4. Cold-Weather Sleeping
To save all the packing space possible when ADV touring in the summer, most of us use the most compactable sleeping bag possible. These are usually good for 25-40 degree (F) weather. The problem is these numbers usually don’t live up to expectations, especially when temps can plummet quickly during a fall night of camping.
The solution is to also bring along a silk liner for insulation, which packs down easily, and a goose down blanket. In regards to the goose down blanket, shoot for “800fp”, which means 800 fill power. The fill power is a measurement of the amount of space one ounce of down will take up in cubic inches; therefore an ounce of 800FP will fluff out to 800 cubic inches. These typically pack away nicely, and can provide all the heat needed for extremely cold nights.
5. Warm Up Your Body Before Sleep
Before heading to sleep, do some light exercise such as jumping jacks. This will warm your body up – don’t sweat, though; just a few to warm you up before getting in your sleeping bag. This helps add some heat.
6. Warm Up Your Body After Sleep
Spend time stretching when waking up; this warms your body up and can help prevent injury before breaking down the campsite and riding.