Camping beds for two are a much better option than trying to use two single pads side by side, especially as they have a tendency to move around in the night and leave bare ground between you and your partner! This guide to the best camping mattress for couples is designed to make it easier to find exactly what kind you need!
What to Look For When Buying a Camping Mattress
When you are looking for the best camping mattress for couples, there are quite a few factors to take into account.
First, of course, is comfort. Check the materials from which the mattress is made and whether or not they will give the support you need. If you suffer from back issues, you might want to look for a raised double mattress for camping.
Next, you need to consider ease of use. A double mattress for camping will usually need some kind of inflation. Some have built-in pumps, some will need a separate pump and some won’t need pumping at all – instead, they self-inflate when they are unrolled. If you are looking for a thicker double mattress for camping, one with a built-in pump will probably be best, like the type that self-inflates tend to be thinner.
Another thing to think about is the size and weight of the mattress you choose. If you are going to be backpacking, you need to ensure that it is light enough to carry comfortably. Think about long-term storage – does the mattress compress down to a compact enough size for you to be able to store it easily? Is a storage or carrying bag provided?
Finally, decide whether or not it is important to you that the mattress has a cover that you can remove and wash. Most camping beds for two don’t have this feature, as they are intended to be used along with sleeping bags. But you will sometimes find a mattress with a washable cover (and I’ve included one in this guide).
QOMOTOP Ultra Thick Self-Inflating Camping Mattress
This double mattress for camping is thicker than most, inflating up to 4 inches. This makes it comfortable whether you prefer to lay on your back or your side. It is self-inflating, so no pump is needed, and it has a patented two-way valve to stop it from taking in air when it is folded. It compresses well for storage, so it is ideal for packing into the car but is fairly heavy and unsuitable for backpacking. It features tricot fabric on the top and comes with binding webbing to make it as compact as possible.
Hikenture Double Camping Pad
The best camping bed for couples who like backpacking, the Hikenture mattress is very compact and lightweight, weighing only 3.64 lbs. It comes with your choice of a built-in foot pump or pumpsack for easy inflation in just 5 minutes, along with a roomy backpack for storage. If you choose the pumpsack model, you have the option to use an electric pump (not included) to inflate it even more quickly. 3.75 inches thick, this camping bed for two is nice and comfortable, no matter which position you prefer to sleep in.
KingCamp Deluxe Series
The perforated foam filling helps reduce the weight of this mattress, which self-inflates and deflates quickly. It comes with a spacious carrying bag, compression straps to help you secure it tightly when traveling and a repair kit to help you deal with punctures. This is one of the more durable camping beds for two, with brass inflation and deflation valves that won’t corrode. Most importantly of all, it is comfortable, with damp-proof rebound foam to provide stable support.
In Your Prime Double Sleeping pad for Camping
This is the best camping mattress for couples looking for a good all-rounder, offering rapid inflation and deflation whilst being light enough to be carried in a backpack! At 2.25 inches it’s not the thickest pad on the market, but still comfortable enough to give you a good night’s sleep. This is helped by the TPU film that keeps the mattress quiet and stops you from disturbing your partner. Made from 40D ripstop nylon camping material that is resistant to punctures and wears, this pad comes with some great little extras. These include a pump bag to aid inflation, an aluminum carabiner, and a detachable 4 in 1 survival bracelet that acts as the handle for the case.
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Air Comfort Camp Mate Inflatable Air Mattress
The best camping mattress for couples who struggle with pads too low to the ground, this model is 17 inches high when fully inflated. It is very soft and waterproof, with a flocked top to stop your sheets or sleeping bag from sliding around. The battery-powered air pump inflates the mattress in just 4 minutes, with the 40 internal air coils creating a stable sleeping surface that provides plenty of support. A Dura-Grip base keeps it securely in place as you get on and off the mattress, and when it’s time to go home the mattress quickly delates, ready to be rolled up into the storage bag provided.
Ubon Double Self-Inflating Sleeping Pad
Probably the best camping mattress for couples looking for a complete sleep solution, this model comes with two ergonomically designed pillows, plus a snap joint design that allows you to attach it to other pads for a larger sleeping area. It is highly durable – built to resist hard ground and sharp rocks – but if the worst happens, it comes with a kit to repair holes. It quickly inflates to 1.4 inches via the large diameter non-leak valve (no pump is required) and can be quickly deflated and rolled into its storage bag.
KingCamp Luxury 3D Double Self Inflating Camping Sleeping Pad
The best camping mattress for two people looking for a little more space, this high-quality pad is made with three inches of rebound foam for comfort and support. This is a durable mattress, covered with waterproof, tear-resistant 30D stretch fabric treated with TPU. TPU enhances the insulation of the PVC, improves its stretch resistance, and also eliminates that ‘crinkling’ noise you get with some mattresses. The two Boston inflatable air valves help you inflate and deflate the mattress easily, so no separate pump is required.
Coleman Air Mattress
These raised camping beds for two inflate to 18 inches high, making them ideal for anyone who has difficulty getting up from a pad on the ground. The construction is reinforced for stability and the top surface has a plush, velvet-like feel for comfort. This double mattress for camping does not come with a pump but is compatible with all Coleman air bed pumps, which you can buy separately.
KingCamp Double Self Inflating Camping Sleeping Pad
This double mattress for camping is unique in that it offers a triple-zone feature for added comfort. The three-stage pattern is designed to offer strong spinal support whilst diffusing pressure, for the best night’s sleep possible. Inflation is easy – you just open the two valves and the mattress will inflate by itself. It comes with two pillows (which inflate separately), plus a repair kit and two banding belts to tie it tightly and compress it for storage in its travel bag.
I hope that this guide to the best camping beds for two has helped you decide on which type is perfect for you. Finding something that is just the right weight – but that also offers the comfort you expect from a good mattress – is key to an enjoyable camping trip!