Camping and backpacking are great fun but come with their own set of challenges like making sure you bring enough of the right kind of food, making sure your camping lantern is up to the task and making sure you’re prepared for inclement weather. What most campers don’t give a lot of thought to however is the importance of getting a good night’s sleep. They assume their sleeping bag will take care of that but the fact is that without a first-class sleeping pad under the bag you’re in for long nights of tossing and turning.
Here are 5 tips to getting a good night’s sleep in the great outdoors.
- Get the right sleeping pad – In 2018 when there are so many outstanding sleeping pads on the market there’s no excuse for heading into the wild without one. Make sure you pick the right camping mattress for your adventure and you’ll be well on your way to a great night’s sleep.
- Make sure the tent is level – There are few things worse than constantly rolling or sliding toward one side of the tent because you pitched it on uneven ground. Take a little while longer and find a spot that has enough level ground to at least accommodate your bag and sleeping pad. You’ll be glad you did.
- Make sure you have a temperature-appropriate bag – Winter camping with a summer bag will be a miserable experience no matter how comfy the sleeping pad might be. Likewise if you’re using an extreme bag in the summer you’re going to sweat your way through the night.
- Use a ground cloth – A lot of novice backpackers neglect to bring a waterproof ground cloth into the woods with them to lay under the tent. Huge mistake. The ground cloth will help reduce heat loss when the ground is cold and prevent your camping mat and bag from soaking up moisture if the ground is wet.
- Make sure you wear yourself out – One of the best ways to ensure a good night’s sleep in the wild is to push yourself during the day (instead of sitting around in that comfy camping chair) so that when you lay down you fall out as quickly as possible. You don’t have to over-exert yourself but being active hiking, swimming or canoeing will pay off when you lay down.
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