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Don't know where to start with self inflating mattresses...

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ag123 Tue 26-Apr-16 13:48:46

We have just invested in a 5m bell tent of our own and intend to become regular campers...

We are a family of 4, mum, dad, 4 & a half year old and 8 month old (baby will obvs be in a travel cot).

We already have 2 camping trips to west Cornwall planned- a week in the summer and also may half term so I really need to start accumulating some gear.

I have heard that sim's are the best thing to sleep on...I guess a double would be best for us and will a sim work for our 4 year old? We are willing to invest in something reasonably decent but I literally have no idea where to start... Why are there different thicknesses and what is best? Is there a reliable brand anyone can recommend?


AppleMagic Tue 26-Apr-16 13:53:09

SIMs are great. I'd get two singles for the adults instead of a double but I like my space and the doubles seem small. Get at least 7.5cm thick.
Because your 4 year old is lighter a thinner (and cheaper) one will be fine. Dd (same age) sleeps on a 3cm and doesn't complain.

RNBrie Tue 26-Apr-16 13:53:23

There are different thicknesses because the thicker the more comfy but also the heavier and more cumbersome to transport.

We went for two singles rather than a double because it's easier and more flexible. The kids (nearly 2 and 4) sleep on ReadyBeds.

We have Vango 10cm self inflating mattresses. They are extremely comfy and we both get a good night's sleep. They are really heavy to transport though and take up a lot of space in the car. If you don't have a giant boot, I'd go for something smaller and thinner.

AppleMagic Tue 26-Apr-16 13:54:36

I have an Outwell Dreamboat which is very comfy. DH has a Vango Comfort which was cheaper and is probably as comfortable. Dd has a higear one.

PurpleRibbons Tue 26-Apr-16 13:57:01

I've just bought some cheap ones from Tesco, haven't tried it yet but we got fed up of trying to fit the big airbeds in the car. Bought a sim for 2 yr old DD too, do you think she'll be ok on it?

squeezed Tue 26-Apr-16 14:04:40

Dh and I still use our hiking sims. He's trying to convince me to get a double but I don't really see the need. DD used one last year and slept really well on it. We've got thin ones bit might invest in thicker ones as we're needing the comfort a bit more these days smile

Callmecordelia Wed 27-Apr-16 07:47:35

My five year old uses her Lidl sim. I bought it for her last year, when she was the same age as your DC. It's been really good for her, when they are small and light they don't need a very expensive thick sim. She does roll off it occasionally, but she's so tired out with the fresh air she doesn't wake up. smile

hillbilly Wed 27-Apr-16 11:40:34

Vango 7.5cm double for us and single High Gears for the kids.

ag123 Wed 27-Apr-16 13:31:10

So, within a brand like outwell, they have different models e.g. Dreamcatcher, dreamboat etc...does anyone have any idea whether these have any significance if both have the same thickness?

RaisingSteam Wed 27-Apr-16 17:29:54

Dh is a very hardcore camper but this year I've got him an Alpkit Dozer 7.5cm SIM to match the one I've had for a few years. Coupled with a zero degree sleeping bag it's as comfortable as your own bed. You can always put ethnic blanket over to glamp it up! Personally think double SIM would be a beast to roll up and transport.

I think it's mainly a matter of thickness although more expensive ones like thermarests will pack down smaller- check the packed size.

Children will probably sleep on roll mat TBH, main thing is they are warm.

AppleMagic Wed 27-Apr-16 17:46:15

ag it might be the size, the fabric it's covered in, how small it packs away or the composition of the inside (memory foam etc) but I expect it doesn't make much difference.

hillbilly Wed 27-Apr-16 18:31:17

Raising steam you are right about packing down the double sim. It's the hardest job of packing up!

fiorentina Wed 27-Apr-16 22:00:16

We have single and double ones. I've had a thermarest for years but the newer ones were from Sports Direct and seem just as comfy.

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