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Is a sleeping bag required for a RTW trip?

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1. Posted by biglee (Budding Member 2 posts) 12y

My wife and I are planning a RTW trip covering S.America and Asia including Nepal and other cold areas. We will be staying in hostels throughout the trip. Should we take sleeping bags or just silk sheets or both? I am not sure what hotels provide?

2. Posted by jagatsing (Budding Member 2 posts) 12y

dear sir/madam biglee,it would be better if you would bring sleeping bags & silk sheets both for you.but this is to let you know that you can get the quielt/blankets as well when you are doing tea house trekking in Nepal.Thank you,
Aitasingh Lama

[ Edit: sorry, no emails please ]

3. Posted by mj75 (Full Member 42 posts) 12y

Me and my girlfriend are travelling this september for 6 months and we are taking the silk sheets for ease and that they are light to carry - A sleeping bag would just bog you down.


4. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 12y

I usually just carry a light blanket which can be rolled up small

5. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 12y

If your not going to be camping/roughing it or crashing places (friends house/sofas etc), ín general people say not to bother with a sleeping bag, as it's just extra weight and space. Sometimes people get a very lightweight and 1 season one and take that as a compromise. But unless you or your wife happen to REALLY feel the cold (some people just always do), i'd say don't bother. Virtually everywhere will supply at least a blanket etc, and if you get cold, you can just put a jumper etc on.

I'd always recomend taking a sheep sleeping bag though, preferably silk for weight & size, and i tend to use mine even when fresh sheets are provided. Most hostels insist on sheets, so if you don't have your own you tend to have to pay extra anyway.

If you really do think you want to take sleeping bags, one option would be just to take one between you.

6. Posted by ErwinNL (Full Member 51 posts) 11y

Sleeping bag is always good to have. In desert and mountainous regions tempratures could drop to freezing at night even if wheater is fair during the day. It dont mean you will need a thick polar mummy kind of thing. Most outdoor brands will have special sleeping bags for light travel wich dont cost that much and wont take up that much space.

7. Posted by Brendan (Respected Member 1824 posts) 11y

For me I would go with just a stitched up sheet, and if it gets cold put on a sweater and long underwear on

8. Posted by Dorah (Budding Member 6 posts) 11y

OK, Sleaping bags.
Whatever you do, buy the strongest insect reppelent. What happened to me was awfull, I was at this hostel where I used my sleeping bag with the blanket, but it turned out that the bed I was in was full of bed bugs. Next thing I knew was traveling around Europe and spreading bed bugs everywhere I go. Not to mention all the bites I'we got, I looked as if I'we got chicken pox. It took me three weaks to finaly get rid of the bed bug plague, Raid worked. I almost got rid of the sleaping bag, I was this close to just leaveing it behind.

9. Posted by Brendan (Respected Member 1824 posts) 11y

Does instect repellant (deet) work on "bed bugs"? I thought it didn't.

10. Posted by s0f (Full Member 163 posts) 11y

My boyfriend and I are going on a RTW (sort of) through Asia, India, Egypt then Europe. We are taking one sleeping bag between us that can open all the way out so we can use it as a blanket for the two of us. We are also taking a doona/quilt cover as a spare sheet for us to sleep under, over or inside it. And we are taking two pillow slips... many uses for these - putting dirty clothes in, stuffing clothes into for a pillow, covering dirty hotel/hostel pillows...