Have you ever dreamt of spending a night under the stars in the mountains? You are so right, it's a magical experience and the period during the night when you can see the stars is perfect for experiencing something new! Check out our tips for spending a great night under the stars (shooting stars or not)!
>Choosing the right essentials:
Like for a hike, it is important to prepare one's equipment. The first essential piece of equipment is the sleeping bag, of course! It should be chosen according to the external temperature where you will be sleeping. This depends on the season as well as the altitude and humidity of the location where you will be sleeping. Make the necessary enquiries well in advance! The temperature is cool at night in the mountains, particularly at altitude. We recommend a sleeping bag with a comfort temperature of at least 0°C because it's better to be too warm than too cold!
In order to cope with the humidity and dew, consider a sleeping bag with a water repellent fabric or an over bag.
Tip: in order to preserve the lifetime of your sleeping bag for as long as possible and prevent it from getting smelly, we recommend getting a liner that allows you to wash the inside of your bag.
The essential companion to the sleeping bag is a mattress that provides insulation from the cold and moisture of the ground. You can choose between a foam mattress and a self-inflating mattress according to what you prefer. Foam mattresses are very lightweight yet relatively large in size. Conversely, self-inflating mattresses can be easily stored in a bag but are often a little heavier. Given that innovation never ceases at Quechua, this year we have included an inflatable mattress in the offer: compact, lightweight and guaranteed for 2 years!
>The little added extras for spending a good night:
Remember to take a Click-type headlamp with you to light up the installation process, as well as a cigarette lighter and a big plastic bag or waterproof bag to protect your belongings from the moisture during the night.
We recommend that you determine where you are going to sleep beforehand. Don't forget to bring a map with you, as well as a thermal blanket, and make sure you pay close attention to the weather forecast before leaving. Ideally, prepare a "plan B" in the event of bad weather: night in a mountain refuge, tent. Don't hesitate to defer your outing if the weather is unpredictable and you don't have a fall-back solution.
Now that you're ready, enjoy a great night under the stars!