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sleeping bags??

Val&Tom

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
2019
#1
Hi All,
My wife & I are preparing & planning to do the Camino Frances next May/June 2019. We've given ourselves 7weeks to complete our Pilgrimage which will include rest days, (we're old people!!) The great Sleeping Bag debate has surfaced in our house. Do we take a bulky 2/3 season sleeping bag, or opt for the lighter side and take sheet sleeping bags. We know that the weather cannot be guaranteed and we understand that hostels in the higher regions supply blankets, but we're not sure if they do in the middle bit.
Also, my wife, has neck problems and would like to know if the hostels provide pillows.
Many thanks in advance for your help.
Kind Regards,
Tom & Val
 
Camino(s) past & future
Frances (1989 and 2016), Portugues - central from Porto (2018 - planned)
#4
Bring a lightweight sleeping bag each.

All albergues have pillows. I bring a pillow case or wrap in a sarong.

Enjoy
Almost all albergues provide pillows. The frequently recommended albergue in Grañon does not. Then again, it doesn't provide a sello, either.
 

AlexanderAZ

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF-Fisterra-Muxia (Sept/Oct 2017)
#5
I did CF last Sept/Oct and took a 45 degree down bag. No regrets. In fact, when my fiancée & I do it next fall I will carry the same and get one for her.
 

J Willhaus

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
24 May 2016- 14 July CF
Hospitalero, Zamora Dec 15-31, 2017
#6
In May/June/July I used an army poncho liner folded and pinned into a sleeping bag. My husband used only a Sea to Summit bag liner. If you sleep cold, you may want a heavier bag, but I was comfortable with my choice.
 

J Willhaus

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
24 May 2016- 14 July CF
Hospitalero, Zamora Dec 15-31, 2017
#7
We also had blow up pillows which were handy for places which did not have pillows.
 

Iriebabel

Iriebabel aka Cyborg Turtle
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances April (2018)
Camino Del Norte for April (2019) possible Primitivo
#9
Pillows are available...
I used a +7C sleeping bag supplemented with a liner. Together weighed .3kg. If I got cold i sleep in my Marino wool sweater
Honestly it depends n personal choice on if you need something warmer...if the bag is too heavey i think you will regret bringing it. I knew people who mailed their heavy sleeping bags home after a couple days on
 
Camino(s) past & future
Moissac to Santiago Spring 2005 was the first foray.
#11
The bag decision is always a problematic one - weight and bulk versus comfort as we never know what the weather will actually be like.
Most superlight summer bags are only good down to about 12-15C. - this is the best one that I have found, the Snugpak jungle bag... less than 900gms (mine is 878gms), opens out fully into a quilt, has a built in mosquito net so this can be closed to keep out bedbugs, and, strangely cheap too, under £45. Comfort is 7C and low is 2C. Choice of left or right hand long zip. Have used them for years and quality is superb.
Snugpak make items for our military and copy them out for civilian use - if you choose, go for the military olive green one. Comes with a compression sack and scrunches down small!

See here - https://www.snugpak.com/outdoor/jungle-bag

jungle_bag_packsize_all_1.jpg
 

Jeff Crawley

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Contemplating yet another "final" camino
Porto to SdC May 2019
#12
I did CF last Sept/Oct and took a 45 degree down bag. No regrets. In fact, when my fiancée & I do it next fall I will carry the same and get one for her.
I'm guessing you still use degrees Fahrenheit in the US? :)
 

Jeff Crawley

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Contemplating yet another "final" camino
Porto to SdC May 2019
#14
Hi All,
My wife & I are preparing & planning to do the Camino Frances next May/June 2019. We've given ourselves 7weeks to complete our Pilgrimage which will include rest days, (we're old people!!) The great Sleeping Bag debate has surfaced in our house. Do we take a bulky 2/3 season sleeping bag, or opt for the lighter side and take sheet sleeping bags. We know that the weather cannot be guaranteed and we understand that hostels in the higher regions supply blankets, but we're not sure if they do in the middle bit.
Also, my wife, has neck problems and would like to know if the hostels provide pillows.
Many thanks in advance for your help.
Kind Regards,
Tom & Val
I did the CI this May/June and was never cold but tend to sleep warm anyways. Having said that are you having your bags transported? If so you don't have to worry about bulk/weight so take what you will - you can always unzip! But do, as @donalomahony says, bring pillow cases.
 

