I am a novice at the very least when it comes to camping. Camping gear, quality camping gear comes at a cost some of it to high, so when I can I create what I can. Since my journey has begun it has lead me to the point of trying to find an affordable sleeping arrangement for camping and it has been a daunting task. I am not as young and springy as I once was and the idea of sleeping on the hard and cold ground is as far as it gets from comfort for me.
Hammocks in general are great but only in areas with close sitting trees, so my search continued. Next came cots, while supplying a definite comfort level I was searching for, it however was severely lacking int the mobility department. Finally I came upon an affordable and fairly convient way to attain a sleeping area, the sleeping mat. From this point I became inundated with information, closed cell, open cell, self-inflating and every combination of them. I came to the conclusion that to get the comfort level I wanted I would have to pay so I decided I had to create my own plus it would also be a lot more fun.
Step 1: Supplies
- 6'x8' Rug & Carpet Pad
- Home Depot, Store SKU # 294560, $24.95
- I wanted something nicer but all the local stores only sold it by the roll.
- Not exactly 6'x8'
- 3M 24 oz. Hi-Strength 90 Spray Adhesive
- Home Depot, Store SKU # 453501, $12.99
- This stuff is AWESOME!
- Sleeping Bag (Rectangular)
- Got mine used from Good Will, $5.00
- Reflective Emergency Survival foil Blanket
- Had an extra one lying around but they usually go for just a couple of dollars.
- Hobby knife / seam ripper (Take apart sleeping bag)
- Sewing Machine or if you have a lot of patience then needle and thread.
- Someone who knows how to use sewing machine, Sister-in-law.
- Utility Knife
- Straight Edge of some sort, 6.5 foot 2"x4"
- Tape Measure