Youre addicted to camping but when cold weather steps in, you have to debate with yourself whether to endure the cold and the sleepless nights in the tent just to be able to do the thing you love most or be stuck in the house, feeling sad but comfortable in front of the fire place.
Fortunately, cold season does not have to mean bad camping experience anymore. There are ways you can do to ensure that you get yourself a safe and comfortable sleep inside your tent during a camping trip in cold weather.
One way to do just that is of course to bring the right kind of tent. Any experienced camper will tell you that winter camping tents are more suitable in giving you protection from the cold. You can also opt for four season camping tents which are great to be used all year round.
Aside from that you have to equip yourself with a reliable and cozy sleeping bag that offers thermal efficiency as well as insulation. This will be helpful in enabling you to easily doze off to dreamland after a while.
It is also very important that even though you have a sleeping bag, you place a barrier between you and the ground. You can place your sleeping bag or inflatable mattress on top of a foam sleeping pad which will give you utmost insulation.
Be sure to wear warm and comfortable clothing to sleep. Wearing jackets, sweatshirt, jogging pants, socks and hats will give you heat as you doze off to sleep. Drinking hot milk or chocolate before sleeping may also help. This will rid of your inner body chill and calm your senses as you go to sleep. Another thing you can do is to listen to soothing sounds and melodies that will easily lull you to a nice trip to dreamland.
Of course, dont forget to heat up your tent. Bring a dependable and easy to use heater that is specifically designed to be used in enclosed areas. Such heater like those from Coleman which operates on clean-burning propane, are safe to be used inside your tent. The Coleman ProCat Portable Catalytic Heater for example will eliminate the chill in the air and give the inside of your tent a cozy and homey ambiance, enabling you to get your good night sleep.
Having a comfortable sleep is not what you only have to make sure of. More importantly, you have to ensure of your safety at all time even during the wee hours of the night. That is why it is imperative that you practice safety precautions in using heaters. For one, always allow for ventilation. Never seal your tent completely or else risk exposing yourself to Carbon Monoxide which all catalytic heaters emit a trace of. Always leave a vent, window, door even partially open to allow moisture and stale air to flow out and fresh oxygen to circulate back in.
It is also important that you keep your Coleman heater at least two feet away from any object that could be burned or melted even though its flameless heat wont instantly start a fire. Its always better to be on the safe side. It is recommended to place your portable heater on top of a cooler so its safely off the tent floor and has ample circulation.
Remember that it is strongly recommended that you dont leave your heater on while sleeping. Its better that you heat up your tent warm enough and turn it off before sleeping and then turn it back on when you wake up the next morning.
One of the things that make camping a great vacation experience is when you get a comfortable, relaxing and safe sleep.