Anyone that has ever spent a night sleeping on the ground in a tent will tell you that it can be an uncomfortable experience. There are many factors to consider, from the amount of space in your tent to your size and weight. For example, if you’re tall and heavy, then you might have issues with trying to sleep up against the side wall of your shelter because it will push into you more than others. However, all these tips should not just apply to people who sleep out alone; even couples or families can benefit from these recommendations.
If you have a smaller tent, then it’s still important to find ways to make it as comfortable as possible. There are plenty of tricks you can utilize to make your own shelter more comfortable, including some that apply more towards people who maintain their own shelter versus those who leave the job to others.
1) Wear A Warm Sleeping Bag
You can check out this sleeping bag guide to get a better feel for what kind of sleeping bag would be best for you. Other than just picking out a good sleeping bag, you’ll need to think about the environment that you’ll be using it in. For example, if it’s close to freezing, then you want to choose a warmer sleeping bag.
Likewise, if the temperature is going to be very hot and there is a chance of rain or humidity, then getting an appropriate waterproof cover is going to be even more important.
2) Protect Your Face
This will go a long way in keeping you comfortable when sleeping in a tent. Likewise, it is worth considering getting some kind of fabric on top of the ground before laying down, such as a sleeping pad (similar to an inflatable mattress).
3) Stake The Tent Down
When the wind is blowing hard outside, you don’t want your shelter to be affected by those gusts. Making sure that your tent is securely staked down will go a long way in keeping you protected from the wind.
Another safety tip that can help keep your tent secure is to tie your tent down on the bottom corner of any trees nearby. Doing this should make it more difficult for the wind to blow your tent around. Neither of these things are going to be practical for everyone, but it is something you should consider if you see winds or heavy rain forecasted in advance.
4) Cut A Small Opening
Just like with zippers on clothing, cutting a small hole into a spot near the bottom of your tent will allow excess water and/or condensation to drain through before it can seep into the ground. This will not only keep your tent more comfortable but it can also prevent mold from growing.
You may need a small stick to poke through the hole, so consider bringing one along with you just in case you need it. In terms of locating this hole, try and make sure that it is not directly over an area where your body will be. Too much condensation could cause it to drip and that is something you want to avoid at all costs.
5) Tie Your Boots
You might have heard this tip before, but tying your boots together can help prevent them from blocking the entrance and/or exit of your tent while sleeping. This can be especially useful in those instances where your tent is more exposed to the elements and the ground might have some debris in it.
You can also use thick string or something similar and wrap it around both boots to ensure that they don’t fall off.
6) Avoid Zippers
When you are buying outdoor gear and deciding on a tent, go for something with simple zipper doors and no zippers at all if possible. This will allow for easy entry and exit without any extra risk of accidentally getting zipped up when you’re just trying to get out of bed in the morning or prepare for bed at night.
7) Don’t Sleep In The Corner
Sleeping directly up against a tent wall does not make for a comfortable night. When you rest your back against the wall, it typically pushes into you because of your size and weight. This can cause discomfort across your whole body, especially if you have to spend an extended period of time in this position.
Try not to sleep directly up against the corner of your shelter and always try to have some space inside the tent as well so that air flow isn’t limited. If you don’t have too many supplies or other equipment inside, then set them up next to the opening instead so that they won’t be in the way while sleeping.
8) Sit Up When Possible
You can try to sleep in many different positions with a tent, but one of the best tips is to sit up and use your body as much as you can. This will not only make it easier to move around and find what you need, but it will also keep your body warmer and prevent pressure against your arms and head.
9) Try A Hammock
If a tent is not an option for you or if you are interested in getting the most comfort possible, then consider using a hammock instead. That is not necessarily an easy thing for some people because it’s going to take some time to learn how to tie them up properly.
It Is also going to take a bit of practice getting used to sleeping in them too. Nevertheless, it is an option for those who are ready to explore the benefits of sleeping outdoors in a hammock.
Another method that you can use is to get yourself an inflatable mattress or something similar in order to make your sleeping area more comfortable. It is well worth it if you have the ability to do so because it will help maximize your comfort while minimizing any risks of getting injured or waking up sore.
10) Consider Using A Pillow
If you are going to be using a tent, then make sure that you have a pillow or something similar that goes on the inside of the tent. This will help you keep your body warmed up, especially during those cold nights.
There are many different kinds of pillows and you can even get ones made with memory foam to make sure that they are extra comfortable. You can even opt to get one made with a thermal rest to make a nearly airtight seal so that you stay warm and feel as if your back is being hugged all night long.
11) Consider Getting A Sleeping Bag
If you are going to be sleeping in a tent, then you should consider getting yourself a sleeping bag that is made out of something that is waterproof. This will help keep you warm and snug at night while also keeping you dry.
The down option Is going to be the best way to go if your plan involves camping outside in cold weather. However, they tend to get heavy, so you may want to opt for something more lightweight instead depending on how long your trip will be. Just remember that they make backpacks for sleeping bags too if it’s something that you want or need to take along with you.
12) Consider Using A Thermal Blanket
If you need to sleep in the cold, then a thermal blanket might be something that is worth considering. This will help keep you snuggly warm and can actually help keep your body temperature regulated properly by putting your body heat closer to you than the blanket itself.
There are many different options for these blankets as well, so if you’re not sure which one is best for your needs, then reading reviews online should be able to help you decide between all of them. They can end up being quite versatile as well because they are not just limited to keeping you warm, but they can also add extra insulation to your bed or clothes when it’s needed.
13) Add Extra Insulation
To make your sleeping area warmer, consider adding extra insulation to your bag or tent. For tents, you can do this by adding on some items such as a sleeping pad or even a small blanket.
This will help remove all of the cold spots that may have formed and save you from having to wake up during the night because you are cold. You can add extra layers to your bedding as well like an additional blanket or even consider using a memory foam option if available.
14) Consider The Size Of Your Sleeping Area
The last tip that you can think about is the size of your sleeping area. If you are going to be camping in a tent, then make sure that you consider how many people are going to be sleeping there when you’re considering the dimensions of the tent.
If you’re going to be trying to sleep in a hammock, then make sure that you put some thought into this as well because hammock beds tend to come in different sizes depending on the manufacturer and their own specifications.
If this is something that will become an issue for your trip, then get used to it ahead of time by moving your gear around or asking for help if necessary so that everything fits within proper space.
Ideally, you should be able to fit a queen sized bed in the space. If you want to make sure that you can get this kind of space though, then consider making two twin size sleeping bags and putting them together so that they are longer. This will create both width and depth as needed and keep you from worrying about whether or not it is going to work for you.
As long as these tips have been helpful, then keeping them in mind may be exactly what you need to help ensure you get an excellent night’s sleep regardless of your situation. If you have any other tips for getting comfortable when it comes to camping, then please share them with us below.
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