How to Travel With an Air Mattress

How to Travel With an Air Mattress

a blue air mattress on a living room floor
Packing a portable air mattress can be a lifesaver next time you're on a vacation. Whether traveling alone or making it a family affair, bringing an air bed can save you money during a hotel stay or provide a comfortable night's rest on camping expeditions.
a blue air mattress on a living room floor

Although some may worry about traveling with a bulky inflatable mattress, you have nothing to fear. Air mattresses take up little space in the car during long road trips and can even be folded small enough to pack in your suitcase or carry-on. Whether you plan on sleeping under the stars or crashing on the floor of a friend’s house, this guide will help you figure out how to travel with an air mattress.


Traveling with an Air Mattress:

Embrace Simplicity

Although modern air beds often have double mattresses for maximum comfort, sticking to a single air bed is your best choice if you want a truly portable air mattress. For easy packing, invest in a simple air mattress with special valves that allow for automatic inflating and deflating.

Fold Here

When packing your air mattress, you’ll want to make sure it’s folded in the most efficient way possible. The first step is to remove all the excess air that may still be trapped inside. Start at one end and push all the air out with the palm of your hand. Fold the tent in half lengthwise, then widthwise, and repeat. Do this until your air mattress is folded into quarters. Once you’ve done this, either roll the mattress to fit into a tight space or fold it into quarters for flat packing.

Keep it covered

Once your mattress is folded, you’ll want to store it in a carrying case. This prevents punctures and ensures that your air mattress won’t shift around during travel. Most air mattresses come with a protective cover; however, if you’ve lost yours or didn’t receive one, it’s easy to make your own. Simply take a pillow case, cut two slits on either side of the hem and thread a heavy duty string through it to tie it tightly.

Be Prepared

Keep a few extras on hand while traveling to ensure that you’re bed stays in top condition. Bring an extra pump if your mattress is not self-inflating and make sure to keep a few specialty patches handy.