Family Camping – Tips for a Better Night’s Sleep

Tips for a Better Night's Sleep

So, you’re about to embark on a camping trip as a family? This is a wonderful time for all concerned and you shouldn’t be afraid to fully embrace everything that comes with camping.

Obviously, you want to make sure you have a good tent to stay in, but apart from this tip, what else will help you all get a good night’s sleep when you’re camping out under the stars?

Let’s take a look, shall we? After all, if you’re not well rested then the trip won’t be as much fun!

Pitch Up in the Best Place You Can

When it comes to choosing the place, you’re going to pitch up your tent, make sure that the space is flat, or if there’s a slight camber, ensure that your heads will be at the top of the slope.

Make a game out of trying to choose the perfect spot and whoever can pick the place with as few rocks as possible, along with nice soft ground with grass wins a prize.

This isn’t going to send you to sleep, but it will help you enjoy some slumber once you do go to bed!

Pack for Unfamiliar Sounds

Sleeping out among nature is a great experience, but, unless you have the ability to block out and sleep soundly regardless of where you are, you might not be able to relax enough so that you can all doze off and enjoy some healthy rest.

You might find that the sounds of nature do, in fact, send you and your kids off into the Land of Nod, but the noises can be prolonged and loud, so if you’re not used to it, or you aren’t soothed by this, you all need to be prepared.

It’s a simple solution, but, by simply ensuring that everyone has some earplugs will make the exterior sounds much less intense and more peaceful.

For the younger member of the family, it’s a good idea to reassure them that the sounds they are hearing aren’t anything to worry about and they’re perfectly safe. You can also get them to take along a favourite toy or comforter to help them feel assurer at bedtime.

Sleep in Comfort

Now, if there’s one thing that you want to get right, it’s the sleeping set up. There’s nothing worse than lying in discomfort as you try to get some shut-eye.

Be prepared; take a quality air bed with you, and test it at home on a hard surface beforehand so you’re accustomed to it. Actually, this is a that you can have a blanket rule for with your camping supplies. Check it all and jog your memory on how it all goes up and gets packed away to ease the stress.

Relax!

relaxation help you sleep. We all know this. So, when the time comes to go camping and you’re about to go to bed, take a moment, then take a few big, deep breathes and think of how fortunate you are to have this time with your family.

There’s no work or exterior stress here so, listen to that babbling stream as you close your eyes and let the relaxation take you off to sleep.

If you’re relaxed, your children will sense this carefree approach and mimic your behaviour, helping you to enjoy the time away and the sleep that comes with it.

Things You’ll Need to Ensure You Sleep Soundly at Night

These few things might not send you off to sleep, but they will help you to stay fed, watered, happy, healthy, warm and comfy, which are all great components to support a good night’s sleep.

Plenty of water: Staying hydrated will help all the family get off to sleep, the National Sleep Foundation state. Therefore, it’s a good idea to make sure that you stock up on enough water for drinking during your trip. Around 2 litres per day, per person, is advised, depending on how much activity you intend on having involved.

First aid kit: One thing that will help you sleep soundly at night is the knowledge that if someone has a little accident you have a first aid kit to hand so you can deal with the issue.

Camp stove: Having a camp stove is much easier than cooking on an open fire, so it’s well worth having one for your trip. The camp stove is important because it cooks hot food and also uses the same fuels as lanterns if you are taking this type of lighting. If you want to let your kids have a go at some of the cooking while you supervise them, this is a far safer option too.

 

 

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