sleeping warm

QUICK GUIDE TO SLEEPING WARM WHEN CAMPING, FISHING AND KAYAKING

Getting a great night’s sleep is extremely important if you are really going to enjoy your camping, kayaking and fishing trip. The body repairs itself when you sleep. Food and sleep are crucial to having a great time. When you are out in the great outdoors, even in the summer, staying warm at night is a big part of getting a good sleep.

Here is a look at some ways to make sure you get warm and stay that way.

GO TO BED WARM

Starting off the night warm is the best way to stay warm. A small amount of exercise before going to sleep will get your blood pumping and your body warmed up. Try a few jumping jacks or pushups. Whatever you do, don’t exercise so much that you start sweating or your efforts will have the opposite effect.

EAT A SNACK BEFORE YOU SLEEP

Eskimos know the importance of eating to stay warm. That is why they eat a lot of proteins. Snacks like beef jerky are a great way to put proteins in your body so you will stay warmer throughout the night.

GET YOURSELF HYDRATED

You will need to be well hydrated to stay warm. If you are someone who processes water rapidly, you should be careful about how much you drink otherwise you might be going out into the cold more than you want. Holding on and not going to the toilet also makes you colder. Teach yourself to drink the right amount of water so you have the perfect natural alarm clock for the morning.

HOT WATER BOTTLES REALLY WORK

There is nothing like a hot water bottle, especially around your feet, to keep you warm during the night. Try using your hot water bottle to heat up your clothes and sleeping bag before you get into bed.

WEAR A HAT OR BEANIE

Our brains contain a lot of our blood. Keeping your head warm at night just makes sense because we lose so much heat from our heads.

BREATHE OUTSIDE OF YOUR SLEEPING BAG

Even when it feels like you really should keep your head inside your sleeping bag, remember that the moisture from breathing will contribute to a damp sleeping bag. This, in turn, will make you feel cold before you know it.

STAY OFF THE GROUND

Even the best sleeping bags will get damp when sleeping on the ground. Insulation mats are a really convenient way to keep yourself warm by staying off the ground.

SLEEPING BAG SOCKS

Keep a pair of socks you dedicate to sleeping in. The best socks for sleeping in are loose and made from natural fibres, particularly wool.

SHAKE UP YOUR SLEEPING BAG

By shaking up your sleeping bag, you will create more space between the insulation fibres. Spend a few minutes shaking up your sleeping bag before you get in it for a warmer night’s sleep.

 


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Bill Matthews
bill.matthews@dinga.com.au

Bill is as green friendly as they come. He's travelled the world, loves kayak fishing and camping.