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Best camping mattress for two sleepers

Written by Fiona

May 09 2022

A good camping mattress is an essential piece of equipment for any serious camper.  Not only does it provide a comfortable place to sleep, but it also helps to protect you from the cold and potentially uneven ground. If you are looking for a common mattress type here is a list of what to look out for.

This article offers tips and advice on camping mattresses for couples.

Which mattress is best suited for camping for couples?

There are a variety of different camping mattress options that may be suitable for couples. The advantage of a double mattress is that when compared to two single mattresses, there will be less chance of the mattress slipping across the tent and you won’t roll off a double mattress so easily.

Inflatable or air mattresses are a good option because they are easy to pack and carry but also offer high levels of cushioning.

This type of mattress is also versatile because if you’re splitting your time between an RV bed and camping then it can be used for both.

When choosing a mattress think about the size you will need for a comfortable night’s sleep as a couple but also whether it will fit in your tent, car or campervan.

The thickness of the inflated mattress is a very important factor. Thicker mattress will be more comfy but they are also likely to weigh more.

A heavier and more cushioned air mattress might be the best option for a campervan style trip but it you plan to go camping, a lighter weight mattress will be easier to pack.

Self-inflating mattresses are also another good option for couples camping. These typically feature thick layers of foam padding, as well as air, to provide both comfort and protection from the ground.

Ultimately, the best camping mattress for two sleepers will depend on your individual preferences and where you will be using it, so it is important to do some research and try out different options before making a purchase.

How thick should a camping mattress be for a couple?

When choosing a camping mattress for two people, it is important to consider the thickness of the mattress.

A thicker mattress will provide more cushioning and support, as well as being more robust and durable. If your mattress does puncture, you should make sure to know how to find holes in your air mattress.

However, a thicker mattress but it will also be heavier and more difficult to transport.

A general rule of thumb is that a camping mattress for two people should be at least 6cm to 8.5cm thick.

Air mattresses and self-inflating mattresses are the most comfortable options that are easier to carry than a foam mattress.

3 of the best camping mattresses for two sleepers

Sea to Summit Comfort Deluxe SI Self Inflating Camp Mat

Sea to Summit reckons this giant self-inflating mat offers a better night’s sleep than your home bed. We doubt this will be the case but the 10cm thickness is pretty plush.

The mattress is made of body conforming foam with plenty of warm insulation to help keep you warm while sleeping. It rolls up to a pack size: 28 x 64 cm.

It weighs 4225g  and costs from around £239.95, so it’s not a lightweight nor a cheap mattress for camping couples but it will be comfortable.

Vango Shangri-la II 7.5 double

Vango’s shangri-la mats are some of the best car camping beds around, with their easy inflation and sturdy structure. The mattress weighs 4.9kg and measures 200cm long by 132cm wide.

It is priced at around £200 so it’s quite an investment but Vango is a reputable brand so it should be durable.

Ultimately, the best camping mattress for you will depend on your individual preferences and requirements. 

Klymit Insulated Double V

For around £150, you can buy a well regarded Klymit Insulated Double V mattress.

The mattress is 188cm x 119cm wide with a depth of 8cm when inflated.

It features a unique V-shaped chamber to create comfortable loft pockets that support the body’s pressure points from head-to-toe, whether you sleep on your side, back or stomach.

Pack size is 30cm x 18 cm.

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