How to Pick Camping Self-Inflating Sleeping Mattress?

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What are the best self-inflatable mattress, and how do they work? Do I really need a mattress designed for camping? Does it really matter what they’re made of? If these are your questions, the answers are simple.


1. What is a self-inflating sleeping mattress?


Simply an open cell foam mattress enclosed in a plastic housing with an air valve. Like a sponge in a plastic bag. Sized to accommodate beds and sleeping bags, with an outer fabric covering to protect the plastic case.

Squeeze the sponge out the air, seal the bag and is compressed. Open the bag and the sponge sucks into the air and expands. This is the concept of self-inflating sleeping bags.


2. How does an inflatable sleeping mattress work?


When the pad is compressed and the air valve is closed, air can not enter and the foam cells remain collapsed and compact. For transport and storage.

But the natural state of these cells must be extended, so when you open the air valve (release the bag), the cells can suck in air to allow them to expand to their natural – swollen state.

When you close the air valve (re-seal the bag), the air is trapped in the foam cells. This turns them into air pads and foam.

A camping environment is not like dry floor or carpets at home, there are many things in the camp that can rip, puncture and damage a cheap night pads.


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3. How do I choose the best sleeping mattress for me?


Sleep mattresses serve two main purposes: as a layer of insulation between you and the cold floor, and as a pad between you and the bumpy hard floor.

The insulating factors of a mattress are determined by its thickness, and of what it is made. Open cell pads are generally thicker and have larger dead air spaces in their cells than closed cell pads, so they are better insulators. The fact that the insulation factor is your main concern depends on the temperature you are accessing.

The thickness of a mattress (and the quality of the materials), determines its comfort padding capacity. If the weight of the package is not a factor, (few backpackers use self-inflating pads, because of their weight) then thicker is better. Most tampons vary from 1 to 2 inches thick when inflated – let your wallet be your guide. * There are lightweight models for backpackers

The outer fabric of the pad is also very important. It protects the plastic inner lid that allows the tampon to function. So consider your typical camping conditions; If you still use a baby bed, the lap material should not be as sturdy as it would be if you are usually sleeping on the rocky or rough ground. (Even in a tent)

Size – obviously the night pads are of different sizes. From children to women to a large man. A too small sleeping pad will allow for an unhappy sleep, make sure that your choice is sized for the motorhomes that use it.


Compare the specifications of the self-inflating sleeping pad to your needs:

Length: At a minimum, your shoulders and hips should be on the pad. Regular (usually 72 “long) and long (75” to 78 “) pads will also insulate your legs and feet and allow you to sleep better. A short pad or 3/4-length pad (usually 47″ or 48 ” “) Weighs less and smaller packages, but it’s a compromise of obvious comfort.
Width: Almost all bushings come in a standard width of 20 “If you drive a lot, you may want a wider width of 25” or 30 “found in large sizes.The conical designs reduce the volume a bit and Pay smaller, but can be considered a compromise if these priorities are not your priorities.

Isolation R-value: Isolation is measured as a function of its ability to withstand heat flow, and ranges from 1.0 (minimally isolated) to 9.5 (well insulated). Thicker pads generally have higher R values.


Everyone wants the latest and greatest – regardless of whether the extras are really needed, so think about what features you need first, and look for the sleeping pad that has the best quality of those features. Consider your need for; cot straps, built-in pillows, non-slip bottom layer, multiple air chambers, roll-up straps/bands, and stuff-sacks.


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Desirable sleeping pad features:

Stuff-sack or carry-straps, you soon discover these are not luxuries

Wrap bands or straps to keep the bag rolled up. Even if it goes into a bag.

Patch repair kit – most quality brands include these – if not, give your brand choice some more thought.

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