Q. Hey Gear Guy! I need something to keep me off of the ground at campouts, a cot or just a simple ground pad. However I don’t have much money. What’s something cheap that works well?
– Sleepless Tanner, Winnemucca, Nev.
A. Good question, Sleepless. If you’re looking to save money, skip the cot and go with a foam sleeping pad. They are lightweight, maintenance-free and cheap. They also provide just enough insulation from the ground and enough comfort for sleeping on the ground. Here are two good options:
Self-inflating air mattresses are more comfortable, but they can pop and are much more expensive.