There are those who prefer to camp during summer when they can bask on the warmth of the sun, get a tan and take refreshing dips in the nearby lake. On the other hand, there are those who are into the adventure and cool breeze that winter brings and opt to go camping during cold weather. While both are fun and exciting, the downside to the latter option is the difficulty of getting a good night’s sleep.
Before, camping trips done in the middle of cold or in winter used to mean uncomfortable and chilly sleepless nights. But not anymore. Fortunately, there are ways you can do to ensure that you get yourself a comfortable and warm sleep that will rejuvenate and recharge you for the next day’s activities.
First secret in acquiring a good night sleep is to invest on a comfortable sleeping bag that is made of fabrics designed to provide warmth and insulation. Coleman’s line of sleeping bags for example features the ComfortSmart™ technology, which provides thermal efficiency.
Second secret is to wear thick layers of clothing. If it’s too cold and you think you can use even more heat, put on jackets, shirts, and jogging pants that will provide you with the comfort and warmth you need to drift off to a peaceful sleep. It would also help if you have someone to snuggle with since skin to skin contact is often a good source of heat. If not, you can always have a snuggly pillow to hug on to.
Third secret is to purchase a reliable and safe indoor heater that you can use inside your tent. A catalytic heater like the Coleman ProCat™ Portable Catalytic Heater can provide you with flameless warmth that can make sleeping in the coldest type of weather cozy and relaxing. Just be sure you follow the safety guidelines of using this heater like providing sufficient ventilation and keeping the heater at least two feet away from any thing.
Fourth secret is to bring along a tent that is made of durable fabric and tent poles that are strong enough to provide protection against rain, wind and snow. There is nothing worse than a tent toppled over or blown away, leaving you exposed and vulnerable to the cold.
Fifth secret to lull yourself to dreamland is to play classic lullabies or serene songs in your mp3 player or Discman or to read some books. Soft melodies and tunes are useful in calming you and enabling you to rest your mind while reading can also make you sleepy. That’s why it would be a good idea to pack a couple of CDs or paperback pocket books for your listening and reading pleasure. And surely at once, you’ll be sleeping like a baby.
Sixth secret is a drink of hot chocolate or milk before sleeping. This will also likely remind you of your youth and the good old days when mommy or daddy used to bring you a hot drink to make sleeping easier.
With these simple guidelines you can follow, sleeping in cold weather need not be an impossible feat. Just equip yourself with the right camping gears and you’re off to dreamland in no time.