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