So, the camping trip is coming up this weekend. Tents, backpacks and kids are all ready to go. Items that might be forgotten by the unseasoned or inexperienced camper are the air mattresses.
Anyone who has ever gone camping or had to sleep in a sleeping bag without the benefit of an air bed will most likely not repeat that uncomfortable, backbreaking, neck twisting experience.
A camping air mattress (sometimes referred to as a sleeping pad) offers the outdoor enthusiast two quintessential advantages: insulation and cushioning. Sleeping bags, regardless of how soft and fluffy they are, do not provide enough of either of these elements to ensure the camper of a comfortable and warm nights sleep. An air bed raises the body off the cold, hard and often times rock-and-stick covered ground. Not only do these help keep the elements away, they also provide a more level sleeping surface than the ground.
As with most outdoor and recreational gear, matching the type of product to its use is vital to maximizing its potential applications. An air bed is of course no different than any other product. Some air mattresses are designed to be used mainly as an extra bed around the house or for car-camping excursions, while some are designed specifically as a camping air mattress.
If one’s main reason for getting an air bed is for car camping or for an extra bed for guests, one would probably want to go with a queen-size or full-size mattress. This type of mattress will be comfortable and easy to inflate and typically come with several type of pumps such as electric or battery powered. Some air beds will need a separate hand pump. I would recommend shopping for an air bed that includes the pump.
The camper who plans on trekking into the wilderness during extremely cold weather and/or for an extended period of time would best be served by camping air mattress or sleeping pad. These come in three basic varieties: self-inflating pads, air pads, foam pads.
Backpackers will be drawn to the self-inflating pads because of their waterproof exterior and their compatibility. Air pads are comfortable and lightweight, some have built-in foam or fill insulation for extra warmth and can be used year-round. Foam mattress pads tend to be less comfortable and more bulky than some of the other camp pads types, but they are lightweight and usually less expensive.
In conclusion, air mattress beds come in several sizes twin, full and queen which can be used for camping or as an extra bed for guests. Camping air mattresses such as a camp pads or sleeping pads come in several types, self-inflating pads, air pads and foam pads. Just remember to select the correct air mattress for the application you are using it for and you will always get a good nights sleep whether you’re indoors or outdoors sleeping under the stars.