How to Get a Good Night's Sleep While Camping : Backpacking Basics

How to Get a Good Night's Sleep While Camping : Backpacking Basics

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For this episode, I will be going over what to do and what not to do to when it comes to getting a good night’s sleep while backpacking/camping. This is Backpacking Basics!

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  1. Rogue Life on November 18, 2020 at 8:45 pm

    Self defense against the 2 legged predators would be great.

  2. Mellow Muffin on November 18, 2020 at 8:47 pm

    As nice as it might be awake don’t sleep next to a waterfall. I use earplugs if I’m having a restless night but Scotland is safe. I can’t imagine usa is any fun with all the issues people mention.

  3. Caterslave on November 18, 2020 at 8:48 pm

    Hiking 20-30 miles in a day should be more than enough to put anyone to sleep within minutes 🥱🛌

  4. Mystery LovesCompany on November 18, 2020 at 8:49 pm

    To quote a very clever aquaintance/low-key mentor; "A tent is a blanket fort which people complacently mistake for a house. Don’t make the error of thinking it’ll protect your body from dangers, any more than a stocking mask is going to protect your face from punches."

  5. paulrichard100 on November 18, 2020 at 8:50 pm

    No pillow no sleep for me.

  6. Valerie Linares on November 18, 2020 at 8:52 pm

    I just want to add this, I’ve camped with my family for a long time. I will say that an open cell air mattress with no foam will let the cold from the ground through. A good way to use an air mattress without getting cold is to place a piece of foam, or maybe a beach mat between the air mattress and tent floor. This will help block the cold from the ground. I have definitely noticed a difference between using something and not using something to block the cold from the ground.

    I understand that for backpackers, they may not like that unwanted extra weight, but, if it helps you get a good night’s sleep, I figure it’s worth it.

  7. Richard Petit-Frere on November 18, 2020 at 8:52 pm


  8. Maximillian Fischer on November 18, 2020 at 8:53 pm

    Thanks for this Luke. It’s nice to know I am not the only one who sees Humans as a threat and that animals are not. I live in England in a large town but grew up backpacking. It’s amazing how many people I have taken out with me and they are awake all night because there is an Owl in a tree or something. I actually feel safer sleeping in a tent in the countryside than I do in my own bed in a town.

  9. Warren Davidson on November 18, 2020 at 8:54 pm

    The first night out I do not sleep. Oh well.

  10. Robert Hurley Jr on November 18, 2020 at 8:54 pm

    Many people need ear plugs to cut out all sound to sleep. if one is worried about human or animal predators they are sleeping in too dangerous a spot for them to handle. Not putting on ear plugs and worrying all night about sounds is the formula for insomnia. Have the weapon ready. Believe you are secure and drift off to sleep. If you are killed in your sleep it is what it is. Staying alert all night will make you tired the next day.

  11. Unbdld45 on November 18, 2020 at 8:55 pm

    In the age of zombies and scary movies…I highly recommend that you "do not" watch "camping" horror movies. I’ve been camping for 30plus years, alone most of it and I mentally prepare each and every time. I second the comment about people are what you should be weary of (unfortunately). Animals ? Not a problem….

  12. bear grease on November 18, 2020 at 8:58 pm

    man, I miss the quiet of the mountains and the sound of it – thanks

  13. Bill Rivenbark on November 18, 2020 at 8:58 pm

    One of those thermal pads under me always helps. Also if your head and feet are warm you feel warm. Just what I’ve noticed.

  14. Vanessa Furlough on November 18, 2020 at 8:58 pm

    Have you heard the story about Cardinals? Legend has it that they are loved ones you have in Heaven visiting you. Yes that Cardinal is singing to you!

  15. Gammareign on November 18, 2020 at 8:59 pm

    It’s actually rather retarded assholes who say mankind is a plague on the earth.

  16. Cindy neely on November 18, 2020 at 9:00 pm

    stay off the caffeine an sugar

  17. TheWhiskeyCowboy on November 18, 2020 at 9:02 pm

    "Some people carry a handgun. If you carry it concealed, that is fine." No. The 2nd Amendment does not stipulate that you HIDE exercising it. If you choose to carry, do so in a way YOU are comfortable with and suits your needs (and follows the laws of where you are… some are actually a violation of the 2nd Amendment, but that is another matter)…. PERIOD. Be safe, God bless, and exercise your Rights legally, not simply in ways that may not "offend" or "scare" others. Your actions are what is important, not simply the sight of a firearm. As someone who open carries daily…. yeah, not an issue.

  18. Shaun Wild on November 18, 2020 at 9:03 pm

    A large bottle of Gin always gives me a good nights sleep.

  19. coco bean on November 18, 2020 at 9:05 pm

    luke pleeez some snow videos csmping

  20. V Dub on November 18, 2020 at 9:06 pm

    A pillow? Give me a break! Bivy sack, sleep bag, on the ground, smoke a doobie, a shot of Jack and off to sleep.

  21. TheWhiskeyCowboy on November 18, 2020 at 9:08 pm

    Oh, and another note…. make sure to have at least a small campfire after sundown and tell "camp stories" before bedtime. 🙂

  22. LadyBug Beyond on November 18, 2020 at 9:09 pm

    I can pull the trigger of my handgun with bleary eyes if it’s a human coming for an unscheduled visit

  23. Carl Holmes on November 18, 2020 at 9:09 pm

    Good advise. I am a hiker and camper. I prefer to bring an inflatable pillow on my outings.

  24. EarlyMist on November 18, 2020 at 9:10 pm

    Awesome Vid! You took the reigns and said it like it is 🙌👍💓

  25. Leaf No Trace on November 18, 2020 at 9:11 pm

    Good old Scottish whiskey works for me but thanks for the tips pal. Strength and honour

  26. TNPFan on November 18, 2020 at 9:12 pm

    What are your thoughts on using a warm weather bag in the summer? Is it possible to have a bag that is too warm considering you can always sleep on top of it? Thanks!

