A FEW TIPS TO GETTING A GOOD SLEEP WHEN CAMPING
I’ve been on camping trips where I was just waiting to get back home to get a good night’s sleep. Getting away from it all to find that you can’t get a good night’s sleep defeats the purpose. But just because you are getting away from it all to relax, doesn’t mean you are guaranteed a good night’s sleep. It only takes a few lessons in learning how you shouldn’t sleep for you get your act together and be prepared. Here is what I have learnt from sleeping in the outback to sleeping in camping and caravan parks.
EAR PLUGS AND EYEMASK
I always take ear plugs and an eye mask when I am camping. If you are somewhere quiet, the slightest noises from others in your group will be enough to really disturb you. If you are staying in a caravan and camping park, you are guaranteed to be woken by others before first light. Then there’s the other end of the day when you want to go to sleep. Ear plugs are the only way you are really guaranteed silence unless you are prepared to go out in the middle of nowhere and go alone.
The eye mask allows you to wake up when you want to instead of when the sun comes up, which is really important if you were out fishing all night.
GET YOUR BEDDING RIGHT
If you really want a good night’s sleep, you can’t beat an inflatable mattress. It’s the only way I will go camping, even in a caravan. Inflatable mattresses are great for caravans to because you can deflate them and clean them, and they don’t attract bed bugs.
If you know anything about bed bugs, you will know they are hard to get rid of and they spread like wildfire. Pick them up at the caravan park and you will have them all through your home in no time at all if you don’t do something about them.
Even in a tent, an air mattress is something that can turn your outback adventure into a bit of luxury. They’re so easy to move about and inflate these days, I just can’t stress how good they are enough.
As for sleeping bags, I camp in all kinds of weather but use a standard sleeping bag all the time. If it’s colder than my sleeping bag was designed for, I rely on a thick tracksuit to sleep in. Whatever you do, don’t sleep in your sleeping bag naked no matter how hot it is because you will wake up with a wet sleeping bag covered in your sweat. If it’s hot, sleep on top.
Wrap up your bedding setting with a tent mat or tarpaulin under your tent. You lay one down before you set your tent up. They’re great for keeping the moisture from the ground from seeping upwards.
EATING AND DRINKING BEFORE SLEEPING
Some say that eating and drinking before you go to bed before you sleep will disturb your sleep. If you have to get up to go to the toilet, that will be the case. However, in my experience, I always find I get a great sleep after a good meal, especially when I am in colder climates. If it’s really hot and I am sweating, I find that filling up on a cold drink before sleeping is another way to get to sleep and not wake up feeling all dehydrated. Get to know yourself for the conditions you are in.
A portable solar shower, even if there isn’t much sunlight to get it really warm, is something I always take with me. Some people don’t bother as much as me, but I always get a good night’s sleep when I’ve lathered myself in soapy water and rinsed off in some good, clean fresh water.
A clean and dry bed, soft to sleep on, my stomach full and rehydrated, that’s the way I do it while I block out the environment with earplugs and an eyemask. That’s my advice.
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