Showing posts with label warm. Show all posts
Showing posts with label warm. Show all posts

Tuesday Tip - getting a warm night's sleep

This week’s Tuesday tip is about sleep again! No one is on good form unless they sleep well. So today I’ll give you a few tips on staying warm.
Staying cool is easy, you open up as much of the tent as you can and lay on top of, not in, your sleeping bag, wearing as little as possible. Staying warm is trickier. So here are my top tips.
Even in summer it can be cold at night so don’t assume you won’t need these tips just because you are camping in August

  • Use a quality sleeping bag, not the cheapest one you can get at the supermarket. Down is (apparently) wonderful if you can afford it. If not do unroll the bag early and give it a good shake to give it time to puff up. (air your bag during the day too to keep it dry and fresh) 
  • At home you are toastily sandwiched between an insulating mattress and a duvet. When camping it’s easy to forget that camping beds/inflatables/roll mats etc have little in the way of insulation. On a chilly night try adding something (blanket, silver sided roll mat) under you as well as over you. 
  • Don’t be afraid to take extra blankets or throws. There are many microfiber options that are both light to carry and good for insulation. They are also handy around the campfire of an evening for keeping your knees warm. 
  • Wear a hat. Even though lots of bags offer a hood option I find wearing a hat really helps on a cold night. I also like a warm neck so I sometimes wear a snood! But take care – I don’t want you to strangle yourself, a roll neck jumper would also work. 
  • Onesies are excellent for warmth, you can wear thermals under them if necessary and they prevent cool kidneys because they can’t ride up like a pyjama top would. 
  • Socks. Warm feet are an essential to a good night’s sleep – I reviewed some great socks a while ago. Pack some cosy bedsocks. 
  • Have a hot drink before bed so at least you start off with heat to spare! Getting warm once you’ve become cold is harder than staying warm from the outset. 
  • You could make a hotwater bottle (I tried that once, had a leak and have never done it again!) or use a heat pack (you can buy one off heat packs at chemists and online) 
  • But under no circumstances take smouldering BBQs into the tent to ‘use up the last of the heat’ they give off carbon monoxide which is a heavy gas that your lungs choose over oxygen, you will die in your sleep! They are not safe even in the living or porch area. 
  • If you use a tent heater (I don’t) ensure you read all the safety info and only use it as suggested. 
  • Keep everything dry – it seems common sense but being dry will keep you warm. If you are worried that the tent might leak on your sleeping bag while you are out all day, pack things into black bin liners as a precaution. 

DD having a hot snack before bed in the tent in October
Sleep well!

HeatHolder Socks, a warm feet review

When I go camping one of the things I like is laying in my bed at night, snug and warm, listening to rabbits and foxes and who knows what snuffingly about around the tent. Some evenings it’s harder to feel warm and snuggly than others though. If you’ve spent a day in rain on a windswept hillside, or in a chilly lake water skiing (I have never done that so I’m guessing) or wandering about a festival, scantily clad in fancy dress on a drizzly British summer day (I have done this one) it can be hard to get warmed up again. As I have poor circulation due to Charcot-Marie-Tooth my feet are often freezing even on a warm day, on a cold day you could use them to chill champagne.

So I was pleased to be asked to review some HeatHolder products, including some simply super socks! They are so warm and snuggly and fluffy inside. I tried them on on my cold feet and really felt the difference almost immediately. They are really soft and thick, the inside brushed layer is like candyfloss (less sticky obviously) and they felt just dreamy. I was also sent a blanket which will be perfect for evenings sitting in the tent, or in a camp chair near the fire, and over my sleeping bag on colder nights.

If you suffer from chilly feet keeping you awake I would recommend trying some HeatHolders. They also make cute welly socks, that not only make your wellies look snazzy but stop the tops rubbing your legs when you are in your festival shorts, and of course keep your feet super warm even when in cold festival mud.

