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If you're in the market for a new sleeping bag for an upcoming tour, the wide array of options available can be really intimidating. A sleeping bag is an important peice of equipment to have along if you plan on camping, of course, but not worth getting hung up on for days on end. To help you make your ultimate decision, here are three factors I take into consideration when looking at sleeping bags.
Here's what I suggest to bring camping, along with roughly what it'll weigh and what it'll cost. This list is "mine" only because it's what I take. But it does work, and is a good starter.
Check out this new short animation from Adventure Cycling's staff on Packing Your Panniers.
In the 2007 Adventure Cyclist article, S24Os: Bicycle camping for the time challenged (pdf), Grant Petersen (founder of Rivendell Bicycle Works) shares his thoughts on why short overnight tours are easy and fun. Grant originally coined the term "S24O" or Sub-24 Hour Overnight.
"At first blush, bicycle touring can seem daunting. Especially when reading about epic treks in far-flung locales. Many would-be tourists are stopped dead in their tracks when contemplating bike equipment, logistics, camping, and the physical demands involved in touring. But here’s a secret: not every tour has to be an epic undertaking. If you wait until you have enough time off from work, or the perfect bike, or the lightest tent, or for every star to align to do that dream tour, you’ll never leave."
You know where you are going and what you will be doing, so you have a pretty good idea of what things you will need to bring along. Take advantage of the fact that you also will have a pretty good idea of what the weather will be on your bicycle overnight.
Since your destination on a bike overnight is generally nearby, you are probably familiar with many of the roads that you can use to reach it. If there are areas you are unfamiliar with, ask around with bike clubs or your local shops. You will likely find someone who is familiar with your route and give you suggestions on it. Remember to keep in mind if you will need to make any stops along the way for water, food, or anything else, and plan those in as well.