Top sleeping tips for camping with kids with Duvalay
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When I first started camping, getting a good night’s sleep was one of the most difficult parts of our camping adventures. Since then I’ve picked up a few tricks for getting the kids and myself to sleep longer and asked some of my favourite parent and travel bloggers to share their top tips as well.
For me, a good night’s sleep starts with having a comfortable, warm sleeping bag.
The Duvalay is a clever, award winning duvet and topper combination. The luxury polycotton bedding cover includes a bottom pocket which holds the memory foam topper, and a top cover which holds the duvet. It’s very simple to pack and use as it rolls up and is fastened with straps. The Dinky Duvalay is specially designed for children aged 2 to 8 and even won a Bizzie Baby Gold Award in 2017 in response to feedback from a panel of parent reviewers.
Once you have your comfortable sleeping bag sorted, here are 10 other tips to help you and your family have a fantastic night’s sleep on your next camping trip.
- Getting kids to settle down at a camp site is easier if you bring a book or cuddly toys from their regular bed time routine. Even if they’re going to bed much later than normal, having some familiar items can help them fall asleep more quickly.
- Always make sure they go to the campsite loo before bed, regardless of whether or not they say they need it. You don’t want to be walking to the loos in the middle in the night. Take a potty for younger children to prevent having to walk there in the middle of the night. – Lisa Jane www.travellovingfamily.com
- Pack a hot water bottle and as many fleecy jimjams as you have at your disposal. – Raising Badgers raisingbadgers.com
- We always stay on a pitch with a hook up and take a camping heater. My kids always sleep better when they’re nice and warm! – Zoe Bell thetaleofmummyhood.com
- Earplugs. Once the kids are worn out and asleep they will be fine but you’ll be kept awake by their rustling around in sleeping bags or other people’s snoring. – Claire Nicholas www.emmysmummy.com You may want to bring these for the kids as well. For older children eye masks and ear plugs. My boys are 7 and 10 and these work beautifully. – Daisy Huntington daislikethese.com
- Bedtime layers. Some children can feel the cold (bed socks required) whereas others will get hot and sweaty so pack a couple of bedtime layers for both eventualities. – Claire Beswick www.ouralteredlife.com
- Make sure you have an easy to use night light or torch. My daughter woke up last time we were camping and was scared in the dark, so ended up sleeping with us and squishing me! Next trip we’ll take her night light teddy so she’s not afraid. – Victoria Sully www.healthyvix.com
- Bog in a bag! It’s a genius pop up loo that means you don’t have to trek over fields in the middle of the night when someone needs a wee. – Helen Willis www.actuallymummy.co.uk
- A tent with black out curtains – to stop early rising is a must! Carrie Bradley www.flyingwithababy.com
- Bring toys for early morning wake ups. Anything they will play with quietly in the tent, cars, colouring books, dolls etc. might help you get a bit more sleep when they wake up early.