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March Gear Highlight: Air Mattress

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Hey friends!! Here’s the gear highlight for March. We’re going to be talking about air mattresses, particularly the one I use pictured below.

I got this off of Amazon and it’s linked on my Gear page if you’re wanting what I have. Through out my life I have slept on many an air mattress, so I knew what I wanted when I started looking.

  • It needed to be raised. Ya girl isn’t sleeping on the cold, hard ground if it loses some air during the night.
  • It needed a built in pump. I’m not about to foot pump and am not capable of physically blowing up an air mattress with my lung condition.
  • It needed to be queen sized. I can’t roll off and sleep on a rock if it’s the same size as my bed at home. Plus, the sheets I have will fit, so it’s cost reduction really.

What I like

This is a pretty basic mattress in the requirements I had, so it’s nothing special. It works for me and I like it overall. The pros include:

  • Bag for storage–it actually fits back in the bag. You do need to make sure you fold properly, but that should be a given. I fold it differently almost every time and it works.
  • Long cord for inflating/deflating–aka energy conservation! Your mattress can inflate while you’re setting up other camp items.
  • Inflates/deflates quickly
  • Can get it to my desired level of firmness (which is about as firm as it can get tbh)
  • Comes with repair patches just in case you spring a leak

What I don’t (there isn’t much)

Like I said, there isn’t much to dislike about it. It’s an air mattress. However, there are somethings that could be improved upon. The cons include:

  • Little edge support–I know they are made for laying on, but sometimes you need a place to sit when putting on your shoes or to play games when it’s raining. I sink about halfway to the floor.
  • It can get heavy–that being said, it isn’t unreasonably heavy. It’s large mattress so that’s understandable. It would be great if the bag had handles along with the drawstring.
  • Air loss is a thing, as it is with any other air mattress. Especially if you’re camping with cool/cold nights, which is typical for where I have gone so far. There wasn’t a ridiculous amount of loss, but I did have to top it off a time or two.

What kind of sleep par or air mattress do you sleep on? There are tons of options, so I’d like to hear about yours! Comment below 🙂

And as always…Be safe out there! REMEMBER YOUR MAPS AND PASSPORT STAMPS!! Seeyalaterbye <3

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