With the current social distancing regulations, road trip camping is sure to be the go-to choice for summer holidays this year. Few things in life are more relaxing than taking a walk through nature or gazing up at the stars.
Unless, of course, you're gazing up at the stars because your back hurts and you can't fall asleep!
Nothing will wreck your getaway faster than a night of pain and insomnia. That’s why we’ve put together some useful tips guaranteed to help you get a good night’s sleep when travelling.
1. Temperature Is Key
Gone are the days of trying to sleep in a cold, drafty campervan. It's also miserable trying to fall asleep during a heatwave when your camper gets hot and stuffy.
Most modern camper vans come with temperature control, so be sure to use it if the outside temperature is cooler or warmer than you prefer. The ideal sleeping temperature is around 18 degrees celsius, so set the thermostat and get ready to drift off into a restful slumber.
2. Block Out Light & Noise
Hopefully you can reach a campsite far from artificial light or noisy roads. But what if you're an exceptionally light sleeper or you're stuck in a crowded campground?
Come prepared with earplugs and an eye mask to drown out the background noise. You might also consider blinds or blackout shades for your windows.
3. Invest in a Good Mattress Topper
Most campervan mattresses are thin, lumpy, and generally uncomfortable. The solution? A memory foam mattress topper designed for travel.
Rather than tossing and turning all night, you'll melt right into the memory foam as it conforms to your body. Best of all, you'll avoid those backaches and neck aches that can spoil your holiday experience!
4. Make Sure the Van Is Level
Parking on even a slight incline can be enough to wreck your sleep for the night. It can also disrupt the flow of water from your fridge, sinks, and shower.
If you wake up with a headache or swollen feet, it could indicate that the van is tilted. A quick internet search will teach you how to properly level a caravan.
5. Limit Beverages Before Bedtime
Our final tip for road trip camping is to watch your liquid consumption before bedtime. We all like to drink and have a good time while we camp, but this can lead to multiple trips to the bathroom through the night.
It's okay to have a few beers or a nice cup of hot chocolate after dinner, but try not to drink anything for an hour or two before bedtime. If you do, stick with water or a non-caffeinated, non-alcoholic beverage.
Ready For Your Next Road Trip Camping Adventure?
Don't let a poor night's sleep ruin your road trip camping experience.
Plan ahead by buying a high-quality memory foam mattress topper. Bring earplugs and an eye mask or install window shades to ensure your camper stays quiet and dark.
Park your campervan in a level place and adjust the temperature to a cool setting. Finally, limit your consumption of alcohol or sugary drinks before bedtime.
If you do all these things, you're sure to have a summer filled with great memories (and great sleep).
Ready to invest in that high-quality mattress topper we mentioned earlier? Check out our plush memory foam travel topper specially designed for life on the road.