CAR CAMPING: ESSENTIAL TIPS FOR SLEEPING IN YOUR CAR
Car camping is one of my favourite ways to camp. You have the freedom to go wherever you want, and you have ready-made accommodation wherever you decide to go. But, I have also been on the receiving end of plenty of bad night’s sleep while car camping. It can get pretty miserable. Get a good sleep in your car with these essential tips.
LOCATION IS EVERYTHING
I have found that my choice of location to spend the night is the biggest factor which dictates how well I am going to sleep. I have parked up next to roads, only to realise that once the sun goes down, the road is still in use as lorries and trucks fly past at all hours of the night, startling into a frenzy with every roar and flashing headlight. Get off the main inter-city roads and try and find yourself a secluded spot where you can get some rest.
You also want somewhere that is flat, even ground, particularly if you are in a mountainous or hilly region. I use the topographic feature in Google Maps to scout out possible sleeping locations. If sleeping on a flat road is not possible, make sure your head is above your feet before you go to sleep. It will be much more comfortable.
KEEP YOUR CAR WELL STOCKED
The second biggest scourge of the car sleeper is the cold. Keep your car well stocked with spare blankets, and just when you think you have enough, grab one more just in case. There are few things worse than spending a night shivering in the back of your car. Even in the summer, bring a hat, gloves and a warm sleeping bag.
My personal favourite in colder climes is to boil some water before bed and fill my water bottle with it. Then I wrap the water bottle in a towel and put it in the bottom of my sleeping bag. It warms the bag up nicely, and once I get in 5 minutes later the whole bed is toasty.
BRING A CLOTH
Some locations can remain uncomfortably hot over summer. You will want to get the windows open a bit to get a breeze, but don’t want the insects to be able to get in. Bring a thin cloth in your car that you can hang over the windows. The air will pass through it, but insects will be kept at bay.
Even in cold weather, it is worth cracking your window open a little bit. It prevents moisture building up on the inside of the windows and dripping down the doors.
Give it a go. Sleeping in a car saves a lot of money on accommodation. Even with a tent you usually have to pay a few bucks to stay at a campsite. Car camping isn’t for everyone, but with these tips, you will be as comfortable as possible. Anyway, if you don’t like it, all you need to do is drive to the nearest hotel.
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