Sleeping inside a tent is the next best thing we have in the great outdoors. But as we all know, it’s not quite like home. That leads a lot of us to ask, what if there were a way to make the much needed rest period in your tent, that much more comfortable?
Well, now you can (or at least, try)!
For the love of sleep, we’ve took the time to curate our favorite 10 most comfortable ways to sleep in a tent that will bring your quality of sleep and comfort on your next outing to the next level; giving you the much needed sleep and repair your body needs.
1. Take time to choose a good spot to put your tent
Before you set your tent up, you need to make sure you are putting it in a strategic spot that is aimed at providing the most comfort during your time in the tent. There are a lot of considerations that go into this, and it can vary depending on the area, time of year, and experience with camping. Overall, keep these things in mind next time you are going to pitch a tent to ensure you make tent camping comfortable:
- A clear & flat area that will keep you level
- Consider the proximity to a bathroom (if you are on a campground)
- White noise, such as a stream, helps a lot of people sleep
- Choose a spot with shade – the sun can really heat a tent up
- Use nature as a windbreak to keep your tent from moving all night
- If there is snow, avoid being underneath trees. The snow can easily come down, causing big issues
2. The right tent bedding makes all the difference
Having comfortable tent bedding to sleep on is a huge factor that plays into our quality of sleep while tent camping. There are many popular options, mainly which include sleeping bags, air mattresses, cots, and sleeping pads. All have their pros and cons, and sometimes you might even want to incorporate two of the options (e.g sleeping bag and a air mattress).
The biggest thing to consider with your tent bedding is it’s ability to keep you warm, without making you too hot. This is why when you use a sleeping bag, it’s important to get one that is made for the temperatures you will be exposed to. It’s also important to make sure that you have enough room for everyone, nothing is worse than a twin bed for two people!
And please, don’t forget a good camping pillow. This luxury in our everyday life can really put a damper on you if you try to sleep in an awkward position without it and wake up with neck pains. There are many comfortable camping pillow options that are compact to easily carry with you while traveling.
For some extra tips on how to make a camp bed more comfortable, you can do a few things: reduce all sorts of drafts to keep you warm, add warm rocks under your blanket (heat them by placing next to a fire), and really try to put some time in choosing comfortable tent bedding that fits your needs – it will make a huge difference.
3. Bring some earplugs
If you need complete and utter silence, earplugs are going to be a lifesaver. The noises you hear while camping can get freaky and frequent (not just from the wilderness, but also fellow campers), and being able to bypass that altogether is great. This is really the only solution for getting rid of noise, and they are so cheap that it’s a no-brainer!
Just don’t forget to bring enough pairs though. Many earplugs are one-time use, and it would suck to get use to them and run out (I definitely am not speaking from experience).
4. Eye mask = no sun, right?
If you use an eye mask back at home, the same benefits apply while you are out camping. If you would like to sleep in anytime past sunrise (which is especially apparent while in a tent), being able to slip on a black out eye mask before going to sleep will allow your body to sleep for a bit longer in the morning.
5. Alternatively, black out your tent
Personally, I don’t like to wear eye masks. Instead, I find it comforting to black out my tent to block the sun.
My favorite to do this is to take an emergency blanket and put it over your tent. This will reflect the sun away from your tent, keep it cooler, and not let light in. Alternatively, creating a canopy over your tent with some tarps can create shade for your tent, effectively achieving similar results.
6. Keeping things dry
Keeping your tent dry is a hard task to achieve when it’s raining. In addition to getting a quality tent that withstands rain, it’s also important to aid your tent in its fight against the wet conditions.
For starters, ensuring you aren’t dragging in dirt and water when you walk in and out of your tent is a must. My favorite technique is to bring a plastic tray to put any wet shoes or clothes in to keep it isolated from getting anything else wet.
Secondly, create a canopy over your tent with tarps designed to wash the water away from hitting your tent. The best tip here is to make sure the canopy is dropping the water off 5+ feet away from your tent; otherwise you will end up with water seeping through the bottom seams of your tent and flooding you out.
7. Heaters & air conditioners
Companies have really brought the feeling of home to comfortable tent camping with portable tent heaters or air conditioners. You can now keep your tent at a comfortable temperature no matter what your fire making skills are.
This is definitely a luxury tent item, but if you’ve ever asked how to make a tent feel like home; this is definitely a way to do just that.
8. An alarm clock
I know what you’re thinking..
Why exactly would I want that?!
Well, what if you want to wake up at a certain time to go do some planned activity; but since you blacked out your tent you wouldn’t of woken up without it. It’s a lifesaver, and when you mix a good travel alarm clock to wake you up on time with these other comforts, you won’t wake up until you exactly want to.
9. Radio for white noise
Let’s say you can’t find any water nearby, or you simply don’t want to setup camp near a stream. If you are the type of person who could really benefit from white noise, you should consider bringing a radio that’s powered by batteries.
Not only will you be able to have some white noise on all night, but you will also get to jam out during the day.
10. Dress to impress (your tent)
Wearing clothes to bed can be a great way to improve your overall comfort during the night. If it is especially cold out, this will almost be a must. It can also be a great way to cut back on the amount of gear you need to pack and bring on your trip, keeping your load light.
My advise if you do this though is to bring some night time clothes that aren’t being wore during the day. These clothes should be separate from all your other clothes and not be exposed to the outdoors. If they are, you risk picking up pollen’s and triggering allergies during your trip. If you are outside all day (which, I hope you are if you’re camping), you are going to pick up pollen, dirt, and who knows what else on your clothes. Going to sleep in that at night isn’t good, especially if you have allergies. So be prepared and have a sleep-only outfit!
These 10 most comfortable ways to sleep in a tent are a sure-fire way to improve your state of comfortableness next time you go tent camping. Hopefully we’ve helped answer your question on how to make tent camping more comfortable, but we’d love to hear what tips & hacks you are using to make comfortable tent camping a reality – so feel free to share them below!