Whichever festivals you choose to go to this year you will see amazing sights, meet lots of people and witness great entertainment – but don’t forget to make sure you’re prepared for the British weather!

Heat Holders have a number of thermal products in their range, including socks, wellington socks, blankets, thermal underwear, jumpers, neck warmers, hats, gloves, tights and leggings, and are available to buy online at www.heatholders.co.uk and at various high street retailers.

Disclosure. I was sent socks and a blanket for the purposes of this review but the opinions and wording are my own.

When it's sunny at a festival


Ice Cream is also good for keeping cool - according to DD
I mentioned weather before but I talked about rain, it's what festival goers often fear. At Camp Bestival for the last 5 years I've attended we have had glorious weather. I'm pretty sure Rob Da Bank organises that - he organises everything else!

So I shall be planning for the worst (ie taking wellies etc) but also expecting and planning for the best!

Take sunscreen. Take enough for the whole family, for lots of flesh on display, for the whole 4 or 5 days of the festival. You will be able to buy it at a festival shop (assuming they don't run out) but it will be expensive and the range will be limited.

Take some sort of cooling device. Take a tent style sunshade for example for babies, a fan, a water spray bottle, an umbrella or sun shade to carry, maybe sun hats (you can often include them as part of your fancy dress)

Dress accordingly, take some loose long sleeved stuff in case it really is baking, some fields have little natural shade. The kids field at Camp Bestival has lots of natural shade in the form of trees, and also a few tents. Check the maps on your own festival plan.

Don't forget the leafy cool of the Dingly Dell (at Camp Bestival) Home to Project Wild Thing this year. A great place to visit at the middle of the day.

The inside of tents can get hot. Carry water bottles (you can refill them at points around the festival) some squash manufacturers now make single servings of squash to add to water bottles, this can be a good idea to get kids to drink plenty.

Remember that however hot it gets in the daytime, once the sun goes down it gets chilly, take some jumpers or blankets either pop back to the tent at teatime, or carry them - the shmangles are good here, doubling as a picnic and lounging mat in the day.

Oh and did I say? Take Sunscreen....


Getting the Kids to sleep at a festival

I promised a post on how to handle the infamous sleep issue with babies and toddlers and assorted young persons at a festival and here it is!

I asked twitter for some advice, as while I was fairly sure what I'd advise I haven't actually been to a festival with a baby or a toddler!

DD was 8 at her first festival and I pretty much treated her like an adult. Actually once kids can walk and talk that's fairly much what I do in most circumstances...except they can't get a round in at the pub, the bar is too high, the trays are heavy and they can't afford much beer on the money the tooth fairy brings...but I digress...

It was nice to see that all the mums and dads that replied agreed with me.

So here are the facts - It's a festival, there are no 'nap times' or 'bed times' there are only 'naps' and 'bed'

I made Dd accompany me to see a DJ at 1am ..
In other words keep an eye on your child, if they normally have a daytime nap why not spread out a picnic blanket and all sit and lay around having a drink and watching an act - tired kids will sleep if that are sitting about, give them a drink or a colouring book etc to keep them still!

I personally favour an after lunch (and after Pims) nap in the sunshine on my festival trolley. If you have a trolley they are a great place to let little ones sleep. The children find it fun and you can still wander about.

At some point in the evening it will be dark and late, if you have the aforementioned trolley the kids will be in it asleep, if not they will begin to whinge. Grab a hot chocolate from a festival vendor and head back to the tent. Tell a story on the way to keep the spirits up, visit the toilets on the way too! Give the kids a torch each, get them into their PJs (you can actually get away with keeping them in a onesie all day at a festival!) and tuck them in. Let them make shadow pictures on the walls of the tent, let them tell stories or chat about the next day...they will be asleep before you've opened your second wine box....

Babies should be carried in a sling for convenience, you may like to invest in ear protectors for tiny people but only if you plan to stand really near the front during the acts.

