Camping Air Beds & Sleeping Pads

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For Romantic Camping, you must have a comfortable mattress. Sleeping on hard ground is NOT Romantic. It’s uncomfortable! The goal of Romantic Getaway is to maximize the enjoyment of your camping experience. Using a soft bed is crucial to meeting this goal.

Look at the foam pad in this picture… I selected this picture because it symbolizes the classic sleeping pad. It’s actually NOT a sleeping pad. It’s an exercise mat that is ONLY good for yoga and sit-ups. My very first sleeping pad (back in the Boy Scout days) was a blue foam pad like this one. Let me tell you - It sucked! Cheap foam pads like this should only be considered as a last resort.

Camping air beds are the MOST comfortable camping mattress option. These beds work pretty good for car-camping. You do need an electric pump that can plug into your cigarette lighter. Foot or hand pumps also work good (less annoying than the noisy electric). The main problem will camping air beds is they will literally let you down. Sooner or later they become a worthless pile of plastic. I feel a little guilty throwing that much plastic into the local landfill. I also HATE waking up in the middle of the night to discover that I’m lying on the hard ground.

In recent years, I’ve been using a full-length Therm-A-Rest self-inflating sleeping pad. This type of pad is capable of self-inflation due to an open-cell foam that fills the internal cavity. You need only open the valve and wait for it to fill. This sleeping pad is lightweight and space efficient. Best of all, it’s comfortable!

For Romantic Camping using a two-person self-inflating sleeping pad is ideal. They are costly. However, like buying a quality mattress at home, you will spend many hours enjoying your investment.

Combining two one-person sleeping pads is another option. Purchase a sleeping pad coupler strap. This system uses two nylon webbing straps with a velcro closure to combine sleeping pads together. The coupler kit is the best option if you already own sleeping pads. They only cost about $10-15.

I have posted additional information and advice about camping air beds and sleeping pads at Check it out!

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8 Responses to “Camping Air Beds & Sleeping Pads”

  1. Laura Says:


    My husband and I are taking a romantic overnight backpacking vacation. =) We are looking for a self inflating sleeping pad that we will both fit on. It couldn’t be any wider than 40 inches because it wouldn’t fit in our tent. Any suggestions?


  2. admin Says:

    Hi Laura,

    Thanks for the question…

    The double-wide self-inflating pads are nice, but are usually in the 50″ wide range. What you should do is get 2 small (20″ wide) self-inflating Thermarest sleeping pads and link them together with a “coupler kit”.

    Jump over to and check out the prices on this option…

    It should be more affordable than buying a single large pad. They will also be easier to carry while backpacking!

    Hope you have a great trip.


  3. Semo Says:

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  4. apocalypse now Says:

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  5. Sleeping Bags Says:

    I would certainly agree that a blow up mattress provides a far superior sleeping experience than a foam mat which is often not much better than sleeping straight on the floor. Blow up matresses also provide a bit of extra insulation from the cold floor.

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