My always careless friend Andrew yesterday called me at night. It was the first day of his camping and he took everything with him except the sleeping bag. So, he asked me how to camp without a Sleeping bag as he had no intention to dismiss his camping just for a sleeping bag.
As I have years of experience in camping and hiking, similar problems appear before me often. So, I have lots of ideas on alternatives to a sleeping bag and, so I suggest to him some of them. That was working great for him and when he called me to thank, he suggested that I share these ideas with all of you.
That’s why I am here today and I know sleeping bag problems are very common for many of you. But from now on, forget about dismissing the camping plan just for it.
Well, today, I’ll disclose some of the most effective and available alternatives to sleeping bags. So, those who don’t have a sleeping bag and often search for writing how to camp without a sleeping bag can focus too. Let’s see what to do and how.
Sleeping Bag Alternatives
First, I have a few words for those who don’t have a sleeping bag. Well, I am here to talk about the alternatives and it doesn’t mean you don’t need to buy a sleeping bag for your camping.
A sleeping bag is like a must for your camping. And if it is winter and cold outside, I prefer not to plan for a camping trip without it as it is like a life-saver then. So, it is always better to have a sleeping bag and make sure you have kept it as the first point of your camping packing list.
Well, now, let’s come to the point. You can use some interestingly available things you always carry for your camping as an alternative to a sleeping bag. Let’s see what those live-savers are.
The first thing I asked Andrew if he had a backpacking Quilt. Unfortunately, he didn’t have it either. However, I think if you have a backpacking quilt with you, you don’t have to think about a sleeping bag at all.
Last year, it was so cold and I forgot my sleeping bag too. Luckily, I have my quilt and it really works. I had a warm night with it. But I need to use some tricks for that.
If you have to use your quilt, make sure you are not sleeping just on your tent carpet. I used all of my clothes and other things in the place I was to sleep over. It prevented the cold from coming to the earth.
I also keep my quilt beside the fire stove so that it becomes warm. This helped me get warmer so soon and for long.
Generally, a backpacking quilt is made of light ingredients. So, keeping it with you on your camping trip is not so difficult. And so, I think, it’s the best way to camp without your sleeping bag.
The next thing you can use to alternate a sleeping bag is a space blanket if you have it with you while camping. It is also called the emergency blanket.
I know, most of you don’t carry things on your camping trip. But I am suggesting those who have it with them. I also have to use a space blanket once in my camping following the way to use a backpacking quilt and it worked too.
A space blanket is a very lightweight blanket that is good to make you warm very soon. Normally, it is made of aluminum foil paper and so, it can keep you warm for a long time.
Just fold up yourself with the blanket and make sure you have placed all your soft goods like clothes and bags on the surface before sleeping. This blanket will definitely save you from the cold.
Sleeping Bag Liners
If you forget to bring your sleeping bag but not the liner, then it is another useful option. But I suggest it only for summer. For winter, it won’t be sufficient to save you from the cold.
There are sleeping bag liners available in the market with different materials. Some of them are so good as to make you warm. While buying one, you can check it and buy the warmest one for emergency use.
Use Your Clothes
My friend didn’t have anything I have mentioned above. So, the final advice for him is to use his clothes and follow some tricks. And he tried his best to follow all my advice and he was happy with that.
First, I told him to gather all his clothes and keep them near the fire space. Let them get warmer as soon as you can. But be careful of the fire as well.
Try to find some stone or pebbles. Also, keep them beside the fireplace. If You have some water bottles then fill them with warm water. You shouldn’t use boiling water in any case.
Now, it’s time to sleep. Place half of your warm clothes in the place you want to sleep in. Place those pebbles nearly. Then lie down wrapping yourself with the rest of the clothes. Keep the water bottle between your legs and nearby.
Very soon, you will get warmer. And all those warm things will keep you warm till morning. So, won’t you agree that it’s the easiest way when you have nothing like a sleeping bag, quilt, or blanket?
Some Points to Remember
Here, I also have some advice or points I think you will find helpful in your camp if you keep them on your mind.
- Make a list of your essentials before packing for the camping so that you don’t forget anything essential.
- Try to have both of your sleeping bag and the liner before the camping.
- Always keep an extra blanket, quilt, and throws.
- Try to bring some plastic water bottles or bags with you. It will help you to warm yourself when you fill them with hot water.
- If you don’t have enough camping accessories, then go camping in the Summer.
- I don’t prefer covering myself with dry leaves because there can be insects or snakes.
- Try not to get wet or make your clothes wet. If you need to swim, take off most of your clothes and take them in a waterproof bag and put them off when you reach the other side. Wet clothes need longer to get dry. But you can wipe your body and dry it within a minute.
So, these are necessary tips that can help to stay safe in the cold and have a warm night still if you don’t have a sleeping bag.
But again, I love to remind you that if it is winter, you should make sure that you have a sleeping bag with you on your way for a hassle-free camping trip.
These tips, I think, are enough for those who want to know about how to camp without a sleeping bag. Still, if you love to know anything else about this fact, please let me know. Soon, I’ll come back with your answer. Till then, stay safe and connected. Thank you.
Mursalin is a freelance writer and outdoor enthusiast who loves to enjoy his free time exploring the outdoors with his family. He also loves movies, music, and spending time with his cat.