When Men’s Health editors tested dozens of pieces of outdoor gear over the course of a month for the 2019 Outdoor Awards, one overarching principle quickly became apparent: The important innovations aren’t in new types of gear (Turns out a sleeping bag with arms and legs isn’t a slumber revelation—it’s just a puffy jumpsuit for not having sex in) but in new ways of making fundamental gear more lightweight and easier to transport and set up (Are tents almost too easy to set up now?). There’s so much at stake when you’re outside that everything has to perform, and, more importantly, everything has to have a clear purpose.
When you lose sleep, your brain doesn’t function the way it should — a good night’s rest is essential for a clear mind. According to the NIH (National Institutes of Health), the structure of the brain is in a drastically different state during sleep, helping you to store memories and clear out toxic molecules that are developed throughout the day. This is why investing in the right gear for peaceful sleep is critical for anyone, and this goes for sleeping gear for camping, too.