Worried about how restful it is to sleep outdoors?
Studies show that sleeping away from artificial light and waking up to natural sunlight can reset your circadian rhythm, helping you feel refreshed after a better night’s sleep.
But to get a good night’s sleep, it’s important to stay warm, dry and comfortable.
Here are some tips for sleeping comfortably while car camping:
1. Find the right place for your store
Set up your tent in a flat, level location. Clear the area of stones, sticks, and other sharp objects before you begin.
2. Choose the right shelter and bedding
When choosing a tent, you have to consider temperature (three seasons vs. all seasons) and capacity.
But choosing the right tent for you is also key. Do you prefer a fly tent? Is fast pitching important to your team?
Don’t feel like waking up with the sunrise? Do you need to put the kids to bed while the sun is still out?
This new “Darkroom” tent could be for you, say our friends at Coleman®.
Nifty Dark Room™ technology blocks 98% of sunlight to keep your tent darker as the sun rises. It also reduces how much the tent heats up during the day.
If you opt for an air mattress, look for one that is easy to inflate and capable of keeping you off hard ground.
Coleman recommends their All-Terrain™ Air Mattress with Puncture Guard Technology and calls it a “comfort revolution.”
These loft beds come in single or double height styles and keep you elevated off the ground with ComfortStrong.™ coils. It’s easy to inflate the bed with the included 120V pump and factory-tested AirTight.™ The system is guaranteed to be leak-free.
You will also need to choose the right sleeping bag. Consider the temperature rating, shape, and type of insulation when shopping, and keep an eye out for nifty “extras” like pillowcases and hidden pockets.
3. Stay warm
Go to bed fed and hydrated to fuel your internal furnace. Make sure you go to the bathroom before going to bed.
The key to sleeping warm is to stay without sweating. Change into clean clothes before going to bed. Dress in layers, but not so many that you sweat while you sleep.
*Protip* If the temperature drops, wear a tuque or sleep with your head inside your sleeping bag. We lose a lot of heat through our heads.
4. Don’t invite night visitors
This means that all food and toiletries must be stored safely. outside your store before bedtime. Motorhomers should place anything that could attract wildlife inside their vehicles.
5. Go to bed tired
One reason camping often results in deep sleep? People tend to be more active while camping.
To ensure you’re sleepy when the sun goes down, spend the day walking, swimming, cycling, learning, and rowing. There’s no need to count sheep after spending the day breathing fresh air and exploring the park.
Ontario Parks is grateful to corporate partners like Coleman Canada for their support.