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What Should I Sleep in When It’s Cold?

Cold weather sleeping--is it correct to don the clothes you intend to wear the next day?

Question:

Cold weather sleeping–is it correct to don the clothes you intend to wear the next day, so you’re not sleeping in sweat-dampened attire and then becoming chilled overnight?

Submitted by - Steve, Nashville, TN

Answer:

I feel safe saying you should never sleep in damp clothing. You risk not only a chill and poor sleep but also adding unnecessary moisture to the insulation of your bag.

Personally, I prefer to snooze in long underwear that I carry just for sleeping, saving my clothing for the trail. By the way, my sweaty stuff usually dries during the night if I hang it.

1 Comment

  1. Armadillo

    For cold weather hiking, plan the next days clothes and put them in the bottom of your sleeping bag. The long underwear idea is a good one if you use them only for sleeping otherwise, I have found that simply wearing your basic underwear keeps me warm if I have an appropriate sleeping bag. Doesn’t help much if you have to get up in middle of the night though.

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