tattoogoddess wrote:what is the best option for someone who is taking amtrak? Im limited on room.
That depends on exactly how little space you have and how deep your pockets are. Self inflating camp mat and travel pillow, 50 degree bag, a fleece blanket and two sheets (one for dust cover) will all fit into a duffel with room to spare. That should be good down to 40F with layering techniques, and if hot it can all be layered underneath with just a sheet on top. If you want more comfort then an army cot can be had instead of the (self inflating camp pad) for about the same price, but it will weight a lot more and getting the end bars on is a test of sanity for most of them. If you have power or can take a manual pump, there are twin size air mattresses, but then they have a chance of going flat in the middle of the night, but they are probably the cheapest option. If noise is an issue the cot is the noisiest especially with extracurricular activities (squeaky drum), as well as being higher off the ground (falling over). Get a roll of non-slip drawer liner, the wide stuff is about 16" wide and over 5' long, it's usually pretty cheap and if you put that between whatever pad you get and the sleeping bag you won't slide off in the middle of a good sleep.