Bring a sleeping bag liner, not a sleeping bag

A sleeping bag liner is important because you will be sleeping in beds that other hikers have slept on. While most albergues give you a netting to cover your bed and pillow with, you cannot fully trust its effectiveness in terms of hygiene. The sleeping bag liner will keep you warm and clean. It is smaller than a sleeping bag but just as effective. You don’t want to buy a big sleeping bag and carry it the whole way.


The only advantage of a larger sleeping bag is that it provides extra insulation, which is perfect for camping. But this is not camping, this is just the Camino de Santiago and when you’re in doors you do not need that much insulation. All you need is essentially a protective layer between you and the potential bed bugs. As well be sure that you get the correct size or one that can at least cover your head. One time I had a liner that only covered me up to my shoulders. I head felt exposed making it difficult to sleep with the ideas of bed bugs crawling through my head. These liners are approximately just $8 depending on where you look. You can get them at any store that sells outdoor camping gear  such as at North Face or even at Walmart.

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  1. YanTan83 16. Aug, 2011 at 10:05 am #

    I see many people bring sleeping bags, but this is very true. You don’t need all the weight and bulk of a full sized sleeping bag.

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