Sleeping Bags Vs Duvets – Find Out Which Is Best!

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Sleeping Bags Vs. Duvets: Comparing The Two


To begin with, the first thing you need to consider is the climate at your chosen camping spot. Are you roughing it in poor conditions? Or are you travelling to a place where glorious sunshine is guaranteed (which is probably not in the UK!). Either way, knowing this is the first step in deciding whether to choose a sleeping bag or a duvet. 

Sleeping bags generally have three temperature ratings which are:

Comfort Temperature – This is the temperature at which a person can sleep comfortably.

Lower Temperature – This is the lowest temperature at which an individual can sleep in a curled position.

Extreme Temperature – This is the lowest temperature at which an individual can survive. In extreme temperatures, yoru risk of hypothermia is increased and a miserable night’s sleep is most probably on the cards!

There are also other ratings to look out for such as season ratings which tells you which sleeping bag is best for certain times of the year. 


Secondly, will  you be sleeping inside a tent or a campervan? Outdoor conditions are magnified when staying in a tent. When it’s cold, it’s cold and when it’s hot, it’s pretty hot! A campervan provides more insulation when weather conditions are poor – although it can still get quite stuffy in high temperatures. 


Many sleeping bags are designed using nylon shell or weather-proof polyester with a down or synthetic filling. 

The materials used in a duvet vary widely from real bird feathers, cotton, silk blends, microfibre and suede.


Sleeping bags usually weigh less than a duvet as they are designed for travelling with. Most sleeping bags have features, such as a bag or a hood that zips up, that enable users to fold them up easily into a more compact product.

The weight of a duvet varies greatly depending on what size bed it is for and how thick it is. Duvets are definitely heavier than a sleeping bag and are not usually taken out of the house. 

Size and Shape

Sleeping bags are designed to fit quite perfectly around the human body and there is quite a variation when it comes to size and shape which makes them extremely versatile. The four main shapes are: rectangular, mummy, semi-rectangular and even double! There is a size for everyone when it comes to a sleeping bag, you can even purchase tiny sleeping bags for babies (however these are for cot use only). 

A duvet is available in at least four different sizes as they are created to fit across a range of mattresses. These include single, double, king size and even queen size mattresses. Toddler duvets are also a thing! 


Sleeping bags tend to be more expensive than duvets and many have certain features as they are designed to be used outdoors. If you are on a budget then a duvet might be your best bet, however cheaper sleeping bags are available that won’t break the bank and do just as good of a job.


While you won’t find many features in a typical duvet, sleeping bags have a selection of them that you might want to look out for.

Features such as snag-free, two-way zips and cinched hoods are all advantages when purchasing a sleeping bag to help you enjoy a peaceful night’s sleep when camping. 

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