Having an inflatable bed can be very useful for unexpected guests or camping trips. For maximum comfort, you should use the correct mattress for the weight of the person or people who will sleep on it.
Blow up beds that have internal baffles or air hollows, are able to transfer and disperse weight more evenly. These baffles can also result in a better night’s sleep for people whose spine isn’t properly aligned.
Before we talk about the numbers- weight, and size, let’s take a quick look at the most important features of a camping mattress.
How to Choose a Camping Air Mattress
Choosing the right air mattress for camping is very important. The number of supplies you can take with you, and the sleep and rest you will get, can “make or break” a successful camping trip.
What this all means is that your whole camping trip might be a lot better or a lot worse depending on the air mattress that you choose. For these reasons and more, we will give you some very helpful information so that you can find the perfect air mattress for your needs.
So here’s the thing. When I go camping I can sleep on the ground, (not comfortable) sleep on a cot, (better) or sleep on an air mattress. (very comfortable)
Lighter or Heavier Air Mattresses
There are a number of things to look for when looking for a good camping air mattress. Choose the best air mattress for your situation. Here are just a couple:
If comfort is your top priority, the best advice for you would be to get a heavier and more durable air mattress. The comfort is unmatched. You just might wake up and think you’re sleeping on your own mattress at home. They are also an excellent choice for those who like camping close to home or those who go camping with their kids.
If you’re into backpacking, hiking, or climbing, you might want to go with a lighter mattress. They weigh less and fold up smaller, leaving more room in your backpack for other necessities.
These mattresses are durable, but they don’t have the same toughness that heavier mattresses have. Another benefit of getting a lighter air mattress is the fact that they are often less expensive.
Choosing Between Electric Pump or a Foot/Hand Pump
Many of the better air beds come with a built-in A/C pump. Just plug them into an electrical socket and within minutes, you’re ready for bed. If you camp where electricity is available, an electric pump is the way to go. It does the job quickly and easily.
Even if electricity is unavailable, you could always purchase an inexpensive direct current (D/C) pump. Just plug it into your car’s cigarette lighter and you can quickly inflate and deflate your air bed.
Of course, if you’re hiking or climbing, you’ll need a hand or foot pump to blow up your mattress. I prefer the foot pump because it’s easier for me to use.
There is one last option (not for me) and that’s to blow the mattress up yourself. Yeah, good luck with that.
How much weight can an air mattress hold?
Here’s a general guideline that you can use to figure out how much weight your air mattress can hold:
- Twin size mattress – one person who weighs approximately 300lbs
- Full-size mattress- it can hold around two people who weight around 450 lbs together
- Queen size mattress – will be able to hold two people who weight approximately 600 lbs together
However, these are just the general guidelines to consider when choosing your bed. Carefully read the owner’s manual for your specific airbed.
There are so many types of airbeds on the market. To make sure you purchase the right model for your needs, do a little homework. If you’re buying online, look at the customer reviews and weigh all your options. If you’re buying at a retail store, choose a few models that you like and write down the model numbers. Take that information home and do some further research online.