So tell me your secrets, how on earth do you get a good nights sleep when camping ?

(74 Posts)
rookiemum Sun 15-Jul-07 11:07:58

We bought our tent a few weeks ago. V. excited meant to go away last time but cancelled as camp site flooded. Weather reports very mixed for this weekend and as we have a 15 mth DS decided to pitch tent in garden to try it.

Anyway DS slept like a baby right up to 1.48am when we decided to go inside because we couldn't sleep at all.

We have a double air bed and linked the two sleeping bags together. We found that the air bed lurched us both into the middle, and every time one person moved the other one did as well. Also we have camped in a two person tent before, this was a family tent with rooms and it was a lot colder than we were used to.

We have two separate air beds and are thinking about using these instead as might be better.

What arrangements do you find work best for you to sleep ?

twinsetandpearls Sat 28-Jul-07 20:21:11

lol at weed and earplugs.

FrannyandZooey Sat 28-Jul-07 20:22:21

Am terrified. Next month, first time camping since we gave up drinking. Am I going to need sleeping pills?

Waswondering Sat 28-Jul-07 20:24:12

At least, f and z, at least . ..

FrannyandZooey Sat 28-Jul-07 20:25:28

arse

twinsetandpearls Sat 28-Jul-07 20:30:12

dp doesn't drink and has never had problems getting to sleep when we are camping.

Speccy Sat 28-Jul-07 20:34:01

I stumbled on this thread and it has renewed my amazement that people think that camping is a 'holiday' at all.

Waswondering - your description is exactly as I imagine it would be.

How is that fun please?

Wouldn't you rather be at home?

scattyspice Sat 28-Jul-07 20:35:28

Still haven't camped since DCs (can't get them to sleep in a bed never mind a TENT).

But preDC: selfinflate matress (thermarest thinggy), earpluds, warm clothes and a hat and whisky.

scattyspice Sat 28-Jul-07 20:37:07

speccy our honeymoon was wild camping in Scotland.

Its not a holday.

Its an ADVENTURE!! (LOL)

Speccy Sat 28-Jul-07 20:37:55

I actually spent my first anniversary in a tent (first and only time).

I Am Now Divorced.

Lucycat Sat 28-Jul-07 20:38:17

mmmm some bladder development seems to be required here - dh comments I must have a bladder the size of Lake Titikaka (sp?) once I'm asleep that's it. The dd's are the same.

Camping is the best holiday - you really feel as though you've been away!

Waswondering Sat 28-Jul-07 20:38:57

One day we'll laugh about it . . . one day . . . .

Actually, the best thing is coming home, bathing in unlimited hot water, and sliding into a freshly made bed . . . now that is nice!!!

Speccy Sat 28-Jul-07 20:39:14

Lucy - you mean it's so far removed from the comfort of home?

Speccy Sat 28-Jul-07 20:40:38

lol at WW - the best part is coming home?

What a recommendation!

I'll go now and let you swap horror...I mean...camping stories in peace.

Lucycat Sat 28-Jul-07 20:41:24

I mean that when you go away in a 'cottage' then it's just another house and you still ahve to clean the toilets.

I hsve someone who does it for me twice a day - and puts nice flowers in there

scattyspice Sat 28-Jul-07 20:43:20

Speccy, hope the divorce wasn't related to the aniv camp.

phenergan

Speccy Sat 28-Jul-07 20:43:26

I never clean holiday cottage toilets .

Should I?

Waswondering Sat 28-Jul-07 20:45:01

My best memory is of Wednesday night, watching ds (nearly 4) cradling his "Cars" cup, half full of hot chocolate, in the marquee, sitting beside his new best friend, with the broadest, widest grin on his face, which had been there since we first arrived on the campsite. He was so sad to be home last night and asked when we could go back again . . .

and dd in her rain suit, crawling at full pelt across the field to where the toddler play stuff was, pulling herself to stand at the play house then waving and yelling "hiya" to me at the tent until I waved back.

Bless!!

Speccy Sat 28-Jul-07 20:45:38

Scatty - I'm sure it probably was, indirectly.

Any man who would take me camping for our first anniversary isn't the man I'd want to spend the rest of my life with anyway so no loss!

xlalex Thu 02-Aug-07 16:46:05

We always sleep on lambskins, warmer & more comfy than airbeds. A bottle of wine helps too!

catchpjd Thu 02-Aug-07 22:37:11

Decades of camping, pre and with DH, and now with DD (19 months), and honestly, the only trick to enjoying the whole experience is a good night's sleep. Get that sorted and you're made. For me, it's a Thermarest (an ENORMOUS thick one) and earplugs to keep out the dawn chorus (bless their little hearts - the birds I mean, not the babes!). Thermarests aren't cheap - but what price a good night's sleep, and they last for years over many trips. And trust me, the earplugs will keep out the birdie song, but not DD waking in the night, so no prob there.

Wishing you all a lovely cosy nights sleep on your canvas hols.

eurocommuter Tue 06-Jul-10 18:58:54

Hi all
I'm abit new to posting on here but have been a lurker for a while now.
We have one of these
and it was great when we used it last year that i can't wait for our next camping trip next week.
We also had a sexy french guy help us with it.

eurocommuter Tue 06-Jul-10 19:07:06

As I said I'm new to this and have already made a mistake of positing on the wring thread. Sorry blush

Lucycat Tue 06-Jul-10 20:13:21

Hello eurocommuter! everything I said 3 years ago about camping being the best holiday ever still stands grin

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