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1. Posted by george1979 (Full Member 101 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Hi all,

Sorry about this but i am due to leave on 1st big trip next week and am starting to panic a little . Starting with 2 weeks in Madrid and 2 1/2 months in South America.
Anyway on to my query. I keep getting conflicting advice regarding whether or not to take a sleeping bag with me. I will not be camping at all as far as i am aware but i have a friend who travelled south america and said the hostels can be really cold and i should take one. Other threads on here seem to suggest the opposite .
Space is looking limited in my backpack so i only want to get one if i really need it (suppose i could get one over there if i really need it).
Anyone else care to give their 2 cents worth? (not exactly life or death i know but like i said....starting to panic a little )

2. Posted by fuzzypuppy (Budding Member 62 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

What about taking a silk sleeping bag liner?

It will take up minimal room in your pack, it will add warmth and if the beds in the hostel are "icky" you're protected from that as well.


3. Posted by KoalaGirl (Travel Guru 307 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

If you can afford it I'd get a light weight hiking sleeping bag... I alway travel wtih a small sleeping bag - it's come in very handy in some of the more dodgy hostels along the way where you really don't want to be sleeping with the bed bugs that are in the linen provided

4. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Hi George,

I spent 7 months around South America last year in all types of weather and conditions and I survived without a sleeping bag. Hostels are good in SA generally, because there is a lot of competition. And you will generally find them clean and comforatble with good bedding. I carrieda silk liner with me and used that in any place that seemed a little less clean. :)

When you do treks or organised tours, that's when you might find that you need a sleeping bag, but again it didnt prove much of a problem. For the Inca Trail and the Salar de Uyuni tours I hired a sleeping bag and used my liner inside. This was perfectly adequate and the bag seemed clean.

Obviously, if you can carry a lightweight one then it's great to have your own. But if you're finding that t might be a burden, then dont worry you can get by without one. :)

5. Posted by rconpascua (Budding Member 11 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Hi there. You should probably carry a handy sleeping bag with you, just in case you'll need it. I also always carry one with me whenever I travel.

6. Posted by bentivogli (Respected Member 2398 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I you can manage to squeeze a sleeping bag in, it wouln't hurt, even though the weather in most of SA will be agreeable this time a year. But overnight bus journeys can be chilly... But no big deal if you can't; like Samsara said, you will survive without it, too.

7. Posted by george1979 (Full Member 101 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Cheers for the replies guys.
i have a silk sleeping bag liner so i was hoping i would get by with that and from what most of you are saying that should be enough.
I will pack everything up again to see how much space i have then see what size the smallest sleeping back i can get is before deciding whether to take one. Would like to leave some space if i can - 1st timer so i suspect i'm already packing too much...
Starting to think i may just leave it and see how i get on when i'm there. Thanks again.

8. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3290 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I saw some fleece sleeping bags on for 1 EUR - they seem to be perfect for what you are planning. They are very lightweight, don't take up much space and are designed to be used either as a sleeping bag liner, a summer sleeping bag or (zipped open) as an extra blanket.

Silk sleeping bags usually start around 20 EUR.

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