The proper sleep setup will make overlanding a joy. Get it right and you’ll be looking for excuses to extend your trip. Get it wrong and you’ll be looking for the next motel. We’ll review the pro’s and con’s of rooftop or ground or a trailer to see where each shines.
When it comes to sleeping along the trail, the options have gotten surprisingly comfortable in recent years. Individuals, or whole families, can trek far and wide without leaving the comforts of home. Sleeping options can vary widely in features and price, so we’re breaking it down for you. For simplicity we’ve grouped them into three categories: rooftop or ground or/and trailer. Each solution has specific applications and pros/cons to be considered. Read on to learn which setup is right for you.
The trusty ground tent is the simplest, most affordable, and most flexible sleeping solution. Ground tents are typically compact and lightweight, and can be had in any size and configuration to suit your needs. For the greatest comfort, we recommend taking a cot and/or good air mattress, like the Teton.
Rooftop tents are becoming quite common, and for good reason. The convenience and comfort of rooftop tents are a huge leap over a ground setup. They come with a higher price tag, but if you are doing weeks or months of overlanding, rooftop tents are well worth the investment.
Most rooftop setups consist of a collapsible tent, ladder, mattress and cover. Some include lighting, annexes, hard shells and more.
Offroad trailers are fantastic for extended trips, where convenience and comfort make a big impact. They’re also the most expensive and limiting of the three solutions. Trailers can be fairly simple and cover just storage and kitchen items, or they can be full decked out abodes on wheels like this one from Opus.
If you have a favorite sleep setup, rooftop or ground or tips for staying comfortable on the trail, share your story with us below!