It’s funny how much age takes a toll on you.
I spent many nights camping in the East Texas woods as a child and never had any issues sleeping on rocks and the cold hard ground.
Now If I fall asleep on the couch in the wrong position, I’m sore for two or three days.
I’m not whining, it’s just the simple truth that comes with age.
In a survival situation you need to do whatever you can to lessen the impact your daily activities have on your body.Tthanks to modern technology, there is a better alternative to just sleeping on the ground.
And, depending on the weather, that can be a very costly mistake indeed.
One of the cheapest and most effective ways you can prepare for a night in the wilderness is to pack a camping pad.
There are quite a few different options available and they all have their own pro’s and cons.
Take this one for example:
- Best Design for Active Outdoor Enthusiasts: After years of drafting, producing, and testing tons of sleeping mat designs, the OutdoorsmanLab team finally came up with the best air pad design to best serve you, an active outdoor enthusiast. Yes, OutdoorsmanLab is the original inventor of this popular design (Patent Number: D802,336) - unmatched quality from the sleeping pad that started it all - OutdoorsmanLab.
- Perfect for Backpackers and Hikers: The Ultralight sleeping pad can roll up to 8x3 and weighs only 14.5oz - similar to a water bottle. This is perfect for backpackers who want to pack light and compact. No worry about being bulky and heavy. It’s the worry-free option for serious adventurers - no back aches carrying it or headaches setting it up.
- Sleep Better Under the Stars After a Long Day of Hiking: Even though it is very compact, this camping pad expands to 73 x 22 and has an optimal thickness of 2.2 inches. Active outdoorsmen find this thickness extremely comfortable, even for back sleepers and side sleepers. With an R-value of 2.2, you can stay nice and toasty camping out in temps all the way down to 40 F (4 C). It has no chemical smell and doesn't have noise. You’ll wake up refreshed, energized, and ready to explore nature.
- Easy Inflation & Deflation for Explorers on the Go: Our camping mat has an easy-to-use air valve for quick inflation (only 10-15 breaths). A few more breaths provide extra firmness & support. Deflation is also very easy by pushing the black rubber piece inside the valve "inside-out" to create a 'leak’. Then, simply start folding the pad away from the valve, toss the light, compact mat in your pack, and proceed to your next adventure!
- Quality Guaranteed or Your Money Back: OutdoorsmanLab sleeping pads are carefully inspected before shipping to ensure that they are in perfect condition, especially since so many buy our exclusively-designed sleeping pads as gifts. Your sleeping pad is built to last and provide you with as many great nights of sleep as possible. If we don’t live up to any of these promises, we insist that you contact us so we can issue a refund + free sleeping pad on us!
I prefer the closed cell foam pads over the self inflating type.
It may just be my personal experience but I’ve never had a comfortable night on any type of air mattress… they always deflate on me.
- Very lightweight
- Protects and insulates
- Easily rolls up for packing
- Tears fairly
- Weight may not be a factor but it is bulky
The Bottom Line
One of these pads isn’t going to replace your home mattress, but if you’re stuck out in the wild or need to bug out, it will keep you insulated and off the ground and it is much easier than trying to cart around a military cot…
Just make sure that you still clear your area of rocks and sticks to help avoid ripping or tearing your mattress pad. While it may take up some extra bulk on your backpack, it will only add a negligible amount of weight.
Like I said above, there are quite a few different options when it comes to sleeping out doors.
Which one do you prefer?