Car Camping

We’ve been pretty avid car campers the past few years with our daughter. We’ve always used camping pads under our bags. Last year I essentially inherited my dad’s air mattress (insta-bed) because he never used it. It worked well as an on-the-carpet spare bed. Recently, I’ve repaired a couple holes, but this new one’s a bit too big to patch. Time for a new mattress. I really like that this one had a built-in battery-powered inflation system, but I’m really looking for something that’s heavy duty and will hold up to camping trips. I’m looking to hear from avid car campers that use an air mattress. Sooner the better, too, we’ve got a trip this weekend!



about 12 years ago

I always just get cheapies from Target and replace it if/when it goes bad. A battery-powered external air pump means you're not buying that component every time.


about 12 years ago

REI has a self-inflating pad that's 3.5" thick - pretty much a mattress.


about 12 years ago

The new sound of nature, all across the campground at sunset: the weeeeeeeeeeeee of dozens of battery-powered external air pumps.

about 12 years ago

Ditch the mat and sleep in a hammock. You'll thank yourself later.

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