We went camping last year when the weather was hot, but are looking to go for a weekend away in April. I'm just worried about the ground being cold & us & our 4 year old boy getting cold at night. Any recommendations to stop the cold coming through the air beds? We have ground sheets, fleece blankets & good sleeping bags, but I know one night last year I felt the coldness coming through!
Looking to go back to South Lea at Pocklington as it's such a great site. Can't wait to get the tent out for another airing (1st of many hopefully) this year x
We camped for five years in all weathers. We always used to put picnic blankets under our airbeds to stop the cold coming through and my son used to have a fleece blanket on top of the airbed then his sleeping bag and a blanket. He also used to sleep in a hooded top and gloves!! Hope this helps.
Message posted by HEJC7204/4/2010 at 9:27pm Outfit: Holi * Perran 4 * Airedale 5 Location: North Yorkshire
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We put foil backed picinic blankets on the floor (or if space permits I use the artificial grass mat which is back in Lidl tomorrow) then the airbed. On top of the airbed I put a thermal fleece topper from Dunelm Mill followed by a fitted sheet. We then have our sleeping bags and if it's very chilly a fleece blanket on top.
Never been cold with that little lot!!
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Message posted by scrumble04/4/2010 at 9:38pm Outfit: Moslty in a Pennine Pathfinder nowaday Location: Cambridgeshire
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I take it the self inflating mat would be instead of the air bed? We looked at these last year, but my husband said he thought they might not be comfortable. I'll have a look in Lidl tomorrow & invest in matress toppers. We also have thermals! We have Coleman beds which are really comfy & inflate in separate compartments so you don't
get the roll together. But being warm is so important. I know it's possible as people camp all year round. I guess it'll come with experience!
We always use a roll mat under any air beds that we use out in the awning of our motorhome. It helps stop any sharp stones poking into the airbed as well as protecting from the cold.
When I was in the Girl Guides, we were taught that you should have as many layers underneath you as you have on top. One trick was a large double blanket, which you lay out across the single air bed, then put your sleeping bag on top, then fold the two sides over it and pin loosely with nappy pins at the top, middle and bottom (so they don't come undone and prod you). A good quality sleeping bag and warm socks & PJ's or track suit help too.
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We have picnic blankets on the floor of the bedroom then the dunelm fleece toppers with warm sleeping bag and warm pj's we have fleece blankets but these are more often than not used for sitting outside, think I've only used them once for the kids, i'm the cold one and i suffer from back problems so last sept I took my leccy blanket it was heaven on earth I have to say!
A hot bottle works wonders as well, pop it in your bag for 5 mins before you get into bed and it takes the chill of lovely!
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Seriously, though, I use the foam carry-mats the kids once took to scout & guide camp. They lay flat on the floor of the boot for travelling, and in the bedroom pod they really form a great insulating layer between the ground and the airbed. I use two for a double airbed.
As others have said, hot bottles are a must!
Message posted by scrumble05/4/2010 at 2:30am Outfit: Moslty in a Pennine Pathfinder nowaday Location: Cambridgeshire
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Quote: Originally posted by lovesthelakes on 04/4/2010
I take it the self inflating mat would be instead of the air bed? We looked at these last year, but my husband said he thought they might not be comfortable.
Indeed instead of. And appreances can be deceptive (though it does take a bit of a leap of faith for some people - but then they try a sI mat and are converted :-) )
IMO airbeds, even decent ones are uncomfortable - either baalnced on top or uncomfortably soft and cold, and just a really rubbish thing to sleep on.
SI mats much more comfortable and warmer to boot.
Sure, not everyone likes them. That's fair enough, but I'd always urge people to try one out for a night's kip. Just see ho wmany converts you can see on the forums for people who ahve tried them out
Message posted by pally05/4/2010 at 7:17am Outfit: Gelert Horizon 6 Hi Gear Mojave 5 Location: Yorkshire
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I found the red/blue rubbery-stuff airbeds comfy. They're not huge but in a mummy bag you can't move around much anyway! We have picnic blankets on the floor, then foam roll mats and put blankets on top of the airbeds underneath us too. Its been ok, could always be better though!
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Like most folks have said the important thing is to insulate between ground and your airbed.There are loads of ways to do this,most have been mentioned and they all work.I use the cheap foam thats used under laminate flooring..its even warm to touch,extremely lightweight and easy to pack.I just roll up when leaving and use next time..again and again.
Then a fleecy mattress topper and a good quality sleeping bag and you'll be toasty..
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Quote: Originally posted by VangoMan02 on 05/4/2010
Like most folks have said the important thing is to insulate between ground and your airbed.
Actually I would have said the most important thing is to insulate between yourself and the airbed. The airbed still loses heat out the sides, no matter how well it's insulated from the ground. You can do both of course but if space is tight (or you're a minimalist packer like me) one good layer between your sleeping bag and the airbed is best. I use a thick fleece blanket held on with a fitted sheet.
Have to say that one of the best night's sleep I've had was on an airbed with a cellular mat on top. (The airbed had a slow leak.)