How To Choose The Best Sleeping Bag For Camping?

A sleeping bag. Source: Wikipedia

A sleeping bag. Source: Wikipedia

Sleeping bags can be lightweight or heavy just like tents. The ones made for backpacking are lightweight, but the ones that were designed for camping are more comfortable but they are designed to be heavier. This article is going to go through the features that you have to look for if you want to choose the best sleeping bag.

First, you have to know where you are going to use the sleeping bag, as this will tell you what the average temperature is on which you are going to use the sleeping bag. If the sleeping bag is advertised as a 30 degree bag you should be fine as long as the temperature remains no lower than 30 degrees farenheit. These figures should be used as a guideline only, because every single person is different and other external factors such as the amount of vapor in the tent can have an effect on how warm you feel inside the tent. Your warmth feeling can be affected by the clothing you wear. I advise you to wear layered clothing, as this creates chances for you to adjust to any temperature. If it gets warmer you take off a few layers, if it is cold you just take on a few layers.

There are multiple types of sleeping bags based on temperature alone, just as you have to choose different types of tents for different weather conditions. Summer sleeping bags should be for 35 degrees farenheit or higher. Three season – summer, autumn, spring – sleeping bags are between ten to thirty-five degrees farenheit. Between ten and minus ten degrees celsius you should choose sleeping bags for cold weather camping. Cold weather can be mountain weather, or early spring, late summer. Extreme cold winter weather calls for sleeping bags under ten degrees farenheit.

The best sleeping bags have a hood. This is a great feature as it allows you to skip using a pillow. If you are a backpacker every single ounce counts, and if you have a hoody you can put clothes into the hood. This way you can make a pillow that is just as comfortable as a regular pillow, but you save a few ounces.

There are considerations that you have to take into account based on the sex of the person who sleeps in the bag. Women’s sleeping bags are not as long, but they are narrower. They have extra cover at the foot area and the upper body area. They are wider at the hips on the other hand.

The sleeping bags manufactured for kids are different as well. They have built-in sleeves at the bottom so that the child stays in the bag during the night. They also have pockets on the outside so that the gadgets of the kids can be stored.

The Major Rivers Of Europe

The Danube at Vienna. Source: Wikipedia

The Danube at Vienna. Source: Wikipedia

The Danube

The Danube is the longest, largest river of the European Union, but it is not the longest on the continent. The Volga is longest than the Danube, but the Volga does not flow inside the Union. It is an international waterway with major travel and trade routes that are integral to the economy of the continent. It was already a major trade route during the days of the Roman Empire, and settlements were formed in Roman times at places where there are capital cities at the minute. It is a beautiful water, so it is a major destination for tourists from all over the continent. The river originates in the Black Forest of Germany, where the two smaller rivers, Berg and Brigach flow together and form the river Danube. It ends in Romania and Ukraine where it flows into the Black Sea.


The Volga is the longest river of Europe. It only flows in Russia before it ends at the Caspian Sea. It is the most important river in Russia. It originates from Tveri, an area around halfway between Moscau an Saint Petersburg. It is very important for the trade of Russia, they have made major investments in the infrastructure of the river in the mid-nineteenth century in order to make it available for trade ships in every single circumstance.


It is the third biggest river of Russia behind Volga and Kama. It is also called the “Quiet Don” as it flows in a very slow pace. The river is not that important for trade routes because it becomes too shallow during the summer months.


The Po it the major river of Italy as it is the longest one in the country. It originates in the Alps, and flows for 405 miles before flowing into the Adriatic Sea.


The Shannon is a river that is not on the continent unlike the the other rivers mentioned above. It flows South and then West for more than two hundred miles before ending in the Atlantic Ocean. It is the longest river of Irealand, and the most western river on this list.

Gregory Baltoro Backpack Review

It is hard to find a really good backpack, although it is a crucial item for any backpacking trip. The Gregory Baltoro is a great backpack for trips that take from three to five days, however it is a bit big for a day-long trip.

The backpack can carry at least fifty to sixty pounds. It all depends on how many pockets you decide to use on the backpack. This is the weight of the stuff you have to pack for five days of backpacking. The backpack would be full on a two or three day backpacking trip. The backpack is a bit too big for a weekend-long trip, but it is perfect for four or five days of backpacking.

The backpack has a top loading area where you can pack clothes, food or any other item that you might have to use quickly on the road. This area is also great to put a tent in a packed state. The backpack also has many pockets on the side and two tubes as well on the side where you can put water bottles. It is awesome and very handy to have such pockets as you can take out food, or drinks even while you are on your trip, and you don’t have to take off your backpack, unzip it, close it once again and put it on.

There is a little problem with the harness of the backpack. It makes a bit of a sound, and it squeaks. This is not really a problem, but it can be a real problem on longer backpacking trips.

The backpack is very durable. It is made of great quality materials, it is made of double-diamond ripstop nylon and flat-weave nylon. But are extremely durable, and the backpack deals well with throwing it around and longer years of use. The backpack is not going to tear on your backpacking trip and it is not going to tear up either.

The backpack comes with a lifetime warranty, so even if it tears or gets damaged on your trip you can replace it and get a brand new one. It might be good to replace the harness of the backpack, with a better quality one. If you are looking for a good quality, value backpack for a five day long trip for example around the continent, you should purchase the Gregory Baltoro backpack.

Review of the Teton Sports Explorer 4000

There are many pros and cons about the Teton Spots Explorer, but it is fair to say that it is made of durable material, and it is comfortable to wear due to the waist belts that help with a more ergonomic weight distribution. This way neither part of your body will be overwhelmed with the weight that you have to carry, but the weight will be distributed over your bodyparts.

The bag is water resistant, it is made of durable material, and it has a rainfly, although some backpackers say that the rainfly is not big enough. I would say that all in all the backpack is amde of quite durable materials, and the rainfly provides at least some protection against water. Althugh the material of the backpack is durable, some gadgets on the bag are prone to breaking.The zipers get stuck at times, and the seams might tear.

The backpack has an interior space of 65 liters. This should be enough to hold plenty of backpacking gear. You can put your clothes, a bit of food and other objects into the main compartment area, and the bag also has an area for sleeping bags. The main compartment area is big enough to store a backpacking tent, however you can also attach a tent in a bag to the bottom of the backpack.

Some have found the sleeping bag compartment to be on the small side, but the truth is that even if you find this to be true you can still put your sleeping bag into the main compartment area, and put other objects to the sleeping bag compartment.

 The backpack can hold a total of fourty pounds, which can be considered a little bit small. You can’t carry many heavy objects with such a backpack, and some suggest that the weight distribution of the backpack is not the best. Unfortunately if you use the backpack as it is there will be too much pressure and weight on your shoulder, but there is a belt around the waist area, which you can use to put a bit of weight on your hips. It takes a bit of fiddling to get the tightness of the belt right, but it is worth playing around with.

The backpack comes with a lifetime warranty, so the fact that a few gadgets fall off shouldn’t be that much of a problem. Teton Company is famous for being friendly and helpful with all their costumers, so you can easily get replacement parts.