Jeff Crawley

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Contemplating yet another "final" camino
Porto to SdC May 2019
#15
Snugpak jungle bag, in old money, is 45F comfort and 35.6F low (for you colonists) :)
Or, for those not as advanced in their ways as the Canadians, just remember

"0 is cold
10 is not
20 is warm
30 is hot"


(I admit I had to look up colonist to make sure it meant what I thought it meant and not some sort of amateur proctologist)
 
Camino(s) past & future
Roncesvalles-SdC Apr-Jun 2015
Roncesvalles-Sarria Sep-Oct 2017
(2019: Planning to return!)
#16
@Val&Tom re the pillow question, Spanish pillows are long and narrow, quite a different shape to what you probably have at home. If bringing pillow cases be prepared for the pillow to stick out the end somewhat! Or use something that wraps around. Also the Spanish pillows tend to be quite thin (ie flat), so if Val has neck issues and needs a bit of a thicker pillow she may want to consider bringing an inflatable one. Or do what I do and keep a down jacket bundled up in a pillow case! Weighs next to nothing, packs down to a tiny bundle, makes a great extra pillow.

Buen Camino
 
Camino(s) past & future
March/April 2015, Late April 2016, Sept/Oct 2017
#17
I walked in early Spring and in early Fall. I used a down sleeping bag that takes me down to 20F (-7C)-- it weighs about 40 oz (1140g). But I like to be warm while sleeping-- and I like the flexibility it gave me. On my last walk on the Via Podendis, carrying as sleeping bag allowed me to meet up with some friends who were camping, and there were some places along the Frances in 2015 that did not have blankets. (And some did not have blankets I cared to use.) I have been eyeing one of those new lighter weight sleeping bag for women (meaning they are shorter), that are about 8 oz lighter than mine. -- But, I noticed in one post, that you are having your gear carried. First, unless there is a medical reason, I urge you to consider carrying your own gear. Carrying your stuff was a huge part of my pilgrimage.
 

Val&Tom

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
2019
#18
Hi, thank you to everyone who replied to our question. We’ve opted for the Snugpac jungle bag with mosquito net over the face. It only weighs 900 grms (ish) and under £35.00. As we’re carrying our own kit and had always intended to, we’ve got our kit down to just under 20lbs. Our flights are booked and we’re looking at accommodation for the first few days, albeit a bit early to book yet. We’ll wing it as we grow and as we begin to understand how it all works.
I gotta confess, we are both very excited. It’s like winning the Willy Wonker Golden Ticket
 
Camino(s) past & future
2013 Camino Frances SJPP / 2014 Camino Portugues / 2015 Camino Ingles / 2015 Hospitalero Training
2016 (fall) Camino Sanabre / Hospitalero?
#20
Hi All,
My wife & I are preparing & planning to do the Camino Frances next May/June 2019. We've given ourselves 7weeks to complete our Pilgrimage which will include rest days, (we're old people!!) The great Sleeping Bag debate has surfaced in our house. Do we take a bulky 2/3 season sleeping bag, or opt for the lighter side and take sheet sleeping bags. We know that the weather cannot be guaranteed and we understand that hostels in the higher regions supply blankets, but we're not sure if they do in the middle bit.
Also, my wife, has neck problems and would like to know if the hostels provide pillows.
Many thanks in advance for your help.
Kind Regards,
Tom & Val
1000 ideas and more experiences. Very few public albergues have cooking gear or blankets. There are many light weight options(worth the expense) sleep is important. Having just been a Hospitalero in Galicia I’m including a photo of a pilgrim that bought a sleeping bag in route. FC279952-C50C-4FBB-9F4E-01D28ACEFC00.jpeg
 

hotelmedicis

Commercial Interests
Camino(s) past & future
CF 2001 (+more)
VDLP 2013, 2018
#21
Since you asked, here's my recommendation: Take a 500g down sleeping bag if you enjoy sleeping warm and cozy. I walked the CF in July 2001 with a fleece sleeping bag liner and awoke shivering on several occasions. Even if blankets were available in every albergue (they are not), how often do you think they wash them? The inexpensive AEGISMAX 800-fill down bag on Amazon has gotten good reviews. Sleep warm!
 

Jeff Crawley

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Contemplating yet another "final" camino
Porto to SdC May 2019
#22
1000 ideas and more experiences. Very few public albergues have cooking gear or blankets. There are many light weight options(worth the expense) sleep is important. Having just been a Hospitalero in Galicia I’m including a photo of a pilgrim that bought a sleeping bag in route. View attachment 47653
I like the intricate knotting he's used to lash it to his pack - no way is he going to lose that puppy along the way!
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances 2019
#23
Hi All,
My wife & I are preparing & planning to do the Camino Frances next May/June 2019. We've given ourselves 7weeks to complete our Pilgrimage which will include rest days, (we're old people!!) The great Sleeping Bag debate has surfaced in our house. Do we take a bulky 2/3 season sleeping bag, or opt for the lighter side and take sheet sleeping bags. We know that the weather cannot be guaranteed and we understand that hostels in the higher regions supply blankets, but we're not sure if they do in the middle bit.
Also, my wife, has neck problems and would like to know if the hostels provide pillows.
Many thanks in advance for your help.
Kind Regards,
Tom & Val
See you both hopefully along the way as i will be also walking late April to early June. I have after much deliberation decided on taking a ultra light but warm sleeping bag with a silk liner as i need my sleep. I would rather be warm than be cold thats for sure!
 

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