So a long day of hiking has finally come to an end, you snuggle up inside of your sleeping bag and you just cannot get comfortable… it is still too cold! The worst possible situation, at least for me, on a camping trip is being too cold as you are in your tent or tarp structure. There are several ways that you can keep this structure nice and cozy though, from space heaters to heated rocks, so no need to worry!
#1 A Quality Sleeping Bag
Any experienced backpacker or camper will tell you that the best way to stay warm in your tent is a quality sleeping bag. I am the biggest supporter of spending extra money on the more expensive bag because it matters more that you have a bag that will take care of you in whatever weather that you endure. To have the best quality bag in whatever weather, make sure that your bag can handle sub-zero temperatures.
Though also look at the temperatures that you are going to endure in the area you are going and get a bag that matches that area. Also buy a mummy bag, which is a bag that goes over your head to make sure that your head is warm. In rectangle bags, you lose a lot of heat and you also end up losing a lot of money you spent on them. Your sleeping bag is slowly going to become your best friend on your days with it, so make sure to take care of it and not to get it wet and dirty, this will ensure that it will stay warm as well. Treat your sleeping bag well and it will treat you well.
#2 A Sleeping Pad
While many people may turn to an air mattress while they camp, it does not offer you the same kind of warmth that a sleeping pad will. A sleeping bad keeps the cold air out of your tent by creating an extra layer of insulation.
REI even recommends in situations of extreme discomfort you can put your sleeping pad over your air mattress, but you will not receive as much insulation as just sleeping on your sleeping pad. So I personally recommend just sleeping on the sleeping pad, it may be cold at first, but it will be worth it later in the night.
The image above shows a more expensive sleeping pad that is made like a thermal blanket to keep you warm in thermal temperatures and may be the best choice for you if you know that you will be camping in cold areas like Canada or Alaska. There is even a better choice for those of you who need the mattress.
There are sleeping pads with the mattress built in! Thermostat Sleeping Mattresses have the perfect combination of having the built in support of having a sleeping mattress and the warmth of having a sleeping pad. You will never have to choose between the two, though they can be a little bit exspensive. Continue reading