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What Do You Sleep in?

Discussion in 'Sleeping Bags & Bed Rolls' started by TrainingHoppers, Nov 14, 2017 at 12:56 PM.

  1. TrainingHoppers

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    So, I'm planning on Freight Hopping sooner or later, but I'm still planning shit, getting shit, making sure I'm ready to go...

    I got a quick question, if you don't mind me asking, for anyone who feels like answering, specifically for "dedicated train hoppers"...

    What do you sleep in on the rails? Off the rails? What do you think is the best for sleeping on and off the rails?

    Thanks in advance!
     
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    Hi,

    Personnally for each hitchiking and train hopping trip I have made it with a -3 sleeping bag and an hammock with a tarp. In the train, hopping grainers is a great way to keep you dry and warm.

    Safe travel !
     
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    Get a US military goretex bivy sack; craigslist is a good source. Expect to pay $25-$50 & then add a quality sleeping bag or combination of sleeping bags depending on how cold it is. There is a whole section on sleep systems on this site so spend some time reading the hundres of threads on this topic.Remember that trains travel at like 60-70mph & can be cold, wet & miserable even if it is not winter. The bivy is great because it is wind resistant as well as waterproof. I wear Carhart insulated coveralls with thermals & hoodies etc which adds to my thermal mass when sleeping with my system.

    Tarps are best for homebums & or used in semi permanent shelters/camps.
     
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    Some may mind. We are a mostly DIY culture here who have shared much content on all questions you may have. Try reading the sections dedicated to those topics or using the search function; there is also a book "The Anarchists Guide to Travel" available that may help you answer the myriad of questions you may have.
     
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    relevant

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    I carry a fucking couch everywhere I go...

    Ahhhhh shit yea... looks comfy.
    Couch-on-Street-400x250.


    Really though I also recommend the Bivy/Gortex shell... a couple layers of cardboard and your good... sleep like that under the park bench in the grass just fine.
     
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    It is relevant :)
     
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    Blue foam mat, sleeping bag, bivy or more recently tarp
     
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    I have a sleeping bag I think it goes down to somewhere between 20 and 0 degrees (I got it from goodwill and could never figure out the temp rating so I just kept sleeping outside with it on really cold nights, hasn' failed me yet). I have a hammock and an 8x10 tarp
     
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    I also use a hammock. My hammock has mosquito netting which I recommend highly (ebay $20). I have a $12 dollar sleeping bag from walmart. I use a full size sleeping bag because you can always add layers to the inside where a coffin bag seems to get cramped when you add a blanket. I have two of the $2.50 throw blankets (also walmart) I use for extra layers and/or pillows. I also scavenged the foam from the inside of an exercise mat I use to layer the bottom of my hammock (1/4"). It really helps to cut down on heat loss from air circulation and makes my bed really comfortable. Of course I have a tarp. I use a 9' by 12' because I can pull it to the ground and button up the ends on cold and windy days. Also a tarp keeps you dry, and there is nothing worse then cold and wet when you live outside.