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1. Posted by TUTS (Budding Member 14 posts) 9y

[b]PLEASE PLEASE HELP
GOING TRAVELLING IN 7 WEEKS TO THAILAND THEN OZ NZ AND AMERICA. REALLY DONT KNOW WETHER TO BUY A SLEEPING BAG OR JUST A SILK SLEEPING BAG LINER. THERE SEEMS TO BE LOTS OF CONFUSION ON HERE AS TO WETHER YOU ARE ALLOWED SLEEPING BAGS OR NOT AND WHATS BEST TO USE. WOULD LOVE TO JUST GET AWAY WITH THE LINER COZ WOULD USE UP LESS SPACE.
ANY ADVICE FROM ANYONE
THANKYOU

2. Posted by NantesFC (Respected Member 531 posts) 9y

The way I look at it, if I'm travelling and stay in places that provide a bed I'd just take the liner. I don't care for sleeping bags while travelling. I've never had to do it but the bulk has to be a hassle. Sure yourself a decompressible bag but eh. I've gone camping plenty of times so I have one but the only reason why I'd take one with me during travel is if I intend on spending some time out in the outdoors or sleeping in tents and such. But if you're staying in hostels during your entire trip, just take the liner.

3. Posted by TUTS (Budding Member 14 posts) 9y

thanks for the advice just gonna get a liner then i think

4. Posted by Dani girl (Budding Member 49 posts) 9y

I would totally agree with Nantes FC, if you're staying only in hostels then don't bother with a sleeping bag. Even if you do get a liner then you may not be using it loads. For example, Oz has had a bed bugs outbreak of late and every hostel I've been to here bans anyone from using their own sheets. Having said that a liner is light, takes up no space and is nice to have when you're travelling on overnight bus journeys etc and also can be used for camping when it's hot which it should be in some of the places you're headed.

If you do go camping, you can always hire a sleeping bag for a few nights. I've camped quite a lot so do have a bag with me. It is cumbersome during the times I don't use it though.

Have a great trip!

Dani

5. Posted by kir19 (Inactive 55 posts) 9y

I used a liner when I backpacked around NZ and Oz. It was perfect to use in hostels. Don't bother with a sleeping bag and if you do end up camping you can always rent one if need be. Enjoy your travels!

6. Posted by TUTS (Budding Member 14 posts) 9y

[b]thanks to dani and everyone else for the excellent advice
defo gonna just go with the liner more room for trainers
thanks

7. Posted by vxmike (Budding Member 64 posts) 9y

I usually don't end up using my sleeping bag enough when I've brought it in the past to justify the weight/bulk.

It certainly wouldn't pass the "value per size" test if I'm packing light. When I mean is that it's not worth nearly enough to justify taking up all that size/weight when luggage is at a minimum. Worst case if I'm in an area where a sleeping bag would be nice I can just buy one cheap locally (under $20 at Walmart for example) and it won't break me.

8. Posted by hey_monkee (Respected Member 430 posts) 9y

yep, just go for a liner, and even then you might find it surplus to requirements!

9. Posted by aharrold45 (Travel Guru 1281 posts) 9y

A lot of places will not even let you use a sleeping bag and some will fine you and boot you out of the hostel if you are even caught with one in the room but not using it! So definitely a liner is your better option. Good thing about the liner is it takes up less space in your backpack and also in Europe where some places charge extra for sheets you will not have to pay for them because you've got the liner you can use.

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