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How to sleep well on a camping trip

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 0 1

If you don't get enough sleep on a camping trip it's not going to be much fun for you or the people around you. Also if you are hiking, fishing or swimming in an unfamiliar area being sleep deprived can make you more prone to accidents.

But don't be concerned, in this article we will show you how to sleep well on a camping trip.

Sleeping on the hard ground isn't for me or most other people. Even when I go hiking I always take at least a sleeping pad. On camping trips I recommend a decent cot or an air mattress. Trust me your back will thank you for taking the extra effort.

If you have allergies, take your medication with you on the camping trip. There are many more allergens like pollen, insects and dust in the great out doors, than there are in a city. Also if you have an allergic reaction it will make your system weaker and more prone to catching a cold.

Even if it's warm keep your tent door closed. Having a bat or some creepy crawly getting in your tent in the middle of the night isn't fun.

Don't leave food leftovers anywhere near your camp site. These tend to attract animals and a raccoon tearing up your garbage while you are trying to sleep is going to keep you up.

If it's so warm that the heat might keep you awake, consider taking an electric fan with you on your camping trip. It's not really 'getting back to nature' if you take an electric fan with you, on the other hand being able to sleep makes camping much easier.

Your sleeping bag may be the most important factor in getting a good night's sleep. If it's going to be very warm take a sheet. Sleep on top of the sleeping bag with the sheet over you. If it's going to be very cold make sure that your sleeping bag is rated for 5 degrees below the minimum temperature that you are expecting. If you don't it might be to cold for you to sleep at all.

Use a pillow. It's possible to sleep with just your sleeping bag, but take a pillow if you can. They make smaller camping and hiking pillows. So you might want to try one of those if space is an issue.

Don't nap. If you aren't use to taking a regular nap, don't do it. Napping will throw your sleep cycle off. Then your body won't know when it's time for you to sleep. If you need more sleep get to bed earlier. If it's very warm and you are in a tent that retains that heat you could get dehydrated.

Always take sunscreen, bug repellent and sunburn relief cream. Use the sunscreen and the repellent throughout the day. If you have a painful sunburn or insect bite, that's going to keep you awake.

If all else fails, just hang in there. You can always catch up on lost sleep when you get back home. If you found how to sleep on a camping trip useful, you should also read practical family camping tips.


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Comments

Jan 13, 2010 11:31pm
fishtiger58
Camping is fun but it's hard work to do everyday chores like washing the dishes and cooking, couple that with a hike and I usually go to sleep earlier when out camping than at home. Thanks for a great article.
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