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    Plush Car Camping Pad

    I have some small, compact lightweight pads, but as I get older, I'm looking for something more comfortable to get a better nights sleep. I'm 6'1", broad shoulders and ofter a side sleeper so would like something plush and big. I'm considering the REI camp bed 3.5 XL - https://www.rei.com/product/870757/r...g-sleeping-pad

    Anything else I should consider?

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    ^That's the pad you want. There isn't a better one I've ever come across.
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    +2 I have that REI pad and itís great for car camping.


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    Paco Pads are designed for river rafting and are super cushy. They are bulky and heavy though https://www.outdoorplay.com/Paco-Sleeping-Pad

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    For car camping, get a twin size memory foam mattress from wally or target. Super comfy but they donít roll up super small though.


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    Quote Originally Posted by jmmUT View Post
    Paco Pads are designed for river rafting and are super cushy. They are bulky and heavy though https://www.outdoorplay.com/Paco-Sleeping-Pad
    Love my Paco. Itís durable as hell. My Exped DownMat is comfier, but itís fragile. You can throw a Paco Pad anywhere and just flop down on it.

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    paco's are awesome.
    my wife likes the memory foam over the paco. but no memory foam on river trips. Also look into a cot. they are the bomb with a paco pad.

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    Honestly for car camping I just bring a normal air mattress (Coleman Queen Sized) that uses a battery powered air pump. Its super comfortable, cheap, and doubles as a guest bed for my home. All the fancy ultralight and nice camping stuff can be saved for actual trips.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tank19 View Post
    Honestly for car camping I just bring a normal air mattress (Coleman Queen Sized) that uses a battery powered air pump. Its super comfortable, cheap, and doubles as a guest bed for my home. All the fancy ultralight and nice camping stuff can be saved for actual trips.
    Agreed, get a inflatable mattress from Walmart and call it good. My only caveat would be if you plan on actually sleeping IN the car and not in a tent, so space is limited.

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    The rei pad blows away air mattresses for comfort, durability, & ease of use, especially if it's cold. The paco pad is basically indestructible but not as comfy as the rei pad. If you camp in mountain zones with a low dewpoint/ temperature swings the paco pad is not a good choice. Foam is great if it remains mostly stationary like in a camper. Once you start rolling up foam on a regular basis & exposing it to dirt etc., fugetaboutit.
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    We bought a couple of camping cots at Costco a few years ago, and throw a cheap 2 inch memory foam on that. Sleep like a baby. It can double as a camp chair.

    Takes some room in the back of the pickup, but that is why I have a pickup and not a Subaru, so I can carry stuff like that.

    I believe the ones we bought are identical to the REI Kingdom Cot, but they were half as expensive at Costco.

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    Another vote for memory foam...$20 at the big box, very comfy (and I'm a side sleeper), great insulation, and much more stable than an inflatable pad, which I like.

    They are indeed bulky, and tend to collect a bit of dirt, but they are my primo choice when space is not an issue.
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