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1. Posted by Mr Custard (Budding Member 15 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!

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) 7y Star this if you like it!

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) 7y Star this if you like it!

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.