Reliable sleeping bags for your next camping trip

There are two simple keys to spending several days in the Great Outdoors: Stay warm, stay dry.

sleeping bag in tent
Sleep under the stars.Yan Allegre via Unsplash

When you’re out adventuring, camping, or backpacking, a good night's rest can be the fine line between enjoying nature's splendors and counting the hours until you're back inside. A sleeping bag proven to keep its inhabitants warm and dry is key to a good time.

It's important to note that not all sleeping bags are built to accommodate every trip outside. Make your choice according to the climate and season. Here are some of our top picks:

Therm-a-Rest Space Cowboy

Therm-a-Rest Space Cowboy
Perfect for summertime camping.Amazon

For those camping during the summer, this super lightweight mummy sleeping bag is the key to staying cool and comfortable at night. The exterior boasts a water-repellant coating and the fill dries quickly, so if you're caught in an unexpected summer shower, you aren't doomed to hours of sogginess. It comes in three different sizes, so choose according to your height. For those who may want extra warmth, there are loops that allow you to pair the bag with a quilt or blanket.

Kelty Tuck 22F Degree Mummy Sleeping Bag

Kelty Tuck 22F Degree Mummy Sleeping Bag
A well-priced, three-season sleeping bag.Amazon

This mummy sleeping bag offers warmth and packability—it’s a well-rounded sleeping bag that works well for fall, spring, and summer, and isn’t too hard on the wallet. On warmer nights, you can easily pull out one or both feet, or keep the bottom zipped to ensure toes stay toasty. It also has a thermal-comfort hood and a media-integrated pocket for storing your devices.

Mountain Hardwear Unisex Phantom Flame 15 Long Sleeping Bag

Mountain Hardwear Unisex Phantom Flame 15 Long Sleeping Bag
For hard-core, sub-freezing camping.Amazon

If you’re planning on camping in colder climates, this Mountain Hardwear sleeping bag is a worthy investment. It's lightweight enough for backpackers, but doesn't compromise on warmth or comfort. It’s stuffed with a down fill that retains its shape well in damp conditions and features a two-way zipper and a handy mesh pocket.

Coleman Big Basin

Coleman Big Basin
For adults up to 6’6" tall.Amazon

If you're on the taller side, you have many advantages in life: easy access to top-shelf items, a great view at any concert venue, and, if you're a man, a higher salary. But finding a sleeping bag that fits your limbs? Much harder. This large bag from Coleman will do just fine for those up to 6'6", and can keep you warm in degrees as low as 15° F. The feet are fleece-lined for warmth, and the adjustable hood allows for extra warmth or ventilation. It's not the lightest sleeping bag, but it is very comfortable.

Sleepingo Double Sleeping Bag

Sleepingo Double Sleeping Bag
For couples who want to cuddle.Amazon

If you enjoy sleeping next to another person, this sleeping bag allows enough space for two. It’ll keep you both warm in colder climates (down to 32° F) and comes with two travel pillows. The outer shell is waterproof, and if your relationship breaks down, this queen-size sleeping bag also can break down into a couple of twin-sized sacks.