Best Sleeping Bags: Seal in the Warmth

Sleep more comfortably when camping outdoors with some of the best sleeping bags

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Sleeping bags offer much-needed comfort to dedicated campers who sleep outdoors. You get the best of both worlds since you can sleep in a cozy place and simultaneously experience nature. A high-quality sleeping bag also helps you get a good night’s rest before your next adventure. Here are a few sleeping bag options that will keep you warm when you’re sleeping outdoors. 

  • Best Overall
    Browning Camping McKinley
    Summary
    Summary
    An extremely durable sleeping bag that’s thermally insulated at the chest to prevent unwanted cold spots.
    Pros
    Pros
    Keeps you warm at 30 degrees Fahrenheit.  Great durable construction. Spacious, comfortable, and soft. Breathable and skin-friendly. Prevents overheating at hot temperatures. It comes with a convenient carrying bag.
    Cons
    Cons
    Limited color options. Its spacious design makes it difficult to retain your body heat.
  • Best Value
    Coleman Sun Ridge Sleeping Bag
    Summary
    Summary
    A highly compressible sleeping bag designed to provide warmth to the sleeper even at 40 degrees Fahrenheit.
    Pros
    Pros
    One of the cheapest sleeping bags available. Portable. It can be used by both adults and kids. Lightweight, comfortable, and soft. Available in a variety of colors. Has smooth zippers around the corners. Easy to clean.
    Cons
    Cons
    The soft tricot liner isn't as comfortable as a cotton liner. You may struggle to roll it up.
  • Honorable Mention
    Kelty Tuck Mummy Sleeping Bag
    Summary
    Summary
    A mummy-style sleeping bag with zipper openings at the foot that allows you to stick your feet out when it gets too warm.
    Pros
    Pros
    Feels warm even at 22 degrees Fahrenheit. Made of durable and comfortable material. Breathable, warm, and skin-friendly. Features a hood and an internal storage pocket. Highly compressible and easy to roll up. Carrying bag included.
    Cons
    Cons
    The shoulder area could be larger. The zipper may get stuck at the waist. Mostly suited for summer camping.

Tips

  • What you eat may have a direct impact on your comfort level in the sleeping bag. You want to eat something heavy but not too heavy that it will keep you up with indigestion. A light meal such as one cup of noodles will only give you energy for a few minutes, so you may feel cold throughout the night.
  • Sleep under a high-quality, weather-resistant tent with thick flooring to protect the sleeping bag from damage. Also, be sure to keep the tent closed to preserve the heat within the structure.
  • If you store a sleeping bag in the attic for a long time, it may be musty or filled with bugs. Air it out in the sun for a few hours to make it fresh. Machine wash it, and put it in a dryer if it’s dusty or filled with mold. 

FAQs

Q: How can I make my sleeping bag warmer?

A: Wash the sleeping bag to remove dirt particles and skin flakes that prevent the sleeping bag foam from puffing up with air. Also, add another removable layer of cotton or silk inside the sleeping bag to make it warmer. Do not forget to dress warmly in socks, mittens, and a beanie before getting in the bag. 

Q: Will I damage the sleeping bag if I put a sleeping pad inside it?

A: If there's enough room in your sleeping bag, then there's nothing wrong with adding a sleeping pad for enhanced comfort and warmth. You can damage it if you try to force in a sleeping pad that's larger than the sleeping bag. In that case, consider putting the pad under the sleeping bag instead. 

Q: Is it safe to sleep in a sleeping bag next to a campfire?

A: Most sleeping bags are flammable, and it's hard to save yourself from the flames of you are wrapped in the bag. It's safer to warm yourself up before you get in the bag, and be sure to put out the flame if your sleeping bag is out in the open. 

Final Thoughts

Our top pick is the Browning Camping McKinley. It’s warm enough for a fall sleeping bag and leaves enough room for you to wiggle around. 

Consider buying the Coleman Sun Ridge Sleeping Bag if you are looking for a cheaper option.