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Camping, Tucker and Bush Basics The art of comfortable camping, cooking, what you use to cook and other bush basics.

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Old 3rd August 2009, 10:03 PM
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Sleeping in style ??? ideas

Well peoples, what do you use. Soon will be under canvas for a ten day stretch and those that know me will attest to the fact that i rather enjoy sleeping. What setup do you use to sleep in comfort when in a tent. I have been eyeing of those fold out stretcher things at Anaconda etc. But i am not convinced how well they will stand up to a 100kg bloke tossing and turning. Airbed may be the go !? Any suggestions. Last time i roughed it there was so much alcohol involved that it was a case of sleep where you fell . This time will be at Duckadang where you wake up to ice on your windshield.
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I just roll the swag out inside the tent.

Swags, the ultimate sleep where you fall camping gear (providing of course you fall on the swag.
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After many years of sleeping on a piece of foam for years,two yrs ago i lashed out & bought a self inflating Spinifex 4x4 mat from anaconda.

Went to the Cape that year,& slept like a log every night,even without the usual coldy or six......

Found it to be fantastic.

Have used it many times since.

They do take up more room than an air bed,though.

I just lay it on the ground.
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I just roll the swag out inside the tent.

Swags, the ultimate sleep where you fall camping gear (providing of course you fall on the swag.
I think i would be crippled after sleeping in my swag for 10 days. Another concern is if i go with an airbed what is the best way to insulate it against the cold rising from the ground.
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I think i would be crippled after sleeping in my swag for 10 days. Another concern is if i go with an airbed what is the best way to insulate it against the cold rising from the ground.
put it on a self inflating Spinifix 4x4 mat from Anaconda
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I think i would be crippled after sleeping in my swag for 10 days. Another concern is if i go with an airbed what is the best way to insulate it against the cold rising from the ground.
I have used the silver sided ground sheet under the airbed with some success. Bit noisey though. I must admit, once you get used to them, the self inflating mattresses are my preference.
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I think i would be crippled after sleeping in my swag for 10 days. Another concern is if i go with an airbed what is the best way to insulate it against the cold rising from the ground.
If you get a good swag, you won't be crippled.

I think Air-Mattresses are too much hassle. You have to pump them up, and let them down, and they can always spring a leak or the plug comes out and you find yourself on hard gound in the middle of the night. Plus the pillow bit is always over or under inflated.

A good swag with decent bedding foam (not ordinary 'flat' foam) keeps you warm and dry, and takes 30 seconds to set up.
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I think i would be crippled after sleeping in my swag for 10 days. Another concern is if i go with an airbed what is the best way to insulate it against the cold rising from the ground.
Cardboard or newspaper under it is a good one,,,,works well,,

I put my swag on a stretcher to keep me off the ground, but after a while i had to put an old self inflating matress on that to make it really comfy,,
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you can get that self inflator in various sizes

put a space blanket in the bottom of the swag
put the self inflator on top of that
put your usual bedding on top of that.

The nice thing about those self inflators is that if the swag is big enough you can be sleeping up to 10 inches off of the ground AND the swag will still role up to normal size, sometimes smaller.
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... Airbed may be the go !? ...
Don't get an airbed, they act as a giant heatsink and keep you cold all night long. The self inflating ones have a foam fill and work much better (as already suggested), even though they may only be 1/20 of the thickness.

I use a self inflating mat / swag combo.

In icy weather, you can keep your clothes under the swag over night to stop them getting that damp chill in the morning.
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