The Best Sleeping Bag Liners For Travel, Camping and More!

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WHAT IS A SLEEPING BAG LINER?

Everyone knows what a sleeping bag is, right? Well, think of a sleeping bag liner as being a lightweight version of a sleeping bag. They’re usually a lot more compact than your traditional sleeping bag, classifying them as being very portable and very easy to pack. The sheer convenience and the form factor alone makes sleeping bag liners a heck of a lot easier to pack versus lugging around your big, bulky sleeping bag.

Note: Sleeping bag liners are called a variety of different names including sleepsack (one word), sleep sacks, mummy liners, and more. You may even hear the word travel sheet get thrown around from time to time. No worries, they’re all pretty much the same thing at the end of the day.

WHAT TYPES OF MATERIALS ARE USED?

You’ll find that there are a wide variety of materials used when it comes to sleep sacks. Some sleeping bag liners are specifically designed with extremely lightweight materials that allow your body to breathe and stay cool during the night.

Materials include: Silk, Ripstop Silk, Silk-cotton, Cotton (Traditional, Egyptian, Organic), Flannel, Fleece, Microfleece, Microfiber and more.

HOW DO I CHOOSE A SLEEPING BAG LINER?

We all know how tough it is to choose the best sleeping bag liner, sleep sack,  travel sheet (or whatever else you want to call it) when you have so many choices to choose from.

Fortunately, I’ve got you covered. Literally.

I’ve done all the dirty work so that you no longer have to worry about searching and comparing the never ending list of options out there on the market these days. Here’s a list of the best sleep sacks, sleeping bag liners and travel sheets on the market.

SLEEPING BAG LINER CHART

Here’s a list of the best sleeping bag liners on the market.

Photo
Brand
Dimensions
Weight
Material
Rating: (1-5)
Sea to Summit Coolmax Sleeping Bag LinerSea to Summit Coolmax Sleep Sack84.5 x 36"9.5 ozCoolmax® Fabric4.0
Cocoon Silk Mummy LinerCocoon Silk Mummy Liner88"x34"4.7 ozRipstop Silk4.6
Slumberjack Micro Fleece LinerSlumberjack Micro Fleece Liner82" x 30"17ozPolyester Micro Fleece4.4
Cocoon Travel SheetCocoon Travel Sheet86" x 35"16 ozCotton3.9
Sea to Summit Thermolite Reactor Sleeping Bag LinerSea to Summit Thermolite Reactor Sleeping Bag Liner84" x 36"14 ozThermolite® fabric4.0

WHO USES SLEEPING SACKS?

Sleeping bag liners are used by travelers, backpackers, camping enthusiasts, cyclists, hikers, hunters, survival junkies, and just about anyone else who loves the outdoors.

WHAT ARE SLEEPING BAG LINERS USED FOR?

Sleeping bag liners are traditionally used for keeping your sleeping bag clean and sometimes adding warmth to your bag. Don’t get me wrong, that doesn’t mean you can’t simply use your sleeping bag liner without a sleeping bag. As a matter of fact, many outdoorsmen and travelers prefer to sleep in a sleep sack versus sleeping a sleeping bag any day.

THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE PURCHASING A SLEEP SACK

Comfort Level: In my opinion, the main factor you should take into consideration while purchasing a sleeping bag liner is its overall comfort level.

Stay Warm and Cool: A quality sleep sack should be capable of holding your body heat in colder climates yet also keep you cool when sleeping in warmer climates. You definitely don’t want to pick up a fleece sleeping bag liner if you’re headed to warm areas of the globe, trust me.

Don’t Sacrifice Quality: How much do you want to spend on your new sleeping bag liner? Prices range from $25-60 USD. What ever you choose to do, I suggest you don’t skimp out on quality when it comes to travel gear. Remember, when you’re on the road your travel gear is all you’ve got!

The Weight: You’ll need to consider the weight of the sleeping sack that you have your eye on. Again, this all depends on where you’re headed and how much room you have in your pack. If the space in your bag is an issue then I highly recommend you take a few things out and replace it with a sleep sack. I cannot stress how important having one of these is when you’re on the road.

Interested in finding out what else we pack when we travel? Check out our ever popular Travel Packing List!

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2 Comments

  1. JJohnson

    June 15, 2011 at 4:20 PM

    Really like the silk liners, they are light, soft and warm. I tried a fleece liner once but I got way to sweaty!

  2. Matty

    November 15, 2013 at 10:56 PM

    This was very helpful. I am brand new to this topic so looking for ideas, pros and cons. Thanks for the information.

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