Sleeping Stuff

Sleeping Bag

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…

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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:

Friendly Swede Sleeping Bag Liner
Women NOT included 🙂

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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.

Earplugs

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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…

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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:

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And if that doesn’t work,  there is always 🙂 :

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