Backpacker Magazine – October 2010
Sleep Better When Camping
>> Pack your iPod
and some favorite mellow tunes. Music can help relax you after an adrenaline-filled day.
>> Use earplugs
to tune out snoring partners and flapping tents.
>> Cover your eyes.
Get a multipurpose Buff (also use it as a headband, hat, gaiter, and more). Starts at $14 (buff.es
>> Camp near white noise
, like the steady, soothing sound of a river or waterfall.
>> Hike farther.
Exhaustion equals sleep.
>> Pack your pillowcase from home.
The familiarity can help you sleep better.
>> Match your bag and pad to your sleeping style.
Mummy shapes work best for back sleepers; thrashers and side-curlers will want a roomier bag and wider pad.
>> Go to bed warm.
Do a few situps or pushups before getting in the sack.
>> Avoid caffeine and alcohol before bed
, and drink water instead to stay hydrated.
>> Stick to routine.
Go to sleep at your normal bedtime hour.
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