I’m not a great sleeper, never have been. I’m easily disturbed by light of any description. So much so that when away on business I travelled with Post-Its in my bag so I could stick them over the annoying illuminated alarm clocks, smoke alarm and air con displays. I would roll up a towel and put it at the bottom of the door to stop light coming in from the corridor (although why the lights are on all night I’ve no idea, must cost a fortune) and have even been known to rearrange the furniture to ensure I couldn’t see the light around the door from my pillow.
Our bedroom has dark, heavily lined curtains and a dark roller blind at the window. And I keep an eye-mask in my wash bag to be sure I can sleep wherever we are.
Unfortunately Mimi and Buddy are shaping up similarly. They each have blackout roller blinds and blackout linings on their curtains. And due to his habit of getting up at 5-something we invested in a travel blackout blind from the company that makes Gro-bags for Buddy’s room. It attaches with suckers to the window and is the best £25 I’ve every spent. Seriously, it’s like midnight in there even at 12 noon in his south facing bedroom.
So the subject of sleeping in our new tent is exorcising me somewhat. Will we sleep? How long will we sleep for? If I can manage to sleep, will the children? Will it be me awake at 4am with the birdsong (is there a reason they do that, other than to annoy me?) or will I sail through it, only to be woken by one or both of the Tinies?
One of the criteria when choosing our tent was how dark it was in the bedrooms. Now, not very, is the general answer, but the one we’ve bought was darker than most. The manufacturer, Vango, says the bedrooms are made from their “lights-out” material and it is a bit darker, but it’s not my definition of “lights out”.
I’ve had a look around on the internet for a solution. I was thinking some smart company – probably run by parents who have been camping – would manufacture a black-out pop-up inner tent that would fit almost any model and that you could use instead of the standard inner tent. To my simple, non-technical mind, that seemed like a pretty simple thing to create. But no. It really doesn’t look like this particular issue has been cracked.
Now, I’d be over the moon if the lovely people at Gro would use their blackout material to create such a thing. I’d buy two singles and a double in a millisecond. Until then, I’m thinking some blackout lining and a clothes horse might be the answer. Now how can I sneak that into the camping kit without Husband thinking I’ve gone mad?