It’s summertime. The kids are out of school, and if yours are the outdoorsy type that means you’ll probably find yourself on a camping trip at some point. Some of you are looking forward to this as you’ve been doing it for years and know what it takes to get a good night’s sleep out in the woods. For the rest of us, this can feel like an approaching nightmare. How does one sleep on rocks and roots while you’re desperately thinking about your comfortable mattress? How do you doze off with all that nature noise? Well, fear not! We’ve got a handful of tips to help you get the most out of your trip by being able to wake up refreshed and ready to take on the day.
The first thing you’ll need is a tent that’s big enough to get comfortable. This doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg; you can find a decent four-person tent for under $200.
Next, you’ll want to get a sleeping pad. The key here is to make sure you have the proper amount of bed cushioning that you need to be comfortable. Some folks can make do with a packable sleeping pad while others may want to bring a full or queen-sized air mattress. Whichever you choose, be sure to test it at home on a hard surface to see if it inflates properly – there is nothing worse than an air mattress that deflates in the middle of the night! Try adding memory foam or egg crate to your camping bed for extra comfort.
A sleeping bag is actually not a must-have for car camping. A sleeping bag is a necessity for backpackers due to its compact size and light weight, but otherwise, you can make your bed as you would at home. Think sheets, blankets, and/or comforters as well as your second favorite pillow. We recommend your second favorite pillow as campfire smoke has a way of getting into everything and no one likes smelling smoke on their stuff a week later, especially their favorite pillow. If yours does happen to get ruined on a camping trip or you need to purchase one, visit your local Factory Mattress and shop our collection.
Set up your tent on level ground, so you won’t find yourself all piled up at the bottom of your sleeping area in the middle of the night. If there’s a slight incline, just make sure your head is uphill. Look for a spot with few rocks or roots, and if possible, softer ground like pine needles or grass. Go ahead and remove any large rocks that could be problematic.
If the noise of nature is an issue, earplugs will help you drift off to sleep in silence. Also, while s’mores and hot cocoa are a camping staple, all the sugar and caffeine might not be the best for a good night’s rest. A packet of relaxing chamomile tea provides excellent sleep benefits and allows you to partake in the campfire fun.
These simple tips should let you enjoy your camping experience…or at least make it bearable if you’re just being a good sport for your kids! Check out these additional sleep tips from the experts at Factory Mattress.