One of the most important aspect of getting a good night’s sleep involves what you’re sleeping on. In days gone by the only options we had involved cushioning the space between the rocky ground and our hip bones.
Those days are long gone and now there are some very comfy, cushy options. They boil down to three basic setups; mats, air mattresses and cots.
These can be self-inflating or made of foam. The advantages to camping mats is their light weight and portability. They are easily rolled away during the day and can be strapped to a backpack if you’re hiking.
Some of the self inflating mats are equipped with an attached pillow which reduces that need on your packing checklist. The are thin but firm and keep the cold from the ground from radiating up to you as you sleep.
Others use a standard air mattress. It’s also easy to roll up in the morning though tend to spring a leak in a short period of time. They can be patched but are not as durable as some of the other options we are covering here.
They are inexpensive and can serve a dual purpose, both as a sleeping mat and a pool float.
These are more expensive but probably provide the best night’s sleep. You are up off the floor and that makes them easier to get in and out of. Another advantage to being off the floor is that they provide a storage area underneath. This offers the advantage of keeping things neater in the tent and keeping sand of your supplies.
They are more of an investment but also will last quite a bit longer. You should pay attention to their reviews before you purchase because previous customers will share the best and worst of the style they bought.
RVs have become very plush and comfortable throughout the years but there are still a large section of camping enthusiasts who love tent camping and sleeping on or near the ground. We appreciate that sentiment and love our tent campers too. Join us in one of our tent sites, we would love to meet you.