Backpacking & Camping Tips : Staying Warm in a Sleeping Bag

Backpacking & Camping Tips : Staying Warm in a Sleeping Bag


Hi, I’m Richard Fields. In this clip we’re
going to talk about how to stay warm in your sleeping bag. Of course, zipping it up all
the way is, number one. Your bag needs to be on a, a good quality pad to insulate you
from the ground, where you’re going to loose most of your heat. Having done that, it’s
a good idea if you have some kind of long underwear, polypropylene or wool, top and
bottom. That will increase the warmth of the bag quite a bit. On really cold nights, you
zip that bag up all the way to where the only thing showing is your face, and if that’s
still not enough, you can put on a wool or a fleece cap. This will increase the range
of your bag quite a bit. In a more desperate situation where you’re still not warm, additional
socks, and, and if necessary, even take something like, like a day pack and put the, the bottom
of your sleeping bag, put your feet inside of the day pack. You could even go so far
as to wrap additional warm clothing around your feet. That will fill up the air space
in the bag, as well as insulate your feet. And, that’s how to stay warm in a sleeping
bag. Have a good trip.

81 thoughts on “Backpacking & Camping Tips : Staying Warm in a Sleeping Bag

  1. I recommend a few push ups or whatever to get your blood flowing before stepping into the bag. Remember that YOU need to heat the bag with your body heat.

  2. I'm not an expert. But I was born and grew up in Siberia. Speaking from experience, I would NEVER put extra clothes on when I'm sleeping in a bag. I'd put them under and/or on the bag.

  3. With this type of method you would likely be wearing quick dry clothing that does not hold on to sweat long. If your sweating inside your bag there is a decent possibility that you are also not cold, or you need wear clothing on the extremities that get cold faster.

  4. Your body loses heat through (1) infrared radiation, (2) air convection, (3) sweat evaporation and (4) conduction – the cold ground (snow, rock, whatever) sucking the heat out of your body. Putting clothes under your bag helps to minimize the heat lose through conduction. And this is what sleeping pads are for, of course.

  5. First, warm air is trapped too close to your body and it takes longer (if ever) for the rest of the bag to warm up, so your legs and arms stay cold because they do not get the heat from your much warmer torso through convection and radiation. Second, if you wear too many clothes, you sweat, the sweat evaporates and cools your body.

  6. The best way to stay warm in your sleeping bag is to be warm when entering the sleeping bag. Do a few jumping jacks to get the blood flowing and than jump into the bag, otherwise it will take a long for you to heat the air in the bag.

  7. One thing that I found very helpful this past winter was boiling water, putting it in my water bottle and then sticking the water bottle in the bottom of my sleeping bag. This worked wonderfully when combatting -13 degree temperatures and a tent which had to be pitched on ice.

  8. Does anybody know what model of tent is being used here? I want to replace my present one-man tent with one that has a full-sided door like the one seen here (good for ease of access) and one that you can actually sit up in without banging your head against the top; that way you can wait it out when it rains far more comfortably! Also, is there any info about tent 'modding' out there? I've modified several tents for cycle touring trips and would be interested in other peoples' ideas/experiences!

  9. do they really need to tell you how to stay warm like putting a hat on? if your parents didnt show you how to stay warm as a kid you and your whole family should be shot.

  10. shouldn't you start first of all by telling people that it's important to get in a sleepingbag well fed and after a short excersize so your body heats up the bag… You easely win few degrees doing that… That is one of the most basic tips to give and you keep talking about zipping it close, if you don't know that you shouldn't go hiking πŸ˜‰

  11. Wow, I learned so much watching this video. All kinds of tips and tricks that, frankly, no-one would ever think of! Like zipping it up when you're cold, or putting on a hat and extra socks, brilliant! Very clever! Thank you for lending your genius to us brain-dead!

  12. @oxking0815 …
    Bear Grylls would have simply ate the eye balls of the Tauntaun then told a hyped up story about how someone only a few weeks prior had frozen to death in that very spot before retiring to his wilderness trailer.

