sleep while camping

Tips on how to get a good night’s sleep while camping

Setting up a tent, sleeping on the ground and dealing with those pesky mosquitoes?

For some Canadians, camping is a fun way to spend time immersed in nature, either alone or with loved ones. For others, not so much—often because of the misconception that you can’t camp in comfort.

Camping equipment has come a long way from the suffocating burlap tents and super-thin sleeping bags of years past! With more and more Canadians discovering the joy of camping, retailers are taking notice—and there are more comfortable options for camping outdoors than ever before.

Camping comfortably in a tent

With improved layouts, extra room and easy assembly, today’s tents offer comfortable lodging while camping, particularly while sleeping. There’s nothing quite like listening to the sounds of a babbling brook or wind through the trees while sleeping under the stars—it’s better than any sleep machine on the market!

A good night’s sleep also relies on the surface underneath you. Whether you prefer an air mattress, foam pad or raised cot so you aren’t on the ground, camping has come a long way from a simple sleeping bag with twigs and rocks poking you in the back. Pro tip: If you’re a side sleeper, you’ll likely prefer a thicker type of mattress.


Purchasing Power Nap

Not all bedding is equal! There are different styles, materials and temperature ratings available, so be sure to consider your camping destination when purchasing a sleeping bag for the best results. Bring your favourite pillow from home or purchase a lightweight foam or inflatable camping pillow.

We’ve compiled a few tips for purchasing a tent and mattress/cot and ensuring a good night’s sleep while camping:

  • Shop around. There are plenty of retailers dedicated to the outdoors, like DecathlonMountain Equipment Coop (MEC), Bass Pro Shops and Cabelas. You can also keep your eye out online for used gear in case someone is offloading an impulse purchase from the COVID-19 pandemic!
  • Invest in quality gear. If possible, look for compact, lightweight options to avoid straining your body while carrying and setting up the gear. Test your gear before your trip to make sure you know how to set it up, your air mattress holds air, etc.
  • Choose a flat location that’s free of rocks and debris for your tent and mattress/pad/cot, or one where your head will be higher than your feet if a flat surface isn’t available.
  • Make the space suitable for sleeping—open vents to encourage air flow, wear an eye mask if light bothers you, etc.
  • Plan ahead and pre-schedule an appointment with a registered massage therapist to ease any sore muscles when you get back from your camping trip.

Canadian summers may be short, but camping provides an amazing opportunity to spend time with your family, away from technology and the hustle and bustle of everyday life. If you’re feeling a bit adventurous, a fall or winter camping trip can also be a great escape into the wilderness—just make sure to bring the appropriate gear for cooler weather!

With these sleep comfort tips, you’ll be a happy camper in no time.