Tips For Sleeping When You’re Camping

Sleeping outdoors, surrounded by the sights and sounds of nature, should be the perfect remedy for a bad night’s sleep.

After all, few things could be more relaxing than the gentle lull of a distant stream or the sensational sight of a thousand stars, twinkling in the in the sky.

Unfortunately, it’s difficult to sleep soundly if the ground is bumpy, your sleeping bag’s damp and your tent has been trampled by a herd of cow.

Learn how to avoid the pitfalls and enjoy a sound night’s sleep with top tips from Trail.

All The Gear

If you want to create a haven of relaxation, you need the right equipment.

An inflatable mat is perfect for creating a comfortable space to sleep on, so you don’t wake up with back ache. The last thing you want is to be walking around like Quasimodo.

You’ll also need a sleeping bag which is suitable for the time of year you’re camping and a good quality tent that doesn’t leak at the slightest sight of drizzle.

Check out our comprehensive guide to sleeping equipment for further information.


Pitch Perfect

Where you pitch your tent is of paramount importance.

Ensure the area isn’t sloped, or your camping trip could go downhill very quickly. You should also clear the area of any debris to avoid damaging your tent and disrupting your comfort.

For further advice on pitching, read our blog on common camping mistakes to avoid.



Get Comfy

Don’t leave things too late in the day before setting up your bedroom.

Remember, tents don’t have the luxury of an on/off switch, so expect the interior to turn dark very quickly, especially during the autumn months. Setting your bedroom up during the day will allow you to create a cosy, comfortable setup.

We recommend taking a pillow with you for extra comfort. Decorating your bedroom with battery-powered string lights is also a great way to create a warm, relaxing ambience.


Just because you’re away from home, doesn’t mean you should ditch your bedtime routine.

Putting on your PJs, brushing your teeth and drinking a soothing cup of chamomile tea may sound trivial, but they all play a part in helping you go to sleep.

A bedtime routine keeps your internal body clock in check. Your brain gets used to the things you do before bedtime and the time you close your eyes, resulting in a better night’s sleep.

We hope our advice helps you sleep better when you’re camping. Visit Trail Outdoor Leisure website to browse our full range of sleeping equipment.

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