What is the most comfortable way to sleep in a tent? Well, I would say this depends entirely on a person. Some people sleep soundly on their back, some on their side and some on their tummy.
Tips for sleeping comfortably in a tent when camping
However, like everything else outdoors, it is not as easy as that and if it is, then there is not much fun in it, is there?
Camping gives you an opportunity to enjoy nature at a closer range. Apart from tent camping, there are other forms of camping like dry camping where you make camp in a place that has the barest, or no facilities at all.
But this post is about tent camping, and how to make the best of it. Because camping is hard work, getting some good quality sleep in a camping tent is paramount.
And if you have a bad back, do take your portable camping cot a long. You will be glad you took it with you as it cushions your bones against the cold hard ground.
Without tips for how to sleep right when camping, you might find yourself tossing and turning all night long and end up feeling more fatigued and irritated in the morning.
However, with the right preparation tips and perfect sleeping gear, enjoying a comfortable and rejuvenating sleep when camping does not have to be such a pain after all.
Here are some of the best camping tips that will ensure that you will enjoy a decent and comfortable sleep in your camping tent.
Tent Sleeping Gear
As discussed above, the tent sleeping gear that you choose will determine whether you get your beauty sleep or not. Thankfully, there are different types of camping sleeping gear to take with you, if you have the space in your car.
Here are a few of them:
Carry enough pillows for some extra cushioning and support. These will help you enjoy sleeping in the woods. The aim is to create a comfortable sleeping environment close to the one at your home.
If carrying your home pillows would be too tedious for you, you can improvise some pillows by rolling up your jacket and tying both ends with a string. In addition, you can stuff your clothes in a sack or a duffel bag and wrap it with a fleece blanket to enhance your comfort.
If you are an all time tent camping enthusiast, then what you need is to buy sleeping gear that is dedicated for camping. Since the sleeping gear will be exposed in the outdoors, you had better get outdoor sleeping gear that is made to withstand the elements of the weather.
Anti-fade, easy maintenance and cleaning are just some of the factors to consider when buying camping pillows. Foam pillows, compressible pillows and inflatable camping pillows are just some of the types of pillows that you can buy to take camping with you.
To the hardened camping enthusiasts, they might say that camping pillows are just these knick-knacks that are more luxurious than basic necessities. However, that is really not right because a camping pillow is a necessity. Camping is not a sentence. It is a lifestyle and so any small item that can add some panache to it is welcome.
Best camping sleeping pad
The sleeping pad that you choose can either make you sleep soundly and comfortably or make you toss and turn the entire night. Ensure that you test your sleeping pad first and feel how comfortable it is before taking it with you for a camping adventure.
Test it before making the final purchase. If you are going to buy it from an online seller, ensure that they have a return policy just in case it does not meet your standards.
There are many types of sleeping pads. If you are strapped for cash, that is, you want to save some money, go for the best sleeping pads made of foam. They fold into small and compact shape and you can use them for backpacking, and even hiking overnight.
Then there are the inflatable sleeping pads and like their name suggests, these ones are inflated and deflated at will. When buying one, you should find out how well it holds up through the night. Some lose their inflation too quickly, some hold up much longer.
You can use a sleeping bag with a sleeping pad. How awesome is that now? Your camping rendezvous should not feel like a punishment. It should feel like a pleasure because that is what it is.
Where to pitch a tent
Before pitching your camping tent, ensure that you select a perfect spot that will ensure that you enjoy maximum comfort. If you go camping as a group, ensure that your tents are not so clustered together because it will be hard to avoid the generator noise.
Choose a flat spot to pitch your tent and ensure that ensure it is at a considerable proximity to the washrooms in case you are camping in a campground. If it is during summer, pitch your tent in an area with plenty of shade to protect it from overheating. If it is during winter and its snowy, avoid pitching it under trees as the snow can descend on your tents causing you a lot of trouble.
