Today, our fabulous guest blogger, Katlyn Spade, offers some free advice on how to get a good night’s rest in the wilderness.
Camping is an inexpensive way of seeing this amazing country and can also make for a great vacation. However, when you are out in the great outdoors, you may struggle to nod off at the end of the day. But, with a little preparation, you can get an amazing night’s sleep out in the wilderness while feeling safe and secure in your tent.
Be at one with your environment
When you are sleeping outside, you will be exposed to all the sounds of the environment—from the birds and animals to the roaring wind and rain and even the crashing waves. You can’t fight this noise, so instead, close your eyes and enjoy the sensations. People all over the country listen to nature music and sounds when they are going to sleep on streaming services. But you are lucky enough to have your own personal live performance. Focus on your breathing and become at peace with the noises around you.
Be prepared for the weather
To ensure a great night’s sleep, prepare your tent for all weather eventualities, including heavy wind and rain. In exposed areas, such as flatlands, you may find that there are frequent gusts of wind. Make sure that you pack some heavy-duty stakes to keep your tent in place and a hardcore rainfly; then, there is no possibility of rain getting in. If you’re camping near the coast, the weather can change rapidly, so make sure that you can set your tent up quickly. Make sure that you place the entrance of your tent away from the ocean to avoid sea spray.
Have your clothing ready
You may find that you need to get up in the middle of the night and go outside to the toilet block (or nearest bush if you are in the wilderness). To make sure that this goes as smoothly as possible, leave your Altai boots ready, with the laces undone, in the doorway of the tent; that way, you simply have to put them on your feet. Lay out some loose-fitting and easy-to-wear clothing that you can put on quickly. Trousers with an elastic waist and a straight-over sweater are ideal if you need to get dressed in a hurry.
Consider wild animals
When you are camping, make sure that you clear up any trash that you have—especially food waste. Don’t leave it in bags outside your tent. The last thing that you want is to be woken up in the middle of the night by a bear or raccoons looking for a snack. If you have food, keep it in a bear bag or secure container at least 500 ft. away from your camp.
Going to sleep in a tent when surrounded by the elements is an amazing experience. You can drop off listening to the sounds of nature and wake up refreshed and ready for the day.