Today, our fabulous guest blogger, Katlyn Spade, offers some free advice on how to get a good night’s rest in the wilderness.
How To Sleep Like A Log When You Are Camping
In America, almost 50% of people plan to go camping in the next year, according to research published by the North American Camping Report. Camping is an inexpensive way of seeing this amazing country and can also make a great vacation. However, when you are out in the great outdoors, it can sometimes be difficult to nod off at the end of the day. But, with a little preparation you can get an amazing night’s sleep out in the wilderness, feeling safe and secure in your tent.
Be at one with your environment
When you are sleeping outside, you will be exposed to all the sounds of the environment. From the birds and animals, to the roaring wind, the rain and even the crashing waves. You can’t fight this noise, so instead, close your eyes and enjoy the sensations. People all over the country listen to nature music and sounds when they are going to sleep, on music streaming services. But you are lucky enough to have your own personal live performance. Focus on your breathing and become at peace with the noises around you.
Be prepared for the weather
To ensure a great night’s sleep, make sure that your tent is prepared for all weather eventualities, including heavy wind and rain. In exposed areas, such as flatlands, you may find that there are frequent gusts of wind. Make sure that you pack some heavy duty stakes to keep your tent in place and a hardcore rainfly, then there is no possibility of rain getting in. If you are camping near the coast, the weather can be particularly changeable, so make sure that you can set your tent up quickly. Make sure that you place the entrance of your tent away from the ocean, to avoid sea spray.
Have your clothing ready
You may find that you need to get up in the middle of the night and go outside to the toilet block (or nearest bush if you are in the wilderness). To make sure that this goes as smoothly as possible, leave your Altai boots ready, laces undone, in the doorway of the tent, so you simply have to put them on your feet. Lay out some loose fitting and easy to wear clothing that you can put on quickly. Trousers with an elasticated waist and a straight over sweater are ideal if you need to get dressed in a hurry.
Consider wild animals
When you are camping, make sure that you clear up any trash that you have, in particular food waste. Don’t leave it in bags outside your tent. The last thing that you want is to be woken up in the middle of the night by a bear or raccoons looking for a snack. If you have food, keep it in a bear bag, or secure container, at least 500 ft away from your camp.
Going to sleep in a tent, surrounded by the elements is an amazing experience. You can drop off, listening to the sounds of nature and wake up refreshed and ready for the day.