5 Must Do’s For Awesome Sleep While Camping

by Tom Sheppard on May 18, 2017

Sleeping Sound: Ear Plugs

Sleeping Sound: Ear Plugs

We’ve all been there. You are out on a family camping trip and it’s time to turn in for the night. The only problem is that even though you are dog tired, you can’t seem to fall asleep.

You get more aggravated as the night goes on, knowing that you need your rest so that you are fresh for tomorrow’s activities. The more aggravated you get, the harder it is to fall asleep.

What can you do? Well, it turns out that there are some key things you can do to help guarantee a good night’s sleep while you’re camping. In this article, we are going to explore the top 5.

1. Security
One of the primary stressors out in nature for people is their security. Humans have built stronger and safer homes over time to help this need.

You should do your homework to investigate the camp grounds where you will be staying ahead of time to confirm that the area is well maintained against animal or human threats.

Another thing you can do is bring your dog along for the trip. Dogs are great at alerting people to any sort of threat that comes within a certain radius of your camp.

Also, consider if you need to have a weapon for self defense.

2. Sound
The next thing to start aggravating you is sound. If you camp in the spring and summer, you can expect the nocturnal creatures to be making a lot of noise.

You should plan on bringing ear plugs if you are sensitive to sound. Ear plugs also help if you are sharing your tent with a snorer.

If ear plugs don’t work, consider a white noise generator. There are good ones out there that can run all weekend on batteries.

3. Temperature
Temperature can be a tricky thing to control. In the winter times, it’s a matter of getting the right rated temperature sleeping bag for the environment. You can also get a mummy bag for even better performance.

Sleeping Sound: Sleeping Bag

Sleeping Sound: Sleeping Bag

In the summer time, the best thing you can do is a portable fan.

4. Comfort
Sleeping on the ground is usually uncomfortable. There are a few ways that you can help alleviate this problem. Some great options here include hammocks, ground pads, or air mattresses.

An even better option is a cozy camping cot. There are many awesome ones out there that are extremely portable and comfortable. Combine this with a camping pillow for amazing sleep.

Make sure and have good bug control to keep the mosquitoes at bay.

5. Mind
What gets a lot of people is being away from their wind down routine. If you have a normally busy mind, consider using soothing music and headphones to calm down your mind 30 minutes before sleeping.

This post was written by Tom Sheppard

Tom Sheppard is an avid outdoorsman. He loves camping out in the North Texas woods. Always looking for ways to improve his outdoor experience, he often writes about different topics at Trek Warrior.

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Ben ayad May 23, 2017 at 2:43 am

Hi Tom. Thanks for the really good advice. When I camp it always helps me sleep better if I put my fire out and make sure no smoke is blowing back towards the tent because it makes me really uncomfortable and its hard to sleep. I have never tried sleeping with ear muffs or ear plugs – are they comfortable enough to get to sleep with when using them?

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Mag May 25, 2017 at 8:42 am

Yeah absolutely, great points. Maybe using a small carriable solar generator while camping is the best choice in my opinion. They are usually enough for me to charge my smartphone, go pro and portable lamp. Thank you for the great advice, was interesting to read.

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