Tips for Better Sleep While Camping
Some of us like to camp in the woods for the serene environment, and others like to go hunting for the thrill. No matter where you go camping, or what you are there for, it is always an adventure. Packing up your gear, planning for a wonderful time, and preparing for possible disaster can be a little taxing though. Once the tent is up and the fire is going, it is sometimes hard to get the rest you need after embarking on your adventure. To help you get the most out of your camping trip, Nature's Sleep has come up with some tips for sleeping in a tent:
Consider the season
The time of year will greatly affect your sleeping preparations, and it is important to consider all possible weather conditions. Being too hot or cold will significantly impact your ability to sleep, and one of your greatest regrets while camping may be a poor choice in bedding. Check the weather forecast ahead of time for the area you will be camping in, and pack accordingly. If it is supposed to be warm, pack thin layers of bedding that you can pile on or strip away as needed. If it is supposed to be cold, pack some thick, warm blankets in addition to several layers of thinner bedding.
Figure out how much comfort you can carry
Packing enough padding is very important, but you have to pack a practical amount. Some of us become over-zealous and pack more bedding than we have room for. If you have room in the bed of your truck for an air-mattress, great! If you are backpacking around the mountains, though, you may not be able to drag your queen-size bed into the wilderness with you. Foam toppers, thick blankets, sleeping bags, and air-mattresses can all be great options for keeping you comfortable. Bringing several pillows may be a tempting idea as well, but usually one per person is sufficient. Just keep in mind what is truly practical.
Look for level ground
When pitching a tent, it is vital that you find a proper spot. For the best sleep, look for level ground that is elevated, shaded, and free of debris. Your tent-site should also be as close as necessary to the bathrooms, without being too close to the tents of other campers or noisy, heavy-traffic areas.
Avoid bad sleeping environments
Noisy areas can be detrimental to your sleep. Avoid campsites that are close to other campsites or busy roads. If the noise is produced by nature (think those loud birds at 5am), then you may want to implement some sound-blocking devices such as white-noise machines or ear plugs.