One item needed for a good nights rest while camping or roughing it
I would consider myself a very experienced outdoor’s lady. I have attended the OLDEST running all-girls camp in North America for many years during my youth. It is called Camp Northway Lodge on Cache Lake in Algonquin Park, Canada. It is my home in the woods, “blue lakes and rocky shores, I will return once more.”
I attended camp for 7 weeks each summer - Seven weeks of no electricity, no running water, no showers. We bathed in the lake, something we called “wash dips”. At camp we had lessons every day on canoeing, kayaking/sailing and swimming. But, the best part about camp was going on a canoe trips from 3 days to 11 days at a time. I have had some of the best days of my life sleeping in a tent under the starry Canadian wilderness.
A good night’s sleep was well needed after portaging (carrying your things on a path from one lake to another and carrying a canoe on your shoulders while hiking) and paddling for 5-7 hours daily. I always packed my self-inflating Therm-a-rest camping sleeping pad. ZZZzzzz.
My Therm-a-rest always, always, always had room in my pack or strapped to the outside of it. (Hey, the food for a 11 day canoe trip will not just carry itself). When we paddled up to our campsite, we would change into our “campsite” clothes and put on our Teva-like sandals as well. Then we would set up our tent before gathering firewood to cook supper. While the Therm-a-rest is “self-inflating”, it is not necessarily “instant”. So I always made sure I took my Therm-a-rest out as soon as I could at camp to give it time to self-inflate before bedtime.
“light weight” only 22 ounces
self-inflating - just roll it out and let it rise
While you could always use a cheaper-priced foam pad, it sure made those rocky, sandy, hilly campsites much better. If you do not splurge on a lot of things or are a “rough-and-tough” type or camper or aspire to be, do not kid yourself, get the Therm-a-rest. It is not for the weak. It is for the smarty pants camper.