Camping Bed Options

When heading into the great outdoors, it helps to be as prepared as possible. While items such as packs, tents, and clothing are important, it is also vital to bring along a great camping bed as well. These beds are also called sleeping pads and should fulfill two functions for the user. First, the design should be comfortable to sleep on giving you a great night’s rest. Feeling stiff and sore the next day will detract from the fun of being in the wilderness and these products are a great way to prevent this.

Second, the ultimate camp bed should provide adequate insulation, which prevents heat loss during the night. Some models accomplish this by containing a layer of non-circulating air between your body and the ground, which warms up while you sleep. Other designs of the camp bed consist of a frame, which lifts you up from the ground completely and makes for a more comfortable rest. However, the frame can also take up extra room in your backpack, meaning it is not as portable.

The material used will have a large effect on the properties of the bed you choose. If you are looking for a light model to carry to and from the tent site, the wide variety of air bed camping designs available should come in handy. While these models are portable and very comfortable, they can be easily ripped, however. Furthermore, other products like foam pads will offer much better insulation by restricting air flow through the use of air cells within the material. If you require a camping bed to take with you to cooler climates then this is the product for you.

The third alternative is purchasing a canvas bed that comes with a steel frame and legs. Since the air can flow freely underneath, however, a folding camp bed such as this should not be used in low temperature environments where a night spent in the cold could mean sickness or worse. Just remember, the design of the bed has to match with the climate of the region you wish to go camping in.

Regardless of the material and the design you choose, you should always try out a sleeping pad before you buy it. By finding out how comfortable each design is, you can find the one that is best for your body shape and size. A single or double camp bed has to fit the people sleeping on it. If your height or weight is above average then you may need a specific design of camping bed to sleep on. Luckily, there is a wide variety out there and finding one to suit you is not difficult. Testing out a bed also means seeing how easy it is to set up and pack away. Some designs can be rolled up in a matter of seconds while others are more complicated to pack away into your rucksack. Make the right choice so any purchases from foam mats to camping bunk beds will fit your needs perfectly.

Benefits of a Portable Hammock

Beat the heat, find some shade, kick back, and stretch out on your portable hammock. The Kelsyus company makes an entire line of outdoor recreation products, and their line of portable hammocks is an innovative take on this iconic symbol of summer comfort.

According to an instructional video on line, the Kelsyus portable hammock sets up in seconds with no tools required. Simply remove the hammock frame and bed from the convenient carry bag. Set the end of the hammock frame on the ground and, holding the top hook, walk backward unfolding the hammock frame until it is fully extended. Spread the hammock frame to its full width and then lock the brackets at each end of the frame. Hook the hammock bed onto the frame using the rings located at each end, and you are ready to relax. The steel frame construction of the portable hammock stand, with the sturdy outdoor fabric bed, supports 250 pounds. The XL model supports up to 300 pounds. When you are ready to go, remove the hammock bed from the frame, fold it up, and then set it aside. Unlock the frame brackets and, standing at one end, close the frame and turn it upside down. Slide the frame down and fold it closed. It all fits right back into the canvas carry bag, the total package weighing in at only 25 pounds. The carry bag straps allow you to transport it by the handles or to sling it over a shoulder.

The patented portable folding hammock by Kelsyus opens up to a roomy 34 inches by 100 inches. The XL model has a frame and accompanying bed that are 15 percent larger, with enough space to accommodate two people.

Also available is a mesh portable hammock, for quick drying after beach activity or arduous yard work. The mesh bed is black and offered with either contrasting blue or green fabric edging. An inflatable pillow is part of the kit, along with the tote bag included with all of the portable hammocks. The mesh bed model is 5 pounds lighter, weighing 20 pounds. The total dimensions of the packed carry bag for both the mesh and the standard portable hammocks are 8.875 inches long by 7.125 inches wide by 41.375 inches high. The dimensions of the packed XL hammock are 8.875 inches long by 7.125 inches wide by 46.25 inches high. Both easily fit in the hatch of a car alongside the cooler and other beach gear.

Next time you head to the sandy shores of a lake, beach, or even your local reservoir, imagine the comfort provided by a personal portable hammock. Camping under the stars with your hammock is absolutely ideal on a beautiful night. Beach blankets and towels invariably get wet and sandy, allowing little air circulation. In addition, if you brought the family dog, get ready to share your towel and your space. Now envision a portable hammock of your own, above the foot traffic, and easy to brush off rather than shake over your companions. Give it a try and you will wonder how you ever survived without one.