Astonishingly Comfortable: What to Sleep On When Camping

Tips on What to Sleep on When Camping

Camping is an enjoyable activity that I, a content writer and experienced camper, have been doing with my three children for years. Whether you’re a professional or a beginner camper, getting a good night’s sleep is essential to having a successful camping trip. From sleeping pads and cots to sleeping bags and hammocks, there is a wide variety of options for what to sleep on outdoors. Read on for an in-depth look at the top sleep components and suggestions for the optimal sleep set-up.

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Sleeping Bags and Pads

The classic sleeping bag has been the go-to choice for campers for many years, and is still the most popular option. It’s lightweight and often packs down to a small size, making it easy to carry around. For extra warmth and comfort, a sleeping pad is recommended for underneath your sleeping bag to insulate your body from the ground and add an extra layer of cushioning. When selecting a sleeping bag, look for one that is appropriate for the season and temperature you’ll be camping in.

sleeping bag and pad

Camping Cots

I have used camping cots many times on camping trips with my family, and they are incredibly convenient. They are easy to transport and provide a comfortable elevated sleeping surface with plenty of ventilation. Camping cots are great for older campers or those who are looking for an extra soft surface to sleep on. If you’re looking to stay off the ground and comfortably sleep two people, a double cot is a great option.

camping cot


If you’re looking to add a little bit of luxury to your camping setup, hammocks are a great option. When properly set up, hammocks are lightweight, can be set up anywhere with two trees and are incredibly comfortable. When researching hammocks, check for adjustable straps, a strong suspension system and a supportive bed. Look for a hammock with a padded sleeping surface and side pockets for extra space and comfort. As a tip, if the weather looks cold, think about bringing a warm sleeping bag or bedding as a hammocks doesn’t have much insulation.


Air Mattresses

Air mattresses are a versatile choice for campers as they are comfortable, lightweight and make it much easier to set up a bed in any space. Some air mattresses come with additional features such as a built-in pump, adjustable height and pocket space for storage. If you plan on using an air mattress, bring a repair kit and make sure the air mattress you pick is built for the rigours of outdoor use.

The Best Sleep Set-Up

For the optimal sleep set-up, I’d recommend a combination of a sleeping bag and pad, an air mattress and a camping cot. The sleeping bag and pad will keep you warm and insulated from the ground, the air mattress will provide plenty of comfort, and the cot will keep you off the ground and away from any bugs. Doing it this way, you’ll be sure to have a great night’s sleep in the outdoors.

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Camping is an enjoyable experience that can be enhanced by having the right sleep set-up. From sleeping bags and pads to camping cots and air mattresses, there is no shortage of choices when it comes to what to sleep on while camping. A combination of these components is sure to ensure a warm, comfortable and successful camping trip.