Sleeping Bag Liner – A Must Have Travel luxury Item

If you are shopping for a sleeping bag liner, you will get some tips and advice in this article.

If you’re getting ready for a trip to the great outdoors, you must know that preparation is half the battle. And just because you’ll be far from the warmth and comfort of your own bed, this doesn’t mean you can’t be as comfortable as you possibly can, especially when you have the right kind of sleeping bag liners with you.

Whether it’s a mountaineering trip or a few days of camping, having the right sleeping bag liner can save you money and bring you the comfort that you need. If you get it right, you don’t have to buy an entirely new sleeping bag, or worry about not being warm enough. You don’t have to bring an extra blanket or added padding. A good sleeping bag liner is all that you need.

Sleeping Bag Liner A Must Have Travel luxury Item

Silk Sleeping Bag Liner

Silk Sleeping Bag Liner

When it comes to travel, you can never allow yourself to be too unprepared. There is beauty in spontaneity and just going with the flow, but when you’re heading to unfamiliar territory or climbing some mountains, you wouldn’t want to find yourself empty-handed.

Any seasoned traveler can tell you that when you decide to travel, you never know what to expect. You don’t know where to buy certain items and how much each item will cost. This is why it’s best to come prepared, with tried and tested items you have chosen beforehand and purchased at a bargain.

A sleeping bag liner is one of those must have travel luxury items that most people should really come with. Granted, depending on what’s important to them, people prioritize different aspects of travel. For instance, some don’t care where they sleep as long as they’re near all the tourist attractions and the best places to eat. Some people on the other hand can go on days without eating proper meals as long as they have a comfortable bed to sleep on. When it’s a backpacking or camping type of travel, some would rather invest in good sleeping items (like a bigger tent or more comfortable sleeping bag) even if it means having to forego something else, like a cooler.

No matter what kind of travel you’re doing, sleep is usually a luxury. When you’re in a new place, the surroundings are always begging to be explored and so many activities are waiting to be done. You don’t just go to a place to stare at the scenery, because you have to experience everything. At the end of each day, you will need a good place to rest your tired muscles, and this is why a sleeping bag liner is a must have.

It’s a ‘luxury’ item because it’s something you add to your sleeping bag, which you already have. Sleeping bags however come in all varieties, and not all of them can guarantee you comfort. Adding a sleeping bag liner can guarantee you a good night’s sleep even if you’re in a tent. So it truly is a must have if sleeping through the night is something that you value, no matter where you’re headed.

What’s A Sleeping Bag Liner Good For?

How does a sleeping bag liner work, exactly? Most travelers are more than familiar with sleeping bags and how they are used, but hearing ‘sleeping bag liner’ might raise some questions. Here’s a lowdown on what sleeping bag liners are good for:

  • Added warmth

A basic sleeping bag is okay when you’re traveling in the heat of summer, but when you’re heading to the outdoors without being entirely sure about how cold the nights are going to be, then you shouldn’t leave without a sleeping bag liner.

Sleeping Bag Liner

Sleeping Bag Liner

Some sleeping bag liners are created with extra thermal protection, such as this fleece sleeping bag liner from Coleman. (I got these for my two sons. They mostly use them without their sleeping bags when we are summer camping and for sleep overs with their buddies. I also sew on the Cub/Boy Scout patches on them as well). The sleeping bag liner adds about 12 degrees of warmth, and this means that even in unforgivingly cold temperatures you can sleep comfortably through the night.

  • Added protection

When you’re outdoors, you’re basically exposed to nature and all the elements that come with it. A perennial problem that campers have is that there’s no stopping the dirt or sand from getting into their sleeping bags, and it’s always a challenge to clean it up when it does. Having to clean or wash the inside of your sleeping bag is always a pain because there are some that you can’t just toss into the washing machine. A sleeping bag liner gives you (and your sleeping bag) added protection from the dirt, and it’s way easier to clean.

Some sleeping bags are also made to have added protection from insects and bugs, like this Sea to Summit Coolmax Adaptor Liner with Insect Shield. This special sleeping bag liner is treated with an insect shield that’s effective in repelling all the flies, mosquitoes, fleas, ticks, and all kinds of bugs that you will definitely encounter as you explore the outdoors. These bugs are part of the great outdoor adventure, but you can definitely find ways and means to protect yourself from them.

When you find the right kind of sleeping bag liner that gives you enough protection, this also means you don’t have to bring added items like a mosquito net.

  • Added comfort

While some people can sleep comfortably on top of a thin sleeping bag, there are those who after doing so will get plagued by aches and pains everywhere in their body, because it was simply not comfortable enough. You wouldn’t want to lug a thick mattress with you while camping, so a sleeping bag liner is actually the perfect way to give yourself added comfort without having to bring so much added weight.

Most sleeping bag liners are designed to be very lightweight, so it’s almost like you’re not bringing anything extra. You’ll hardly notice the extra weight, but your back will definitely thank you for the extra comfort.

  • Adaptability

Another thing a sleeping bag liner gives you is adaptability. While you can generally predict the weather when you go out for a trip, there are days when the forecast just doesn’t match with reality. Having a sleeping bag liner handy can give you added warmth for those extra cold days, but when it gets too hot all you have to do is simply use it like a top sheet.

How a sleeping bag liner will save you money

Budget is a very important aspect of planning trips, because you’d want to stretch your resources as much as possible, to get the most out of traveling. The good news is that whether you’re traveling in cold weather or hot weather, having a sleeping bag liner handy can save you a lot of money. First, instead of purchasing a new expensive sleeping bag, this means you can work with whatever sleeping bag you currently have and just buy a liner that can give you added warmth and comfort when needed.

