If you are planning to go tent camping for the first time you might not realize how important it is to bring along an air matress or cot to sleep on. A sleeping bag or foam pad alone will not give you much comfort or warmth. Even during the warm summer months, it can become cool in the evening, and the ground is especially cold.
For a comfortable night’s rest you should bring along a cot or inflatable mattress that will lift you up off of the ground. Cots are suitable for young children but do not provide the same amount of comfort as a quality air bed. Unlike cots, inflatable beds do not take up much storage space.
Inflatable Mattress Options
When choosing a camping bed you should be willing to spend a bit more money on a quality brand name product. Cheaper mattresses will be more likely to rip and will not last as long. You will be much better off purchasing a mattress with thicker vinyl material that cannot be easily damaged during travel or by children or pets.
Inflatable Coleman mattresses offer quick and easy set up and are known for their durability. They offer a large variety of mattress options, including “raised pillow top,” “double high,” and “intex” beds. You can also get a twin air mattress that will fit easily into your tent even if it is small. The raised pillow top features a quilted mattress pad that can be removed for easy washing. The double high mattress offers complete body support and a plush suede top designed to make you feel like you are sleeping in your own bedroom. The Coleman intex queen air mattress comes with the added comfort of a built in pillow and holds up to 600 pounds, making it an ideal choice for larger campers. The intex queen convertible lounge bed provides a unique detachable backrest feature plus cup holders. All Coleman queen air mattress models are designed to provide maximum comfort and some even include special additions like an MP3 jack or a built in alarm clock.
By our research, these are the best Coleman Queen Air Mattresses available at the moment, at a very fair price:
Coleman Double-High Supportrest
Coleman Premium Double High SupportRest Airbed w/Built in Pump
Choosing the Right Size Bed
A twin or double size mattress is perfect for children or teens, while a king or queen size is great for adults and couples. Most couples purchase a queen size air mattress for tent camping because a king is too large for many tents.
Make sure that you check the weight capacity of the inflatable bed you are planning to buy to ensure it is a good fit for you and your partner.
If you are looking for versatility, Coleman offers the “4-N-1 quickbed airbed” which can adapt to your changing needs. It can be used as two separate twin beds, zipped together to create a king size bed, or stacked on top of one another to become a double high twin bed.
Make sure to consider the size of your tent. Do you have a 2 man tent, a 4 man tent, a 6 man tent or a super huge tent? Make sure a queen size mattress will fit comfortably into your tent with at least a little room to store your bags and move around.
Tips for a Successful Camping Trip
Before purchasing an inflatable bed set up your tent and take measurements to see what size air mattress will fit comfortably inside.
Once you have purchased an air bed, set it up to see how it fits in the tent and to see what size sheets, blankets, sleeping bag or double sleeping bag you will need. Being properly prepared will ensure that you have a successful camping trip.