Self-inflating sleeping mats are one of the greatest innovations in the camping industry. Gone are the days of carrying bulky camp beds, flocked airbeds and foot pumps.
These mats are compact, lightweight and extremely comfortable, making them perfect for festivals! This article explores the best self-inflating mattresses for festivals.
While self-inflating sleeping mats are one of the greatest innovations in the camping industry, choosing the best ones can prove to be a struggle because they come at a wide range of prices and most of the reviews are not written by fellow festivalgoers.
That is exactly why I have written this guide to help festival-goers make educated choices on which sleeping mat to get before your next festival adventure.
What are self-inflating mats?
Also known as self-inflating mattresses (SIM), self-inflating sleeping mats are just that – they inflate by themselves without the need of a pump to inflate them.
Inside the mat, there are compartments made of compressible foam which means the mat can be packed up really small. However, when this foam expands, the compartments fill with air and the closed valve keeps it under pressure.
This gives you a comfortable night’s sleep as the air trapped inside provides some cushioning for you to lie on.
When you open the value, usually by twisting it, air rushes into the mattress and it inflates rapidly. Then, you open the valve again to deflate it when you’re ready to pack it up!
Why are self-inflating Mattresses great for festivals?
The benefits of owning a self-inflating mat instead of a sleeping bag mostly comes down to its size, weight and ease of use.
Before I discovered these wonderful mats, I was using traditional air beds and a battery-powered pump.
It was heavy, awkward and noisy to pump up. The self-inflating versions are a breeze in comparison to those PVC flocked airbeds.
Also, they’re excellent for providing insulation and keeping you warm.
The ground gets very cold at night when you’re camping at a festival and you lose a lot of heat if you’re sleeping on a basic roll mat.
This is the best choice if you’re off to your first festival or you’re not a regular camper. The fact that it’s so light, packs up so small and comes with its own repair kit makes it ideal.
It’s inexpensive but it will last for many years if you take care of it.
The Vango Trek Self-inflating sleeping mat is not suitable for taller folk – it’s only 160cm long which is only 5’2! You can add a pillow to make it feel a bit longer though. This is great if you have a small tent as well.
This is the best choice if you’re going to multiple festivals this season and you want something with a bit of added durability. The OEX mat is slightly larger and heavier than the previous VANGO mat, but it does give you some extra room and comfort.
It still only weighs 900g, it’s ultra-thin but extremely durable.
Other Options to consider
The following selection of self-inflating sleeping mats are thicker, take up more space and are heavier to carry. But if you don’t mind that, check out some of these options instead ?
Self-Inflating Sleeping Mat FAQs
Self-Inflating Mats vs. Flocked Airbeds
Yoga-style Sleeping Mats
Even worse than an air bed is a basic yoga mat. It’s rare for an experienced camper to choose a yoga mat over an airbed or SIM.
The people you’ll see carrying yoga mats to use as a mattress are either very young and don’t care, or they’ve never camped before so they don’t realise how uncomfortable it will be.
See also: The Ultimate Festival Packing List
Conclusion: Best Self-Inflating Mattresses for Festivals
Roll out, pack up, and relax – no more lugging around your heavy sleeping pad! These picks are perfect for festivals, as they are lightweight and can be packed away in a small bag. No more waking up on cold, wet ground in the morning.
Lightweight, comfortable and compact, self-inflating mats are the perfect festival partner. Ideal for festivals, expeditions or camping trips away, these mats are available in inflatable models and mummy style. They also pack down small so they don’t take up too much space in your luggage!
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