Monday, January 16, 2017

10 Camping Tips for Good Sleep

When it comes to camping there are few things worse than not getting a good night’s sleep. Waking up cranky with a sore back is a good way to ruin the rest of the day in the great outdoors. Here are ten things that you can do to get a better night’s sleep while camping.

The choice of sleeping bag is perhaps the most important step to getting good sleep on a camping trip. For summer camping the cheap sleeping bags are fine. A sleeping bag that is rated for 0 degrees will make for a miserable night when it is 60 degrees. In fact, I prefer to bring along a sheet and sleep on top of my sleeping bag covered with only a sheet.


Another thing to consider is the material used in the sleeping bag. Cloth lined sleeping bags feel hotter to me so I use only them for early spring and late fall camping. Some may find them scratchy while others don’t like the ‘plastic’ feel of polyester against them.


Sleeping on a sleeping bag laid on the hard ground isn’t for the faint hearted camper. A sleeping pad is good, an air mattress better, and a cot is the best. If you are expecting hot nights while you are trying to sleep an air mattress or cot that gets you off of the ground can help you stay cool.


The camping atmosphere is filled with many allergens. If you have even slight allergies you need to be prepared with your preferred medication to enjoy your days and sleep at night.


Keep your tent door closed as much as possible. Try to sleep with creeping and flying creatures in your tent isn’t much fun!


If you have electric at your campsite bring a fan along. While that isn’t really ‘roughing it’ if you have electric you aren’t ‘roughing it’ too much to begin with. The fan can keep you cool and provide a pleasant noise to help you sleep.


Be sure to properly dispose of food in your camp site. A prowling raccoon, opossum, or skunk digging around outside the tent is not good for sleep either.


Bring a pillow. If you don’t have room for pillows, bring a pillow case and fill it with clothes.


Use sunscreen and / or bug repellant throughout the day so that you feel well when you go to bed. Sunburn relief medication is another necessity.


When at all possible camp where there is morning shade. There is nothing worse than falling asleep at 3 AM only to be awakened at 6:30 AM by the morning sun that has transformed your tent into a 100 degree sauna.


Be prepared to endure whatever comes while camping and enjoy your time in the outdoors. If all else fails you can catch up on your sleep when you get home!


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