The big decision here is whether to take a sleeping bag OR a sleeping bag liner. I have a pretty light sleeping bag (~2 LBS/ 1 kg) that is good for late spring through early fall camping. To get it that light means it is a mummy style sleeping bag with little room to move in it…
Not the most comfortable way to sleep!
Instead of a sleeping bag, I decided to take a sleeping bag liner. I bought The Friendly Swede Travel and Camping Sheet Sleeping Bag Liner for $18. Here are some of the details/reason I chose this:
- It weighs only 10 oz (284 gm).
- It is roomy… 41″ x 86″ (105 x 220cm)
- It includes a pocket for a pillow, so I don’t need to bring a pillowcase (some of the forums mention that the pillows in the hostels haven’t been cleaned since WW2 🙂 )
- It has a full-length zipper for easy entry/exit. Plus on those warm nights, I can unzip it stay cool.
Here are a couple of pics:
My only concern was the warmth of the bag. So in early April (when it was still cold outside), I turned off the heat in the basement and slept there one night. It was 49 F (9.5 C) that night and I had no problems. I did sleep with my hiking shorts, wool socks, wool cap, and a t-shirt. If it got any colder I still had my fleece jacket and hiking pants at the ready.
So I feel confident that the sleeping bag liner will work just fine on the Camino.
Every book/website/forum mentions that earplugs are MUST HAVE item on the Camino since many people are sleeping in the same room in the hostels…
Here is what one pilgrim has to say about this subject:
I’m a pretty light sleeper, so I’m bringing a handful of these on the Camino:
And if that doesn’t work, there is always 🙂 :