Can I sleep on my camping mattress every night?

I am in the Peace Corps and my bed is awful because I get paid $200 a month, I can't buy a new one. I have a NEMO Astro Insulated Sleeping Pad, how long can I sleep on that until it breaks? Also, are there any tips to make it last longer? It is a blow up sleeping pad.


My bed is awful, but because I get paid $200 a month***

3 Answers

  • Anonymous
    7 years ago
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    Sure, you can sleep on it. That's why you brought it, right?

    I brought lots of things with me into Peace Corps that didn't make it back. There's no way I would have lugged all that stuff to Morocco just to have it sit in a bedroom for 27 months. Even if it didn't last the whole time, I still got use out of it while I could. Nothing lasts forever.

    You can take care of your things to try to make them last, but think about it: the whole point of purchasing anything at all is to use it, use it up and wear it out. (Except for those weird people who keep toys in their original packaging in hopes that they might increase in value. They're no fun.)

    I've never used a blow-up sleeping bag for that long, but if I'd had one in Morocco, I would have just put it in my room and used as a regular mattress. Obviously, I wouldn't stab it with knives, put out cigars on it, raised litters of stay puppies on it, or anything like that. When I left town to go work across the country for a week, I would consider either deflating it or raising it in some way, but that would have been only because I had mice. Essentially, common sense would rule.

    But you better believe had I brought it, I would have used it, even if it meant throwing it out full of holes after eight months of blissful nighttime dreams.

    You get, IIRC, 80 pounds of checked baggage for Peace Corps. The mattress weighs what, six, eight pounds? That's 8-10 percent of your ENTIRE inventory for Peace Corps. Sleep on the thing!

    As it was, my sleeping bag (what my host mom called my "sleep pocket" and had absolutely no understanding of what it was) was a fantastic sleep aid in the winter.

    And lugging it back, unused, two years later would have been a waste.

    Sweet dreams.

    Source(s): Peace Corps 07-09
  • 7 years ago

    I have been through a couple of sleeping pads over the past decade. I sleep every night on a queen-sized air mattress, about $35 at a department store. Your NEMO, $100, should be fairly durable. If it fails, try to get your hands on a full mattress, but it will need a battery-powered or electric outlet air pump to fill.

  • chris
    Lv 7
    7 years ago

    it should last indefinitely or 1 day past it's one year warranty. That is just the way things are. What do the locals use? often native methods are better and less costly.

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