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Airbeds and mats for sleeping while camping. Part 2: Types of beds and mats
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Airbeds and mats for sleeping while camping. Part 2: Types of beds and mats

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In Part 1 of our advice on airbeds and mats for sleeping while camping we focused on what to pay attention when you are about to choose your portable sleeping bed (size, weight, material, application, etc.). In this part we will introduce you to the different types of beds (inflatable and camp-beds), mats (inflatable and self-inflatable) and foam mats, which are now offered on the market of camping and outdoor gear, as well as their advantages and disadvantages based on our own experience.


Inflatable beds (mattresses)

These are the most common types of beds used by traditional campers. They are designed for stationary camping and are easy to transport by car or caravan. They are filled with a large amounts of air, which makes them soft and comfortable and give a significantly higher level of conviviality, when we are in nature. In most cases, this type of beds have large sizes that are close to those of our home bed and give us a feeling that we have moved our bedroom into the woods. The thickness of the inflatable beds is generally between 10 cm and 30 cm.


Advantages: Inflatable beds are extremely comfortable. Sleeping in a tent, they are the closest option to our home bed. They can be inflated quickly with an electric, foot or hand pump. Suitable for long camping vacations and for use at home.


Disadvantages: Inflatable beds are quite bulky and heavy. This makes them unsuitable if your are going backpacking.. When the bed is placed on a cold surface, the air in it quickly becomes cold and therefore don’t insulate well the body. They can easy be get ruptured when used in the outdoors and also some times the valve let’s air escape while sleeping.


Inflatable mats

Inflatable mats usе air to create а soft and comfortable sleeping surface, but unlike inflatable beds they contain thermally insulating layer or reflective materials that increase the heat and prevent the cooling air from the cold ground. This type of mats inflate "manually" - most often through the mouth, although there are also models with a small hand pump accessory. Their thickness is usually up to about 10 cm., Although they are considerably thinner than inflatable beds they provide enough reliable comfort and softness. Usually inflatable mats are designed for one person, since they are planned to be carried with a backpack. Respectively they are somewhat narrow - about 65 cm, and their length is standard. The weight is about 0.5 kg. up to a maximum of 1 kg.


Advantages: Inflatable mats are comfortable and light. Most of them are suitable for trekking and backpacking. They excellently absorb uneven terrain and provide comfortable sleep. Models with high-quality insulating layer can be used all-year round.


Disadvantages: Inflatable mats are much heavier than ordinary foam mats and also more expensive. They can be punctured or torn on sharp objects, but the repair on site is easy when you have a repair kit.