Whenever, I go backpacking I always bring along earplugs. If I’m sleeping near someone in a tent or a shelter, who snores, it helps cut down or eliminate the noise level. They also let me block out the sounds of the forest if I’m alone and feeling creeped out or if my shelter makes a lot of noise in the rain.
If you’ve never used earplugs, you should try them out at home before you bring them on a trip. My favorites are Mack’s Pillow-Soft Earplugs made of silicone. They’re made with a soft play-dough like material that can be easily kneaded to fit over your outer ear canal. I have small ear canals, but I can mold these safely to fit my ears. They’re actually quite comfortable and you can get used to them very quickly.
A lot of people I know also bring them on backpacking trips or use them at home or in the library to block out noise. A package of 6 pairs costs about $3 and they’re carried by most drugstores.
Oh, and those rumors that I snore are wildly exaggerated.
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