Camping this Summer? Tips for Getting Good Sleep in a Tent

Camping has become more and more popular over the past few years, but especially in the past year thanks to pandemic travel restrictions. It’s easier than ever to truly get away and unplug without venturing too far from home.

However, with tent camping comes the uncomfortable nights of sleeping on the ground and trying to fall asleep with the noises of nature all around you. Some find it soothing while others may find this irritating.

Here are a few ways to make sure you are still getting a good night’s sleep, even under the stars.

Create the perfect sleep environment

First, you will want to invest in some good quality sleeping gear, including a comfortable sleeping bag (with a good temperature rating for those cold nights) and a mat or cot to go underneath you since it’s no fun sleeping on the ground. Also, make sure your tent is dry and free of holes or rips, so the bugs don’t get in. You may consider adding a tarp above in case of rain. Finally, be sure to place your tent in an area that is flat, even, and free of large rocks and other debris.

Healthy Diet and Exercise

Stay active during the daytime so that you are tired at night. Don’t just sit by the campfire all day! Take advantage of available hikes and trails around you and other activities such as swimming, canoeing, kayaking, and more. Stick as close to your normal diet as possible and stay hydrated. Of course, you are likely to indulge while camping but don’t overdo it with the smores too close to bedtime. And make sure you are drinking a lot of water since you are outdoors all day.

Sleep Hygiene

Just because you are on vacation doesn’t mean you need to forgo proper sleeping habits. Try to follow your regular bedtime routine as much as possible. It may not be the same as home but the simple act of brushing your teeth and going to bed at the same time will help you to sleep better. Bring an eye mask if you are sensitive to light and bring earplugs if the nature noises bother you. A portable white noise machine may help too, but make sure it is not so loud that it disturbs other campers.

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