Summer Sleeping Gear

Submitted: Thursday, Feb 09, 2006 at 18:38
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I have all the "cold weather stuff", but am wondering what others may have in the way of warm/hot weather sleeping gear. I don't think my -10 Sleeping bag will get much use in the Northern Territory.

Appreciate your thoughts and advice.

Jack
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Reply By: Lone Wolf - Thursday, Feb 09, 2006 at 18:41

Thursday, Feb 09, 2006 at 18:41
Jocks!

Nah, really, a sheet & thin blanket in my swag does me 'till say.... May, here in SA.

Wolfie
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Follow Up By: Member - Jack - Thursday, Feb 09, 2006 at 18:55

Thursday, Feb 09, 2006 at 18:55
Yeah - I'd love to do the swag thing, but SWMBO, while being a terrific camper, won't come at a swag. Feels the need to be "indoors" during the nights. Getting her into "swagging" is going to be a very long process.

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Follow Up By: Lone Wolf - Thursday, Feb 09, 2006 at 19:05

Thursday, Feb 09, 2006 at 19:05
I thought that of Tracy, but she went and selected her own swag two weeks ago.

Because we are on the move every day, she agreed with me & the people here on the forum, that a swag was the go for touring.

If we stay say more than one night, then we'll put up a small tent.

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Reply By: Member - David 0- Thursday, Feb 09, 2006 at 18:42

Thursday, Feb 09, 2006 at 18:42
a swag. I sleep on top of it not on top of the canvas bit but on a sheet. thats it
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Reply By: Footloose - Thursday, Feb 09, 2006 at 18:48

Thursday, Feb 09, 2006 at 18:48
Jack, depends what time of year and how far north you are. Ask anyone who'se been in The Alice in June...........:))))))
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Follow Up By: Member - Jack - Thursday, Feb 09, 2006 at 18:53

Thursday, Feb 09, 2006 at 18:53
: ))))

Thanks Footlose, I know what you mean. Gets a bit cold in them thar deserts. But I've also had a few scorchers up around Darwin, as well as a couple of unforgettably hot nights at Coongie Lakes, where I had my trusty -10. Too hot to even lay on.

I may just get a lightweight blanket and a silk bag liner and see how that goes.

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Reply By: Footloose - Thursday, Feb 09, 2006 at 19:18

Thursday, Feb 09, 2006 at 19:18
Was in Darwin in Oct/Nov. It was very warm. Nothing but a mozzie net from memory, with a blanket close for chilly mornings.
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Reply By: Member - Willie , Epping .Syd. - Thursday, Feb 09, 2006 at 19:43

Thursday, Feb 09, 2006 at 19:43
Jack ,
My lady gets old double sheets and sews them up into inner sheets for the sleeping bags . When its hot , I just use those . Sometimes it gets quite cool inland in the early mornings . When we were at the Daly fishing in October , it was so hot at night , but early in the morning you needed a light blanket or at least a sheet .
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Reply By: Troopy Travellers (NSW) - Thursday, Feb 09, 2006 at 20:19

Thursday, Feb 09, 2006 at 20:19
We found the silk sleeping bag liners just perfect for summer camping and sooooo nice on the skin. Got them on sale at Katmandu.
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Reply By: V8Diesel - Thursday, Feb 09, 2006 at 20:26

Thursday, Feb 09, 2006 at 20:26
Mossie net - the most essential item for hot weather sleeping.
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Follow Up By: Member - Jack - Thursday, Feb 09, 2006 at 20:38

Thursday, Feb 09, 2006 at 20:38
Yeah - we are looking at that as well .... do you have any thoughts on those "impregnated" ones, the one that are (supposedly) covered in repellant or something like that.

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Follow Up By: V8Diesel - Thursday, Feb 09, 2006 at 21:04

Thursday, Feb 09, 2006 at 21:04
I sleep with a can of fly spray (not Aeroguard or similar) but good old Mortein etc. Administering a good dose of neuro-toxin to that elusive mossie trapped in the net is both effective and extraordinarily satisfying.

Sometimes I've used Baygon on the outer edges of my swag too in 'high risk' areas.

Think carefully where you set your swag in the evening. Waking up to a full blast of scorching sun in the face is particularly boring.

Sleeping with your head down hill is not good either.

Make sure you're not in the way of anything like cars or livestock (very easy to do in the dark).

Always have a torch close to hand.

Keep a pair of thongs at the end of the swag so you can get up for a snakes without getting dressed.

Know where the dunny roll and shovel are at (hard to find in the dark).

Keep a small bannister brush in your lit to clean the swag as you roll it up.

Put a tarp down first that is bigger than the swag as a 'staging zone' for getting dressed out of the dirt.

Have a resealable one litre water bottle beside the bed (best hangover prevention)

Hope this helps (spent a lot of time in my swag:-))
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Follow Up By: Lone Wolf - Thursday, Feb 09, 2006 at 21:12

Thursday, Feb 09, 2006 at 21:12
V8Diesel...

EVERYTHING you have outlined that you have in your swag, is exactly the same as my own set up!

I run a king size job, so my clothes also get stuffed in one side as well, along with my boots, never been cramped. I've had dingo's try to paw their way in, to see what's for free, and never had to worry about stuff missing.

Funniest thing was at the Painted Desert. Woke up, and had the two station dogs sleeping ON my swag, and when I opened the flap, I got a good face wash!

Cheers

Wolfie
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Follow Up By: V8Diesel - Thursday, Feb 09, 2006 at 22:37

Thursday, Feb 09, 2006 at 22:37
What's the saying about great minds Lone Wolf...hahahaha!

Yeah I've got a king size model too that I got custom made up in Alice Springs. I had twin zippers put in because I MUST have my feet exposed to sleep for some reason. I can now undo a small opening at the end to poke my tootsies out.

A good book is a nice thing to have too for those lazy mornings.
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Follow Up By: ev700 - Friday, Feb 10, 2006 at 14:26

Friday, Feb 10, 2006 at 14:26
You've got to watch out for what is in some of those surface sprays.

One is laoded with Propoxur, which is lethal. Sends my blood pressure through the roof too.

Go for Permethrin if at all.

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Reply By: Member - Melissa - Friday, Feb 10, 2006 at 01:08

Friday, Feb 10, 2006 at 01:08
Hi Jack,

We use sheets and a quilt on the double bed in our camper trailer, whilst the kids use sleeping bags rated to 5-10 degrees. We also have fleece blankets which are fully zippable into a sleeping bag configuration or can be used unzipped as a double blanket. The beauty of these is that in warm weather, they are perfect used on their own and in cold weather, they add heaps extra warmth when combined with our normal bedding. In this case we place one between the quilt and top sheet or as a sleeping bag liner inside the kids sleeping bags. This combination is great when you're travelling across climate zones such as starting out down south in winter and heading north into summer. An excellent product IMHO.

:o) Melissa

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