Use a sleeping mat as a barrier between the cold ground, the sleeping bag and you. Whether it’s a simple foam roll mat, a self-inflating mat or a blow-up mattress, your night outdoors will be much more comfortable if you have something to sleep on. Have a look at our sleeping mat guide for more information.
Some consider this a luxury, but for many it’s worth a few extra grams. If you like a firmer pillow, you should probably find a blow-up design. Compressible pillows that squish down into a stuff sack will do just that as soon as you put your head on it and thus are more suited to those who like a soft pillow.
This will add warmth and protect the lining from body oils and dirt, prolonging the life of your sleeping bag. After all, it’s easier to clean a liner than a whole sleeping bag! They are available in fleece, cotton and silk and offer variable degrees of warmth and comfort as well as considerably different pack sizes.
A sleeping mat is an essential part of your camping set-up, offering you comfort and warmth for a good night’s sleep. We’ve put together this guide to the different types of sleeping mat which are available, to help you choose the perfect one for your next camping trip.