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Stop rolling off the sleeping pad

pad-200×148.jpgWhen I go camping I often have trouble sleeping. I toss and turn and always end up rolling off my sleeping pad. What can I do to sleep better?

Ian the Insomniac, San Jose, Calif.

A. Dear Sleepless in San Jose, have you tried duct-taping yourself to your sleeping pad? That’d work, but it’s a little tricky getting out when you have to pee in the middle of the night.

Here’s some other advice:

My friends at Therm-a-Rest told me that many people tend to overinflate their sleeping pads. Blowing it up bigger will actually cause you to roll off. So once it’s inflated, your best bet is to lie on it, then open the valve briefly to let a little air out — that way the pad conforms to your body.

You can also make the top of your pad non-slip by using a tube of Seam Grip to draw lots of tiny urethane dots or a couple of big squiggles on the top of your pad. Puff paints will work fine, too.

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6 Comments on Stop rolling off the sleeping pad

  1. Make yourself a wedge; place your pack on one side of your sleeping set up and your extra clothes on the other side. it’s real hard to roll up and over either of these wedges. A second option is to sleep on a cot. It too has a natural dip in it keeping you more secured.

  2. camo scout // July 25, 2013 at 4:38 pm // Reply

    I have the same problem. Thanks for all of these hints and tips Gear Guy.

  3. old goat eagle // June 29, 2008 at 12:32 pm // Reply

    I have used carpet tape on occasion (it`s double sided) or duct tape in a pinch (twist it to get stick on both sides) , but usually only use it if on a slope.

    I think you guys do a great job , wish you had been here in the 60`s & 70`s when I was going thru the ranks

  4. camper 101 // June 26, 2008 at 4:57 pm // Reply

    i have had the same problem, but i just don’t care that much, but i have ended up in awkward places

  5. i have the same problem as person

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