It’s summertime, and that means it's a great time to go into the wilderness. What’s a better way to immerse yourself in the outdoors than a good old-fashioned camping trip, right?
Standard camping trips usually require you to sleep on the cold hard ground, but with new advancements in sleeping gear, you can now sleep in comfort with sleeping pads. These sleeping pads are specially designed to keep you comfortable, supported, and warm during the night and ensure that you’re going to get a goods night rest. This can make you well rested and energized for the next day, ensuring you make the most of your trip.
What is a Sleeping Pad?
A sleeping pad is similar to a sleeping bag, but instead of being stuffy, you have a foam padding lined on the interior of the bag. This means it looks exactly like a sleeping bag, but the bottom will have a foam padding which will keep you elevated off the ground. This is excellent for those of you who need support while you sleep.
Another type of sleeping pad you may run into is air sleeping pads. These sleeping pads usually need to be inflated by either pumping air into it or by opening air valves. This allows you to adjust the firmness or softness of the sleeping pad, ensuring you like it.
What is a Self-Inflating Sleeping Pad?
Self-inflating sleeping pads are the newest model of sleeping pads. Typically, you’ll have to pump up sleeping pads with air by using your mouth or an air pump, and this can take up a lot of your time when it comes to setting up your camp.
Instead, you can purchase a self-inflating sleeping pad wherein the only thing you’ll have to do is unroll it and let it sit for a few minutes. The air will naturally get sucked into the pad, and the sleeping pad will start to inflate without any extra hassles.
How to Store Self Inflating Sleeping Pads?
Storing a self-inflating sleeping pad takes some practice and great care so that it will last longer and you won't have a hard time unpacking and carrying it.
Remove All the Air
The very first mistake we see people make is that they don’t ensure that all of the air is out of the sleeping pad before they wrap it up or try and store it in a bag. Long story short, you’re going to end up with a sleeping pad that has self-inflated in your bag or backpack, and you’re going to have a horrible time trying to get it out.
To prevent those from happening, always make sure that you open every valve and press down on the sleeping pad, making sure it's tightly rolled up and compacted into a roll. If you don’t do this, you’re going to regret it.
Secure It Properly
The next mistake we see people make is that they don’t secure it with either ropes, straps, or clamps. The thing is, securing your sleeping pad will ensure that it doesn’t unravel when you’re traveling or when you’ve put it away. You don’t want it to get damaged, so to prevent this, you need to make sure that once it’s rolled up, it’s secured into place.
Keep It Safe
You also need to make sure to put it in an external sack or backpack because you don’t want it to get torn or damaged while you’re storing it. While most sleeping pads are designed to be abrasion resistant and waterproof, that doesn’t mean long exposure to these elements can’t damage it. So, the solution is to always make sure you have an extra line of protection.
Find the Perfect Storage Place
Always store your sleeping pad in a place that is dry and doesn’t have the chance of growing mold or other harmful bacteria. If you happen to store it away in a place that may have bad conditions, then we highly recommend to put it into an extra bag. Also, never store it in a hot or warm place, because most foam can be damaged by high temperatures, especially if they have a gel lining.
Additionally, make sure to store your sleeping pad the correct way it was designed to be stored. It may be tempting to fold it or to put it into a bin, but this can ruin the foam and the pad's natural ability to self-inflate. The best way to store it is tightly compacted and rolled up.
Self-inflating sleeping pads can save you significant time when it comes to setting up your camp since you can instantly have a bed ready to go in the wilderness in a matter of a few minutes. That means it’s less of a burden on you, and you’ll be able to rest as soon as you get to your campsite.
As long as you’re being careful with the product and you're storing it correctly, you shouldn’t have any problems getting your sleeping pad to self-inflate. Hopefully, this has helped you learn how to store self inflating sleeping pads.