When preparing for a camp, many people get so excited that they think they do not need much sleep. Being out on a campsite or in the wild, surrounded with joyful buddies and exhilarating activities, you might think to yourself that who can afford to waste time sleeping. However, sleep is extremely important. A good-night sleep allows you to wake up in the morning, feeling fresh and ready for all the more fun to come.
However, though tents are able to provide you with shelter, they might not be very comfortable to sleep in if you do not pay attention to certain elements. Here, we provide you with some insights into what you should keep in mind.
1. Choose the right tent:
Tent size is the first and foremost element when it comes to comfort in camping. Sleeping side by side with your loved ones can only be enjoyable if you guys can turn around without nudging each other. Your tent should be of the size that can afford one more people than you first expect and each person should have their own space of at least 24 square feet.
Also, a tent that is too small can come with bad ventilation, which equals condensation, discomfort and disturbed sleep. And do not forget all the backpacks and gears and stuffs. They need some space, too. So consider a vestibule or some mesh side storage pockets. They can be quite useful.
Moreover, your tent should come with good insect screens and built-in sheet underneath to keep insects from invading your tent and bothering you when you are trying to fall asleep.
Pay attention to the number of windows and doors too. They really help out with the ventilation inside the tent. Also, you need 2 or more doors so that if someone needs to get outside at night for the bathroom or early morning for a walk, he does not disturb anyone else.
2. Choose the right place to pitch your tent:
Places with beautiful view such as a trickling stream or lake certainly are beautiful. However, they are also very humid and insects tend to gather there a lot. To make it worse, the trickling sound seems relaxing during daytime can be very annoying at night. Those matters combined can result in a sleepless night. You might want earplugs and anti-insect lotions if you just love those places so much.
You have to keep in mind to steer away from uneven ground, full of small rocks and stones and grass. A footprint is a good option to consider for a layer against moist and rocks on the ground.
Do not choose place on top of, or at the foot or in the middle of a hill side. The upper one is windy and the sound of your tent side flapping is definitely not easy on the ears. The bottom of a hill is where water runs to when it rains and you can be literally deep in water. As for the middle, your backpacks and stuffs can keep sliding to one side and if you do not sleep with your head pointing upward, then you cannot sleep at all.
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3. Bring the right bedding:
The right bedding is comfortable to lie on and able to keep you warm through the nights. Mattress and sleeping bag can be very useful. You might want to bring your own pillow if you are prone to difficulty sleeping in a strange place.
If it is cold, warm yourself before getting in your sleeping bag. Get yourself a knit hat and several pairs of socks too. If it is warm, you can go light on your clothes but do not be too revealing. The only thing you will attract is insects, especially those hateful mosquitos. Anti-insect lotion might be useful anyway.
4. Set up the tent in the right way:
A tent that is pitched sloppily can be an uncomfortable shelter. Make sure your tent stand straight up, look strong and sturdy on the ground. If you have not pitched any tent before, you should get some practice before the actual pitching.
5. Clean the tent:
Before you bring your stuffs and yourself into the tent, get rid of all the rocks and stones inside. Those things can get stuck in corners, so check them out.
6. Good preparation comes first:
Before you go out to the campsite, make sure you prepare everything. If you do not have a tent, go online, read reviews, ask for people’s opinions on different tents then choose the most suitable. If you already have a tent in your storage, take it out and make sure after all the time it was left there, it has not got any tears and holes. Fix them (How to repair fabric tears for camping tents) if needed and do all the necessary maintenances.
Read and listen to weather forecasts about the place you are going to camp can prepare you for some situations. Make a list of all the necessary equipment and gears and make sure to not leave out any of them.
All of the above mentioned tips are important and can result in an enjoyable camping trip. So keep all of them in mind, especially the last one. Everything starts with preparation. And as they say, well begun is half done, you know.