Indoor Vs Outdoor Sleeping Bags
Indoor sleeping bags are very different from outdoor sleeping bags. Even though both sleeping bags have a tremendous amount of benefits to offer, it is best to be informed about the differences so you can choose a sleeping bag that suits your needs.
Below you will find the common differences between both sleeping bag types and what you should be looking for in a good indoor or outdoor sleeping bag!
What Is an Indoor Sleeping Bag?
An indoor sleeping bag is most suitable for use inside the home, for example at a sleepover. Because the indoor sleeping bag is used inside, it will provide less warmth than the outdoor sleeping bag.
Most indoor sleeping bags will be less expensive than their outdoor counterparts, mainly due to the fact that less material is required in order to provide a good comfort level inside the home. An indoor sleeping bag will not be suitable in a cold environment outdoors.
What Should I Look for in an Indoor Sleeping Bag?
Most people do not have to think long about their indoor sleeping bag, considering it does not have to protect you against the cold or other weather elements. As a general rule, you can pick the material you like to sleep in the most. Common materials for indoor sleeping bags are cotton, polyester, poly cotton, flannel and down.
What Is an Outdoor Sleeping Bag?
The outdoor sleeping bag will provide excellent protection against cold weather and even rain, depending on the type of outdoor sleeping bag you own.
Outdoor sleeping bags can be divided into square sleeping bags and mummy sleeping bags, not taking into account any side categories such as the Mudgee sleeping bag.
A good outdoor sleeping bag will have a good filling material to keep you warm and have a unique design to stop the warm air from escaping. Most outdoor sleeping bags are very affordable, but there can be some sleeping bags that are more expensive if they are made with luxury materials.
What Should I Look for in an Outdoor Sleeping Bag?
Choosing the right outdoor sleeping bag is a little more complicated and depends on the environment you will be camping at. That being said, the first thing you should always have a look at is the insulation of the sleeping bag.
In general, there are two types of filling material that are commonly used for outdoor sleeping bags, more specifically synthetic fibre and down. Other filling materials are possible, but they are less common.
Down tends to be the warmest filling material with the best heat insulation properties, although this material is less suitable for camping in humid environments. Synthetic fibres are more suitable for those pesky humid environments, but provide less warmth than the down filled sleeping bags.
Temperature and comfort rating will also be important during your sleeping bag search. There is currently no universal temperature rating, which means that the temperature ratings for Australia can vary from the temperature ratings of a European country. However, if you purchase your sleeping bag in Australia, you will not have to take this into account.
The temperature rating of a sleeping bag will provide you with the temperature range in which the sleeping bag can provide comfortable sleeping. Depending on the camping environment, you will need to choose a sleeping bag that provides good protection against cold environments or good ventilation in warmer environments.
Last but not least, size will also be something you will have to look into for your sleeping bag. You can go with a standard single sleeping bag, but there are also sleeping bags out there that can accommodate two people. The double sleeping bags are popular with families and couples, but they are less suitable for camping in colder environments. Double sleeping bags have good heat insulation, but this heat insulation is not as good as with single mummy sleeping bags.