Sleeping in the outdoors can offer some unique surprises. Nature has a funny way of shifting our plans when we least expect it. However, the risks we take by subjecting ourselves to the laws of mother nature can be very rewarding. The beauty of leaving your comfortable bed to sleep in a tent or under the stars is all part of the camping experience. Enjoy!
To make your outdoor sleeping experience better, check out the following tips:
Check the weather reports, but be prepared for sudden changes:
- Bring extra bedding in case the temperature drops lower than expected. (This means sleeping bags and blankets to suit your camping destination.)
- Make sure you will be propped up of the ground to protect you from the cold. If you are separated from the cold ground with an air mattress, pad, or cot, you will be able to stay warmer.
Dress for a good night’s sleep:
- Wear only one pair of socks. Your best layer for warmth is your sleeping bag. If you are still cold, add sheets and blankets on top of the sleeping bag.
- Wear a beanie. This will trap some heat in for your head, since most sleeping bags leave your head exposed.
- Bring a sleep mask. If you plan to sleep in, and you don’t want to be harassed by the morning light.
- Dry and clean clothing. During a cold night, it can take longer for your clothes to dry, especially if you are in an enclosed tent. Dry and clean clothes will keep you warmer and more comfortable.
- Use headlamps. These make midnight trips to the outdoor lou much more functional.
- Bring ear plugs. You may not be used to flourish of sounds during the night. Whether you’re camping on the beach or in the mountains, there are lots of chirps, crackles, crashes, and other noises that may keep you up. Ear plugs will block out any uncommon commotions.
Transitioning for outdoor sleep:
- Find a moment to meditate: breathe, stretch, pray—do whatever you need to relax in unfamiliar surroundings.
- Drink a glass of warm milk or tea before bed. This could aid in your sleep as it relaxes you; it could also make you warmer, which can ease you to sleep.
- Eat a snack. Sometimes allowing your body to digest food while you sleep can keep you warm, and this helps subside the feeling of hunger during the night.
- Keep food and scented items outside. Hang food bags and other scented bathroom items outside of the tent. Keeping them off the ground will help keep them from bugs. It will also deter raccoons, a skunk, a bear, and other animals from scoping out the inside of your tent.
Part of camping is creating a new experience. For some people, a new environment may make it difficult to sleep. There are unique benefits that come from outdoor surroundings, without all the comforts of home, if you take a moment to appreciate them. Hopefully, some of these tips will allow you to find the rest you need, at the same time, enjoy a summer camping trip.