How to Choose the Perfect Camping Air Mattress Bed Sleeping pads play two very important roles for getting a solid night’s sleep in the great outdoors: cushioning and insulation. While it might seem like having a comfortable surface to sleep on is a pad’s most useful function its ability to keep you warm throughout the night is often more important.
A good mattress is arguably the single most important piece of bedding for getting a good night’s sleep. Without one campers would have to sleep on the hard cold ground and that would be very uncomfortable —even with a fleece blanket and sleeping bag. Frequently the ground under the tent will have ridges rocks and other protruding objects that will stick sleepers in the worst places. In addition to being hard and uncomfortable the ground is cooler than the air temperature and will chill a person’s body by conductive heat loss. Without adequate insulation sleepers will quickly feel cold and will be unable to sleep well.
Just the thought of sleeping on the cold ground is enough to discourage many people who have never been camping before. A variety of cheap mattresses are available in department stores but most of them are inadequate for basic tent camping. Economy inflatable air mattresses such as pool rafts cost about ten dollars but these mattresses require considerable effort to inﬂate do not insulate users from the cold ground and are easily punctured.
Open-cell foam mats such as egg—crate foam can be purchased from department stores for a few dollars but require excessive packing space provide minimal insulation and comfort absorb moisture that can chill users and areDifficult to dry. Flocked camping air beds available in many department stores look nice and cost less than forty dollars but require excessive packing space are difficult to inﬂate and are too big to fit into smaller tents.Insulated inflatable air mattresses. Most experienced outdoor enthusiasts generally agree that an insulated inflatable air mattress is the best choice because it provides maximum comfort yet packs into a small space.
These mattresses are superior to more economical products in terms of convenience warmth and comfort. Some are self- inflating while others have a simple pump system. Regardless of the inflation method these mattresses can be quickly inflated with little effort. Sometimes campers may have to blow an extra puff of air into the pad to fully inﬂate it before closing the valve. But within a few minutes after opening inflatable mattresses are ready to provide a comfortable and warm sleeping surface.