  27. Michael's Explorations on November 18, 2020 at 9:13 pm

    Thanks for uploading needed this cant wait to start camping🌲⛺🌲i always have to listen to a fan to sleep gonna get a small tent fan battery powered .

  28. TheGoatMumbler on November 18, 2020 at 9:15 pm

    Good tips man.

  29. Tyler Dixon on November 18, 2020 at 9:15 pm

    Usually when I go camping I tend to get a pretty good night sleep better than I usually would at home but it’s always guaranteed with me the first night I’m not going to get very much sleep it always happens and the rare times that it doesn’t happen is when I am literally so tired I could fall asleep standing up.

  30. Jason Clark on November 18, 2020 at 9:16 pm

    Another reason not to keep food in the tent is chipmunks. They will eat a hole in the tent to get to it.

  31. Norsefalconer on November 18, 2020 at 9:20 pm

    Grwat stuff, thanks! My biggest night time "freak out" was hearing coyotes yipping and howling not far from the site.

  32. Ynse Schaap on November 18, 2020 at 9:21 pm

    Don’t share a tent with my brother 😉

  33. Stephen Anderson on November 18, 2020 at 9:21 pm

    Bring sleeping tablets, sorted zzzzzzzz.

  34. André Deketele 'AstuteComplexTheory' on November 18, 2020 at 9:25 pm

    Crawl inside your sleeping bag with pants on, slide your pants down untill only your feet are in the pipes. No more cold feet, and the added benefit of already having trousers on when you need to go out and pee.

    Don’t pee in a bottle, unpleasantries might occur because you’re lazy.

    Use 2 pillows, an inflatable trekking pillow, and reserve clothing in a cloth bag or pillow casing.

    In extremely wet conditions you can use sunshine to dry your tent, better a broken down tent in 1 year than a miserable camper in a wet tent now.

  35. Tannenherz Bushcraft on November 18, 2020 at 9:25 pm

    High Luke, often i put a jacket into the bag of my sleeping-bag. So i have a pillow, if i like. Kindly Fiete

  36. DAN MIDKIFF on November 18, 2020 at 9:25 pm


  37. Lee Shand on November 18, 2020 at 9:26 pm

    Luke, I love how you narrate each of your videos. You don’t just give advice and leave it at that. You give advice and then give your reasoning. I’m hooked on this channel! If you ever come closer to the Nashville area, please let me know so I cant buy you a beer.

  38. kane sugar on November 18, 2020 at 9:27 pm

    Simply put, very informative awesome. Thanks!

  39. Sweet Hollow Creations on November 18, 2020 at 9:28 pm

    Bears not near as destructive as mice. They will chew right through your tent if you leave oreos in there at night. Also raccoons can eat right through a plastic tote and igloo ice chest in one night. Yep. We hang all our food now but no bears near us. Hehehe

  40. TheOutdoorGearReview on November 18, 2020 at 9:28 pm

    Kicking back listening to the thunder; the perfect way to spend the evening.
    What sleeping tips do you have for your fellow backpackers/campers?
    – Luke

  41. davidyanceyjr on November 18, 2020 at 9:30 pm

    In my early camping experience I always fought with weight vs comfort. Sleeping all night and sleeping well is so important that I carry the extra weight necessary for my sleeping comfort. No matter how lite the load if I don’t sleep well the trip becomes a laborious, dreadful experience. A great night of sleep makes all the difference in the world.

  42. Scottish wild wanderer on November 18, 2020 at 9:30 pm

    Half of this is irrelevant to me as I’m in the uk

  43. MrWinger1951 on November 18, 2020 at 9:32 pm

    Doxylamine, its over the counter and no hangover effect. I take it if I’m not physically exhausted. Avoid alcohol at bedtime.

  44. Drone256 on November 18, 2020 at 9:32 pm

    Please comment more on your "no ear plugs" advice. Recently camped on the AT with my son. 15 minutes after we got quiet something was walking in the woods nearby. Stepping on sticks at times. Sounds just like a person but I knew it could only be a deer. I’d make a sound so it would go away. 15 minutes later the walking starts again. This repeats several times until just after midnight. Are you saying I can’t ignore the sounds of a human walking in the woods? What do you do then?? This deer didn’t leave until it was in camp and I got out and had a face to face talk with it. Literally.

  45. BigBy Wolf on November 18, 2020 at 9:33 pm

    I think it comes to personal choice. Earplugs is a must for me. I can’t sleep if I am distracted outdoor environment.

  46. Jake Boss on November 18, 2020 at 9:33 pm

    Hey Luke, haha great to see your videos again, as I took a 5 month long backpacking trip, I have some catching up to do, this is the first video that caught my eye lol. Completely understand everything you said here, I never have to worry about people near me where im camping at, I have gotten scared plenty of nights from hearing animals outside my tent. I just stuff a stuff sack with some clothes and it makes a perfect pillow

  47. Timothy Cook on November 18, 2020 at 9:36 pm

    I sleep with a semiautomatic rifle, can’t get a hand gun til im 21.

  48. Rich Crabtree on November 18, 2020 at 9:38 pm

    A pint of Jagermeister always helps me sleep start drinking it start drinking it before dinner and by bedtime I’m always ready to hit the bed or pad in this situation

  49. martin mcgowan on November 18, 2020 at 9:42 pm

    how to keep camp safe, lay claymores and place sentry guns, worked in Predator and Alien 😉

  50. cosgrove notts on November 18, 2020 at 9:42 pm

    Hot water bottle

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