A good night’s sleep is essential for getting the most enjoyment of your time in the outdoors. Here are a few tips that will help you get the best night’s sleep possible, wake up feeling rested, refreshed and ready to start a new day.
Choosing Your Campsite:
You’ll want to begin by choosing the best campsite possible, preferably one that offers protection from the elements, has a flat level area large enough to pitch your tent and smooth ground free from any obstructions or debris. When setting up your tent or shelter make sure to do so as securely as possible. This will ensure that it offers the protection you need throughout the entire night.
Sleeping Bag / Sleeping Pad:
A good sleep system is vital for a great night’s sleep. This includes a comfortable sleeping pad which provides enough cushioning for you as well as a sleeping bag that’s rated for the temperatures that you’re likely to encounter. If you need extra warmth or feel more comfortable sleeping with a soft blanket, stuff it inside your sleeping bag before heading off to sleep. A small pillow from home or an inflatable pillow will also help if you have trouble sleeping without one.
Getting To Sleep:
If you have trouble falling asleep natural sleep aids like sleepytime tea can work wonders. They not only warm you but help you drift off to dreamland as well. Which leads me right to my next tip, you should refrain from drinking too much of that tea as well as any other beverages and make sure to take care of any business you have prior to crawling into the sleeping bag. This will eliminate those three am wake-up calls.
Before crawling into that nice, inviting sleeping bag make sure to change into a dry, clean set of dedicated sleeping clothes. These will keep you dry and warm throughout the night.
If you tend to sleep on the lighter side, consider bringing along a set of earplugs or even your MP3 player to help drown out those night noises that may keep you awake. And above all remember to embrace the whole experience. Check out those beautiful stars. Feel the warm coziness of being inside that sleeping bag and breathe in the fresh, crisp mountain air.