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1. Posted by AndyB24 (Respected Member 167 posts) 9y

Hi guys, my gf and I are off to South america for a year in may, will be splitting our time 50/50 camping/hostels. Just wondering what you would suggest for a mattress whilst camping, haven't had much luck with air mattresses in the past, but don't want to be lugging around a big foam one either.

Andrew and Elexia

2. Posted by JAY_H (Full Member 69 posts) 9y

I havnt even thought about a matress. Are you going camping then or just a backpacking trip?
Im off to South East Asia on a backpacking trip.... will i need one???
Im sorry i cant help you but you have made me think if i will need one
Is anyone else in the know of this?

3. Posted by AndyB24 (Respected Member 167 posts) 9y

We will be camping in a tent. If your staying in hostels, you won't need one.

4. Posted by huishan (Full Member 96 posts) 9y


if you are eliminating out those air mattresses, where you have to pump your ass out manually or by an electric motor, you can try checking out

those air mattresses are self inflated when you open them up and its very very compact. for a 5ft fella, the thermarest may weight only 500g - 650g. all mattresses are under 800g if im not wrong. but of course when you want to keep them, you have to deflate them manually.

its one of the good ones around, so check it out.

5. Posted by Dezafinado (Respected Member 177 posts) 9y

I have a 1.5" thick Thermarest pad and a Big Agnes Dual Core air mattress. The Thermarest insulates better and requires less time/work to inflate while the Big Agnes is more comfy and lighter/smaller to pack but takes longer to inflate (using your lungs).

6. Posted by AndyB24 (Respected Member 167 posts) 9y

Thanks guys, those thermarests look good.