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sleeping bag or not ???

Aloha fellow Ragbrai riders,

  Ms. Newbie here..   I’m looking to lighten my load and wondering if I should just ditch the sleeping bag.  What are the minimum essentials for this ride?


11 Replies

barbara45000, July 20, 2011 at 5:26 pm

I use my sleeping bag to lay on so I’m not laying on the ground………..


pHIlo, July 20, 2011 at 5:32 pm

Aloha Velowaihine:

Depends on your comfort level … lots of people will bring an 8″ air matress sheets or bag and cot with them.

I only use my med-weight bag,  as we are always sleeping on grass, and mostly sleep on top of the bag.

Nights have been getting down to around 78 with plenty of humidity lately.  I doubt it will get below 60 next week.

See you on the road!


dbreon, July 20, 2011 at 6:34 pm

I’m happy on my 6″ thick inflatable mattress and an oversized fleece blanket.  Lay on top or wrap up in it.  Not sure it’s a lightweight combo, but a good night’s sleep is high on my list of needs on a week-long ride   


Michrider !!!, July 20, 2011 at 7:08 pm

I like my lightweight bag and it takes up less space than my fleece bag!!!


SSC1, July 20, 2011 at 7:10 pm

Most of our team will use bedrolls – sheet and and fleece.  I’m taking a sleeping bag to put over a 1 inch self-inflatable mattress.  I’ll lie on it and put a sheet over me – with a blanket availability if it drops below 70 (ha!).


SFC JKL 2, July 20, 2011 at 10:43 pm

I bring a light bag and a sheet also.  I’m covered for a variety of temps and have extra padding when it’s hot at night.


dbkguy, July 21, 2011 at 7:32 am

It looks like it’s going to be hot so I say at min. bring a blanket.   If you want some comfort, bring a air mattress.   If you have trouble sleeping in the heat or humidity, bring a portable fan.  Most will last the whole trip on one set of batteries.  Pillow or some sort, that’s up to you. 

Figure everything will get wet, and plan for that.


velogal, July 21, 2011 at 8:14 pm

Thanks all…   So the sleeping bag stays home and I’m bringing an air mattress, sheet, and a fleece blanket.  Oh yeah and a fan…  Great idea


SSC1, July 21, 2011 at 9:14 pm

Well, Velogal has a great pic – no doubt.

I purchased the 02 Cool fans from walmart – via the rec of the die-hard riders on the forum.  2  5.5 inch fans powered by 2 D size batteries per tent.  Should be good.  1 inch self-inflatable mattress, covered by a cotton sleeping bag, with a cotton sheet and a fleece blanket if necessary.

Stay cool!


L1truckie, July 22, 2011 at 5:34 am

Airstreams are nice to bring along to :)


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