Making sure that you have the adequate warmth, protection, and comfort that you need when traveling is also extra insurance against wear and tear, aches and pains, getting sick, and having to go through the hassle of looking for something similar to a sleeping bag liner (and maybe even paying double for it) in the middle of nowhere. The added protection to the sleeping bag itself will also keep it from wearing out too much and too fast, extending the life of your sleeping essentials for even more camping trips in the future.

Don’t be mistaken that sleeping bags are only good for camping trips, either. When you’re in an unfamiliar country and don’t want to blow your budget with a hotel, you can book a night at a cheap hostel or inn, even one that doesn’t come with beddings. Your sleeping bag liner will save you because it can double as a bed sheet, so even if your room doesn’t come with free linen, you’ll be fine. It could also protect you from pesky bed bugs.

Lastly, your sleeping bag liner doesn’t have to be hidden at the very back of your closet, only to be retrieved during trips. This Bundle Monster sleeping bag liner for instance can double as a blanket at home, so even if you’re not out camping, you’re getting your money’s worth. It’s always important to ask yourself whether or not you can use a travel essential not just during travels but also during your normal day-to-day routines. By having your liner double as a blanket, you’re saving money because that means you don’t even have to buy an extra blanket to use at home.

Sleeping bag liners come in all sizes and varieties, and some can cost you close to nothing while some will have added features that will make you pay a bit more. No matter what kind of sleeping bag liner you end up getting however, it’s clear that at the end of the day, it will really help you save money while giving you the warmth, comfort and protection that you need for any kind of trip you’re planning.

Sleeping Bag Liner – A Must Have Travel luxury Item

Something I bought as a little extra luxury item on my travels turned out to be one of the best things I’ve ever bought. I cannot recommend a sleeping bag liner enough. Both me and Nathan bought one each a few years ago, and since then they have saved our nights more than once.

So, What’s A Sleeping Bag Liner Good For?

Well, first off, if you travel with a sleeping bag you know how bad they start to smell, and it doesn’t take very long until you have to choose between either throwing it out and buy a new one, or even worse – washing it. There is nothing more difficult to wash than a sleeping bag, and you’ll to have to sleep without it for the next few nights since they never dry! If you sleep with a sleeping bag liner inside the sleeping bag, all you have to do is to wash the sleeping bag liner, which dries within an hour. Even if you’re traveling without a sleeping bag, this will be your best friend. I’ve used my sleeping bag liner everywhere – from the snowy alps in Europe to the tropical rain forests in the Pacific. What the sleeping bag liner does is warm you up when it’s cold, and cool you down when it’s hot – and it really does a good job.

Saving Money

There are so many hostels in Europe trying to squeeze as much cash out of poor backpackers as possible, and after having payed for an overpriced dorm they want to charge you another 5 Euro for sheets. Only sheets and pillows are allowed (no sleeping bags), which of course no backpackers carry around. But a sleeping bag liner perfectly fits in between these two. A sleeping bag liner is very much like bed sheets, but designed like a sleeping bag. So for me, I count my sleeping bag liner as my sheets 😉 I’ve also had great use for my sleeping bag liner at dirty hostels. Sometimes I’ve ended up at some really nasty rooms, and to avoid bed bugs and whatever could be in those sheets, the sleeping bag liner was a blessing. My sleeping bag liner is truly the one travel item that I’ll never be without. I love everything that can wrap up to tiny little balls, and this is my favorite. A sleeping bag liner takes up no space at all in your bag, and you use it every day.

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11 Responses to Sleeping Bag Liner – A Must Have Travel luxury Item

  1. Voyager Inde December 28, 2010 at 8:49 am #

    Interesting to know this!!

  2. Anonymous December 28, 2010 at 3:01 pm #

    It’s saved our asses a few times, the best night I can remember is a particularly dodgy room in China – without those silk bags i am not sure we would have been able to sleep!
    I also use mine on night buses and a kind of blanket :-)

  3. Ayngelina December 28, 2010 at 3:31 pm #

    Sofia this may be the only thing I disagree with you on!

    But a caveat…

    You do not need one of these in Latin America. I haven’t used mine yet in 9 months and I’ve been through Mexico, Central America and half of South America.

    They don’t charge extra for sheets here and if I think a hostel is dodgy I just move onto another one. I’ve never slept anywhere where I was worried about the sheets.

  4. Dave December 28, 2010 at 9:32 am #

    I’d never go anywhere without my silk liner … it’s lasted me literally years of travel and still looks and smells (almost) as good as the day I bought it!

    My brother asked me to buy him something for Xmas that would be particularly useful on his travels next year and – surprise surprise – a silk liner was what I got him. He was a very happy boy on Christmas Day. :)

    • Sofia January 5, 2011 at 1:09 pm #

      I’m surprised too by how good they smell too!
      That’s a perfect Christmas gift, I’m sure he’ll use it a lot too.

  5. Jack and Jill Travel The World December 29, 2010 at 5:47 am #

    I got a silk liner once but I returned it after using it a couple of times. It could be the silk material, but I didn’t find it comfortable next to my skin. I do love the idea of a liner though… maybe I’ll try the cotton one next time.

  6. VagabondDave December 29, 2010 at 3:04 pm #

    For Southeast Asia to be used without a sleeping bag, get silk or coolmax?

  7. Kymelee January 3, 2011 at 6:21 pm #

    I love my silk liner, but not as much as I love my sarong. Its the most useful thing I carry! Except maybe my backpack…

  8. enrolled agent cpe January 10, 2011 at 2:56 am #

    It sucks when hostels would start charging extra for every single thing such as sheets. That’s just a rip off. My silk liner has been my best friend for about two years now.

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