It’s no secret that the most comfortable way to sleep in a tent can be a hard task while out there adventuring in the world. Over the course of my tent adventuring days, I have found a few techniques and products that I have used to make sleeping in a tent as enjoyable an experience as humanly possible.
It’s also worth mentioning that cold and warm weather comfort are very different when it comes to staying comfortable in a tent.
How to Sleep in the Great Outdoors
When it comes to general knowledge about getting a great nights sleep in a tent I have a few pointers for you:
- Be sure to choose a safe and level campsite.
- If you’re unable to find a flat area to pitch your tent, be sure that your head is at least above your toes when sleeping. This ensures you don’t wake up in the middle of the night with headaches or worse.
- To avoid a late night soaking, don’t forget to put the rain fly above your tent to prevent the morning dew or worse a night time storm from getting into your tent.
Most Comfortable Way to Sleep in a Tent in Cold Weather
Being a midwest native I’m no stranger to a cold night.
That’s why I prefer to bundle up and prepare for a cold night over a warm one anytime. However, there are a few things to remember when preparing for the most comfortable way to sleep in a tent during the colder months.
Keep the base layer loose
Wear loose-fitting clothing for a base layer to allow blood to flow through your body during sleep.
Do a few light exercises before bundling up in your sleeping bag . This allows for your body to generate more heat, especially on cold nights.
Invest in a good Sleeping Pad
Be sure to have a good sleeping pad to keep you far enough away from the cold ground below.
Comfortable Ways to Sleep in Warm Weather
Admittedly, warm weather camping is the type of camping I find myself doing the most.
Whether it be in a campground or in the middle of a dessert, the mugginess of a warm weather camp day can really make sleeping in tents uncomfortable.
In almost any situation hydration is your friend. I’ve found that the difference between a miserably hot day and a bearable hot day can be directly attributed to how hydrated I’ve kept myself throughout the day. We’d also recommend you use a water filter if you’re grabbing water from local sources. Bad water could wreak havoc on your adventure. Keep it clean and run it through a filter.
It’s no secret that a powered fan or an endless supply of ice cubes could help in the warm weather environment. Although we know this could be a luxury to have in some environments, a rechargeable fan could be just the added amenity needed to make the warm weather a bit more enjoyable.
Repell the Bugs
Warm weather, more often than not means bugs will definitely be bugging you during your trip.
Besides the obvious mosquito spray, we recommend you pick up some permethrin. Permethrin is an insecticide that will kill many of your pests on contact. You can get the spray to use in covering your clothes and gear to protect a majority of your exposure.
Additionally, it’s recommended that you pick yourself up a portable mosquito repeller to give your sleeping radius some peace from those bugs.
Whether you’re adventuring in a winter wonderland or a hot dessert we hope you find some peace and quiet as you slumber. It sounds obvious, but the most comfortable way to sleep in a tent is a product of how well you prepare for your camping trip.
Be sure to judge accordingly and don’t try to skimp out on the small things that could make your sleep ten times more enjoyable.
We hope you have some exciting new camping and sleeping adventures, and as always comment below with any additional tips you have for a more enjoyable sleep in a tent.