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Do I Need A Sleeping Bag Liner?

February 23, 2017

Everyone always tells you to pack a sleeping bag liner on your backpacking and camping trips, but do you really need one?


Adding Warmth

Sleeping bag liners do add extra warmth to your sleeping bag during colder nights. They can add up to one season to your existing sleeping bag, for example if you currently only a warm sleeping bag a liner can transform your bag into a cool weather sleeping bag. However, with extra warmth comes an extra cost, extra camping gear, and extra weight.

If your only concern is warmth, a sleeping bag liner is not necessary if you purchase the correct sleeping bag for your needs. When you purchase a sleeping bag, ensure that you purchase a bag for the coldest temperature that you will be camping in and if you tend to get cold at night purchase a bag with a 5° to 10° higher rating than you think you will need.


Keeping Your Bag Clean

Sleeping bag liners are also useful for keeping your bag cleaner. The liner acts as a layer between you and your sleeping bag and wicks away moisture and sweat. With a sleeping bag liner, you can remove the liner and throw it in the wash, which means you can wash your sleeping bag less. However, having a removable sleeping bag liner can also be awkward and uncomfortable. Once a liner is set up in a bag, they often move once you crawl into your sleeping bag and during the night.

There are other ways to keep your sleeping bag clean without having to add the extra weight of a sleeping bag liner. Changing into clean clothes before you crawl into your sleeping bag and avoiding sleeping directly on the ground with your bag with eliminate the need for frequent washing of your bag without a liner. However, Coleman sleeping bags are commercial machine washable, which makes washing easy!

Overall, a sleeping bag liner will add to the cost, weight and baggage of your camping trip. There are no disadvantages to not having a sleeping bag liner and the benefits you can receive from a sleeping bag can be achieved in other cost efficient ways!

 

Propane vs. Butane

February 17, 2017

One of the biggest decisions campers will make when purchasing a stove or grill is the type of fuel your stove or grill will take. To help make this decision easier we have outlined the differences between propane and butane fuel!

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How to Buy a Sleeping Bag

February 8, 2017

A sleeping bag can be the difference between a cozy, comfortable sleep and a cold, miserable night of discomfort. The type and amount of fill used, shape of bag, liner, seams and style of zipper can all make a difference in your sleeping experience.

Here’s what to consider when buying a sleeping bag to ensure you have a comfortable sleep!

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10 Reasons to Camp in the Winter

January 26, 2017

At Coleman, we love to camp all year round, including the snowy winter months! We have compiled a list of 10 reasons we think you should camp in the winter too!

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Lessons We Learned While Camping

January 12, 2017

Camping is a fun, affordable way to get outside and relax in the fresh air with family and friends! When you do get outside, whether for a day camp or a longer excursion, you will find that there are also many lessons to be learned from the experience. Here are a few of the lessons we have learned while camping in the great Canadian outdoors.

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