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1. Posted by Mr Custard (Budding Member, 15 posts) 11 Aug '11 05:58

Other than the obvious sleeping bag and warm clothing what is the best way to stay warm at night whilst camping. I find that being cold takes some of the enjoyment out of camping.
Mr Custard

2. Posted by kichikacha (Respected Member, 328 posts) 12 Aug '11 04:40

Mr Custard,

it's a warm sleeping that counts the most. note: comfort level indicated on your sleeping bag is the minimum temperature that you can still sleep in. other indicators are almost non-relevant. so if you see minimum temperature on the label, add another at least +15C to the actual temperature that you can sleep at.

you get most of the cold from the bottom, so a nice/thick mattress will help a lot too. if your mattress is inflatable, make sure the material is not too thin - as the air inside is not good insulator.

socks and fleece or even a hat (if it's very cold) will also keep you warm.

3. Posted by Neeke89 (Budding Member, 52 posts) 15 Aug '11 04:27

A sleepingbag liner can help, it 'increases' the minimum temperature value of your sleepingbag with a few degrees. And as Kichikacha stated, a good (isolating) mattress is also important. Even when it's not too cold outside, a mattress without good isolation can be rather uncomfortable at night, because a lot of air/cold can pass through, while this is less with good thermo-mattresses.
This summer I experienced that my cheapish air mattress is good in regions like Corsica, where it's minimum ~20-22 degrees C at night, but in mainland Europe, if temperatures drop below 16 at night, it becomes more uncomfortable.