Camp Bed Reviews
Welcome to my review of camp beds. This review is more on types/styles of camp beds rather where I have reviewed one of each type. I will, at a later date add other reviews for comparison. I hope this helps in narrowing down your search in a bed for a perfect nights sleep whilst camping.
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One thing that can really ruin your time away camping is not getting a good nights sleep. We do not function as well if we do not get a good nights sleep. Our ability to think clearly and make quick decisions is drastically reduced which is not what you want if you are out there yourself or hiking in more dangerous places.
Even on a family holiday with the kids, this can have a really negative effect on your holiday. With it being more of a struggle dealing with and doing activities with the kids.
So it is very worthwhile taking your time choosing and investing in this very important part of your camping gear. Take into consideration what type of camping you will do, you may need different gear for different holidays.
There are various types of camp beds or mats to consider.
For us, we have a double-height airbed for going to sites with electric hook up, either for long weekends or extended holidays and we also have SIM’s, (self-inflating mattresses)for when travelling lighter and only spending one night in each place.
These come in single and standard height as well as single, double, queen and king size. These are great for getting you off the ground although some find that the single height mattresses hold the cold air from the ground. This can be remedied by placing a foil blanket underneath. Most double-height airbeds come with built-in pump and plug so electricity is required for using these beds.
PROS: raised off ground, easy to get in and out off, comfortable nights sleep.
CONS: needs electricity to inflate/deflate, temperatures can affect how well inflated it stays, takes up a large area if not most of your sleeping area, can only be used in larger tents.
Air Bed Review
Brand: Hi Gear
Name/Style: Rise Flock Airbed (Double)
Construction: made with durable PVC with a soft flock finish on top
Measurements: 212 x 163 x 55 cm (Inflated
Features: raised outer frame to prevent roll-off, double-height for extra comfort, max weight 200kg
Verdict: We like the double-height which makes getting in and out of bed easy. Nice and warm during the night with extra comfort. Did need to top up once but feel that this was due to large temperature variant from night and day. All in all a good bed that gave us a great nights sleep although not as comfortable as others we’ve tried.
Check out some more Double Airbeds here.
These beds are normally steel or aluminium framed beds with a stretched material on the top to help raise you off the ground and give a more comfortable nights sleep. These come in both single and double sizes and pack away into their own storage bags for ease of transporting them.
PROS: raised off the ground for more comfort, easy to get in and out of, can store other items underneath e.g. clothes and shoes.
CONS: too large to use in backpacking tents, can topple if you sit right on the edge while getting dressed.
Frame Bed Review
Brand: Freedom Trail
Name/Style: Slumber Aluminium Camp Bed (single)
Construction: Aluminium frame with PVC coated polyester material
Measurements: Assembled 190 x 63 x 43cm, Packed: 92 x 19 x 9cm
Features: lightweight 5.2kg, own carry bag, max load 110kg
Price: £25 – £45
Verdict: easy to assemble, comfortable nights sleep and it really supported my bad back. This was really sturdy although I would maybe place a blanket under a sleeping bag to prevent draughts. Great item.
Check out some more Framed Camping Beds here.
Self-inflating Mattress (SIM)
Self-inflating mats are foam filled mats with a fitted valve that when opened will draw in air to expand the mat or allow you to push the air out when packing away. These come with different coverings to suit budget and comfort as well as coming in different thicknesses. These normally range from 2.5cm to 10cm thick.
PROS: lightweight and easy to carry, suitable for backpacking, keeps you off the ground during the night, helps you get a more comfortable sleep, no equipment needed to inflate.
CONS: can puncture although repair patch is normally included, still feel as if you are sleeping on the ground.
Name/Style: Deepsleep 7.5cm (single)
Construction: foam with the top fabric being synthetic microsuede polyester, bottom fabric 100%polyester with an AFC valve
Measurements: 195 x 63 x 7.5cm inflated, 66 x 19 cm packed
Features: micro suede polyester gives a skin feel touch to sleep on, horizontal air channels reduces weight and pack size.
Price: £55 – £70
Verdict: a comfortable mat that gave a decent nights sleep, soft to touch so doesn’t feel cold against your skin. Would probably choose a 10cm mat for more comfort.
Check out some more SIMs here.
Foam Roll Mats
Foam roll mats are ultra-lightweight when looking for something to sleep on. They are easy to just roll up and carry and are great for when you need to be carrying all your kit. These are great additions for backpacking.
Foam Roll Mat Review
Name/Style: Superlight 8 Single
Construction: polyolefin foam
Measurements: 1800mm x 500 x 8mm, Packed Size: 500 X 150mm
Features: lightweight, 4 season rating, 2.3 tog rating
Price: £15 – £24
Verdict: This is a great piece of kit that is lightweight, durable and gives a good comfortable nights sleep. Great for backpacking and keeps you warm throughout the night.
Check out some more Foam Roll Mats here.
Everyone sleeps differently and has different comfort requirements, budgets and space. People who do more wild camping would not be buying double-height beds. We love our double-height bed for going away to campsites with our large tent yet also have Lightweight SIMS for wild camping. The aim of any sleeping product is to insulate and put a barrier between you and the ground. It is worth spending a few quid more sometimes for that added protection as a good nights sleep make all the difference.