Family Backpacking Sleeping Bags:
When choosing a sleeping bag, the first thing that must be considered is the weather and temperature you will be backpacking in. REI has a great article (click here to read it) that helps explain how to choose the right bag. As I have said previously, we are budget backpackers and we also tend to backpack in mostly moderate temps where the temperature gets no lower than about 35 degrees fahrenheit. As synthetic fill is quite a bit less expensive than down, we all have synthetic bags. True, synthetic bags are heavier and harder to compress but the cost savings and durability made them the obvious choice when we started backpacking and they are great starter bags. That being said, while our synthetic bags have served us well, I do plan to upgrade to down fill one at a time when they need replacing. The warmth, fluffiness and ability to pack into the tiniest stuff sack make down sleeping bags a compelling (though expensive) choice. While the exact Marmot bag I use is no longer made, except for the color, this Marmot Women’s Synthetic Sleeping Bag
When the kids were little, we used Big Agnes bags made for children like the Big Agnes Kids’ Little Red Sleeping Bag
One thing to consider is that camping in hot weather may negate the need altogether for a sleeping bag. When we did our Grand Canyon rim to rim hike, we each carried only a thin sheet to sleep in. A sleeping bag would not only have been extra weight, it was way too hot to climb inside at the end of a long day’s hike. Another option you could choose for warm weather hiking is to carry a Sleep Sack
You may also choose to carry added sleep gear. For example, I find that carrying the Thermarest Compressible Pillow
Another thing to consider when procuring family backpacking sleeping bags- to cut costs, you may be able to rent gear. Our local REI rents sleeping bags so this would be a great option if you are just starting out.
The sleeping bag you choose will influence how well you sleep but you will have to decide whether cost, weight or comfort is the most important feature to your family. Whatever you decide, I hope it brings you many happy nights of sleep under the stars!