When choosing a camp bed it is important to make choices based on the type of camping trip you plan to embark on. A good, comfortable place to sleep can be the difference between an enjoyable outdoor expedition and a living nightmare.

First, do not skimp on quality in favor of a cheaper price. Spend your money wisely by taking the time to compare all the available options and choosing the best bed for your type of camping trip.

Think carefully about where you will be camping. Consider the weather, the surface on which you will need to place your bed, and the amount of space available to you. If you are sharing a tent with 4 other people, it may not be practical for you to purchase a full-sized inflatable mattress.

There are many different types of camp beds to choose from.

One popular style of camp bed is a sleeping bag. If you plan to use a sleeping bag, think about what kind of weather you can expect.

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If you will be sleeping on the ground with or without a tent and there is a good chance of rain, look for a sleeping bag marked waterproof or water-resistant. Even if the weather report does not mention rain at all, keep in mind that the weather can change unexpectedly and plan accordingly.

If you will be camping in a cabin or recreational vehicle, you may choose a heavier sleeping bag since you will not need to carry it from place to place. If you plan to move each day and sleep at a different campsite each night, it is best to choose a lighter weight bag. Check the temperature rating before choosing a sleeping bag. Look for a sleeping bag with a temperature rating for the coldest weather you might encounter. Remember, the lower the rating, the warmer the bag. Always purchase a ground pad to go along with your sleeping bag. A ground pad provides both added comfort and insulation. Sleeping bags do not perform up to their temperature ratings without the use of a ground pad.

Another popular choice is an airbed. An airbed is simply a portable mattress that you fill with air when you are ready to use it. Airbeds are, in general, a good deal more comfortable than sleeping bags. Look for an airbed, with a battery-operated pump, in case electricity is scarce. Many airbeds can be pumped full of air in under 5 minutes. Choose an airbed with a durable, puncture-resistant cover and make sure a repair kit is included.

A folding cot is just the thing to keep you off the cold, wet, lumpy ground. Look for a model that folds easily and quickly. If comfort is top on your list of desired features, choose a cot that comes with it’s own airbed. Look for a cot with a durable, steel frame to last through all the years of wear and tear you can put it through.

As another sleeping option, consider an air mat. Look for an air mat that self inflates and deflates quickly. Choose an air mat with a durable, puncture-resistant cover and a repair kit. Your air mat should also be waterproof, stain proof, and non-slip. Choose an air mat with a soft, plush fleece top for added comfort and warmth. Purchase an air mat with its own carrying case for ease of portability.

Take your time in choosing a camp bed and purchase the best bed you can afford. It will greatly increase your camping trip enjoyment.

Tips to Buy Camping Bed for a Hiking Trip

Sleeping bags and camp beds come in many different shapes and sizes. The following are some tips for choosing the right one for the conditions in which you’ll be hiking.

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Camping, hiking, and backpacking have become extremely popular over the past several decades. With this new and growing interest, there have been major developments in the gear available to outdoor enthusiasts. Perhaps the most important piece of gear you’ll need is a sleeping bag. Sleeping bags come in many different shapes and sizes. The following are some tips for choosing the right one for the conditions in which you’ll be hiking.

  • Temperature: The first consideration is how much you’ll need in the way of warmth. The comfort ratings on sleeping bags aren’t a guarantee so an easy method of choosing a sleeping bag is to always pick the next lowest rated one available. If you hike in the summer, with temperatures of 60 degrees and above, a 40-degree bag is sufficient and 40-degree sleeping bags are the lightest available. If you are hiking in the spring and fall, and temperatures at night will regularly be in the 40s, you will need the extra warmth of a 20-degree sleeping bag. For winter trips, a 0-degree bag is a must, and if extreme cold conditions are expected you will want the extra protection of a -20-degree bag.
  • Design: The next thing to consider when buying a sleeping bag is the design. Sleeping bags typically come in two types: rectangular and mummy. The most common design is the standard rectangular style. This is often seen in warmer temperature rated bags. The rectangular shape offers plenty of room and is found comfortable by most everyone. The second design is the mummy style. The mummy bag is more popular in cold weather because its fitted design ensures minimal amounts of air being trapped in the bag. The mummy-style includes a top section that comes up and over your head for extra warmth. Some people don’t like the restrictiveness of the mummy bags but they do offer superior warmth in cold temperatures.
  • Material: The third and final step when choosing a sleeping bag is to choose the insulation material: synthetic or down. Each has its pros and cons. Synthetic materials provide warmth even if the sleeping bag gets wet and they are often cheaper than their down counterparts. However, synthetic insulation does not compress nearly as well as down. This might not be an issue for camping or day hikes, but when backpacking, space is usually limited, and compression counts.

