Sunday, December 4, 2011

Lost on hike? Get some comfortable sleep

Pine boughs can make a comfortable mattress.
Photo courtesy of dawnzy58 / Photoree.
So you're lost in the wilds - with children - and forced to stay the night. You'll need to ensure your children (and you) are able to be as comfortable as possible. One way to do that is to ensure you get some sleep.

To make a makeshift bed, place a tarpaulin or other material between you and the ground so you don't get cold or wet. Huddle together for warmth.

When going to sleep, keep the flashlight next to you in case you need to get up during the night. Young children may become frightened or need to go potty, requiring you to get up. Make sure the flashlight is off or the batteries will go dead by morning.

Read more about day hiking with children in the guidebook Hikes with Tykes.