Fantastic Camping Bed Ideas
Nothing is enjoyable when you haven’t slept well. No matter how much you may want to enjoy the pleasures of the sun rising, wood fire burning, coffee steaming, and bacon sizzling, you won’t even remember your trip well if you have a poor bed and no rest.
If you’re going to enjoy camping, you need to do everything you can to make sure you get a good sleep every night. Mixing fresh air with outdoor activities should be the first thing that contributes to falling asleep quickly.
After that, it’s up to the right combination of cushioning and blankets to guarantee your continued rest before the next adventure-filled day begins.
Convenient Campsite Sleeping
The shape of your tent floor would have the most significant effect on the sleeping arrangement for your family. Everyone could line-up like sardines, follow the hex-shaped walls, or position three-in-a-row with one lying sideways. Make sure no one is leaning against a wall, regardless of the eventual positioning.
The side walls are made of breathable cloth in most tents; if there’s moisture on the outside of the tent wall, touching the wall might wick it through to the inside. Also, make sure the side walls are not touched by sleeping bags or duffels when you roll up the sleeping bags early in the morning to arrange them as a daybed.
Cots can be good sleeping options. They are not intended to be compared to internal springs or box springs, but a cot in the tent will keep you off the ground. Cots can only operate in a tent with adequate headroom and near-vertical walls to sleep.
As simple as they sound, there are different styles available. First, check the way the cot is made. If you’re tall, metal supports can be painful on the head and feet. You want to make sure the cot is long enough and well-cushioned. Some cots are made without the end bars, which may be a better option for someone tall. Before buying, it may be a good idea to find some reviews written by other campers who have used the cots.
Check the cot stands, and imagine how the supports might affect a nylon tent floor. Bent, rounded tubing is easiest on the tent, but other styles could be cushioned to protect the tent fabric. Most fold in half for carrying and packing; one rolls up into a lumpy tube shape. Compare materials: look for sturdy, mildew resistant fabrics, and consider the convenience of removable covers.
Ground Cushions, Pads, and Air Mattress
Many campers, particularly sleepers who like to sprawl or move around a lot, would rather sleep on the floor than try to remain balanced on a cot frame. Fortunately, no one has to sleep directly on the floor, and campers can pad their sleeping area in various ways. These are classified into three groups: air mattresses, foam mats, and the more recent addition to sleep tech, the self-inflating foam mattress.
Most air mattresses are available in two basic styles. One option is full-length, tubular-shaped, with I-beam construction. There other is a square-cornered, flat mattress with a non-chambered, fake-button-quilt look.
They are produced in various materials, and the rubberized canvas seems most preferred. Although it may be heavier than some other materials, it has a lighter touch. The heavier weight is more durable and lasts longer.
Air mattresses sound fine; they are small, light, and provide a large, reasonably thick mat when filled, which should be comfortable. But some people have trouble, depending on how they sleep.
A single-size air mattress would be perfect if you usually sleep flat on your back or stomach. If you like to curl up or stretch out, you may find that certain parts of your body will over-reach the mattress limit and be suspended with no support under them.
At best, you’ll find a workable compromise; at worst, you may roll off the edge of the bed. There is one tubular mat with separate valves, so you can make the outer tubes firmer than the inner tubes to help avoid roll-off.
You can opt to sleep on a foam pad for cushioning instead of an air mattress. Naturally, a full-length pad is most comfortable, but it makes a larger bundle to carry, so many campers settle for a three-quarter length.
One inch of foam padding is the minimum needed for comfort. Buy pads as dense as you can pack; not only does the ground pad offer cushioning, but also isolation.
Closed-cell foam, a dense material that cushions well and does not absorb water, is ‘rigid’ foam. By comparing similar foam thickness, closed-cell pads are more bulky than open because they don’t compress.
The spongy foam is an open-cell; a thicker pad might be more convenient, but it takes more care because it can absorb water. Some pads are covered with fabric to keep the foam dry.
The cushioning for self-inflating pads comes from both foam and air. Separate chambers are used by the Equalizer camping mattress so that you can change the amount of support for various parts of the body. Three of the chambers are connected, so air flows through them; three are separate.
Therm-a-Rest is a standard mattress for a good reason. For a smaller kit, the open-cell foam compresses. Opening the air valve inflates the mattress as air flows in. When the pad is new or has spent time rolled up, you may have to top it off with some extra air.
To deflate, open the valve again to expel the air and roll the pad up, forcing air out as you go. Close the valve when it’s rolled tight. You may have to sit or kneel on the pad to get the air out.
Therm-a-Rests are manufactured in complete and three-quarter lengths; for a double bed, two can be connected. It’s essential to store it properly to prolong the life of the mattress.
For camp bedding, sleeping bags are the most practical. They are ready to use quickly, and even young children can roll them up in the morning. One of the best ways to relax and sleep is to use a sleeping bag while camping. For cold-weather camping, many sleeping bag features are built-in, designed to keep sleepers warm in almost freezing temperatures.
Summertime campers do not need all the extra material and super tech. They will want to be enclosed but not cocooned. Many families already own children’s sleeping bags from sleepover parties.
Adults can buy a lightweight, simple bag and carry along a few old wool blankets to throw on top of the sleeping bag during cold nights.
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