ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel
  • »
  • Sports and Recreation»
  • Hiking & Camping

Best Queen Air Mattress For Your Family Camping Trip

Updated on May 16, 2012

When sleeping surface do you prefer?

See results

Taking your family camping is a fun and frugal vacation option. When choosing new camping gear it's always a good idea to focus on quality. You want the products you buy to last for years to come. Before you set off on your family camping adventure there are a lot of things to consider, including what everyone will be sleeping on.

Before we delve into what to look for in an air mattress, take a few moments to consider other sleeping surfaces for your family vacation. Sleeping pads are the most portable option. They don't require any special device to inflate them. They come in a variety of sizes and thicknesses. Camp sleeping pads are moderately comfortable, but usually a good quality air mattress offers more comfort and support.

Camping cots are another choice. They are often constructed from aluminum and canvas. Cots will keep you elevated from the ground, so they are often cooler to sleep on in the summer, and warmer in the winter. They offer excellent storage space underneath. Unfortunately they are quite heavy and bulky.

An air mattress is comfortable to sleep on. Plus air mattresses are small in size when deflated and quite portable. You'll appreciate this space saving feature when packing up your trunk before leaving. Camping requires a lot of gear like tents, camp chairs, coolers, clothes and bedding. A good size to consider is a queen air mattress. If you are accustomed to sleeping on a king size bed you can certainly go with that for an air mattress. Just remember it has to fit in your tent!

Intex Comfort Frame Airbed

If you have a bad back this queen air mattress is the most comfortable of any available. This also works well for larger campers as it supports up to 600 pounds. This inflatable bed has an inner mattress and features an exterior frame. This queen air mattress includes a unique feature. It's actually 2 beds in 1, but combines one big queen size mattress. A handheld electric air pump is included. If choosing an air mattress that can do double duty is important to you, the Intex Comfort Frame Airbed is a top choice. It's so sturdy and comfy it can easily be used as a guest bed for visitors at home

Smart Air Beds Raised Ultra Tough Inflatable Mattress

If your family is camping somewhere without electric outlets this queen air mattress from Smart Air Beds is a logical choice, since it comes with a rechargeable pump. It's quick and easy to inflate, and deflate This raised air mattress is made from thick durable material, which is great for kids who can be rough and rambunctious. It features a special cross beam design that provides additional support, so no need to worry about it sagging in the middle.

Insta Raised Queen Bed with Never Flat Pump

This queen air mattress from Insta-Bed is a great choice for any camper worried about an inflatable bed that leaks through the night. If you've ever slept on an air mattress that slowly deflates, you know how uncomfortable and frustrating this is. The integrated air pump can inflate the bed to one of three setting. The secondary pump monitors internal air pressure and silently maintains you chosen firmness. The internal pump also quickly deflates your bed easily when it's time to pack up. This is a top choice for campers interested in convenience as well as comfort.

Choosing an Air Mattress For Kids

Your children deserve comfort too. In fact the last thing any parent wants to deal with is a cranky and tired child, especially during a family vacation. Depending on their ages and size, a queen air mattress may be more than they need. Also, multiple children may not sleep well together in the same bed. For many kids, having their own air mattress works best. Consider getting all your children the same air mattress model, if they are close enough in size and age, to discourage fighting over who gets what.

The Cozy Kids Airbed from Intex is a fun and colorful choice for children up to 10 years. It's sturdy but will require a separate pump. When finding the perfect air mattress for your child don't feel limited to products specifically marketed "For Kids". There are many twin air mattresses to choose from that will work just as well. The Aerobed Guest Choice Inflatable Bed is a comfortable choice for your child. It's durable and quick to inflate with the provided pump.

Keep in mind air mattresses are not suitable for infants! Even the best air mattress can deflate, causing the sleeping surface to become too soft. An under inflated mattress can cause folds that a baby could roll into and suffocate. Bringing an infant along on your family camping trip requires extra care and forethought. Many parents bring along a playpen or portable crib. Although they take up more space in your tent, the safety of your infant is the most important thing.

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • Larry Rankin profile image

      Larry Rankin 2 years ago from Oklahoma

      It is important to have a good spot to sleep when you camp. Helpful hub.