Hacks for a Comfy Night’s Sleep in a Tent
Sleeping in a tent doesn’t have to be an uncomfortable experience. With a little creative know-how, these tips ensure you’ll have a great night’s sleep while camping.
Make Plenty of Pillows
When you sleep outside, sometimes you need a little extra cushion in certain spots, such as your neck, hips, or shoulders. Keep a stash of improvised pillows to boost your comfort. An easy way to make a pillow is to use a jacket and a Buff, neck gaiter or headband. First fold your jacket lengthwise, then roll it up. Next, stuff jacket into the Buff, neck gaiter or headband. If there’s lose fabric, close off one or both ends of the Buff using a hair tie.
Another method is to use a stuff sack and put your clothing in it. You can wrap the sack in a t-shirt or fleece to make the pillow more comfortable to rest your head on. In a pinch, you can stuff clothes into a t-shirt and tie off the ends of the t-shirt with a hair tie.
Select the Perfect Sleeping Pad
Comfort starts with your sleeping pad. Ensure you have maximum comfort by selecting the right pad for you. First, decide if an inflatable, foam, or hybrid pad is best for the way you sleep. Inflatable pads offer the most comfort with the least amount of weight, however they lack insulation, making them an option for those who like to be cooler when they sleep. Foam pads are another lightweight, cheap option, but they are best suited for sleepers who don’t mind hard surfaces. The hybrid sleeping pad uses both air and foam. Depending on thickness, these pads are a fantastic option for comfort, however, they are not lightweight.
Next, try before you buy, or purchase from an online retailer that allows returns. When trying out a sleeping pad, inflate it and lay down in several different positions for a few minutes each. Feel if there are any small signs of discomfort, such as a pressure point at the hips or shoulders. This could spell discomfort over the course of the night and keep you awake.
Keep Your Hips Aligned with a Leg Pillow
If you are a side sleeper, bad hip alignment causes discomfort when sleeping on the ground. Try using an article of clothing or one of your handy DIY pillows between your knees to keep your hips aligned at night. This not only keeps the rest of your body aligned for a better night’s rest, but it also allows more circulation in your legs, keeping you warmer throughout the night.
A properly aligned body reduces lower back pain, hip pain, and knee pain. If you happen to be expecting, it’s also helpful in promoting good sleep posture and reducing stress on your body.
Keep Out the Cold
Nothing will keep you awake when sleeping in a tent like a frigid night. Even in mild weather, cooler temperatures can feel frigid when your body is at rest. If you have a little extra room in the bottom of your sleeping bag, stuff extra clothes in the bag to fill the gap. This not only provides extra insulation, but your outfit will be toasty warm the next morning.
On really cold nights, fill a bottle with hot water and pop it in your sleeping bag. The bottle acts as a mini heater, keeping you warm and toasty throughout the night. Another way to lock in heat is to sleep with a hat. Also, be sure not to breathe into your sleeping bag at night. This prevents condensation from building up in the bag that could make you colder.
When it comes to comfort, you have to get creative while camping. These handy tips insure that you have a cozy night while out in the wild.