The latest batch of KipBags do not contain the usual four-season sleeping bag most suitable for cold winter nights. Chris explains why this is.
By: Chris Haycock, on 26 November 2019
Whenever we order the items needed to put together a batch of KipBags, our primary concerns are twofold: 1) can we get all the items needed to make up each KipBag for £15, and 2) are the items suitable.
Depending on the time of year, prices for the essentials (such as sleeping bags and toiletries) fluctuate massively. In the Spring, a single sleeping bag can be bought for around £7 each, but in the early winter prices can escalate rapidly, due to supply and demand. So much so, that they mean we have to think about alternatives.
In the most recent batch of KipBags our usual wholesaler did not have our usual four-season sleeping bags in stock, and the closest alternative was far too expensive to make up a KipBag for less than £15.
So, I was left in a quandary. Do I wait until after Christmas and hold on until the four-season bags are back in stock, or do I go ahead and order three-season bags, which aren't as warm.
After some deliberation, I decided to do what I feel was the right thing, and order the three-season sleeping bags to include in each KipBag.
My head told me to wait until the usual bags were available. My heart told me to that this wasn't really the best solution. You see, there are rough sleepers dying on our cold, harsh streets. I felt that by waiting until the most suitable sleeping bags were back in stock there would be a lot of people without any warmth, risking their lives.
I decided to go ahead and order whatever I could get hold of, after concluding that a three-season sleeping bag is better than having nothing - and shivering to death in the bitter cold. It was a tough decision, but I felt like it was the right decision.
I hope that for the next batch of KipBags, I will be able to return to using the full season bags which are slightly warmer and more suitable for winter nights.
The decision was not taken lightly, but I hope that you understand why I went ahead with the decision. Thank you for your patience and understanding.
Having experienced homelessness himself, Chris now owns a successful digital publishing company, and runs a network of more than 30 websites, which attract almost 1 in 6 of the UK population each year.
Chris specialises in advanced digital marketing strategies, and has a range of services available to companies looking to boost their customers, conversion rates and sales.
To find out more about Chris' work, see his website, www.chrishaycock.co.uk.
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