Stretchers offer a simple alternative to sleeping on the ground. They come in both single and double size, are fully collapsible and pack up into a surprisingly small carry bag. They are able to be slept on without any further paddling, but for even more comfort, the addition of a mattress on top should have you counting sheep in no time. Stretchers are perfect for area’s where the ground beneath the tent may be hard and uncomfortable or just for simply replicating your bed back at home. They also provide a great place to store bags and other items beneath to save space elsewhere. Shop Stretchers
Ensure your camping area is as flat as possible to avoid an uneven bed! It is possible to chock the support legs to a small extent, but ensure the weight is distributed evenly amongst the legs to avoid damage.
Bunks are the perfect bedding option for the kids. They save a lot of space inside the tent and the novelty of sleeping in bunk beds is sure to be a crowd pleaser. The bunks easily pack down into a small carry bag and they can also be set up to be two separate single beds. Bunks like all stretchers usually have a weight rating, so make sure to buy the size and style to suit. Similar to the stretchers they can be used with or without an additional mattress. Shop Bunks
Hiking mats offer a super compact and lightweight bedding option for those who don’t have the luxury of space on their travels. They pack down to a size that can be stored inside a hiking pack or easily secured to the outside. Hiking mats can be inflatable or be made of high density EVA foam construction. Despite their thin appearance, hiking mats are surprisingly comfortable either by themselves or used to compliment a stretcher or swag. Shop Hiking Mats
In cold climates, the addition of a fleece sleeping bag liner and a sleeping bag that well exceeds the lowest expected temperature will ensure you don’t get cold during the night sleeping close to the ground.
If storage space isn’t an issue, the self-inflating style of bedding may be the perfect choice for you. Made with a compressible foam interior, they are one of the least labour-intensive bedding options available. Simply unroll and undo the screw ports and let the mattress do the rest, no air pumps required. Before heading to bed, simply screw the plugs back in and you’re ready to go. Self-inflators come in various sizes and can be used autonomously or in conjunction with stretchers and swags. When packing up the mattress, simply remove the plugs, roll the mattress up, strap it and screw the plugs back in. Their only downside being the space they take up in transport. Shop Self-Inflating Mattresses
Inflatable mattresses or ‘air beds’ as they are commonly known are a manual inflatable bedding option, generally used as a stand-alone bed. They are durable PVC construction and require the use of a pump to inflate, unless you have a cracking set of lungs. Air beds are very comfortable to sleep on and are perfect for getting a good night’s sleep on an undulating surface. If used for an extended period of time, its normal to occasionally top up the air inside the bed to keep it firm and supportive. Because there is nothing inside the PVC shell, inflatable’s pack down to a very compact sized and are easy to store. Shop Inflatable Mattresses
In the unfortunately event of a puncture, fear not, most air bed’s come with or are compatible with repair kits to patch the hole. Check to see if one is included with your bed or, alternatively grab a kit for just in case.