As the summer rolls along, a lot of us get to remember and once again savour the joys of camping, familiar to us all the way from childhood.
The trees, grass and lakes give off a smell of exciting adventures, the buzzing bees and the birds chirping on the boughs beside the campsite sound like the sweetest music that you have ever heard, the sun throws languid beams of light on the ground in the morning, turning the scene that much more magical… It all sounds amazing, and it surely is – however, camping as a grown-up takes on a slightly different character due to the preparation and the organisational skills involved in getting yourself and your loved ones ready for the camping trip.
The times they are a-changing
As you grow older, the levels of comfort that you require naturally get higher and the list of things to consider lengthens. What kind of food can you prepare on the campfire in order to sustain your strength and satisfy your palette? What kind of tent should you choose? Even more importantly, what mattress should you put inside the tent and how big should it be?
In order to make camping easier and more enjoyable for you, we have prepared a handy guide to choosing the right inflatable bed for your next camping trip – read on and take yourself one step closer to the best and the most comfortable camping experience of your entire life!
A good air mattress makes all the difference
When it comes to camping air mattresses, there are a few types of products on offer and these mainly consist of air or foam beds, as well as a combination of both. Their thickness can vary from 1 to 9 inches, width – from 20 to 60 inches, and they can be as short as 48 inches or as long as 78 inches, so there is plenty of options to choose from.
Camping air beds are easy to pack and do not take up much space when folded, so they are perfect for various sorts of trips.
What‘s best for you – Raised vs. Low, Twin vs. Queen air mattress
Inflatable beds however, remain the most popular choice among campers due to the comfort that they can provide. While making the choice, the most important elements for you to consider are the size of your tent and the shape of its floor.
Your best bet is a family-sized tent with a rectangular floor, as it offers the biggest amount of usable space and can accommodate the shape of the mattress perfectly. If your tent has sloping walls though, the task at hand gets a bit trickier.
Floor space vs air bed height
As the floor space in this kind of tent is smaller than the headroom, and a regular air mattress raises you around 6 to 22 inches above the ground, it means that the thicker the mattress is, the further away from the walls of the tent it has to be placed, which reduces the overall floor capacity of the tent. Inflatable mattresses also have a fixed shape, so they cannot be folded in any way to reduce the amount of space that they take up.
Keep in mind that you do not want the mattress to occupy the entirety of the floor – it will be much more comfortable for you to have some free space for sitting, changing your clothes or moving around the tent. Making some room for people to move around in the center of the tent is the best solution for the campers who want to enjoy their camping experience to the fullest, while the extra space along the edges can be used for storing clothes, backpacks and other camping tools.
Air bed sizes – the specifics
As far as specific mattress sizes are concerned, all you have to do is make sure that they fit the characteristics of your tent. A regular twin-sized air bed, for example, is about 39-40 inches wide and 74-78 inches long. This means that around 20 square feet of your tent‘s floor will be occupied by the mattress only – count in any space lost between the mattress and the walls, and the figure rises to 25 square feet.
In order to be able to sit up inside the tent and move comfortably around it, you will need a tent of at least 50 square feet, designed for three campers, to fit a single twin-sized blow up bed. A tent of 65 square feet, made for four people, on the other hand, is large enough to accommodate two twin-sized air beds. Such a solution is perfect for couples, as sleeping on separate mattresses will preclude one partner from disturbing the sleep of the other while changing sleeping positions during the night.
Is your tent big enough for a Queen size air mattress?
If you decide to choose a queen-size, keep in mind that it will require around 100 square feet of floor space in order to allow for moving around the tent. A large cabin tent is the best choice for a queen-sized air bed, as a regular dome tent will force you to crawl around it due to the raised mattress and the sloping walls.
The same can be said about raised air beds – a sloping canopy means that the bed has to be placed even further towards the center of the tent. Make sure to apply the same rules if you are using multiple air beds inside a single tent. For example, two queen-sized air beds, or four twin-sized mattresses, require a tent with a floor space of at least 128 square feet.
All of this might seem a bit confusing once you embark on the preparation for your camping trip, but it does get easier as you move forward.
We are, after all, creatures of comfort, and taking some extra time to ensure that you will be able to rest properly even in the wildest of natures will make your camping experience a great deal more enjoyable. Purchase a tent with plenty of floor space, pick a mattress which is just right for its measurements and revel in the pleasures of combining modern luxury with the delights of natural surroundings!