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1. Posted by Flembo (Budding Member 23 posts) 11y

Hi Guys,

I'm off for 6 months in March for my RTW trip. Hitting LA, Fiji, NZ, Oz, SE Asia and India.

I've seen that you can get light weight sleeping bags or just a cotton sleeping sheet. I did hear that some hostels don't let you use sleeping bags because of bed bugs?

Any advice on what to buy would be great.



2. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 11y

It is true that some hostels in some places don't let you. I took a cotton sleeping bag liner and it was damn useful - it's really good in very hot places where you don't want to be in a sweaty sleeping bag too. However, I took a lightweight sleeping bag as well and this was really useful too, particularly in New Zealand where it was pretty cold at times (particularly as we decided to do some camping).

3. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 11y

I¨ve brought a silk sleeping bag liner along with me and it´s great. Very lightweight and perfect for hot countries.

Hope that helps :)

4. Posted by angela_ (Respected Member 1732 posts) 11y

If your just staying in hotels/hostels then I would say you don't have to bring a sleeping bag. I brought a cotton sleep sheet with me and it was pretty useful in some of the less "nice" hostels and trains that have icky paper sheets..

5. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 11y

I always carry my silk sheet (used to be a cotton one), but only bother with a sleeping bag if i know that i will be doing some extensive camping or roughing it. If your just going to do a little camping, consider buying a really cheap sleeping bag locally and chucking it/donating afterwards, as opposed to carrying it the whole way.

6. Posted by kenmc (Full Member 80 posts) 11y

Yeah, the silk liner is what I'm using. Warm enough, small and lightweight

7. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 11y

Come to think of it I did bin my sleeping bag after leaving NZ.

8. Posted by koalabear (Full Member 121 posts) 11y

Sleeping bag liner is the way forward. You will not need you Sleeping bag, i have mine and i have even opened it once yet, it is totally a waste of space.

9. Posted by Twinkle (Respected Member 1112 posts) 11y

Me too, I took a silk sleeping bag liner just for all the times I ended up in slightly dubious and dirty hostels!Unless you are doing actual camping then I wouldnt bother, Its just another thing to carry around with you. Plus if it could end up getting infested with bed bugs and you dont want to be hauling those around with you!

10. Posted by aharrold45 (Travel Guru 1281 posts) 11y

I got a bed sheet, and sewed it up like in the shape of a sleeping bag. I also did this with a thin blanket which fitted in to my backpack a lot thinner than a sleeping bag did, and didn't use it once in my whole trip. That bed sheet was enough for me in the 27 countries I went to. Most of the places I stayed at it was warm weather, but there were a few that were very cold and the sheet along with the blanket provided by the hostel was enough to keep me warm.