Monday, September 14, 2015
Sleeping Bag Saga Solved
All this time that I've been preparing for this backpacking trip, I've been worrying over my sleeping bag. I have a great bag, but it isn't a backpacking bag and therefore isn't very light. My husband's bag is rather old and I know (from experience, or rather my cousin's experience camping at the UFO Ranch in Trout Lake, Washington) that sleeping bags loose their effectiveness over time.
Since we're on a budget, my husband and I didn't really want to purchase new sleeping bags. So I attempted to see if mine would be compressed small enough to at least fit easily in my pack. But it didn't fit in the compression sack I purchased. The thoughts of sleeping bags and compression sacks were shelved for a while. I'd figure it out later.
So while discussing the issues recently, my 9 year old son suggested my husband use his bag. I explain that his sleeping bag is a youth size so my husband would never fit. "So why don't you use it, Mom" was his next suggestion. So I tried it out. We won't dwell on the fact that I am short enough to fit into a youth bag. We will dwell on the fact that I fit, it's lighter than mine AND it fits into the already purchased compression sack.
Only a few other items to work on getting and we'll be set!