Having the right camping sleeping gear is essential for any overnight adventure. Each item should work together to ensure that you are comfortable and warm, while not being too heavy or bulky. Here is a list of the basic camping sleeping gear you need to create an ultra-comfy sleeping system:
- Sleeping Mat
Don’t underestimate the importance of a sleeping mat for camping! Your camping sleeping mat is literally the foundation of your sleeping system. To stay warm, cosy and comfortable all night long, choose an insulated sleeping mat for camping with an appropriate R-value rating for the coldest temperatures you might encounter on your adventures.
- Sleeping Bag or Camping Quilt
Along with your sleeping mat, a camping sleeping bag or purpose-built camping top quilt is one of the most important items of outdoor gear you can buy. The best sleeping bag or top quilt for camping will balance weight with warmth, ensuring you’re comfortable without weighing down your pack.
- Camping Pillow
An ultralight camping pillow is a little piece of kit that can make a HUGE difference to your sleep quality. Remember, good sleep is not a luxury; it is a necessity for performing at your best in the wild.
- Comfort-Enhancing Accessories
A sleeping bag liner or camping mat fitted sheet are items that can boost your comfort and help you wake up feeling refreshed. Sure, they might not be ‘essential’ items for every camping trip but if they help give you a better night’s sleep then they may be worth the extra weight. Comfort is king, after all!
We’ve put a lot of time and energy into developing the ultimate sleeping system here at Alton HQ. Each item in our camping sleeping gear collection is carefully designed to provide optimal performance in extreme conditions, with just the right ratio of weight, durability and comfort.
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- Sleeping Mat
One of the most frequently asked questions we hear from our customers is “what is the difference between a camping quilt and a sleeping bag?”
Here’s the short answer:
Sleeping bags wrap all the way around you, using a zipper to close you into a cocoon of warmth. They are designed to provide maximum warmth, but this may come at the cost of additional weight and bulk due to the extra fabric and hardware involved.
Camping Top Quilt
A top quilt for camping is pretty much a zipperless sleeping bag. There are a few key advantages to camping quilts, including a better warmth to weight ratio and adaptable configuration for optimal temperature regulation.
For the long (and very interesting) answer, check out our blog, Sleeping bag vs quilt. Which is best?. In this comprehensive guide, we cover everything you need to know about both options and will help you choose the best option for your needs.
Yes! All of our premium camping sleeping gear, from camping pillows to sleeping pads to groundsheets, are covered by our All Good Guarantee. This Lifetime Warranty* against manufacturing defects is our promise to you that our outdoor gear is made to the highest possible quality, durability and performance standards.
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