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1. Posted by fabyomama (Respected Member 560 posts) 7y

Just wondering - will I need a self-inflating air-matress for a sandy beach? I'm thinking the sand will still be warm from the day, but you know what they say about deserts - though this will only be southwest France in a few days time. Thanks.

2. Posted by fabyomama (Respected Member 560 posts) 7y

I'll admit it is a bit of an odd question, so perhaps I should add that I'm traveling really light with just a carry-on bag and want to leave as much food space as I can for when I get there. I don't want to be taking things I won't need. I'm only going for four nights and will stay permanently on the beach, maybe moving along a bit if I get bored or if it gets noisy. Not sure about the legalities of it all, but I don't really care. I don't make a mess. I'm quiet, I'm polite and I'm doing it.

Along with some simple cooking stuff and the usual suspects, all I'm taking is a one-season sleeping bag that will go into my ex-army 'Goretex' bivi bag. The bivi bag will take the rain, but I'll also take a lightweight tarpaulin which will allow me to 'live' in case of poor weather. Some rain is actually forecast, but that's the luck of the draw I suppose and I'll take my chances.

Any response welcome. Thanks.

3. Posted by SamSalmon (Respected Member 626 posts) 7y

Not at all practical-beaches become quite cold overnight.

Plus the Frogs will be sure to take offence (it's part of their national character) and call the gendarmes, what with all the trouble they have with immigrants from North Africa you could find yourslef in a spot of bother quite quickly.

4. Posted by fabyomama (Respected Member 560 posts) 7y

And there was me thinking they would just shrug their shoulders in a French sort of way. ;)

The forecast has changed from 'some rain' to 'rain plus thunderstorms' along the coast so I'm giving it a miss.
Thanks for the tip about 'cold beaches'. Seems a sleep mat will be in order if I get to Sardinia next month.

5. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3289 posts) 7y

Beaches near hotels and resorts have a tendency to be rat-infested, have you thought about that?

If I was you I would go for a light aluminium mat, the sort of stuff that people put on their car windshields in winter.

Here is an example:

6. Posted by fabyomama (Respected Member 560 posts) 7y

Thanks. Hadn't thought about rats in my planning as I'm more concerned about being away from people than anything else - pretty much the same result? Though, if I didn't have that choice, there's not a lot I could do about it other than keep my own food well secured and away from where I'm sleeping. Seems rats have better taste and live far more comfortably than I do.

edit: Liked the ali mat. If I can figure out the language and postage, I might go for one.

[ Edit: Edited on 17-Sep-2009, at 19:24 by fabyomama ]

7. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3289 posts) 7y

Their English ordering gude:

IIRC shipping to the UK was somewhere between 10-12 EUR.

But you should be able to find a mat like that on or similar. I have a similar mat and found it in a One-Euro-Store.

So check out your local One-Pound-Store.

8. Posted by fabyomama (Respected Member 560 posts) 7y

Thanks for going to the trouble. I'd have found my way round but it was late and I was tired from getting up early. I'm still at home btw after checking the forecast - thunderstorms Friday and Saturday - so decided to get on with some work. No point in being huddled up in a sandy hole somewhere when all I wanted was a few days swimming.

I normally book ahead even if I'm not sure if I can go. At £1 a pop it's no biggie and I'd actually forgotten about this one until the 'check-in' email last week! On average, I make about half of them. Sardinia in a few weeks - weather permitting. ;)

I'll have a look around the cheap shops for one of those mats. We have 'Poundland' and another place called 'Snips'. Thanks.