How to Sleep Like a Baby when Outdoor Camping
Outdoor Camping Basics
Outdoor camping is a great way to enjoy your vacation time. However, for those of you that are new to this camping exercise, there is a lot involved in preparing beforehand!
The first thing that you need to do is become familiar with the basic essentials. This website, A Camping Checklist, is a great starting point. Additionally, if you have neighbours or friends that are seasoned camping veterans, you should consider picking their brain too.
Outdoor camping requires you to be diligent in your pre-preparation; consider making a checklist of all the items you need to bring, lest you be left uncomfortable or unsafe at your campsite. As a start, you’ll need good quality storage equipment, furniture, tents and sleep accessories.
Sleep and Outdoor Camping – The Essentials
If you’re pitching a tent, ensuring that you have the right sleep accessories is key to ensuring you get a great sleep. At the very least, you’ll need sleeping bags and pillows. For a more comfortable night’s kip, consider buying sleeping pads or inflatable mattresses. In other words, sleeping products for camping, such as tents or air mattresses, should be purchased as per your required level of comfort.
If there is a slight slope in the land where you pitch your tent, or roots underneath, you might be uncomfortable during the night. However, sometimes your entire campground may have an uneven surface, forcing you to choose between the lesser of two evils. If you are given the choice between sloping and rough ground, opt for rough, so that your mattress can absorb most of the rough spot.
Additional Sleeping Accessories for Camping
When spending time at a North American campsite, be sure to have an ample supply of light for the nighttime. Your local outdoor and hiking shop will be well stocked with flashlights and nightlights.
Often, there can be dangerous wildlife living near to your site, and so the last thing you want is to step on a bear’s toes or a skunk’s paws when getting up to go to the toilet in the middle of the night. Flashlights and nightlights will illuminate your surrounding area and ensure that you don’t come across any unwanted surprises!
Before you go to bed, it’s advisable that you clean your campsite because stickiness, dirtiness or clutter can disrupt your quality of sleep.
Selecting the Right Tent
Your tent is your fortress; it protects you from rain, wind, cold, and sun. It shields you from unfriendly pests, such as mosquitoes and flies. It is a place to store your dresses and other outdoor camping equipment, which is particularly important if the weather has taken a turn for the worse.
With all this in mind, selecting the right tent is crucial to your camping experience.
Size of your Tent
The size of the tent predominately depends on how many people are joining you on your outdoor camping excursion.
Before you purchase a tent, you need to take into account the luggage space as well. Berth is the unit of measurement term for tent size; for 2 people, you need to purchase 3 (or 4) berth, while for four travelers, 8-berth tent is sufficient.
You can purchase tents which are designed especially for families. Look for family tents with sewn-in groundsheets and several sleeping areas, to enhance that homely feel and comfort level. Some tents are so advanced that you wouldn’t believe it – some even include awnings and porches!
If, rather than a family outdoor camping holiday, you’re embarking on a trekking holiday, you’ll need to consider purchasing a special-purpose tent, such as a mountain tent. Speaking first-hand, these special-purpose tents allow you to go off the beaten track and get away from the crowded areas.
Sleeping Pads and Sleeping Bags
Unless you’re short of money or get off on sleeping with a root protruding into your back, you’ll want to buy some form of padding to sleep on which will cushion your back.
Look for lightweight sleeping bags, as they’ll be more transportable. If you’re travelling occasionally, there is no need for you to invest in an expensive product – there are plenty of mid-range ones that will last you a lifetime of occasional camping.
When choosing your sleeping bag, there are two criteria to consider. Namely, the temperature and comfort ratings. As an example, if the bag is labeled as ’20 degree’ or ‘+20’, then it means that it is designed to handle air temperature above 20degrees.
You can find bags in many styles and shapes. The bag should not be too short or tight and hence opt for the longer version, particularly if you’re tall (or growing) that gives you extra space around feet.
Campsite Sleeping Tips
On a campsite, there are plenty of noises produced by nature. Some people find a wolves howl to be soothing whilst others want to block out external noise at all costs. Use ear plugs to make your sleep more serene and uninterrupted.
Stay hydrated during outdoor camping. Bring a pillow and apply bug repellent ointment and sunscreen during day time, so that you’re not bite-ridden and sunburnt when you go to bed.
These are simple campsite sleeping tips tomake your outing a memorable one.