Q.When camping, is it safe to sleep outdoors without a tent?
A.Yes, however you’ll probably need to bring something else instead of a tent.
- You’ll need something to help you get off the ground. This is often a mat or, in rare situations, a hammock if the surroundings permit. Since you’ll be off the wet, chilly ground, this will keep you a little warmer and drier.
- You will need a good sleeping bag which has an appropriate temperature rating for what you are expecting to encounter. Consider using a sleeping bag liner for added warmth and comfort.
- You should purchase a bivvy bag to sleep inside. This will keep you and your sleeping bag somewhat dry if it rains. If you do not have one you will need to use tarpaulin to try and keep the rain off you.
The primary issues of sleeping outdoors without a tent are as follows:
- It is more difficult to remain warm since you are out in the elements than if you were in a tent.
- It is more difficult to remain dry since you are not entirely covered.
- There is a chance that animals may join you in the middle of the night, or that insects will descend on you.
If you want to sleep outside, be careful to secure any loose objects to prevent animals from stealing them in the middle of the night. Shake your gear, especially your footwear, in the morning to avoid unpleasant surprises. You may even try putting socks over the opening of your footwear to prevent anything from getting in throughout the night.