How to Choose Sleeping Bag Liners

You’ve probably heard of sleeping bags and how they can increase your night’s sleep quality. But you are missing one part of the whole process? You don’t feel your night experience fully comfortable and enjoyable. Sometimes at night, you feel a bit cold.

All of these problems come to an end when a sleeping bag liner is added to your backpack.

SLEEPING BAG LINERS & SLEEPING BAGS 

Hi there, in this article we are going to focus mainly on sleeping bag liners. Why are they essential, do you need one, how to choose one, and finally, we are going to present to you our five best sleeping bag liners.

So, before we jump into that, make sure you’ve checked our article on sleeping bags. It’s tightly connected to this one, and it explains why sleeping bags can improve your sleep experience significantly.

In case you don’t have time to do that, let me give you a brief introduction to sleeping bags.

Sleepings bags are a must check in your prep list while planning a trip or camping. The main advantage of sleeping bags is that they keep your body warm during the night. Sleeping bags are sorted into three different categories – T Comfort, T Limit, and T Extreme. Each level represents the comfort a sleeping bag provides as T Comfort being the most comfortable and T Extreme not recommended.

Without further ado, let’s discuss the bag liners.

HOW TO SELECT THE BEST SLEEPING BAG LINER?

Liners cho túi ngủ

Sleeping bag liners come in two main types

  • Mummy shaped liners designed to slip inside your sleeping bag.
  • Rectangular liners (also known as travel sheets) designed for use on their own or inside a rectangular sleeping bag.

Why Use One?

For backpackers, a mummy-shaped bag liner helps keep your sleeping bag free of dirt and body oils. Clean is good, since a clean bag doesn’t require laundering and will last much longer. (It’s much easier to launder a liner than a sleeping bag.) A bag liner also provides anywhere from 5° to 15°F of extra warmth to your sleeping bag, depending on the liner material. In hot climates, you can use a bag liner or travel sheet by itself and forgo the sleeping bag.

For travelers, a rectangular bag liner or travel sheet keeps you separated from bedding of questionable cleanliness or with possible bedbug infestations. It is recommended—and often even a requirement—in many hostels, and it’s popular with budget hotel travelers, too.

Types of Bag Liners

Let’s look at the type of liners

Silk is extremely lightweight and easy to pack. It helps you preserve your body heat in cold weathers. Yet, it sucks in when the weather is warm. This one can be expensive.

Cotton – Simply put: strong and durable, but not the lightest or most compact. The price of this one is average.

Warmer and heavier are the fleece and microfleece. They can add up to 12*F additional degrees and are incredibly soft. The cost of this one is moderate.

Synthetics. These are moisture breathable, which makes them perfect for high humid conditions. Stretch is available here, which makes them an excellent choice for restless sleepers.

The last one – Insulated. This particular one can add up to 25*F of heat. So it’s possible to extend the temperature range of a lightweight bag. This one can be rather expensive too.

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