Favorite Camino Sleeping Bag & Liner
We all know the benefits of a good night’s sleep, especially when you are recovering from a physical challenge like a day’s walk on the Camino de Santiago. When we plan to stay in albergues along the Way, we like having a sleeping bag or bag liner to use on the beds.
We decide which of those to pack based on the temperatures we will encounter during our walk. Check online to discover the temperature ranges you can expect for the time of year you will be walking. (For example if I will be passing through Pamplona, Spain in early September, I can see on some weather websites that last year the high temperatures were in the low 70’s, lows in the 50’s.) Choose the most compact bag with a warmth rating appropriate to these temperatures. Keep in mind that terrain effects temperatures, too, with cooler temperatures at higher altitudes like the Pyrenees and O'Cebreiro.
Our favorite Spring through Fall Camino sleeping bag is the Marmot Trestles 30. Lightweight, compact, and super efficient. However, if you sleep hot, and will be walking the Camino in summer, our favorite warm weather sleeping system is the Sea to Summit Adapter Liner with Insect Shield. Sleep inside or on top, add an albergue blanket or not. Layer your clothes if you need more warmth for a night or two. In general, summer temperatures are so warm for all but a few places on the Camino Francés, we prefer to travel lighter with this Liner, than an actual sleeping bag.
Most private albergues and hotels provide sheets and blankets on their beds, so you may not need to bring a sleeping bag if you are planning on using these types of accommodations every night. Nevertheless, we like taking the Sea to Summit Adaptor Liner with Insect Shield so that we can sleep in it if needed, or use it in conjunction with hotel bedding.
Read more about Camino accommodations and what to expect as you walk in our guidebook, Camino de Santiago Guide to Preparing Well & Saving Money. Order it here through our site. A portion of our profits go to help pilgrims through our Provisions with Purpose Program.