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antelope wrote:I'm aiming to walk the Frances between mid april and the start of june.
In choosing a sleeping bag, I understand from reading the fora that:
A/ synthetic is best because it can be washed if you're unfortunate enough to get a bed bug infestation [how likely is this by the way?]
B/ Light as possible...say 900 grams max
I absolutely cannot stand mummy bags as I hate the way they constrain your feet. So I'm considering this:
http://www.snugpak.com/index.php?MenuID ... ItemID=153
My concern is that it won't be warm enough. I like to sleep warm, and maybe unzip the bottom so my feet are cool. Can anyone confirm or otherwise please that the addition of a silk liner would equate to a full season rise in rating? In other words, would a silk liner effectively convert a 2 season bag to a 3 season bag?
falcon269 wrote:Unless you sleep cold and need a sleeping bag, I would suggest a sleeping bag liner of silk or nylon. Albergues have blankets if the night gets cold. Sleeping bags and liners do not keep the bed bugs away. You can treat them with permethrin, which is an insecticide. Once dry, permethrin is safe for humans. For the most protection use an insect repellent with DEET in it at night. Bed bugs attack exposed skin such as head, shoulders, arms, and feet, so you only need to put the repellent on those places. DEET is a bit toxic, so I further suggest washing in the morning unless you encounter mosquitoes in the mornings. Bed bugs can be everywhere, so staying in private accommodations is no protection. Use measures that assume bed bugs are around, and you will be doing all you can do. I hang my backpack from the bunk corner post with a loop of rope to keep it off the floor. With no tasty flesh to draw the bugs to my pack, it is in a place where they do not have to crawl over it to get at me! The worst place for a backpack is under the bed, but sometimes that is the only place. Therefore, I also treat my backpack with permethrin, inside and outside.
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