the care instructions, you should get many years of happy use from your sleeping bag.

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