The RV lifestyle implies endless fun, freedom of the road, traveling, and experiencing new adventures. However, the last thing we think about RV camping is: sleeping.
Sleeping is very much necessary to keep up with all the fun of RV camping. The last thing you want is to be returning home tired and sleepless from what was supposed to be a relaxing vacation.
The good news is that achieving a good sleep is more than possible in an RV. Therefore, we have gathered these tips to make your RV feel like a home away from home and get you a pleasant night rest:
Upgrade the Bedroom Environment When RV Camping
Whether you are buying or renting an RV, make sure the quality is decent enough for you to be able to rest properly in it.
The most important thing to get good sleep is to get a decent mattress. Bad quality mattresses cause back pain, along with restless and sleepless nights. Verify that the RV mattress’ quality, check that is not too thin or too old. Also, make sure the RV mattress matches your preferences (soft or hard surfaces).
Secondly, depending on your journey and destination, don’t forget to bring comfy pillows and sheets. Don’t avoid investing in a good pillow just because you are going on a road trip. These are details that make a big difference in your sleep quality. Plus, consider the seasons. Bring cotton and light sheets for the summer. For the winter opt for flannel sheets.
Lastly, it is important to have good sleep hygiene. This includes avoiding certain habits right before bed like naps, watching TV, emotional distress, caffeine, recreational drugs (alcohol), bright light exposure, heavy meals, and vigorous exercise.
Stabilizing Your RV
Any vehicle, including RVs, has a suspension system that protects itself from inner motion, which allows us to travel safely. However, when the RV is parked, the suspension system will cause rocking movements in the RV as passengers move within it.
Unfortunately, it is likely for RV campers to get bad sleep due to the suspension system. For example, the RV will move if anyone gets thirsty or needs to go to the restroom in the middle of the night.
The main solutions for this are:
- Empty the RV’s Suspension Bags. Empty the airbags to get a lower and more stable RV. Make sure to inflate the airbags when you go back to driving.
- Use leveling jack extensions. These extra tools will help to stabilize the RV’s rocking movements.
Safe and Sound Space
You don’t have to be in the middle of the action to get to enjoy the best of RV camping.
It might not seem important when you are planning your trip, but your body will thank you if you find a quiet and safe site when you go RVing. A calm space will prevent you from being disturbed by neighbors. Everyone has different sleeping schedules. Some people like to stay up at night, and even if they don’t mean to, it can get lousy.
Anticipation is key for a great vacation. Since campgrounds can easily become crowded, we advise you to book in advance a good spot.
For extra comfort, consider investing in a sleep mask. This simple accessory will help you sleep better if neighbors like to keep the night lights on.