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[MUSIC PLAYING] Whether you're camping in the back country or hosting guests at home, choosing the right air mattress can be the key to a sound night's sleep. Don't worry. You got this. There are several types of air mattresses available. Choose the one that's right for you depending on where you'll be using it and the features you need. Air mattresses that inflate using a hammer air pump or foot pump are a great choice for car camping or when you don't have access to electricity. Though bulkier and less portable than a self-inflating sleeping pad, these mattresses offer extra cushioning and can sleep more than one person. If you're putting up guests at home or heading out in the RV, consider stepping up to a larger air mattress with an external or built in electric pump. These convenient air mattresses inflate and deflate by themselves in minutes and offer a sleeping experience most similar to a regular mattress. If you're a serious camper and plan on carrying your gear by foot, look for a self-inflating sleeping pad. They're lightweight enough for off-trail adventures while still offering support on uneven surfaces. Many also feature a foam core to insulate your body from cooler ground temperatures. Air mattresses come in the same sizes as regular mattresses. However, they can sometimes feel a little smaller than your average mattress. Consider sizing up to a larger model if you have the space in your tent to do so. A single sleeping pad or air mattress will comfortably sleep one adult. These portable, compact options are ideal for backpacking, car camping, or wherever storage space is tight. While they won't fit in every size of tent, full and queen size air mattresses are a great option for camping couples or for use at home. An air mattress that sits low to the ground can be perfect for campers and kids. For older guests who might have a hard time getting down to the floor, look for a double high mattress that offers extra support. Here's some additional air mattress features you might appreciate. If you're a frequent camper, consider a sleeping pad with a tapered mummy sheath. This reduces the weight and pack size of your pad making it easier to carry. Mattresses made from polyester mesh material are more stretch resistant than traditional PDC mattresses offering better comfort stability and support. Find the air mattress that's right for you and get ready for a great night's sleep. Don't worry. You got this.

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