Sleeping Bag Liners are essential travel gear, whether you are on an outdoor adventure, or staying in a hostel. Here I compare sleeping bag liners from Snugpak, Sea to Summit and Weanas available from Amazon.
Sleeping Bag Liners
Whether camping, hiking or bike touring, if you look after your kit then your kit will look after you. Sleeping bag liners fall neatly into this category, protecting your sleeping bag and thus enabling it to last longer.
Sleeping Bag Liners For Travel
Bag liners are a versatile piece of travel gear, but often overlooked even by experienced travellers. Their primary function, is to act as a separate layer between you and your sleeping bag.
This way, the inside of your sleeping bag will stay clean and odour free. It is also a lot easier to wash and dry a sleeping bag liner as your travel, than the sleeping bag itself.
Their secondary functions include acting as a thin sheet when the temperature is too warm for a full sleeping bag, and to sleep in when staying in hostels or cheap hotels.
If you have ever stayed in a cheap hotel or hostel, you will know just how questionable some beds and mattresses are when it comes to cleanliness!
The sleeping bag liner acts as a protective cocoon, and you can simply wash it before you leave. Check out the video below of a cheap hotel room – I definitely needed my sleeping bag liner here!
Snugpak Sleeping Bag Liner
The Snugpak Silk Sleeping Bag Liners available through Amazon, are affordable and of great quality. Retailing at just below the $50.00 mark, it is made of silk, which is excellent at trapping in heat.
This is just the thing to give your sleeping bag an extra boost of warmth when camping outdoors. Packs down to the size of a can of coke, and weighs practically nothing. Highly recommended!
Weanas Cotton Sleeping Bag Liner
The Weanas Lightweight Cotton Sleeping Bag Liners are also available through Amazon.
Cotton liners in my opinion are far more suited to backpackers who will be mainly using hostels or cheap hotels. They are cheap, hard wearing, easy to wash, and reliable.
This one is even designed so that you can slip a camping pillow inside!
Sea to Summit Sleeping Bag Liner
Sea to Summit produce a range of sleeping bag liners. Perhaps the most versatile is the Sea to Summit 100% Premium Stretch Silk Liner.
It has all the benefits of silk, combined with stretch panels of polyester and cotton to make getting in and out of the zipperless bag easier.
Use it on trains, in hostels, or when bicycle touring. It is easily machine washable, and rip resistant.
One final note – Don't be put off by the perceived extra cost or weight of adding a sleeping bag liner to your travel gear. It really will protect your sleeping bag, and extend its use life, saving you money in the long run.
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Best sleeping bag liners FAQ
Readers who are considering which ultralight sleeping bag liner to include with their travel accessories on a camping trip, often ask questions similar to:
Is it worth getting a sleeping bag liner?
A liner for sleeping bags has many benefits that long term travelers will come to appreciate. These include adding a layer of extra warmth in cold weather, keeping sleeping bags cleaner and less smell, and they are also useful to sleep in by themselves in warm weather.
What is the best fabric for a sleeping bag liner?
Silk sleeping bag liners are considered to be the best in the game. The help add extra insulation in the winter, are breathable in warmer weather, and pack down small with the help of a stuff sack.
Why do people use sleeping bag liners?
Some of the reasons to use silk liners are that they help keep the sleeping bag clean, they are thermally efficient, quick drying, and some can also act as an insect shield.
How many degrees of warmth does a sleeping bag liner add?
Sleeping bag liners can add an extra degree or two of warmth to a sleeping bag, depending on the material that they are made of. Silk sleeping bag liners are considered to be the most thermally efficient.
‘[They] can keep you separated from beds and mattresses of dubious quality’ – You sold it to me right here!!
Vanessa Fou says
A very useful item indeed! I’ve had a silk one for ages – a rectangular one, which offers more leg space. I always carry it, along with a travel towel, when I need to save space and weight.
Dave Briggs says
I agree – A sleeping bag liner really is a useful piece of travel gear.