Sometimes we just need an extra bed. It might be when you’ve got company coming for the weekend and your place doesn’t have a guest room, or it could be when you are out camping and the ground just isn’t going to do.
A self-inflating air mattress is a quick and inexpensive way to create a bed in just a few minutes. It’s comfortable and with the self-inflating feature, you aren’t going to exhaust yourself by having to blow it up.
When many of us go camping, we want to pack as lightly as possible. Nothing is less fun than having to spend two hours unpacking gear from your vehicle. That’s partially the reason many people only bring along a sleeping bag.
The idea of bringing an air mattress along with a pump to inflate it seems like too much trouble. With a self-inflating air mattress, you can actually roll up the entire unit into about the same size as a sleeping bag. For the comfort it provides, it’s a good idea to pack one.
If you want to use it in conjunction with your sleeping bag, it’s best to choose one that is an individual size. You can certainly buy a larger self-inflating air mattress but unless you have an oversize tent, it might cause problems. The bigger sizes are best kept for household use.
Inflating it can be done by just about anyone. The way they are constructed is to allow for fast and easy use. All that is usually required is for you to turn the valve on the air mattress and it will begin to fill with air by itself.
Don’t wander away while this is taking place, as you’ll need to be there to turn off the valve. Most air mattresses like this can be inflated to a thickness that is desirable to the user. It’s good to experiment a bit to see how firm you want it.
When your trip is over you just need to deflate the mattress. This is just as easy and once all the air is out, you’ll be able to roll it up and store it in a small space.
A larger self-inflating air mattress may need to be folded in quarters for storage. The best idea is to read the instructional guide that accompanies it, so you can care for it properly.
Popping a leak is never fun but it can be fixed in most cases. You can obviously attempt to do this yourself and with the right tools, it’s not a complicated task.
Many people prefer to take the self-inflating air mattress into a camping shop as they typically can ship it out to be fixed for you.
If the damage is too severe, you’ll have to consider buying a new one. However, with proper care and storage your mattress should last you many summers.