And that's it. Stay calm. Let them sleep when they are sleepy. The fresh air, excitement and running about usually means that kids sleep better at a festival than they do at home!

Thanks to Twitter users SnafflesMummy, Lauralols, TheBearCameToo for their advice


Festival Rain

Rain Rain go away

Today it's raining, so while I did talk about festival weather already I thought I'd do a few specific rain tips today.

Hopefully you have a waterproof tent or camper van. But just in case of leaks take a roll of black bin liners. Pop all your festival clothes into one, and each day pop your sleeping bag into one too, lay one over anything that won't fit in a bag ... now all your stuff is at least protected from drips, and even if you get wet you'll have a dry change of clothes and a dry sleeping bag.

Just because it's raining doesn't mean it will be cold. Summer festivals can be showery but spells of sun can dry you (and your wet clobber) out very quickly. Don't be disheartened at the first drop of rain.

If you have kids plan a few things that you might do if it rains, meet up with another family? Games in their tent? Or in the rain! Look for events happening inside big tents at the festival (though they will fill quickly if it pours)

Consider taking pack-a-macs (those festival ponchos made of bin bag material are a waste of money IMO, either cut arm holes in a bin bag or take a proper coat). We take Shmangles, a rather fab idea, a sort of cross between a picnic blanket and a cape, with a hood! They can be worn in the wet or the cold, or sat on in the sunshine! And they have a handy carry bag too.

Wear wellies. I tend to wear wellies most days at a festival anyway. They have become such a statement item of footwear. Dry feet are a luxury you can afford. Consider getting some super stylish wellies, so that you'll feel good about wearing them and not look like an out of work farmer.


Don't fear the rain. This too shall pass. It's a festival, have fun, you'll be home  in bed in 4 days and miss all this...no really...trust me

Festival Weather

What about festival weather! Well it's time to talk. It may rain. If it rains you will need wellies, so take wellies.



But it may be sunny. If it is sunny you will need sunscreen and sunglasses and hayfever meds. So take them.

But hang on, how will we know what the weather will be like? Why not bookmark Festiweather keep an eye on things and you can think about what you'll be wearing.

But still, take wellies and sunscreen.


Snuggly

It's been one of the warmest days of the year so far so what better time to talk about....thermal underwear!

Once when DD and I went camping in the summer we didn't bother to put the tent inner (including the ground sheet) in the tent. It was so so hot, we had camp beds that would keep us off of the ground, and we imagined a lovely night of cool fresh breezes, but still ultimately warm.

How naive we were, how foolish. How COLD! By midnight we had realised what a dreadful mistake we had made, the cold from the ground had chilled everything, the air temperature had dropped rapidly once the sun had gone down and with only a single skin to the tent the warmth in that had gone too. How we shivered and griped. How we wished we had more on than a T shirt and pants!

So when the eCornerShop asked me to review some thermal underwear I was keen, despite the arrival of spring. When you are a camper thermals should be an all round item! The best thing about this thermal set (consisting of a long sleeve vest, and long pants) is that they are so soft and so sleek! You can wear them under other clothes with hardly a wrinkle, but also as they are black they don't look bad on their own. None of the look of the cowboy long johns! More a slinky black cat woman effect (that's how I''m seeing myself so you can all shut up)

I'm going to be pitching the tent in the garden this weekend, the first pitch of the season, to check for moth damage (yikes) mould (yikes again) and anything else that may have happened while it's been snuggling in its bag in the loft.

And I might need to sleep in it, as a proper test, and when I do, I shall be snuggly too!

The Ladies Thermal underwear set is available from the eCornerShop

They don't only sell ladies under wear, they have thermals for men too (and a rather fit model! go and look!) and thermals for kids (perfect for sleep wear or when away at festivals) and they have some rather good onesies too if you like that sort of thing! Do take a peek.

Disclaimer - I was sent the thermals in exchange for this review but the opinions in this post are all mine (as is the embarrassing naive camping experience)




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