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1. Posted by jaconn (Full Member 20 posts) 10y

hey,
cud anyone please tell me what type of sleeping bag is best to take on a long trip around the world? I have decided on what type of temp range i need but am struggling on whether to get a synthetic or a down sleeping bag. I keep getting conflicting advice from the shops so thought the best people to ask is the been there done that people!! What are the pro's and con's of each type? I have no idea so any advice would be very welcome.

Cheers everyone.

2. Posted by Odysseas (Full Member 1359 posts) 10y

HI guy.The choice of your sleeping back depends on the temperature you will face.There are many countries round the world,you could face cold or not,it depends on you.But as you mention ''long trip'',you will probably cross both winter and summer.For this I advice you a ''feather''full sleeping bag(I don't know the correct english expression),cause it allows comfort on a wide panel of temperatures.Mean: the synthetic one is available five degrees down and up it's destined temperature,further you're freezed or you swet all the watter you have in you(blieve me!).But the feather one breathes well,and I've been travelling the last two years from France to China,through Greece and Russia (that is,very hot and very cold)with mine,and it was perfect all the time.Also it is the lightest...
Don't hesitate if you have more questions.
And good trip! ;)

3. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 10y

I can't help as to your actual question, but i would query why you actually need a sleeping bag. Unless you will be doing a fairly significant amount of camping, most place aren't really worth carrying one around. Hostels (and cheap hotels in many parts of the world where there are no hostels) generally don't let you use sleeping bags anyway, and supply vlankets etc. A sheet sleeping bag is very useful, but i find sleepings to be more trouble than they are worth (weight and bulk) and only carry mine if i know i will need it for a chunk of my trip (or can leave it/recollect it somewhere).

4. Posted by Clanger (Respected Member 202 posts) 10y

I have used a silk sleeping bag on my travels, and its the bees knees. I havent needed anything else yet, as when Ive been in hostels they generally supply linen/duvets.

5. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 10y

Just thought I'd add - if you're at all likely to get wet (e.g. camping in a potentially wet place) then you'll need a synthetic bag to keep the heat in, 'cause down won't.