Suppose I'm caught in a heavy thunderstorm while lying in my tent, on my foam sleeping bad, in my nice waterproof tent. Suppose I have a good campsite so I don't need to worry about flash floods. However, suppose that I happen to be in a rather exposed place, far away from any forests. What is the safest thing to do, to minimise the risk of injury (or worse) as a result of a lightning strike?
Should I stay where I am, cuddle up in my sleeping bag remaining on my sleeping pad? Or should I get out and crouch on top of my sleeping pad, while minimising the surface area of my contact with the ground? Am I safer inside my tent or outside?
See also: Is my tent pole a lightning rod?