The Cocoon Travel Sheet: In case you don’t like sleeping in dirty hostel sheets
We all know one of the biggest, if not the biggest reason we study abroad is to travel. Unfortunately, as college students, we’re not going to be staying in 5-star hotels with a new set of silk sheets every night. We’re sleeping in hostels that rent us a couple of sheets and a blanket for a few bucks that we can throw on our lumpy mattress pad. While I have no problem sleeping in the rented hostel sheets, there’s definitely a chance they weren’t cleaned after the last college-aged kid slept (or did who knows whatever else) on them.
Don’t believe me? Check out this Youtube video if you want to creep yourself out. (Thanks to the people over at Vagablogging.net for bringing that video to my attention.)
Dirty Sheets Exposed!
I recommend a little something you can use in between you and whatever might be lingering on those “clean” sheets or in place of sheets all together: The Cocoon Travel Sheet!
What is a Cocoon Travel Sheet?
The short answer: an extremely lightweight sleep sack or sleeping bag liner.
If you search for the Cocoon, you’ll find a lot of people who recommend the Coolmax version. I don’t, and here’s why: I’ve talked to people who have said they found the Coolmax material to be itchy and uncomfortable, and the quality diminishes with repeated washing. Not to mention there’s no side opening, so you have to literally climb out of the Coolmax Travel Sheet if you need to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night.
Which Cocoon Travel Sheet do I recommend? The Cocoon “Silk” Travel Sheet
Silk is the key word here. We may not be able to sleep in a 5-star hotel, but there’s no reason we can’t still enjoy a little luxury on our travels. Silk is known for its natural odor-resistance and great wicking properties (another reason you don’t need the Coolmax), and it’s also great for all seasons (toasty in the winter and cool in the summer).
The Cocoon Travel Sheet’s other cool benefits?
At 6.3 ounces, it’s super light and perfect for keeping the weight of your carry-on down. It comes with a stuff stack that basically compresses it down to the size of a soda can. And again with the silk talk, it’s the best fabric for minimizing packing size and weight.
The feature that sets the silk Cocoon Travel Sheet apart:
Unlike the Coolmax version, the silk Travel Sheet has a side opening with Velcro closure for easy access. That solves the going to the bathroom problem and it allows you to kick out your leg in the middle of the night (when you need that extra support after a long night of hitting the clubs and pubs).
There’s no need to worry about bringing your Cocoon to the dry cleaner – it’s easy to hand or machine wash and dries quickly.
I do have to say that the Cocoon can’t guarantee freedom from bedbugs, but the peace of mind that comes from knowing that you’re free from dirt and germs will make your travels a lot more enjoyable.
While I never worried about “fluid” stains, dirt, or germs, I know there are travelers out there who do worry about these things — which is totally normal. 3/4 of the girls I went abroad with bought a Cocoon Travel Sheet the second they got back from their first trip.
If you’re looking for a travel sheet that’s comfortable, durable and lightweight, and one that will make you feel better in those slightly underwhelming 12 euro-a-night accommodations, the Cocoon is the only choice.
I recommend getting it from Amazon because their prices are always cheaper. You can get the natural color in the standard 86″x35″ size for only about $50!
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A little side note – there’s a Cocoon Silk/Cotton Travel Sheet (a combination of 55% Silk and 45% Cotton) which is slightly heavier and stronger than pure silk, but also a bit more expensive.
If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to leave them below and I’ll get back to you!