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Staying awake in the backwoods: How to give yourself a boost while camping


Summer is one of the best seasons for escaping from work and responsibilities and heading into nature. Whether you are going backpacking off the grid for a week, hitting backcountry trails for an afternoon of mountain biking, or spending the weekend at the lakeside, you will want to stay energised and make the most of your time in the great outdoors. Keep reading to learn more about how you can stay awake and invigorated while outdoors.

Get a good night’s sleep

When camping, it is essential to take steps to get a good night’s sleep. Studies have shown that a weekend of camping, without artificial light, can significantly improve an individual’s sleep and can reset their circadian rhythm. However, you need to take a few steps to ensure that you get the best night’s sleep possible, including:

  • Having a calming tea such as chamomile before bed
  • Watch out for mosquitos who will fly into your tent and keep you up all night
  • Invest in a good sleeping bag and sleeping pad to make the ground comfier
  • Place your tent strategically in an area that is level, dry and free from stones, sticks, and other bumps
  • Try to relax before bed; sometimes sleeping in a new place is stressful, try to calm yourself down with breathing exercises, meditation, or a good book before bed

Get up early

While it may be tempting to use your time outdoors to sleep in, try waking up a little earlier than you otherwise would, this will help you to feel less tired. Sleeping in can be blissful, but it can also make you feel slow and sluggish for the rest of the morning, and afternoon. Use the opportunity of being in the great outdoors to wake up with the sunrise and take in the surrounding beauty and quiet of the morning.

Bring pre-mixed coffee

For your morning ritual, you can prepare in advance for your morning coffee. You do not need to rely on harsh powdered coffees; you need to be creative. Instead of just bringing dehydrated coffee granules, add some dried milk to the mix for a backwoods latte, or mix in instant hot chocolate powder and create a mocha of your choosing. Alternatively, you can invest in a high-quality instant coffee for a full-bodied americano. These quick fixes will make your morning cup of coffee much more enjoyable and will set you up well for the day.

On the go energy

The easiest way to stay energised while camping is with on the go energy like Reon Energise. Reon Energise Powder Shots are ideal for taking into nature as they are easy to pack and do not require any additional preparation. You don't even need water for Reon Energise, just pour the energy shot onto your tongue and enjoy the refreshing taste of pomegranate or sour apple for that extra boost of energy on the go.