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Extra High Adventure Bed     Photo: Courtesy of Aerobed

Q:

Car-Camping Comfort Gear: Mattress

We're going for an epic, cross-country road trip. Weight isn’t an issue, so we're excited to load up on gear that we normally wouldn't have in the backcountry. What are three pieces of gear that you think really make for a great car-camping trip?

A:Thin pads are fine for backpacking. But when car camping? You need to be comfortable. So invest in the Aerobed Extra High Adventure Bed ($150). It’s a 13”-thick inflatable bed that’s designed for outdoor use. It comes with an inflator that recharges off your car’s 12v outlet, and has a special valve that releases air in seconds for fast packing. Sweet dreams!

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