Sleeping on campouts
Gary McBain (GMCBAIN@MAIL.HENRYFORD.CC.MI.US)
Tue, 1 Apr 1997 08:13:08 -0500
JASON CRUSE wrote:
> Bottom line--I move around quite a bit in my sleep. Sleeping bags are
> constricting, and I roll off of most pads. I generally only sleep about
> two - three hours per night when camping. I hate it (the lack of sleep,
> not the camping).
I know of a scout leader who brings an inflatable bed on campouts. I
don't mean one of those inflatable air mattresses like one uses at the
beach, I mean a twin size inflatable bed. He brings standard sheets,
blankets, pillows and makes it up like a real bed. In the winter he brings a
fleece blanket, a wool blanket and a down comforter. It is a beautiful thing
and he sleeps very well. He is usually the last one up and we sometimes
have to go wake him in the morning.
My wife and I bought two twin size air beds and one queen size model to
use when company stays over. Though I've not taken one camping, I
have slept on them and they are very comfortable. Twin size runs
$20-30 at many discount stores (K-Mart, Meijers, Walmarts, etc.) Most
come with a foot air pump though electrical pumps (12volt or 110) are
available for around $10.00.
My own solution to not being able to sleep on campouts was A. Bring my
own tent and B-Wear earplugs to muffle the snoring of the other leaders.
I've found that without the earplugs I listen to every little sound including
the breathing of the kids and adults. Just make sure you let someone
know that you're wearing them so they will shake you awake in an
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