  13. What's wrong with an electric blanket? Or I find cranking one off usually warms me up and it doesn't do that it usually gets me off to sleep fairly quickly.

  14. zip the bag all the way up if you wanna stay warm??? I'll give you another important piece of advise: Get "inside" the sleeping bag, that works better than staying outside of it.

  15. @DJSIQRIQ careful, sex makes you sweat. get sexy on top of you bag rather than inside it. me and my wife did this and ruined my bag with moisture.

  16. maybe point out where and how zipper works, just incase there is a bigger tool than you watching and taking this seriously.

  17. Tests show that when your sleeping, up to 75 percent of heat loss is downward and only 25 percent up through the top of your sleeping bag. So, it is imperative you use a good quality pad under your bedroll. While in my sleeping bag, I sleep in my panties only. I have never been cold. It is your body heat that warms the air and the air is the insulator.

  18. @stackedhippiechick I find this to be true too. When I sleep naked at home, I would always get very hot at night, more than when I wore clothes. Put 2 and 2 together…

  19. i love watching these expert village videos, not because of the "knowledge", but for the sheer stupidity and almost comedy values!

  20. Give a man some kindling and he's warm for a night….
    Set fire to his tent, and he's warm for the rest of his life!

  21. I remember starting the night with my long underwear, suffering a bit with the caloric suck, and then cranking myself upright for the "put-on-everything-you-own" complete magilla. Best to figure exactly the bag you'll need and go from there…

  22. @clamcrabber got that straight.
    zip it up and wear more clothes? These pricks are genius in action.
    Seriously, YOUTUBE, give me the ability to block this useless uploader for good.
    If it's already there, please someone feel free to share the process.
    I'm sick of wasting time on these vids time and time again when they sneak in amongst other useful vids.

  23. @DENMONKEY Actually you don't wear more cloths. The more cloths you have on keeps your heat closer to your body and keeps the dead air space in the bag cold. If anything stuff your cloths at the bottom of your bag to minimize the dead space in the bag.

  24. stating the obvious a bit, putting layers on when your cold. Heres one I learnt from another youtube video on the right there. Boil some water, put it in a bottle, and put it between your legs πŸ˜‰

  25. Haaaaaa Try the northern climates. If you can stay warm, say abut 30 degrees consider yourself lucky. A -30 degree mummy bag is is the only way to go, but they are pricey.

  26. My sexy wife comes along with me camping in the frozen North…We stay cozy and the snow actually melts all around our tent overnight!…

  27. I went wild camping on my own in a rather unprepared way in sweden recently and I was absolutely freezing, I woke up a couple of times in the night and boiled water over my fire and put it back in the bottle to use as a hot water bottle, it really helped and you can still use the water for other things!

  28. Theres always dogs … friends … hot water bottles … warm rocks … stuffing bag with leaves … wear two caps with a section of space-blanket, in between … wrap each sock with a section of space-blanket … Pile leaves along the base of your rain-fly … carry a Heat-Sheets SOL thermal blanket or an army reflective caualty blanket or an Adventure medical thermal bivy with you … hike out … go to the car … do some jumping-jacks … roll up in your collapsed tent … go to a hotel.

  29. @PHARRAOH typical moron on youtube. I was being sarcastic. Of course they keep you warm–you think we need a youtube video to tell us that? Well, you probably learned something at least.

  30. sleeping over my friends college dorm i would always be freezing in the middle of the night even with a lot of blankets, i finally realized that all my heat was being sapped by the concrete floor, taking a blanket on from on top of the sleeping bag and putting it under me made a huge difference.

  31. Being wet would actually pull the heat away from your body as it evaporates and that's how most people go hypothermic in the back country,with cotton base clothing layers they sweat and the moisture says with them and they loose heat very quickly. so peeing in the bag might get you warm immedietly but then you would be much colder then you were in the first place.

  32. Actually, when your feet are cold, you don't want to fill dead air space around your feet because you need air circulation from warmer parts of you bag to make it to you feet warm. Also, Using an outer liner like a bivy sack is also affective. My sleeping bag experiance is sleeping in one every night for years in an unheated cabin in the mountains of Idaho.

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