There is nothing more pleasant or relating during the hot summer months than going car camping, in the middle of the nature. However, amongst the “camping essentials” that must not miss from your car, there is the inflatable mattress that will help you get a great night’s sleep, without waking up in pain the next day.
A double or king size camping air mattress is perfect for families, as is very portable and spacious, while a single twin size is the best choice for individual campers. These mattresses are perfect for hiking and backpacking trips, they come in different foam varieties and most of them are self inflating/deflating as well. Here are some of the most appreciated ones:
1. The Coleman SUV QuickBed
- Soft plush top creates a velvet-like sleep surface for more comfort
- ComfortStrong coil construction provides better support
- Approximate inflated dimensions: 73 x 58 x 8 inches; fits standard queen-size sheets
Made and sold by Coleman, this is a special car mattress designed to fit in the back of your SUV, no matter if you drive a Suburban, a Trailblazer, an Explorer or an Xterra SUV. Lightweight and very smooth to the touch, the Coleman SUV Quickbed features an advanced Air tight system that keeps the mattress properly inflated throughout the entire night, and it also has a sturdy, heavy duty construction that will help it retain its shape and maintain the same level of performance over the year.
The easy and effortless Wrap N’ Roll system allows you to easily roll and store the mattress without any hassles, while the Double Lock valve helps you to inflate and deflate the mattress within seconds. This car air mattress features 63 inches in length and 41 inches in width, and it also has durable inner coils for added firmness and strength.
Like it happens with most air mattresses on the market, the firmness of the Coleman SUV Quickbed can also be affected by the humidity and overall temperature of the air, and you may need to occasionally re-inflate the mattress for it to maintain its firmness after the initial use.
2. The Intex Fabric Extra Wide Camping Mattress
- Inflatable queen airbed with two inflatable pillows, hand pump included
- Waterproof flocked top with wave beams can be cleaned easily
- 2 in 1 valve with extra wide opening makes inflation and deflation easy and quick
Manufactured and sold by Intex, this mattress is extra wide and it is comfortable enough for two sleepers. Measuring 74.5 inches in length, 39 inches in width and approximately 8.75 inches in height, the mattress features a very durable laminated vinyl construction and the top layer is made from a soft fabric that makes it very comfortable and relaxing to sleep on. The mattress is versatile enough to be used both as a car camping air mattress and as a lake or pool float.
3. The ALPS Mountaineering Air Bed
- State-of-the-art rechargeable pump inflates and deflates with easy 'flip of the switch'
- Rechargeable pump includes car charger and wall charger
- Soft-flocked top adds extra comfort and helps prevent sliding, while coil system offers superior support
Made by ALPS Mountaineering, this is a rechargeable air bed that is perfect for a weekend camping, although it can also be used as a temporary mattress when friends come to stay over and you need and extra bed. This air bed comes with a high-quality fabric and coil construction that add to its comfort and durability, and the construction of the bed is reinforced in order to give the sleeper an even sleeping surface.
The air bed also comes with a very stable edge support, and it is made of durable and thick PVC that makes it very resistant in the long haul. The mattress is also very resistant to punctures, scratches and abrasions, and the material is approximately 17% thicker than the material of other similar air beds. The velvety soft flocked top has a plush-feel and it can certainly help you achieve a luxurious and relaxing night’s sleep.
The ALPS Mountaineering rechargeable air bed can be used both indoors and outdoors, and it is designed to fit most cars, SUVs and tents. The mattress features an efficient rechargeable pump that has a double function (it can both inflate and deflate the mattress) that comes with both a wall charger and a car charger, for extra portability. The mattress measures 39 inches in width, 74 inches in length and 8.5 inches in height, and it measures little over 8 pounds.
4. The Coleman Quickbed
- Extra-high design offers added cushioning while you sleep
- ComfortStrong coil construction for better support and superior comfort
- AirTight system and Double Lock valve help prevent leaks
This is yet another reliable tent and car mattress by Coleman that guarantees an unmatched comfort and support thanks to its 32 comfort coils. Moreover, the mattress also comes with a soft top that is perfect for luxurious comfort sleepers, it has a sturdy PVC construction and it also features an efficient Airtight system.
The mattress comes with a double lock valve that has a dual function and can be used both for inflating and deflating the mattress, it guarantees that the air will not leak and it can be used both outdoors while camping and indoors whenever you need an extra bed to accommodate your guests. Besides this, the mattress is also designed to fit all the standard size sheets.
How To Choose The Best Car Camping Mattress?
1. Pick The Right Size
Just like regular mattresses, the car camping air mattresses also come in single, twin, double and king size, and it is important to carefully measure the back of your car and see which one fits. In the end, it is better to buy two smaller air mattresses that you can arrange as you please than to buy one large mattress that does not fit into your car!
2. Decide On The Pump
There are two types of pumps available for car camping air mattresses: the manual ones, which are either foot or hand pumps, and the electric pumps, the latter being a lot more convenient. The electric pumps come with a car adapter or batteries and they will certainly help you save a lot of time and trouble when you are out camping.
3. Choose The Right Type Of Mattress
There are some foam-based or even innerspring car camping mattresses that you can take with you during your short getaway in the middle of the nature, but unfortunately they are a lot heavier, less portable and less versatile than the air mattresses. Even so, you can rest assured about the fact that innerspring or foam mattresses will never get punctures, unlike air mattresses.
Air mattresses, on the other hand, tend to be self inflating, and this helps you save both effort and money. They are lightweight and very easy to transport, this is why they are often the primary choice for backpackers who like to travel light, yet who still want to enjoy a certain degree of comfort without too much trouble.