If you’re planning for your next backpacking or camping trip and there’s some water involved in it, be it a lake, river, or the sea, then you might want to consider utilizing some or all of the inflatables suggested here so you can not only save money but also take advantage of the ease of portability they offer.
Portability. Since they’re inflatable, they become very portable when deflated. Take note that their non-inflatable counterparts are inconvenient since huge structures make for bulky and hassling travel companions. Anything inflatable is easy folded up and placed in a bag for easy carrying.
Easy to transport. Since inflatables can be deflated, they reduce weight and volume when carried. They are easily transported by car, bus, or carried in a backpack.
Easy to store. It doesn’t matter whether you need to store it in your car when traveling or place it inside a tent until it’s needed. It doesn’t need a lot of space. When traveling it can be carried in a backpack.
7 Cool Inflatables You Can Bring On Your Next Outdoor Fun
Whether you’re just checking out the local lakes or rivers, or need to have a water adventure somewhere in Thailand or Palawan in the Philippines, they you need to bring an inflatable stand up paddle board or SUP. If you decide not to and decide to rent, think twice because rentals of paddle boards (and kayaks) can be expensive, so you save money by bringing an inflatable SUP. And as mentioned earlier, they are portable, durable, and less expensive than rigid paddle boards. This means it offers less stress when deflated for easy carrying and transport. When inflated, it offers hours of fun that kills off calories, exploring different water bodies, and is quite safe even for children.
As mentioned earlier, easy to store, easy to transport and carry, and saves you money rather than renting a rigid hard-shell on-site. They cost less than the hard-shells, and inflatable kayaks are durable and real boats that can tolerate much abuse from the environment. In only takes a few minutes to inflate one, and in terms of speed they are slower than hard-shells, which means that they are more easily controlled even when paddling through rough waters.
Instead of buying traditional life jackets made of buoyant foam or kapok – and are inherently bulky to store and transport – why not go for an inflatable life jacket? They’re less bulky and more comfortable because they use inflatable bladders, which are compact and lightweight. They have high visibility when inflated since they also have a strobe light, and have a spray hood and AIS locating device. Inflatable life jackets can also keep a wearer always face-up on the water, even if the wearer is unconscious. If you’re planning to use your inflatable SUP or kayak, then an inflatable life jacket is the perfect partner.
Unlike bulky plastic or metal water containers or canteens, inflatable water containers – ranging from 400ml to as much as 5 gallons – can hold water very well even with the attached sturdy handle. It is usually made of high grade polyethylene PVC material that resists cracks and dents and is also BPA safe. It usually has an easy-pour and leak-proof spigot. It is easily stored or transported when deflated, and when inflated can stand extreme temperatures from -20ºC to 80ºC.
Naturally, you don’t want to sleep on the hard surface since your tent is resting on the ground, and instead of a sleeping bag, why not carry an inflatable sleeping mat or pad. They’re more firm than a sleeping bag and won’t give you back pain. It won’t sag, is made of durable PVC materials, and only takes a few minutes to inflate, and at least two people can sleep on it, instead of having two separate sleeping bags. They are also much cheaper than foam mattresses.
Like its cousin the inflatable pad, the inflatable lounge bed or lounger offers good comfort whether used for sleeping or using outside of the tent to just sit in or lounge around in the daylight. It’s so easy and quick to inflate and can be carried in a bag smaller than a backpack. It’s usually oxford fabric material is light but durable and high quality. It’s even waterproof so you can float it on calm water and just lie back on it.
When inflated, inflatable camping pillows fluff out to a standard sized pillow, and when deflated, they can be rolled and fits into any attached or inner pocket in a backpack. They are easily hand washed and can dry quickly. You can also choose inflatable camping pillows of various designs, ranging from standard pillow designs, rectangular or U-shaped, to ones that goes around the neck. They inflate easily and are always made of durable materials.
Before you run out and start buying the cool inflatables mentioned above, do your research first. Each type of inflatable may feature various models of varying designs and uses, and some may be made specifically for certain seasons only. So make sure that you are selecting an inflatable that is specific to your own camping or outdoor adventure needs.