Reasons for and against camp beds.

If you’re planning to update your tent sleeping equipment or making a first purchase of camping gear, you might consider getting a camp bed. Read on for all the arguments we can think of for and against camp beds.

Reasons for camp beds.

Stay warmer when it’s cold, cooler when it’s hot.

In hot weather, air can circulate around you when you’re raised off the ground on a camp bed. This will help to keep you cool at night.

In low temperatures, the coldest place in your tent will be the ground. Because sleeping on a camp bed keeps you off the ground, it will help to keep you warmer. If it’s particularly cold, you can add insulation with extra layers below the bed and on the surface, under your sleeping bag.

On the other hand, an airbed can feel cold when the ground is cold as this will lower the temperature of the air inside it. Likewise the cold can pass through a foam mat which gives poor insulation from the ground.

Comfort combined with practicality.

Camp beds and airbeds both can offer good comfort. However, camp beds won’t ever deflate. For people for who can’t or don’t want to sleep on the floor, they are a practical solution when camping. The space under your camp bed is useful for storing and keeping items out of the way.

Also it’s worth noting that if you’re on a camp bed, any floor dwelling insects or larger animals will pass under rather than over you!

Reasons against camp beds.

Take too long to set up.

It’s true that a camp bed can’t compete with a roll out mat for setting up speed. But I’m happy to spend a couple of minutes setting up and putting away my camp bed to get a comfortable night’s sleep. Times for setting up camp beds will vary as do airbed setting up times.

Too much extra weight and too bulky to carry.

Some camp beds are heavy and bulky. This makes them really only suitable if you’re travelling to your camp site by car or van. Many have been designed to be lightweight though. With a lighter bed, there may be a compromise on the weight it will support but this information should always be made clear on the product details. Some camp beds pack away into a bag but LayBakPak is the only camp bed that is stored as the frame of a backpack .

Camping with LayBakPak.

Of course there are many camp beds on the market but we’d love you to take a look at LayBakPak’s camp bed. The surface you lie on isn’t rigid and hard like many beds: the thick bungee elastic that attaches the cover to the frame gives flexibility as well as support.

The camp bed is only one part of LayBakPak – the other part is a 65 litre backpack.

LayBakPak’s camp bed is stored neatly in a large envelope style pocket which is located behind the main sack of LayBakPak’s backpack. When stored in the envelope, the bed frame forms an internal frame for the backpack. When the bed’s out, you can continue to use all the space and features of the backpack.

If cost is another factor to consider, we hope you’ll agree that buying a camp bed and 65 litre backpack in one neat package offers excellent value for money.

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