Ask Yourself These 5 Questions Before Buying a New Sleeping Pad or Camp Mattress

It can be difficult to know when to replace your sleeping pad for camping. You may want a new sleeping pad, but do you really need a new one? Ask yourself these five questions to help determine whether or not it’s time for a new sleeping pad or camp mattress.

Does your sleeping pad still keep you warm?

Maybe you bought your sleeping pad or camp mattress several years ago, and it no longer meets your needs. You used to camp exclusively in the summer, but now you’re a four-season camper.

Sleeping pads and camp mattresses come with different R-values, and high R-value rated pads are better suited for cold weather.

It’s generally recommended that you have a pad with a minimum R-value of 5 for cold weather camping.

How easy is it to pack your sleeping pad?

It’s common for people to make the transition from car camper to backpacker. Of course, the nature of these two types of camping is quite different.

You can pack a big deluxe camp mattress in your car just fine, but you need a compact and lightweight mattress that can fit your hiking backpack.

If your sleeping pad or camp mattress takes up too much room in your pack, it may be time to upgrade.

Can you repair your sleeping pad?

A little leak or holeĀ  in your camp mattress doesn’t necessarily mean it’s time to buy a new sleeping pad.

Here’s a video showing you how to repair your sleeping pad or camp mattress.

We carry everything you need for outdoor gear repair in our store!

Will adding a smaller pad improve your sleep system?

Sometimes adding an inexpensive closed cell foam pad is all you need to do. Having an extra pad that you can slide beneath your current pad provides extra warmth and comfort, and gives you a versatile sleep system that allows you to camp in a range of conditions.

This can sometimes save you from having to make a big purchase on a new self-inflating pad or mattress.

How irritating is your pad or camp mattress?

Maybe you have to repair your pad every time you take it outside, and it has more patches than Frankenstein’s monster.

Maybe your pad doesn’t self inflate like it used, and you feel like you need an oxygen tank whenever you try to blow up your mattress.

Perhaps you’re sick of having to wake up every hour throughout the night, topping off the air in your pad, despite the fact that it has no detectable leaks.

Sometimes, it’s just not worth the frustration. Come see us at Uncle Sam’s Safari Outfitters when it’s time to buy a new sleeping pad. We’ve been providing camping equipment, camping supplies, and outdoor gear in Northwest Arkansas for more than 30 years. Stop by and see us!

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