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I used to go camping quite a bit in the good old days, and by camping I don't mean in a wooden shack with cot beds and en-suit bathrooms so that I can touch up my make-up, I mean true camping where I hit the hills and stay as far away from civilisation as I can.
Camping like this needs a fair bit of kit but not too much as you have to carry it around with you in a rucksack and/or around the waist in some webbing. But there's one piece of kit that is essential no matter what sort of camping you do, (not glamping as that is not for me). That piece of equipment that makes your night out in the wild a more comfortable episode rather than having a frozen back and no sleep at all. That piece of equipment is the good old fashioned roll mat, which is simply a foam mat that unrolls into a good size and lies flat on the ground.
These days though my camping life is near none existent now due to family life and all that, but I still have a couple of roll mats in the hope that one day I find the time to hit the hills once more.
This roll mat is about 1800mm long by about 500mm wide and just over 10mm thick.
It is made of a durable foam type material that is not only strong it is lightweight too, which is what you need if this is going to be rolled up and strapped to the bottom, or top, of your rucksack.
There is a covering on the bottom of this mat which is designed to stop your body heat from escaping into the ground below as you sleep soundly in your tent. And together with the thin, but comfortable mat itself, I have never felt cold when i'm sprawled out on this, even during those colder nights in a field in the middle of nowhere.
This mat rolls up into a tube, sort of, being about 150mm in diameter if rolled up properly. I tended to strap this to the top straps of the ruck sack so that it kept the inside free for other things, (Beer and things), and, as the weight of this is next to nothing I don't feel the extra weight when this mat is up there.
It's water proof so it doesn't get heavier, even if your caught in a downpour, although wrapping a bag around the mat is a good idea if you think it's going to rain.
This mat sells for a remarkably low price of £5 - £10 which, if you're a keen camper, is money well spent.
Vaude Camping Mat. Comfortable foam pad for camping adventures of the right kind.Specifications:- : 100% Polyethylene