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a bed you can carry
Member Name: Thebaker50
Advantages: very useful
Disadvantages: none i can think of
sleeping bags are these pouches that you can open up to crawl inside in sleep in. i actually have 2 at the moment, and have owned around 5 or so. I currently own a ridiculously thick one (i think its designed to be slept in without a tent or something, its so thick!), and a really thin on (more like the average sleeping bag, thin, lightweight etc).
they have a load of uses, although originally they are used for camping and sleeping in a tent. however, i use mine for when guests come round, they can sleep in the bed and i sleep in the bag. or they can be useful when moving houses, or even having a spare at work or in the car when you think you might eb caught out by things like snow! depending on its intended use, should dictate the bag you buy! if you want to sleep rough outside, get a nice, thick waterproof bag with face protector. something simple and small for when sleeping in car/office/home, get a thin one that can be cheap and not very collapsible. Going camping, get a thin one that will be more pricey (you ideally want better insulating material) that collapses to a very small size. i am not saying you have to follow these guidelines, i am just saying it is generally easier if you do.
the design for most sleeping bags is the zip (and this is where when buying on your should pay careful attention). cheap rubbish bags will have a zip that catches or breaks easily (making the whole thing nothing more than a piece of cloth... i guess it would be quite easy to make your own with some know-how). This zip goes all the way around the bag, so when it is unzipped, it can be opened up. depending on design/cost, some have a different padding material on the inside as well! you simply lie flat, and zip yourself back up! or you can just squeeze yourself in from the "hole" in the top of the bag where you head goes.
Another thing to look out for is the inclusive pillow bit. some have a special padded bit where you head goes which is a thicker, so you do not need a pillow. other will just have the head bit with the normal level of padding, and some don't have anything there. look for this when choosing your bag.
Another thing to look for is colour (not just for fashion), but if you are taking them as an emergency (some people take them when doing skiing in remote places etc encase they get stuck), get a bright colour, like florescent green (although this never applies to me).
Washing sleeping bags is actually quite easy, just stuff them in the washing machine! but note they are quite bulky, so might need a machine to themselves.
Finally some bags have more padding on the bit that is towards the floor, others do not. Its up to you if you want the extra weight and bulk for more comfort. Personally i dont, but it might be a factor for you.
so to summary, choose your bad dependent on:
Sleeping bags are really useful, and i recommend that everyone has at least one, they are incredibly useful sometimes!
Summary: know what to look for