How do Sleeping Bags Work in RUST

How do Sleeping Bags Work in RUST

Wait… How do sleeping bags work in RUST?

It’s an excellent question. Whenever you begin a RUST wipe, you will wake up on one of the island’s many beaches. Have you washed ashore? Were you born there? Questions like this are not typically addressed in the lore of RUST, although some have tried.

We know that once we move further into the island, we can place down sleeping bags. Once you’ve put a bag down, you can choose to appear there whenever you die to a player, animal, NPC, or even just your missteps.

After death, you will wake up in your bag. Was it all a terrible dream? Where have your clothes gone? Perhaps you took the proverbial dirt-nap a little too seriously and chose to get back up, who knows. The implications of having a magic bag in which you can return to life aside, here’s all you’ll need to know about how sleeping bags work in RUST.

What you can do with a sleeping bag in RUST

  • Set a position as you respawn point
  • Set multiple respawn points
  • Set a respawn point for a friend
  • Reskin them endlessly

Crafting and placing a sleeping bag in RUST

If you want to create a new spawn point instead of spawning on a random beach, you’ll have first to craft a sleeping bag. Sleeping bags don’t require a blueprint or a workbench, so all you’ll have to do is get your hands on 30 cloth. 

Finding cloth in RUST isn’t too tricky. Either run around and grab the hemp fiber plants you’ll find near spawning beaches, or by hunting low tier animals. You’ll get the most out of an animal harvest if you use a bone knife, but for the time being, your rock will do.

Press Q to open your crafting menu, where you should see the sleeping bag as one of your first crafting options. If you can’t see it, start typing a sleeping bag into the crafting search bar, and it should come up very quickly. 

Once you’ve crafted a sleeping bag, you’ll find it either in your inventory or hot bar. The sleeping bag may not appear on your Hotbar, in that pressing tab to access your inventory and drag it onto any Hotbar slot will let you place it. Highlight it on the Hotbar, and you should see the floating placement graphic in front of you.

Placing Sleeping Bags in RUST

The transparent bag in front of you tells you where the bag will appear when you click the left mouse. If it is red, there’s some reason you can’t place the bag. Things that will get in the way are uneven terrain, other bags, furniture, and small rocks. Once you’ve got the blue light, you can place the bag.

If you and your friends live together, you can fit about four bags to a foundation if you squeeze them together. Three parallel with space for one more along the top.

Using a sleeping bag as a respawn point

Once you’ve placed a bag, it becomes a respawn point that will appear on a map after death. Look on the map that appears after death for a green dot indicating a bed. Or, look at the bottom left of your screen for a list of the bags you have available.

Look at a bag and hold E to see a menu of options. You can name the bag so that you know what bag selection applies to certain areas. A bag placed in your base, just call it ‘base bag,’ or upstairs bag if you have more than one. If you’re out scouting new areas, you could put a bag down and quickly name it to map coordinates’ g13′ so you know at a glance where that bag will put you.

Placing Sleeping Bags for Respawn Points

If you own the bag and have the hammer selected in your hot bar, the E menu will include the capacity to pick the bag up. Picking up a sleeping bag is handy if you ever want to change where you spawn in the base, or if the bag is simply in the way. Keep in mind that picking up the bag will trigger its respawn timer and that any bag you spawn at you cannot pick up for at least 4 minutes.

Set multiple sleeping bags as respawn points

You are not limited to just the one bag. You can place quite a few. Put a couple around your base if it’s large to warrant it. And place them frequently while you’re out traveling in the wild so that you aren’t limited to respawning back at base.

Note that while you can have multiple bags near one another, there is a limit to how often you can respawn at them. The respawn timer is limited to 5 minutes per respawn. Respawning at a bag will also trigger the respawn timer for all bags within a 50-meter radius.

It’s smart to have a sleeping bag nearby for emergency use if you find yourself on respawn cooldown. Once you’ve established your base, you can upgrade your bags to beds with a considerably shorter respawn timer of 2 minutes.

Setting a sleeping bag as a respawn point for a friend.

It’s not limited to friends. You can ‘bag’ your enemies if you like. Look down at any bag you own. Ownership is determined if you placed the bag yourself, or if someone else has given it to you. While looking at your bag, hold E again to bring up the bag menu. You’ll see the option to provide the bag for anybody who has logged onto the server since wipe.

Placing Sleeping Bags for Friends

Start typing their name, and the list should filter down quickly to the available players. You will have trouble if the person’s name includes unique or ASCII characters, in which case you’ll have to scroll through the list to find them.

A bag’s respawn timer is set at the bag’s placement, not when it is gifted to another player. So if you’re anticipating your friends logging on, put a bag down for them, and give it to them once they’re online. Placing the bag before they log in will allow them to spawn straight into the base, instead of going on a long run or waiting 5 minutes.

Skinning sleeping bags in RUST

Without a doubt, sleeping bags are one of the most popular items to be skinned in RUST. There are endless colors and decorations to choose from the skin store. Use them to customize your bag, or if you own a few, customize your teammates, so you always know whose bed belongs to whom.

Getting rid of sleeping bags

You can pick up bags you own while actively holding a hammer and pressing the E button and selecting the option from the interface, but you can’t pick up the bags of friends or even teammates. Fortunately, bags have very low health and can be destroyed easily, even with a simple wooden spear.

We highly recommend if you find bags in the wilds near your home that you get rid of them. There’s no good reason to leave players with access to spawning in your vicinity. Just remember that your bags out in the wilds are just as vulnerable.

Coordinated napping

Have we figured how do sleeping bags work in RUST? Was it all a dream, was it a recovery time, or just a short nap. What we hopefully have given you is a firm understanding of how to utilize sleeping bags in RUST. They are an essential component of a wipe, a way to move yourself and your friends about the map quickly, albeit without your gear. 

In time, the quick application of sleeping bags will become second nature to you in RUST. Before you know it, while roaming, you’ll grab that hemp fiber and start crafting without even thinking about it.

About dg

Dg is the founder and co-owner of Corrosion Hour, a niche gaming community established in 2016 focusing on the survival game RUST. He is an active and contributing member of numerous other RUST communities. As a community leader and server owner for over 15 years, he spends much of his time researching and writing guides about survival games, covering topics such as server administration, game mechanics, and community growth.

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