Refresh with Camping and RV Trips
For many, “The Good Life” is best achieved outdoors in the wonderful fresh, green air. What better way to do that than to hit the road with family and friends, and set up camp under the stars?
RESET YOUR BIOLOGICAL CLOCK
Did you know science shows camping could reset your biological clock? After our frenetic work schedule during the year, filled with artificial light, late nights and tons of technology, a few days outdoors can match your circadian rhythm to natural light. Why does this matter? Well, getting your body in sync helps you sleep better. A study following eight adult campers who used no artificial light found that by getting more natural light in the morning and less artificial light in the evening, they were able to reset their melatonin hormone which gave them a good night’s sleep. That means lots of early morning rises and late-night campfires, kids!
DEALING WITH NOISE
The peaceful quiet in the open sky may take a bit of getting used to for those of us accustomed to urban noise. How to sleep while camping offers some wonderful tips for outdoor newbies, like wear earplugs, bringing a fan or use a white noise machine (or app) to drown out those sounds of nature — until you get used to it, that is. Key to camping comfort is a sleeping pad (or for the glampers among us, an air mattress!) If it’s not the nature outside your tent — but the creatures inside your tent disturbing you, here are 4 ways snoring and camping can co-exist.
Some of us are lucky to be traveling with a moving home, to enjoy the best of the outdoors with some of the comforts of the indoors. Yup, we’re talking about an RV! Here are 5 hacks to make your RV feel like home. Hint: Just like your real, bigger, non-moving home, you have to keep it clean, uncluttered and light. Still you get to see, hear and smell nature at it most spectacular, but you get to turn in for the night (and even have running water!). If you’re looking for ideas on where to RV, read about these 4 best RV road trips — it’s not just getting your kicks on Route 66! — and tips for a safe trip.
Even if you’re in an RV, eating lunch outside can improve your slumber. Hopefully, whether you’re RVing or camping, you’ll be doing a lot of hiking, walking and exercise, which all make for better sleep. (Ask these Olympic athletes.)
STAY COOL WHILE CAMPING
When you’re camping with others or near others, it’s probably best not to sleep in the nude. But these tips to stay cool throughout the night advise us to rinse off before bedtime, sleep in and on breathable fabrics like cotton, and find a cross breeze.
When spending the summers outdoors, on the road, in a tent, or at a campground, the most important thing to remember is to have fun!
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