The sleeping bag

It is the hiker’s bed. To be fit during the day, you have to sleep well at night. Form, filling, and construction are the elements of reflection that must preside over your purchase.

The quality of a sleeping bag is, first of all, a function of the layer of air contained inside the lining. It is therefore important to take into account the difference in volume between the bag compressed in its cover and in the open air. The greater the difference, the better it will be.

The top of a bag is always warmer than the underside which is compressed by the weight of the body. On cold or humid soil it will work best.

Sleeping bag lining

We can distinguish natural filling (down) and synthetics:

– Down is a noble material that is known for excellence (goose or duck) which allows you to combine comfort and tradition. Perfectly healthy and natural, it allows the body to breathe while ensuring a perfect circulation of perspiration. Because of its qualities, it is mainly used in low and very low-temperature regions. Its interest lies also in its low weight and compress ability. It is often more expensive than synthetic and also requires more maintenance.

– Synthetics, hollow fibers or not. In polyester, they allow a great diversity of results. Research is the same as down: store a sufficient mass of air with the necessary thermal insulation. New fibers such as GLT, Thermoguard, Polaguard, Thermoloft, etc., are often close to the qualities of down, apart from weight.

Hammock and mosquito nets

And why not a hammock for some hot countries, hiking or when traveling by boat, or even by train? Choose a compact, lightweight model made of synthetic material so that it is not afraid of the weather, and without a wooden frame. First prices around 20 dollars.

In some areas, a mosquito net is essential. Here too, for modest prices, choose the least bulky, pyramid-shaped models, and especially pre-made with a repellent anti-mosquito. As an option, there are also hammocks and mosquito nets.


If you’re going camping then you need a good knife. We would recommend a tactical knife like the ones seen hereĀ They are tough and built for the outdoors.

Hope that you got some value out of this article.

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