Everyone loves nick nacks and intriguing gadgets, don’t they? Of the kind you find in kitchen shops or outdoor shops? I could spend hours in outdoor shops, and I don’t even like walking in the countryside. Ironic given I live on a farm. (I much prefer walking round towns with everything to see than across fields, just don’t tell my OH!). But camping gives you a great excuse to buy (or at least look at) new options each time. And improving my camping sleep options is something I’ve been working on for a while.
Because you never sleep as well as you expect to when you’re camping.
Annual camping trips
Each year we have an annual camping trip with friends (mostly mums and the kids), and every time I get out my essentials list and work out what needs replacing or what I’d like to buy. There’s always something extra to add to your equipment stash – whether we’ve had tent or equipment envy from the previous year’s camping trip, or I’ve spotted something new.
Apart from a love of shopping, I think my love of camping equipment stems from childhood. Firstly Guide camps. I went on two and neither were particularly successful. The first I ended up with a flu type illness as we were taking tents down. The second time I ended up being sick thanks to poorly cooked burgers. But it didn’t put me off. My brother and I spent many a summer pitched out and sleeping in our 2 man tent in the garden. Every week or so we had to re-pitch it so the grass was given time to recover.
As well as bricks and mortar shops, we now have the luxury of online shopping which is always handy when buying bulky things. Blacks online has plenty of options for everyone whether new to camping and trying it out in their back garden, festival goers or those who regularly go camping.
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Getting a good night’s sleep is so important in enjoying camping. The first night is always hard, but usually I find the rest I get a good night sleep (except maybe this trip because there was so much wind). So don’t scrimp on bedding solutions.
Tips for bedding options when camping:
1, Air bed, self-inflating mat or camp bed
I’m not a fan of air beds, and wouldn’t use one if I didn’t have an electronic pump to use in the car, but my back no longer copes with a thinner self-inflating mat (and I’m too much of a cheapskate to buy a much deeper better SIM. The days of foam bedding rolls are no longer for me. A camp bed can also be a good idea if you’d rather be off the ground and don’t mind being restricted to a specific sized bed.
2, Sleeping bag or duvets
Most people go for sleeping bags. For starters they’re made for the relevant temperatures, are available different sizes (junior, square, mummy, single, double, zip together etc) and take up much less room in a car than a duvet does. Plus you might only need a pillow and blanket, no other bed linen needed. But some people just take their duvets for a more home from home feel. Personally we’re sleeping bags all the way (although I do tend to use mine like a duvet over me as I hate being tight in them).
You may have the best sleeping bag but some people prefer to be ultra-warm at night, and if you’ve room it’s worth taking a blanket to pop over your sleeping bag just in case. Better to have layers you can take off rather than struggling to sleep when the temperature drops.
If you get cold or are going camping out of season, insulating under your bedding is a good idea. You can use interlocking foam mats, and emergency foil blanket or foil backed picnic blanket under your air bed or SIM.
Some people also like to sleep on their airbed or SIM on top of a campbed, so raising the bed up, but also taking the ‘mattress’ above the ground.
Hopefully these tips will make for a warmer night’s sleep.
What options do you use when you want a good night’s sleep while camping?
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