While some like to really rough it, most of use prefer comfortable living in the outback. Inflatable air beds are available in all camping goods stores and provide a nice cushion for a good night's sleep.
Camping mats provide some comfort of their own but if you’re on rocky ground and aren’t the hardiest of sleepers you’ll find yourself waking up with a stiff and sore body. Inflatable air beds offer that extra cushion against hard ground.
With all the choices out there how do you really narrow it down to what’s good and what’s not? To start with know that a flimsy air bed will not remain an air bed for long. Look for air beds made with stronger materials like PVC or vinyl that are seamed well or you will be spending the weekend on a piece of rubber on the floor. You may as well have stuck with a mat.
Be honest with yourself about what’s practical if you’re shopping for an air bed for camping. You don’t want to be spending precious outdoor time wasting your energy pumping up a giant double thick air bed when all you really need is a single thick one. Also be sure to check what kind of inflation your air bed requires. Most are electric but can also be pumped with a manual foot or hand pump, while some will make this extremely difficult for you.
Also check how your air bed packs up. Some air beds will be too big and bulky for smaller cars, backpacks or touring cycles. Some roll up easily into a bag.
From there you can look at different luxuries like pillow top, built in accessories, sizes and lengths. Something with a soft covering like suede will not only provide a bit of insulation against the cold ground but will also help keep your sheets in place.
You’ll find all kinds of air beds in stores and online, making it hard to really know what’s best and what’s an inferior product. Stick with our recommended manufacturers for the best inflatable air beds that will allow you a good evening's rest, renewing you for another day of travelling Australia's wonderful holiday destinations.
Coleman has long been known for its good quality, affordable camping supplies. Their inflatable air beds range from simple twin QuickBeds to Double High. Many feature built in pumps and one model even has an MP3 jack. All Coleman’s inflatable air beds are made from heavy duty PVC to prevent punctures.
Caribbee’s air beds are simple and comfortable with flocked, velour tops that stay your sheets and are soft to the touch. They can be inflated using a hand pump or foot pump, compressor or vacuum, so with or without electricity you will have a fully inflated bed.
Outback’s air beds are made with vinyl for durability and puncture resistance. They have an orthopaedic air coil support system for added comfort and soft velour flocking on the top.
Sleep is important, even in the outback. One uncomfortable, sleepless night can leave you feeling bagged for the whole day. Use an inflatable air bed to get a good night’s rest and be ready for the next day’s activities.
Aerobeds are also a great alternative. They have the convenience of an airbed (packing up into a small bag), but also the comfort of the height of a traditional bed. If you're getting past the idea of crawling right down onto the floor for your night's sleep, then this might be the way to go for you. We've just bought one as a guest bed in our house.