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Do I really need a sleeping bag in Sept/Oct?


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Camino Frances 2008, Le Puy route (TBC)
Hi All,

My Camino starts on the 20th Sept from SJPP, do I really need a sleeping bag and if so, any suggestions on the type of bag I should buy or can I get away with just a silk linear?

Thanks again
Ideal sleeping bag liner whether we want to add a thermal plus to our bag, or if we want to use it alone to sleep in shelters or hostels. Thanks to its mummy shape, it adapts perfectly to our body.

Sonia - check temperatures on some of the many weather sites like: http://www.weatheronline.co.uk/Europe.htm. Others may disagree and advise simply a liner with the option of using blankets or extra clothing. However at that time of the year I'd use a sleeping bag - I use a topbag which is very light and is designed to use with a mattress - less than .5k. Down filled topbags can be a little expensive but an investment you may consider making.
I agree with johnnalexander that a sleeping bag is probably necessary. I have a snugpak traveller (900 gr) for warmer months but it's rated to 5c. Nothing worse than not being able to sleep because of the cold
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A sleeping bag , definitely yes ............but not because of the cold, last September I found the nights pretty warm, but because some of the refugios the beds are not the cleanest.
Hi All,

Once again thanks for your thoughts. I've decided (thanks to you guys) I'll take a sleeping bag with me.

Yet again, another question answered, onto the next one... :lol:

Thanks all
In my opinion it's a good decision, Sonia. I ALWAYS take a sleeping bag. One on summer, another one much warmer on winter.

Several years ago, I had to sleep in Manjarin. Not exactly the cleanest place. Sleeping bag recommended.
Some times I've had to sleep on the floor. Can you be sure it will not be your situation?
At earliers October in Monte Irago or Cebreiro can be colder than you think. Or in Villafranca Montes de Oca. It's very possible radiators doesn't work at this time.

Have a good Camino,

Javier Martin
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Get a light sleeping bag as the temperature may vary. There are places in high altitude that may get cold even in summer.

At least get one rated at 10 degrees C. They are very light and small. I use them for my camino in Apr and May. It the temperature gets even colder, I just put on my walking pants and pullover.

Hi All,

Thanks for the input guys.

I stumbled across another forum and someone suggested a linear and space blanket (emergency blanket) would do the job as well.

Has anyone used one of these space blankets before? If so, do they make alot of noise? Would it keep me warm at night? Do they take up much room?

Your input is greatly appreciated.

Thanks again everyone
I guess most of the replies here are in favor of a sleeping bag. I have not seen anyone in the camino using a space bag. If you intend to use it, just make sure that it is rugged enough to last the duration of your camino, especially the folding, in and out from your rugsack and unfolding.

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Hi Sonia,
We walked the Camino last september and had the same question, sleeping bag or not?
Finally we packed a light 500gr sleeping bag and I bought also a white bed-linnen (2x2.5m) after I had been bitten by bed-bugs the second night. During the hot nights in Navarra, I wrapped myself just in the linnen, and later in Galicia we were very glad with our sleeping bag.I always spread the linnen over cushion and matrass. Think of the extreme differences in temperature, from 30° in Navarra down to 4-5° on the Cebreiro, although every summer can be different.
We are just back from the Camino (Pamplona-Leon) and I carried the same equipment again, used it every night and would do it again the next time.
Buen Camino,

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