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Large adventure crews and quality sleep don’t usually go together. Late-night laughter, loud music, or getting stuck with a snoring roommate who sounds like a chainsaw can make a full eight hours nearly impossible. The key is to come equipped to pass out, regardless of the noise level. Here are some items worth packing to make sure you snag some serious shut-eye.
The Ear Buddy Premium Soft Foam Earplugs ($17)
When trying to enjoy a peaceful night in the backcountry, there always seems to be that roaring snorer who gets in the way. A great pair of earplugs is a lightweight, cost-effective solution, and this super-soft option fits any ear and comes in a bottle of 50 pairs, meaning you can be the hero for the whole hut.
Marpac Rohm White Noise Sound Machine ($30)
If you’re a white-noise lover, this 3.5-inch sound machine should be a travel essential. All you have to do is charge the device via USB, select your volume level and sound option (bright white noise, deep white noise, or gentle surf), and hit the hay. It costs a fraction of many larger devices and, at just 3.8 ounces, won’t weigh you down.
Skullcandy Crusher Wireless Headphones ($150)
If you prefer music while you sleep, grab this Bluetooth headset. There are no wires to trip you up, and the 40-hour, rechargeable battery means you can keep them on all night long. They have adjustable bass levels and two subwoofer drivers to drown out unwanted racket, but the noise-isolating memory foam cushions mean you won’t have to crank up the music to eardrum-destroying levels in the process.
White Noise Lite App (Free)
If you forget to come prepared—or find out too late that your buddy saws logs—this quick download will do the trick. The app features 40 different sounds, from a Tibetan singing bowl to a running dishwasher, to help you nod off, and the built-in alarm fades the audio in and out to ease you awake.
Sundown Naturals Melatonin Gummies ($7)
Trying to fall asleep is the easiest way to not fall asleep. These yummy melatonin gummies help regulate your natural cycle, so you fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer. Bonus: They also help combat jet lag.