Every year, more people fall in love with camping. Especially now, when many of us have been limited to minimal travel for the past 15 months, people are looking to get back out in nature and celebrate breathing free. And while there are those folks who take naturally to camping out, some take a little longer to get comfortable with the basic life.
But when you are car camping, you don’t have to worry about limiting gear to what you can pack on your back. That’s when luxe sleeping pads and quilts—like the Therm-a-Rest MondoKing 3D Sleeping Pad and Vela Double Quilt—are well worth bringing along.
The MondoKing 3D Sleeping Pad has 4.25 inches of stabilized loft, making it an ideal choice for anyone who dreads sleeping on the hard ground. The StrataCore construction uses a continuous layer of thermal foam between alternating ridges of air and foam to keep a lofty, three-dimensional shape, yet compresses easily into a 4-5-pound package (depending on the size you choose). The stretch-knit fabric on the pad’s surface feels plush next to the skin, and the foam core keeps you warm in any season. The self-inflating pad has a TwinLock valve, which speeds inflation and deflation, so you don’t have to spend extra time setting up and striking camp.
The Vela Double Quilt is built with room for two, so you can keep it cozy with your favorite camping buddy. Constructed with 650-fill Nikwax hydrophobic down (Responsible Down Standard Certified), the quilt absorbs 90 percent less water and dries three times faster than traditional down quilts. The insulated footbox and full-perimeter side baffles help protect you from drafts, keeping you warm through the night. Pair the quilt with a sleeping pad, blanket, or sheet to attain your perfect level of temperature regulation and camp comfort.
The MondoKing 3D Sleeping Pad comes in large and xxlarge sizes and lists for $209.95 and $229.95, respectively, on the Therm-a-Rest site. The Vela Double Quilt comes in two versions: the 32F/0C (for $299.95) and the 20F/-6C (for $369.95).