Ok, me being the geek that I am, I slept in my tent in the back yard again getting ready for my trip in 2 weeks. It is a 2 person tent, and I am using a mummy shaped self inflating pad, and a mummy shaped 40 degree sleeping pad (very light and soft, but pretty thin too)
The first night was not cofortable at all. it went down to about 41 degrees, and i was pretty dam cold. all i had on was a tshirt and shorts. I had my noral bed pillow that was not comfortable, and obviously it was not something that would be taken on a trip.
The second night I was pretty warm and cozy because I wore a sweatshirt and long johns. (huge improvement! ) I also purchased a tiny camping pillow that rolls up very small and has its own stuff sack. It was also a big improvement on my comfort... but had to be folded in half to make it thick enough for me. It was cool but i woke up a couple times during the night because it had come unfolded... not sure what the solution to this is, perhaps buy a second camping pillow (it really takes up just a tiny bit of room and weighs next to nothing)
I think tonight I will try it again. I believe the pad may be over inflating itself... it was pretty hard this morning when i was laying on it. I will lay on it tonight and force some air out of it to soften things up a bit.
My theory on the sleeping bag is that it will just take time for me to get used to. it is mummy style, and I am a pretty big guy so there is not a whole lot of extra room. this makes it difficult to turn around. I think I just have to get used to that one.
The point of this thread is for you camping pros to share some tips that you have learned over time with a camping new bee!!!! What are some things I can do to increase my comfort in the tent? What is the solution to my pillow situation? (I know i can use clothes, but that does not sound very appealing once they are dirty and stinky!) What do you think about my theory on the sleeping bag?
Any help would be GREATLY APPRECIATED!!)