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  1. Sleeping Bag Liners For Extra Winter Warmth And Comfort

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    Sleeping bag liners used to be all about hygiene and were usually made from cotton. These days, there’s a wide variety of fabrics and functions with keeping a sleeping bag clean just one of the reasons to consider rather than the key one. Of course, the cleaner your sleeping bag, the less frequently you’ll need to wash it with all the potential anxiety that can entail, especially is it’s filled with expensive down.

    Any liner will add to the warmth of your bag as it will add to the insulation value of the trapped air heated by your body; they don’t weigh very much and take up little space in a rucksack.  That sounds quite technical but it simply means warming up the bag filling whether it’s light fluffy down or polyester wadding.

    Cotton liners are popular as they can be washed easily and are pretty cheap. Fleece is an obvious fabric to add warmth to your bag but it’s not the only way to extend the range of comfortable use. Silk comes with a higher price tag but offers a greater range of flexibility, packs down really small and is also easy to wash; it feels pretty good as well. Simple in style, liners may be rectangular, tapered or mummy shaped; zips are rarely found on them.

    As all liners can be used on their own, it pays to think ahead about what you might be doing. On its own, a fleece liner might be fine as a summer bag or for use as bedding on a flying visit to family and friends. A silk liner makes a great sleeping bag for use when travelling in hot countries. As liners may have been or can be treated with insect repellents and anti-bacterial concoctions, their use on gap years, backpacking trips and camping in all seasons is proof of their versatility.

  2. Sub Zero Meraklon Bag Boosters Back In Stock

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    With Easter holidays  just around the corner, don’t get caught out in the cold on your first camping trip of the season. Dust down your old sleeping bag and increase it’s working life by adding a season rating with our Meraklon Bag Booster Liners.  These fleece liners are ideal for when your sleeping bag isn’t quite warm enough, or when you just want a summer sleeping bag. The hypoallergenic brushed fleece inner face provides a warm soft snug layer next to the skin keeping you as snug as a bug in a rug. They are also ideal around camp fires at night when you need that little extra insulation but don’t want to dirty your sleeping bag.

     

  3. Cold Weather Camping Top 10 Tips

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    10 Top Tips For Camping During The winter Months

    Wild camping can be enjoyed all year round and more campsites are staying open for longer these days opening up opportunities to camp in relative comfort throughout the year. Cold weather camping doesn’t necessarily mean there’s snow on the ground as wind and rain can cause the temperature to drop uncomfortably. Our tips will help you make the most of autumn and winter trips.

    • Layers of thin clothing rather than a heavy jacket allow you to adjust insulation and warmth quickly and easily; try to avoid getting hot and sweaty as damp clothes will soak up body heat.
    • Natural fills like feather and down in sleeping bags will lose their insulation value when wet or even just damp but with a waterproof stuff sack and a decent tent, it’s pretty easy to keep your sleeping bag dry.
    • A ‘mummy’ shaped bag means your body has less space to heat as it hugs your head and shoulders like a cocoon.
    • Try not to sleep with your head inside your bag as your warm breath pumps damp air into the bag reducing the insulation properties and warmth.
    • Whenever you can, air out your bag and tent as body moisture vapour and warm breath condense in the tent at night and the moisture will reduce warmth. It might even freeze on the inside of the tent giving you an unwelcome frosty shower in the morning.
    • A sleeping bag liner not only helps to keep your bag clean, it can make a big difference to how warm you are all night.
    • Cold ground will draw heat away from you so insulating yourself from it is essential. A closed cell foam sleeping pad or self-inflating air/foam mattress offer good protection from the cold and can be boosted by lying on spare clothing, waterproofs or even your rucksack.
    • Change into dry clothing such as a spare base layer top and ‘long johns’ before getting into your sleeping bag. A snug hat such as a beanie will cut down heat loss through your head. Beat the morning chill by pulling the clothes you ‘re going to wear inside your bag to warm them up.
    • Torch batteries are affected by cold but you can coax a dead battery into life by warming it up in your hands; keep them in your sleeping bag overnight.
    • Keep your sleeping bag loosely in a large mesh or cotton bag between trips to ensure  it keeps its loft qualities.

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