Pitch the tent in a sheltered area where you will not have a worry nibbling the back of your mind about the tent bowling over. You also want to make camp in a safe place where you have no worry of rattlesnakes, bears and other things. To enjoy quality sleep, you want to have a peace of mind and you want to have your safety assured.
Keep warm when camping
Cold is one thing that can keep you up all night long when camping. One of the things that can make you sleep comfortably in your camping tent is by keeping warm. Ensure that you bring with you a nice sleeping bag and extra warm clothes. Layer up people when sleeping because cold will not penetrate all those layers.
A portable tent heater can also help in keeping you tent warm at night. If you cannot afford a portable heater, you can improvise a mini heater by filling a bottle with hot water and popping it in your sleeping bag.
Ensure that you put your hat on while sleeping and do not breathe in your sleeping bag as this will form condensation in the bag making it colder. When layering up though, make sure that you do not overdress, otherwise you can become too sweaty and uncomfortable.
If you can, you may also want to make a camping fire to keep you warm before bed so that you can sleep faster. The most comfortable way to sleep in a tent is to keep warm right before retiring.
You must remember to bring along a travel coffee mug to keep coffee hot. That way, you will oomph up when things start to get a bit chilled. Many people remember to pack their ultralight backpacking water filter but forget to pack a camping mug, or a camping coffee maker much to their chagrin.
If you have a routine that you usually follow at home before going to bed, such as brushing your teeth or peeing before going to bed; ensure that you follow the same routine when camping. If you read a book, do read one before rolling into that sleeping bag. If you take a nightcap, you need to take one.
Doing your usual pre-bedtime rituals will trigger a familiar feeling in a new environment that can help you to fall asleep much easily. It will prepare your body for sleep.
Best sleeping earplugs
When you go camping as a group, you will be definitely be going out for a fun filled adventure. This means that noise from your fellow campers, generators and the surrounding environment will be inevitable. Muff up your ears, lock the noise out and get tuned for sleep.
Earplugs are an inexpensive solution that will help drown all the noise so that you can be able to sleep comfortably.
Sleeping eye mask
If you sleep with your eye mask at home, ensure you also do the same while camping. The eye mask will help you fall into sleep fast immediately past sunrise and help you extend your sleeping time in the morning.
If you hate wearing an eye mask, blacking out the tent in order to block the light from sun can also help. You can do this by putting a blanket over your tent and it will deliver the same results.
Keep your tent dry – tent canopy
Ensure you keep your tent dry always. If it is raining, keep the wet clothes and shoes in a plastic tray so that they do not wet your tent. You can make a canopy above your tent so that it can drop any rainwater some distance away from the tent.
Some tents as you will see in my article on reviews for Coleman tents, come with canopies and some come without. Whether you are going camping in summer, spring, fall or winter, the weather can turn with little or no notice at all. You need to be ready for the rain.
Control the temperature – portable air conditioner
If you are going to camp in an area that has higher temperatures, you will have to control the temperatures so that you can be able to sleep.
If you can afford a portable air conditioner, ensure that you take one with you. Go with a lighter sleeping bag and do not overdress.
Put on breathable clothing such as the ones made of cotton to avoid discomfort if you sweat. This is common with hot/warm sleepers. Cold sleepers can get through the night bundled up in many layers like a polar bear.
Camping activities for families
Do not sit around in your RV all day long making and eating barbecue. Engage in camping activities for families such as hiking, biking or fishing, beach volleyball, kayaking, scuba diving and so on, depending on where you are camping.
A tired person sleeps deeply. Bring along your outdoor shower so that you can clean up after a hot hard day. That way, you will be looking forward to having a good sleep due to exhaustion.
Do clean up the tent too. A stuffy and smelly tent will only make your sleep very uncomfortable. Ensure that your tent is as fresh and as clean as possible. Clean up yourself, so that you feel fresh and rejuvenated.
There, you have seen a few tips for the most comfortable way to sleep in a tent. There is no standard to it really, just do it your own style.
The most important thing is to relax because a relaxed mind sleeps much better. Remember, enjoying your sleep when camping will enable you to enjoy the following day’s camping activities with energy.