Sleeping bags, mattresses and pads come in different shapes, sizes, and price ranges. You can bring a pillow from home, or use a pillowcase filled with your clothes. If you are frontcountry camping in the summer, a sheet and blanket from home may do.

Rectangular bags

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Rectangular bags are roomy, especially if you toss and turn at night. For frontcountry campers less concerned with weight and bulk, rectangular sleeping bags are often a good choice.

Mummy bags

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Mummy bags fit close to your body for added heat retention. They pack down smaller and are generally lighter, making them a common choice for backcountry campers. Some people find mummy bags hard to sleep in because there is less room to move around in.

Sleeping pads and mattresses

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Sleeping pads and mattresses go under your sleeping bag on the floor of the tent. They provide a more comfortable sleep by getting you off the ground. Pads and mattresses with foam or down inside also provide extra warmth with a layer of insulation between you and the ground.


Staff tip

Get cold easily? Bring a toque! It will keep your head warm while the rest of your body is inside the sleeping bag.

Staff at Thousand Islands National Park