We brought our own bedding with us. It was one of the best ideas I had, bringing our own bedding wherever we go. Just in case the sheets at the hotel weren’t perfect, we always have something to sleep between. Perhaps I am a bit of a germaphobe, perhaps a bit OCD, but in reality, the guarantee of a happy sleep between our own sheets was too good to pass up.
Unfortunately we didn’t bring them from home when we left Perth, Western Australia in November 2011. I had done a heap of research on the subject though. What type of sleep sheet did I want? Would it be sewed up on the side or not? Would I spend $10 on a cheap bit of satin or $50 on one made out of silk? Could I get away with just packing a cotton double sheet or two? Yes, I did become quite attentive to this subject.
We left on our trip without travel sleep sheets. Not even a sarong to put between me and a dirty bed. Luckily, right up to the moment that the sleep sheets did come into our lives, we did not need them. Lucky alright.
We decided that making a sleep sack wouldn’t really work for us. We like to sleep next to each other after all. So, back we went to looking at flat sheets again. Tip. It is very rare to find flat sheets in Malaysia. If they do exist, they are expensive. We had a lot of trouble finding double sheets. Back to the drawing board.
Next, was to a haberdashery store. Here we found the thinnest cotton fabric that existed without it turning into something like muslin, all holey like. The fabric was 90cm wide. That’s wide enough for one person to lay on. I think we have a winner. It was then just deciding how long we wanted it to be. Andrew is about 190 cm tall, so he needed to be able to lay on it completely with enough material left over to place a pillow under. So we decided on 250cm in length.
As we were going to make double flat sheets. And two of them. We had to get four pieces of material, all at 250cm in length. No problem! Material got. Then to the sewing ladies. There seems to be one on nearly every second corner in Melaka. And they tend to speak great English. We explained what we wanted. Sew two of the pieces lengthwise together, then hem all the way around. This will make a sheet. Then do it again for the second one.
We picked up our new travel sleep sheets the next day. It cost about $20 AUD for the material in total and around $3 AUD for the sewing. They are extremely light and roll / fold up to next to nothing in our bags. Nice!
Our travel sleep sheets are perfect. They fit on a king sized bed perfectly. One underneath us, one on top of us. We have used them on single beds also. Just fold one over and you have a single bed travel sheet. Along with using our sleep sheets on gross beds, we also use them just as a top sheet. Many places throughout Asia have clean bedding but only supply a blanket. I like to have a sheet between me and a blanket.
Tanya is a TEFL teaching farmer’s daughter and writes most of the posts. She is also an experienced IT person, a fantastic organiser and an awesome cook. She left a free-beer-providing IT job in a brewery for life on the road. That is commitment!