When it comes to sleeping outdoors, there is no shortage of options. There are air mattresses, which are usually pretty comfortable but can develop leaks. There are travel hammocks, which are also usually pretty comfortable but often require trees to hang them from. There are even camping cots, which are durable and comfortable but also large and heavy.
But what if you need something slim and minimal? Well, that’s where a sleeping mat comes in. And Aldi sells one.
The Adventuridge Self-Inflating Sleeping Mat retailed for $19.99 in 2018. This is about $5 more than the mat cost in 2017, although it is still one of the cheapest sleeping mats you’ll find out there. It also pairs well with the Adventuridge Self-Inflating Pillow, although it’s not a requirement.
In 2018, it came in three colors: blue, black, and green. As you can see, we got the green one.
The mat measures 74 inches (6 feet) long, 26 inches wide, and 2 inches high when fully inflated. The exterior is 100% polyester vinyl laminate, and according to the packaging it is coated both in PVC (to make it water resistant) and, in part, with silicone (to make it non-slip). The interior is a polyurethane (PU) foam core. The mat has a listed weight maximum of 240 pounds, and it comes backed by a 2-year warranty.
The mat comes in a glossy paper stock sleeve. Be gentle opening it, as the instructions are on the inside of the sleeve. Inflating the mat involves unscrewing the cap (don’t remove it, though), and giving the mat some time to self-inflate. The instructions point out that it could take up to 15 minutes when it’s being unrolled after an extended period of time, and during first use the instructions suggest giving the mat 6-7 hours to let the foam core expand completely.
We took the camping mat out for a few days at a state park, and we were pleasantly surprised. Despite only being a few inches thick, it provides decent padding and has a good firmness to it. I slept about as well on it as I do on a typical airbed. My wife also slept well on hers, although she said she benefitted from putting a pillow under her knees to help with back support.
A few tips. One, we recommend giving it a little time to self-inflate before capping. Two, for additional padding, a sleeping bag above or foam padding below works well, but we slept with fitted sheets and blankets and were fine. Finally, although we like the non-slip silicone strips on the top of the mat, sometimes bits of dirt or leaves can collect on them, so be mindful of that.
If you’re in the market for a self-inflating mat, this is certainly worth a look. It’s light, compact, functional, and adequately comfortable. We don’t know yet about longevity, but it is backed by a 2-year warranty.