Sleep is important for your recovery after a long day outdoors, and it serves as the foundation for your ability to function and make good decisions. A good sleeping bag is therefore a good start to your outdoor experience – but there are more smart tricks for sleeping well in the outdoors.
• Much of the cold comes from the ground and a good ground pad is a must – or two if you are camping in the winter. The weight of your body compresses the underside of the sleeping bag, which means the insulation there is less effective.
• Sleep in a soft base layer if it is cold. Socks, gloves and a hat are also necessary. A lot of heat escapes through the head if it is not covered!
• Make sure your body is warm before you climb into your sleeping bag.Eat a snack and drink something warm before you go to bed. A short, brisk walk, vertical hops or squats will also raise the body's temperature.
• Put one or two warm water bottles in your sleeping bag. They will not only keep you warm, but they will also make it easy to quench your thirst if you wake up in the middle of the night. And when you wake up in the morning you will not need to leave the tent to get water for your breakfast porridge.
• Place a shell garment or a down jacket as an extra layer over your upper body on cold nights.
• A silk sleeping bag sheet raises the temperature level in the sleeping bag by a few degrees.
• Air your sleeping bag in the morning to remove the moisture your body generated during the night.
• Do not dry wet clothing in your sleeping bag.
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