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1. Posted by adifarmeru (Budding Member 12 posts) 10y

I read somewhere that in thailand and the warmer destinations on a RTW trip that you could get by by using a bed quilt sheet cover instead of a sleeping bag as it saves space in your bag and is light and cool during the night. How true is it? any ideas anybody?


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


And even in most colder places, if you stay in hostels, they won't allow you to use a sleeping bag anyway.

A sheet sleep bag/silk liner is always a good idea, but unless you will be doing much campoing/roughing it out at night, I wouldn't bother with a sleeping bag.

3. Posted by angela_ (Respected Member 1732 posts) 10y

As with most of Gelli's answers, I agree. I took a cotton liner with me and I think I used it only about 3 times, but was very glad to have taken it. I used it is dirty hostels and in a train that provided paper covers to sleep on and under....

4. Posted by adifarmeru (Budding Member 12 posts) 10y

Thanks both.

Cool, that what i was hoping for. At least that is something less to buy before i go.


5. Posted by road_trip (Full Member 203 posts) 10y

I agree with the above comments. Sleeping bags are pretty much a waste of space when travelling in SE Asia. Just take an old double bed sheet (definately not white though), fold it over length ways and sew the bottom and 3/4 up the side. Does the job perfectly...


6. Posted by Neily03 (Full Member 110 posts) 10y

Quoting Gelli

if you stay in hostels, they won't allow you to use a sleeping bag anyway.

Really?? Why is that? Is this the same for Oz and NZ too?

7. Posted by koalabear (Full Member 121 posts) 10y

Just come back from travelling and did't use my sleeping bag once, we did use our sleeping bag liners in thailand and that was it.
They won't let you use your SB in hostels in OZ or NZ for fear of the spread of bed bugs, nasty dirty little buggers ..

8. Posted by xbc (Budding Member 6 posts) 10y

If you cant use your sleeping bag in a hostel can you still use a silk liner? If so why? Wouldn't they both spread the bugs??

9. Posted by oslaue (Full Member 571 posts) 10y

im taking a very light small, thin sleeping bag with me...ive got friends living all over the world and i rather be sleeping in something than i say its small, light and thing so it wont take up much room...and if i dont need it i can expose of it later on in my travels.

10. Posted by Budai (Respected Member 506 posts) 10y

i used a poncho for SEa - wasnt the most comfortable option, but definitely light and served as a raincoat as well....