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Your Buying Guide To Different Camping Beds

Aug 17, 2007
You may have experienced camping before and you probably do not like it. One of the reasons could be after spending a long day hiking in the woods; you are looking forward to a good night's sleep and you wake up with a sore back. Today, camping beds comes in all shape and sizes. Their comfort level has also increased. Many are ultra light for the camper too.

Backpackers have been using rolled foam camping beds for years on the trail. They're light and warm, and they pack down reasonably well. They're also cheap and durable enough to be used as seats for cooking in camp or for a table to keep your cookware out of the dirt and sand.

Self-inflating camping beds like the Thermarest line provide more warmth than the foam mats while staying just about as light. They pull a layer of air in between two layers of insulation, and the warm air trapped inside keeps you off of the cold ground. Self-inflating beds also are easier on your back, giving you a little extra cushion on top of the rocks and sticks beneath your tent. When you're ready to break camp these beds can be compressed in order to squeeze all of the air out, making them easy and compact to pack back into your backpack.

Full inflatable beds offer even more warmth and protection, though their weight and bulk usually restrict their use to groups who are car camping. For those who can get this luxury to their campsite, their nights under the stars will be as comfortable as staying in their beds at home. Since, when inflated, inflatable camp beds take up as much space as a standard mattress, they take quite a bit of air to fill. They're also susceptible to punctures, which can mean a night on the cold, hard ground.

The classic cot is another alternative to the inflatable camping bed, though they're also usually too heavy to be of any use to backpackers. They're nice for car camping or base camps though, since they're comfortable, set up quickly, and keep you well above the cold ground. Since they take up so much space they are sometimes problematic to use in smaller tents, though they're perfect for family-sized or wall tents.

Hammocks can be used as camp beds. They are small and light. That is one great boon for backpackers. They may come with an effective rain fly can be made of a small tarp and a few pieces of rope. You could even forget about bringing your entire tent. However, the only disadvantage is that hammocks cannot be used for cold-weather camping.
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Joshua Poyoh is the creator of http://www.camping.lexiconworld.com where you can find out more information on Backpacking Gear And Equipment
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