With less than three months to go to my trip to South America, I’ve started to get serious about ticking off my extensive (and ever-growing) shopping list! And I’ve found a great place to do just that; the Gap Year Travel Store has almost everything I could possibly need at fab prices. Better yet, you can sort the products on their site by destination; and they have some great tips for things I might need in South America.
One of my favourite new purchases is my Vango Planet 100 Sleeping Bag; perfect for travelling in South America. The sleeping bag is super lightweight and can be packed down teeny-tiny (when compressed as far as it would go, the bag was about 10 inches long) so it won’t take up too much space in my backpack. Once unrolled, the sleeping bag is super soft and is made from Polair Silky Lining Micro-Polyester, an extra cosy, breathable and comfortable fabric. The aluminised reflective interlining reflects radiated heat back towards you, making the inside as warm as possible.
This is one high-tech bag! The Single-Layer Loose-Shell Construction means that the insulation is held between the lining and the shell, allowing it to move with you, and the lack of stitches through the insulation minimises potential cold spots. The Vango Planet has HHL technology: an anti-mosquito finish to repel insects like mosquitoes, sandflies, and wasps and a Health Guard anti-bacteria finish to protect against dust mites, odour, bacteria and mould. On top of the mosquito repellent fabric, the bag seals shut with a mosquito net to stop any bugs getting at your exposed face.
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When I tried it out, the mosquito net across my face did feel a little claustrophobic, but I’d choose that over having my face eaten alive by mozzies while I’m camping in the jungle, so it really is a great feature! More importantly, though, the sleeping bag is super comfy, and when I used it whilst staying over at my friend’s house on Saturday I had a great night’s sleep. The bag stays really warm and is dead cosy; it has 2 season performance and is comfort rated down to -10 °C, although Vango recommend it for temperatures of 8 to 25°C.
All in all, I’m really happy with my new sleeping bag and think it’s a fantastic addition to my travel backpack. Super small, lightweight, warm and with built in insect repellent; this seems like the perfect option for my travels in South America.
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