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Did you come to love your sleeping bag ?

Deise

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances SJPP to Santiago Sept 2013
Via de la Plata April 2015
i have been reading about a sleep advisor (yes) to the England soccer team and also the UK cycling team.
One of the things he introduced were sleep pods / temporary sleep packs so that team members would have
Familiar environments when travelling.
This got me thinking to times when I was positively contented to get into my sleeping bag on camino.
It was like getting into my own bed even though , as you know, usually surrounded by people.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Portugués, Francés, Le Puy, Rota Vicentina, Soulac, Norte, Madrid, Salvador, Primitivo
I love my sleeping bag. Forget the “silk liner” thingy and albergue blankets. There is nothing like snuggling down into your own, warm cocoon, physically tired, a couple of vino tintos inside you, some new camino friends lightly snoring near you . . . . zzzzzzzzzzzzzz
 

Icacos

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (2013)
No, I didn't come to love my sleeping bag; in fact I was disappointed in it. I found it too warm, and the tapered 'mummy' feature too restricting. I finally ditched it, and just used my silk liner and, if necessary, an albergue blanket.
 
Camino(s) past & future
(SJPP - Finisterre)
i have been reading about a sleep advisor (yes) to the England soccer team and also the UK cycling team.
One of the things he introduced were sleep pods / temporary sleep packs so that team members would have
Familiar environments when travelling.
This got me thinking to times when I was positively contented to get into my sleeping bag on camino.
It was like getting into my own bed even though , as you know, usually surrounded by people.
I did. I've tried to consider a sleep sack but I really don't feel like it's bedding. Just feels like a wrinkly, uncomfortable sheet bag to me.

On the other hand I also came to hate every unnecessary ounce I carried. My down sleeping bag weighed about 2 lbs., so I got another one, also down, that weighs 1/2 lb. less.
 
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ricitosdeplata

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
09/2015: Via de la Plata
I was once in a group of quilters who joked that we loved quilting because it was an excuse to snuggle a blanket without being compared to a 2 year old who carries his or her "blankie" everywhere. On the camino maybe our sleeping bags serve a similar purpose.
 

mla1

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF (2000); Ch St. Giles (2013); Le Puy to SJPP (May/June 2015); vdlp 2016
I did love my sleeping bag -- a very light down Sea to Summit Tr I. I have been using it as a summer quilt now that I am home. The fabric is not the usually clammy sleeping bag stuff. The bag is very light but also feels cozy. BUT - on the Le Puy route in May, in old stone albergues, I was sometimes cold - even with the bag, a silk liner, and merino longjohns. I think it is rated to 10 degrees C/50 degrees F. It is under a pound and packs up to the size of water bottle. And it is a very nice blue!
 

GreatDane

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF to Burgos Sept/Oct 2014, Burgos to Astorga April 2016, Astorga to SdC 2017
I share a ZPacks 323gr 5°C down bag with my husband (we take LDW trips at separate times so the bag gets shared between us). It ended up being too hot to use last fall and I shipped it ahead. Will probably pack it again for my next camino - maybe late April early May '16 timeframe. I personally would rather have a down quilt of the same weight.
 

Elizabethanne

Member
Camino(s) past & future
I plan to walk in September (2015)
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I did love my sleeping bag -- a very light down Sea to Summit Tr I. I have been using it as a summer quilt now that I am home. The fabric is not the usually clammy sleeping bag stuff. The bag is very light but also feels cozy. BUT - on the Le Puy route in May, in old stone albergues, I was sometimes cold - even with the bag, a silk liner, and merino longjohns. I think it is rated to 10 degrees C/50 degrees F. It is under a pound and packs up to the size of water bottle. And it is a very nice blue!
I am taking this same bag at for when I start at the end of September. Will I need t are my liner.
 

mla1

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF (2000); Ch St. Giles (2013); Le Puy to SJPP (May/June 2015); vdlp 2016
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I am taking this same bag at for when I start at the end of September. Will I need t are my liner.
I really liked having both the liner and the bag. Some nights I used both, some nights the liner and some nights the bag.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Nearly every year since 2006, often walking more than one route. 2018 was Camino #14
I still love my down sleep blanket (that I made from my sleeping bag) and I often sleep with it at home.
 

Dutch

Straightforward
Camino(s) past & future
SJPP-SdC sept '13
Porto-SdC May '14
SdC-Finis/Muxia May '14
SJPP-Finisterre sept '14
Pamplona-Burgos march '15
Porto - Sdc may '15
Camino salkantay june '15
SJPP - SdC aug/sept '15

Pacific Crest Trail april thru sept 2016
I adore my super lightweight down quilt that can be transformed, zippered and buttoned into a super comfy sleepingbag if i want, but why would i, when the blanket option is soooo much nicer.
It covers me from head to toe and still have more than a foot in lenght to spare. Im not even mentioning the width....

