The Best Air Mattresses for Camping in Comfort

first_imgA good air mattress should be comfortable, quick to inflate, hold air well, and, most of all, comfortable to sleep on, and the SoundAsleep Dream Series bed ticks all the boxes. It stands 19 inches tall when inflated and features a built-in one-touch pump that fills it up with air in five minutes or less (you can also give it a quick pump to top it off or make it a bit firmer if you prefer). Its 40 internal air-filled “coils” also mimic bed springs to give you support all over, preventing the sagging that often occurs with simpler single-chamber air beds.It’s not the cheapest (or the lightest at 20 pounds), but good sleep is worth paying a little extra for. The SoundAsleep Dream Series air mattress is available in twin, queen, and king sizes starting at $95. Sometimes, even the best sleeping bag just isn’t enough to get a good night’s rest when you’re away from your bed. You also can’t really bring your mattress with you when you’re camping, staying over at a friend’s house, or on any other adventure away from home, and while a sleeping pad can make your ground-sleeping experience a bit more enjoyable, a good air mattress is even better.Air mattresses aren’t exactly new technology: These handy inflatable beds have been around for decades, but not all are created equal. Below, we’ve sniffed out the best air mattresses for camping, from full-sized double-height air mattresses to ones made just for little ones. Get some much-needed shut-eye on your next outing. Best overall: SoundAsleep Dream Series Air Mattress The SoundAsleep Dream Series is a premium pick with a price tag to match, but you don’t have to pay too much for a good air mattress. The Intex Dura-Beam is supremely affordable, doing what you need an air mattress to do – provide a comfortable, portable sleeping surface – while still offering multiple air chambers for evenly distributed body support. The Dura-Beam air mattress is also a good alternative if you find double-height beds to be a bit too bulky for your tent or other sleeping space once they’re inflated, just note that you’ll need your own air pump to inflate it.On the other hand, if you’d like a double-height air mattress but are still looking for a budget-friendly option, Intex offers a raised version of the Dura-Beam bed for as little as $25. For a larger family-sized tent and for extended camp outings, you may want to consider springing for an air mattress with legs like the Coleman Camping Cot. This air bed works much like our other top picks, coming complete with a battery-operated air pump, but you also get a nice sturdy steel fold-up cot to serve as a bed frame. The mattress itself also utilizes a similar coil system to the SoundAsleep Dream Series for sag-free comfort, and the cot has a handy little shelf for use as a nightstand.The Coleman Camping Cot is available in both twin and queen sizes for $130-140. Best slim air bed: Lightspeed Outdoors PVC-Free Air Mattress Buy at Amazon The Best Wireless Charging Pads and Stands, No Strings Attached Buy at Amazon Most air beds, even single-height models, are fairly thick (which is why they’re generally more comfortable than a sleeping pad). For smaller tents and for car camping, though, a thinner air mattress like the LightSpeed Outdoors bed might be a better option: This six-pound pad inflates to about six inches thick, is large enough to sleep two adults comfortably, and comes with its own battery-operated air pump.Another nice feature of the Lightspeed air mattress is that it’s made of PVC-free material, so it doesn’t have the chemical smell that some air beds can have – if you’re sensitive to this, then this bed is for you. The Best Kegerators for Serving Fresh, Cold Draft Beer Right at Home Best on a budget: Intex Dura-Beam Air Mattress Best for kids: Intex Kids’ Travel Bed Set Best air mattress with legs: Coleman Camping Cot Save Your Eyes from the Scourge of the Screens with the Best Blue-Light-Blocking Glasses for Men Editors’ Recommendations Buy at Amazon If you’re looking for a separate kid-sized air mattress made just for a little one in your family, then the Intex travel bed set is one of the best designs we’ve seen. Rather than just being a plain down-sized air bed, this Intex air mattress has two components. A removable sleeping pad nestles inside the raised “frame,” ensuring that its small occupant doesn’t roll out of the bed in the night.This design also makes it easy to add sheets to the inflatable pad or pull it out altogether for use as an even smaller standalone sleeping surface (which means this could also be great for car trips, hotel rooms, and sleepovers). The Intex kid-sized travel air mattress set rings in at just over $40 and comes with a manual air pump. Buy at Amazon The Big List of Brands with Lifetime Warranties: Buy It Once, Have It Forever 15 Best Subscription Boxes for Men Who Love Gifts Buy at Amazonlast_img read more

Thrive mental health week seeking events

Who wouldn’t benefit from more nature walks, puppy rooms and coping skills in their life?From Monday, Nov. 11 to Friday, Nov. 15, Thrive Week, a weeklong initiative open to Brock students, faculty and staff to encourage positive mental health, is returning to campus for the third time.In order to continue to make the event a success, campus partners are needed to lead events and workshops designed to educate, reduce stigma and promote conversation about mental health. Events can be led by departments, students, staff or faculty members and can take place anywhere on campus. Events can be created that:Educate the community about positive mental health and what it means to thrive  Develop skills that can be used to build and maintain positive healthSupport individual self-care and resiliencyPromote physical activity to manage stress and/or boost mental well-beingAlthough the organizing committee encourages events developed specifically for Thrive Week, they don’t need to be.“Many times, departments have workshops or activities already planned as part of their regular programming that they can duplicate or strategically schedule for Thrive Week,” said Julie Fennel, Health Promotion Educator with Brock’s Student Wellness and Accessibility Centre who is co-chair of the Thrive Week committee alongside Kelli Romain, Transition and Support Co-ordinator with the Department of Residences.  “There is also some amazing research taking place on campus our professors and graduate students could share with the Brock community,” said Fennel. Event applications are due online by Wednesday, Sept. 25 at 4:30 p.m. The committee will schedule rooms and equipment and will help co-ordinate event promotion. Thrive Week was first developed by the University of British Columbia in 2009 and has been picked up by post-secondary institutions across the country, including Brock.  The Student Wellness and Accessibility Centre is working in partnership with Aboriginal Student Services, Active Minds Association, Brock International, Community Addiction Services of Niagara, Development and Alumni Relations, the Faith and Life Centre, Human Resources, Human Rights and Equity, Student Life and Community Experience, Residence, and University Marketing and Communications to deliver programming available for the entire Brock community.To learn more about Thrive Week, visit brocku.ca/thrive read more