Anyone who has been to a festival (or camping in general) knows the pain it can cause trying to get comfortable enough to sleep. Having the right equipment is one hurdle, but having good enough quality equipment is another, and while you don’t need to spend a fortunate it is something I’ve learnt the hard way over the years.
I’ve slept in pop-up tents and the rubbish one layer £10 tents from Asda at festivals which leak the second even a speck of rain drops or they physically collapse if it gets any heavier (which is likely at some festivals). Sleeping bags are the other most important camping item and having a bad one can ruin your experience.
Regardless of how warm the daytime is generally when you stumble into your tent in the early hours after watching great music and downing a few too many pints the weather drops and it gets virtually arctic. Days where you don suncream and manage to not need wellie boots and jackets turn sub zero and leave your teeth chattering and your body cold.
When I was offered the chance to review a sleeping bag from Planet Camping I was absolutely over the moon as this summer I am heading to not one but six camping festivals (Rock Am Ring/ Download/ Glastonbury/ Boardmasters/ V/ Reading) so it will come in super useful.
I was sent the Highland Voyager Ultra Compact Lite Sleeping Bag* and the first thing which I noticed was for once compact means compact. I’ve had sleeping bags in the past claiming to be compact but they were far from it. When you’re going to a festival space is of the essence so having a good sleeping bag which fits into a small space is a massive pro especially when it’s also super light (this one weighs just 1.2kg!) After pulling it out from the bag the next test was getting it back in which is something sleeping bags sometimes fall down on. Fortunately, this bag was pretty easy to get back into the same size bag *hooray*.
I sleep on my side which isn’t always the easiest thing to do in a sleeping bag, but fortunately, the Highland Voyager is a really comfortable size and moves quite easily when I want to change sleeping positions. The zip is anti-snag which is great news as when I had my sleeping bag last year it kept snagging and eventually broke! Another great little feature is the inside security pocket which is the perfect size for your mobile. I’ve always been very lucky at festivals to camp in the right places and never be targetted by thieves but it’s always best to be careful.
With my first festival in less than three months *eek* I am super excited to try this out properly and see how it holds up. Especially as it has anti-bacterial treatment which is designed to ward off unwanted insects something I absolutely hate!
You can check out all the sleeping bags that Planet Camping offer right here so if you’re heading to a festival or just planning some summer camping you can prepare yourself.