How To Make A Camping Mattress Comfortable

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Written By Jay Clatworthy

Off Grid Camping contributor.

A camping mattress is one of the most important pieces of camping equipment you have to take along with you if you want to enjoy your time camping. Since you will spend a lot of time in your tent, the last thing you want is an uncomfortable mattress that will make sleep difficult and unpleasant So here are some tips to make your camping mattress a lot more comfortable.

Buy quality 

The first and most important thing you should do is to buy a good quality mattress. This is because no matter how much you try to prepare the mattress for your camping trip, if it is of low quality, the possibility of enjoying comfort will be slim. You need to understand that all mattresses are not created equal; some are just better than others.

Set up your mattress in a strategic spot

Many campers fail to realize that where they set up their mattress is relative to the level of comfort they will derive. This ties into the spot you pick for the tent in the first place. Avoid spots that have rocks and uneven ground level. The best spot to set up your tent and, by extension, your mattress is flat ground.

A grassy area is even better – but avoid placing it on the bare ground. Consider laying a covering on the ground before placing your camping mattress on it.

You also want to make sure that the area is dry and devoid of any type of discomfort. Avoid spots or areas riddled with sharp or prickly objects like thorns and rock debris.

Test your mattress and camping gear

Don’t be in a hurry to set up or leave the mattress or other items until the camping day because you never know what will make you uncomfortable if you don’t test your camping gear first. One way to test your mattress and other camping gear are to set up a mini-camp in your backyard if you have the space for it.

Set your camp up just like you plan to do on your next camping trip. Set up the mattress, arrange the necessary bedding for the night, and do the obvious; spend the night sleeping in your tent. The experience you will gather from this exercise will provide you with first-hand feedback on setting things up when the time comes.