What are sleeping bags made of?

Every time we talk about sleeping, the first thing that leaps to our mind is comfort. Everyone desires great comfort levels to have a good night’s sleep. 

Nobody would want to wake up tired! This discomfort can be very annoying if you are resting in a sleeping bag while camping. The reason behind this inconvenience is due to the low-quality fabric that has been used in the bag.

In order for you to have a great night while sleeping outdoors, you need to carefully choose a sleeping bag that is made of good quality materials. Are you wondering what sleeping bags should ideally be made of? Read on to know more. 

Quality of fabric used for the bags

The most important factor to consider  is what the bag is actually made up of, that is, the fabric used inside the bag. To be clear, a potential buyer must know the inner and outer fabric of the sleeping bags. The inner fabric stays in contact with your body. Thus, a lot of factors come into play while judging the type of fabric to be used there. 

Also, the bag’s capacity to offer breathability matters. If your sleeping bag offers a good level of breathability, it implies that your bag will stay dry. Other important aspects include weight and durability. 

The shell fabrics

Here are some of the popularly used shell fabrics:

  • Taffeta
  • Nylon
  • Polyester

These fabrics are very commonly used for sleeping bags as they are lightweight and still offer great quality. 

Ripstop sleeping bags

These are basically bags made of polyester or nylon. The bags are made by reinforcing the materials with heavy threads. The threads add to their long life and make them durable. They also ensure great breathability.

These materials also provide good protection from moisture and wet atmospheres. If you are going on a long trip (especially in the rainy season), then we suggest you choose a bag that is made of polyester or nylon. 

The lining fabrics

Don’t we all prefer something smooth when it comes to lining fabrics? We do because it really matters. The reason why most people prefer having a smooth lining for their bags is because they do not have to bring along a stockpile of clothes. You should also choose one that does not trap in a lot of heat. 

Polyester and nylon for lining

Since these materials are budget friendly and lightweight, they are widely used in making lining fabrics. In addition, they also offer breathability and feel soft. For those of us who have sensitive skin, this fabric is the best! 

Polycotton for lining

Cotton is definitely one of the most comfortable materials that your skin can come in contact with. However, I have noticed that polycotton takes a lot of time to dry and therefore I suggest you wash them at night before you use them in the morning. Since this is not possible when you are camping in cooler climates, it is best to use such fabrics in summer or spring seasons. 


Silk fabrics form the most expensive options for sleeping bags in the market. Of course, silk checks all the boxes – durability, breathability and undoubtedly, softness too. However, the downside to this material lies in its vulnerability. It can easily be damaged if not taken care of. 

Summing up

Whether it is a family trip or a solo trip, a great sleeping bag is an amazing addition to your camp gear. If you are planning to camp indoors, softer materials like silk and poly cotton also work great.

However, if you need to travel via long routes and you need to carry the bag, we recommend a polyester bag. It is both durable and light in weight. Silk sleeping bags are great in both the aspects – looks and comfort. 

You must not emphasize on anything but comfort when it comes to sleeping bags. Whatever be the fabric, we must admit that travelling/camping is incomplete without a sleeping bag. In fact, a great quality sleeping bag is the best travel partner you could ask for!

You should always consider the pros and cons of the fabric quality. It is recommended that you buy bags from reliable websites like Planet Camping that priorities durability and quality of the fabric materials. 

RJ Frometa
Author: RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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