Good Night Sleep at the Campground

So you are dreaming of getting away from the city and getting some fresh air and good night sleep. But before you pitch your tent or park your RV there are few things to consider.

1. Bring your ear-plugs.

Campgrounds can actually be noisy places. Some campgrounds offer premium spots located far away from any neighbours, but most put one site right next to the other (this is especially true of sites with electricity), where you can perfectly see and hear your neighbours. So if you are dreaming of turning in early bring your ear-plugs.

2. Make sure your bed is cozy enough.

Remove all the rocks from under your tent before pitching it. Bring a foam pad or air mattress (or both) that is comfortable for you. And test your air mattress at home before leaving for your trip. You really don’t want to wake up on the ground in the middle of the night.

3. Keep warm.

Even summer nights can get chilly. I remember beautiful, sunny, summer days when the temperature dropped to 7 degrees Celsius at night. Check the temperature rating of your sleeping bag and remember that you will actually need a warmer bag than the rating suggests. Just in case bring extra blankets to put on top or even a hot water bottle to warm up your sleeping bag before going to bed.

4. Keep bugs away.

That means keeping your screens closed at all times, even during the day.

5. Make sure you have a flashlight handy in case of unexpected night trips. If you or your kids need to use the campground washroom at night, be sure to know where the closest one is located. Request a site which is close to the washroom when making your reservations.

6. Don't overeat at night.

Don’t feed your kids too many s’mores before bed. If you want them to go to sleep early do not let them eat too much sugar or they will keep you up till midnight. Camomile tea on the other hand will calm them down before bed.