When camping in the summertime, the days are warm and sunny, but it can still get pretty chilly once the sun goes down. After a day of pushing your body to the limit in the great outdoors, night is the time for you to rest and recharge for the following day’s adventures.
There’s nothing more unpleasant than waking up in the middle of the night shivering. Here are some tips for staying warm and cozy once the sun goes down.
- If you’re old enough, enjoy a glass or two of red Chilean wine by the campfire. In addition to being a nice treat after a long day in nature, some red wine before bed will help to fight the chill. We recommend Natura’s Cabernet Sauvignon, made from the purest, healthiest organically grown grapes. The warming effect of red wine is one of the body’s natural reactions to the tannins and histamines that are found in the skins of red grapes. Alcohol dilates blood vessels throughout the body and increases blood flow through the extremities and to the skin, helping you to keep warm.
- Sleep with a hot water bottle. Keep warm for hours by filling a hard plastic bottle with hot water, and place it in your sleeping bag near your legs, so it hits your femoral artery. If it’s too hot to the touch at first, place a layer between the bottle and your skin.
- Have a midnight snack. As long as you’re not camping in an area where bears and other wildlife are a concern, keep some snacks inside your tent, and eat something right before bed (or if you wake up cold) to get your metabolism going.
- Wear a hat and a pair of thick, clean socks to sleep.
- Stuff extra gear under your sleeping pad. Adding an extra layer between you and the ground can help to keep you warmer when camping. You can do this by bringing two sleeping pads (one foam and one inflatable), or by placing other flat items of gear between your sleeping pad and the ground.
What are your tips for staying warm at night when camping? Or what’s your favorite gluten-free wine by Natura? Let us know in a comment!