The other drawback of synthetic sleeping bags is their durability. After compressing many times, the insulation often “shifts” which means it tears slightly, leaving gaps in the insulation. Down sleeping bags are much lighter and more compressible than synthetic bags. They are very durable and the insulation will never wear out. Of course, if the down gets wet, it will lose all its insulation ability. This is countered by the fact that most down sleeping bags offer a water-resistant shell. A down sleeping bag will cost a little more than a synthetic sleeping bag, but in the end, it’s a better choice.

A camping or backpacking trip is a fun time for family and friends to enjoy the great outdoors and is something to be looked back upon with warm memories. Make your outdoor excursion a good memory by ensuring warmth and comfort at night with the right sleeping bag.

Tips to Buy the Best Camping Bed for a Canoeing Camping Trip

Canoeing Camping trip

Any time you are thinking about loading up the car for a weekend of fun in the great outdoors, there are a number of things to consider when packing. An avid outdoorsman myself for many years, I will be the first to tell you that the older you get, the more comfortable your body will require while sleeping in this environment. “Travel light, freeze at night!” is a phrase to remember. Quite simply, when you plan your trip and think about everything needed, where do you cut from your packing list to save on weight? But we’re taking a canoe you say…

Imagine putting two men that weigh 170 lbs each into a canoe going down a river. Chances are your not going to have many problems. Consider for a minute however the weight factor that is added when you take along a tent, fishing gear, a cooler (including ice, food, and drinks), sleeping bag, lantern, and the occasional kitchen sink. Now take that time two men and we may have to start looking into cutting some things out.

How deep is the water where you will be traveling? Will you be dragging the bottom during the entire trip? What will you do if you end up having to forage the canoe around an obstacle such as a downed tree or worse yet, a waterfall?

In some cases, you will be required to carry your canoe quite far to make your way around such an obstacle. Do you want to carry a canoe plus all that other gear? Maybe you’re ok with making two trips.

There are many options that you can choose from when purchasing a camp bed or sleeping mat as they are sometimes called. First things first, don’t settle on a cheap sleeping bag. Spend the money on a good, yet lightweight bag that packs up small. If you plan on taking a tent, only take a tent that will serve your needs. If there are two men going, you won’t need a three-room eight-man tent. See where I’m going with this?

Camp beds come in all types and sizes. Once you apply the thinking above to your situation, go from there and decide how important a good night’s sleep to you. The most important thing a camp bed or sleeping mat does is it puts a layer of something between you and the ground. They’re not designed mainly for comfort as you might have thought. They help keep you warm believe it or not. Having even just a half-inch layer of foam between you and the cold ground can make a big difference in how well you sleep at night. Foam mats are cheap and can weigh as little as 8 oz. and as much as 2 lbs. Cost ranges from $10 to $40 depending on the material and thickness. They do add comfort but are mostly for warmth.

Next, we have the more comfortable air mats. Slightly thicker, they weigh just 2 lbs and can be self-inflating or blown up. On the upper end of the scale, there are mats with cushy pillow tops and plush fleece covers that can keep you warm and have you feeling refreshed in the morning. These mats weigh in at 8 lbs and have a hefty price tag. Though they roll up easily, they are not exactly compact.

Another option is the air mattress. We have all seen them used around swimming pools. Light, easily stored, and compact, the made-for-camping models are puncture resistant. Yes, I said resistant! They come with a repair patch if that tells you anything. Starting at $15, they are not a bad investment if you’re full of wind and feel like blowing the thing up right before bed. Pumps are available, but what are you saving by having to carry a pump along with you?

Last, but not least we have a great bed to be used in the canoe situation. The metal frame cot weighs just over 7lbs. and can hold up to 225 lbs. It folds up nicely and can be stored in your canoe easily. They are priced at $25 to start and can go as high as $80 for one that can support upwards of 300 lbs. They can also be used in the bed of a pickup truck quite well and even at home if needed.

Any of these camping beds can be purchased at your local sporting goods store or online from a number of outdoor shops. I hope you find this information useful for your next adventure.

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