Best Camping Mattresses 2019

Text by: Altitude Sports Editorial Team

Big Agnes, Camping, Exped, NEMO Equipment, Sea to Summit, Therm-a-Rest. Best Camping Mattresses 2019

It’s that time of year again when the end of the work week is met with excitement and glee and work mode gets shut off until Monday. Ahead lies a weekend of fun and outdoor adventure. Of course, for some, the outdoors can cause more anxiety than relaxation, at which point we would suggest building a pillow fort in the living room. For the more intrepid adventurer, camping is the perfect activity.

If you’re gearing up to go camping this summer, finding the right gear is essential for a good night’s sleep. Picking the right mattress can make or break any camping trip. Choose something too thin, and you’ll wake in need of a chiropractor. Choose something too big, and you may have to use a small trailer to bring your mattress with you. Here are some of the best camping mattresses to load into the car before you hit the road!

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Best Camping Mattresses for Hiking

NEMO Equipment Cosmo Insulated 20 Sleeping Pad

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This mattress is a great option for those who want to camp three seasons. Insulated with an internal layer of PrimaLoft, this camping mattress is suitable for lower temperatures ranging from -4°C to -9°C. Equipped with an easy-to-use, built-in foot pump, the Cosmo Insulated 20 offers 3.5 inches (9cm) of cushy comfort, so you’ll sleep well wherever you decide to set up camp. If you’ve forgotten to bring along a pillow, the mattress has a raised baffle at the end which acts as a headrest. Sleeping in a tent can be comfortable with the Cosmo.

  • Weight: 1 lb 13 oz / 815 g
  • Thickness: 3.5 in / 9 cm
  • Length: 72 in / 183 cm
  • Width: 20 in / 51 cm

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Sea to Summit UltraLight Mat

The UltraLight Mat is just that – ultra light. It provides all the comfort needed for a good night’s sleep in the backcountry. The UltraLight Mat is compact and lightweight thanks to a single layer of medium resolution Air Sprung Cells. The mat requires manual inflation so we would recommend purchasing the Sea to Summit Jet Stream Pump Sac to make setup quick and easy. It’s the ideal air mattress for those trekkers and hikers looking for lightweight gear that doesn’t compromise on comfort and space.

  • Weight: 12.5 oz / 355 g
  • Thickness: 2 in / 5 cm
  • Length: 72 in /184 cm
  • Width: 21.5 in /55 cm

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Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XLite Regular

There is no better camping mattress for warmth and comfort than the Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XLite Regular. The tapered design and use of advanced fabrics make this one of the lightest air mattresses on the market. ThermaCapture technology traps heat and retains it. Soft fabrics make it comfortable if you choose to sleep directly on it. It’s one of the most compact air mattresses available, with the ability to pack down to the size of a 1L water bottle. It’s durable, and lightweight features make this one of the most versatile camping mattresses you can buy.

  • Weight: 18.7 oz / 530 g
  • Thickness: 2.5 in / 6.4 cm
  • Length: 72 in /182.9 cm
  • Width: 23 in /58.4 cm


Best Camping Mattresses for Car-Camping

 Therm-a-Rest LuxuryMap


For campers who are not quite ready to give up the comfort of a traditional mattress, the self-inflating Therm-a-Rest LuxuryMap is perfect. Advanced variable density and pressure point mapping technology ensures a comfortable sleep. The stretch-knit fabric top provides additional softness for greater comfort. The mattress also comes with a stuff sack and handle to make carrying easier. To sleep as snugly in nature as you do at home, the LuxuryMap is your best choice.

  • Weight: 82 oz / 2325 g
  • Thickness: 3 in / 7.6 cm
  • Length: 77 in / 196 cm
  • Width: 30 in / 76 cm


Klymit Double V Sleeping Pad

For those weekend getaways to the great outdoors, make sure you and that special someone get a good night’s sleep with the Klymit Double V Sleeping Pad. Roomy enough for two people, this camping mattress features Body Mapping Technology with a patented V-Shape design to offer comfort no matter the sleeping position. The side-by-side V-chamber construction limits the movement of air between sides, so your partner can get a good night’s sleep even if tomorrow’s activities have you tossing and turning with excitement. It comes with a pump-integrated stuff sack to make inflation quick and easy. Don’t compromise on a good night’s sleep!

  • Weight: 2.7 lb / 1.2 kg
  • Thickness: 3 in / 7.6 cm
  • Length: 74 in / 188 cm
  • Width: 47 in / 120 cm

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Get that Good Night’s Sleep

Enjoying your sleep is just as important as enjoying the moment. Getting lost in nature’s beauty and letting the wilderness take over your senses is even better after a good night’s rest. Tranquillity in nature can be swapping the lights of the city for the starry night sky. By the lake or hidden amongst the trees, wherever you set up camp, the right camping mattress makes all the difference.

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