And all this packs so tiny and light, its awesome.
 

Phillypilgrim

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
C F Sept.(2013) Camino de Madrid & Finisterre/Muxia Sept. (2014)
Finisterre/Muia June (2017).
I also love my Camino sleeping system; silk liner with built in pillow case, super light fully "unzipable"bed.jpg down sleeping bag (also called liner sheet) and a small inflatable pillow as a luxury item.
 

Lucy Longpath

Lucy Longpath
Camino(s) past & future
Frances (2015), Puy Way (2016), North Wales Pilgrims Way (2017), Camino Vezelay(2018) &(2019)
Yes I loved my sleep system. I had anti bed bug sheet, silk liner, 750gram Lifeventure anti bed bug sleeping bag and 200gram thermatec blanket. I did not need to use any blankets in Albergues. I felt very happy sleeping in it, but must admit two things. My pack was heavier than it should have been and it took me quite a long time to pack in the mornings. It was April and May when I went and it was cold at times but I was always cosy and warm.
 

Lynda8540

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Sept. 24 (2015)
No, I didn't come to love my sleeping bag; in fact I was disappointed in it. I found it too warm, and the tapered 'mummy' feature too restricting. I finally ditched it, and just used my silk liner and, if necessary, an albergue blanket.
I'm tempted to do the same but am wondering if I'll be warm enough. I'll be on the Camino Frances starting Sept. 24. In what months you were on the Camino?
 

Icacos

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (2013)
I'm tempted to do the same but am wondering if I'll be warm enough. I'll be on the Camino Frances starting Sept. 24. In what months you were on the Camino?
April and May; we got to Santiago May 16th. I took a calculated risk when I ditched my sleeping bag. For one thing, we were staying most often in private rooms where bedding was supplied and secondly, I was travelling with two others both of whom had sleeping bags so, the odd time that we did stay in albergue dormitories, I had the use of not only the blanket assigned to my bed, but often the blanket assigned to the bed of one or other of my generous sleeping bag-clad companions. I'm not sure I would risk going without a sleeping bag if I were on my own, and certainly not if I were travelling during the shoulder months. I would though make sure that I had a sleeping bag that could open flat, as that kind would offer more flexibility.
Buen Camino.
 

Dutch

Straightforward
Camino(s) past & future
SJPP-SdC sept '13
Porto-SdC May '14
SdC-Finis/Muxia May '14
SJPP-Finisterre sept '14
Pamplona-Burgos march '15
Porto - Sdc may '15
Camino salkantay june '15
SJPP - SdC aug/sept '15

Pacific Crest Trail april thru sept 2016
I never used albergue blankets. The thought alone gives me the shivers, but thats another topic haha

Are you sure ALL albergues have blankets? I am sure i've come across more than a few that did not have any, at least from what i have seen.
 

Lucy Longpath

Lucy Longpath
Camino(s) past & future
Frances (2015), Puy Way (2016), North Wales Pilgrims Way (2017), Camino Vezelay(2018) &(2019)
All Albergues do not have blankets although most of the ones we stayed in did have them. Roncesvalles does not have them at all.
 

Jodean

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
22 Sept. to 21 Oct. 2015, Pamplona to Santiago
6-23.04 Porto to Santiago 2018
17.09-30.09 CF 2018
I like sleeping in sleeping bags too and got a fairly light one, about 850 gr. rectangular shape that fully unzips and has a pocket at the top that you can fit a pillow into or clothes to make a pillow. Using the blankets didn't appeal to me either.

Having problems finding bed bug spray in Germany. Can I just use the stuff for fleas?
 

Lucy Longpath

Lucy Longpath
Camino(s) past & future
Frances (2015), Puy Way (2016), North Wales Pilgrims Way (2017), Camino Vezelay(2018) &(2019)
Not sure if flea spray is the same. I think it would need to have permethrin in it. There are some threads on bed bugs elsewhere on the forum that you might want to take a look at as there is quite a lot of information. We didn't take spray with us but did spray our packs before we left and when we got back home too just in case. Our sleeping bags and silk liners were already treated. I also had an anti bed bug sheet that I put on top of the bed. We ordered our spray from the Internet.
 

nidarosa

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Yes please!
Last time I was in Galicia in September I took the nail scissors to my woderful second hand ultralight down bag and removed bungees, ties, velcro and labels, everything that was annoying or in the way when i open it (the zip only goes down to knee height) and turn it around like a duvet. I then keep my toes nice and warm inside no matter how I turn, and it is easy enough to get into and out of. If I zip it all the way up it is plenty warm enough. That bag is home away from home and I sometimes pull it over me on the sofa ...
 

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