Self inflating camping beds are a hassle free solution to uncomfortable lumpy ground when sleeping outside. Along with giving a better nights sleep the beds offer the sort of separation between you and the ground which stops the earth leeching the warmth from your body during the night.

Getting air into the bed is done by simply opening a built in valve, if the amount of air let in automatically doesn’t give the comfort level your looking for its possible to give it a top the old fashioned way by blowing into the valve.

ALPS Mountaineering Lightweight Self Inflating Camping Bed

Available in a number of sizes including a “XL” version the ALPS inflatable bed range attempts to give versions for many different camping needs. Emphasis is on fast setup with the largest model having an extra valve and all sizes fitted with a toughen bottom to prevent damage.

Every pad is supplied with a carrying sack, compression straps and a repair kit should something go wrong.

ALPS Mountaineering Lightweight Self Inflating Camping Bed

ALPS Mountaineering Lightweight Self Inflating Camping Bed
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Stansport Self-Inflating Air Mattress

One of the older outdoor equipment manufactures Stansport has decades of experience keeping the camping community warm and dry. Supplied in different dimensions to suit your height ans with the smaller versions weighing in at just a few pounds their air beds are approaching a lighter weight option.

This bed comes with a mesh bag for storage and carrying.

Stansport Self-Inflating Air Mattress

Stansport Self-Inflating Air Mattress
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Summary

Even a small gap between you and the ground makes a whole world of difference to staying warm at night and these types of camp beds do this very well.

The inflatable camp beds have a tough underside to stop possible punctures but as an added layer of protection its good to take a look at the ground your sleeping or pitching a tent on. Any sharp rocks, twigs or thorns have all night to work away at the underside of the bed and most tent ground sheets won’t offer any protection.

The overall weight and size of the bigger versions does make them something you might think twice about carrying if your hiking out to a campsite or enjoying a few days of backpacking especially if your already loaded down.

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