Beginner questions

Submitted: Thursday, Mar 06, 2014 at 14:17
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New to camping though have been twice I've got a couple of questions.

1) We have self inflating mats (Mannagum Mega Mats) but we are finding we are sleeping too hot. Not sure whether we need to open up our tent more or if its our mats. Would it make a difference if we inflated the mats when the air is cooler in the evening compared to when first setting up in the heat of the day (26 degrees)?

2) Is it best to store an ice box with the lid latched down or latches open. I'm wondering if stored with latches done up then the rubber seal cold lose some of its elasticity, similar to the reason you keep self inflating mats open.
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Reply By: Rod W - Thursday, Mar 06, 2014 at 15:11

Thursday, Mar 06, 2014 at 15:11
1) No.
2) Lid latched.
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Reply By: SDG - Thursday, Mar 06, 2014 at 15:41

Thursday, Mar 06, 2014 at 15:41
Open the tent. Let some air in. Most tents I have found seem to retain heat. Wait til winter. You will like that bit of problem.

Close the lid. Lock it down.
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Reply By: Member - Duncan W (WA) - Thursday, Mar 06, 2014 at 16:02

Thursday, Mar 06, 2014 at 16:02
Air mattresses are hot as they don't breath so I lay another sleeping bag over the mat to provide a layer between the non breathing velvet/rubber and my back. Wearing a T shirt in bed sometimes help reduce the sweatiness.

My esky is stored with the lid shut when not being used, but my car fridges when I'm not using them I leave an air gap.

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Reply By: Bazooka - Thursday, Mar 06, 2014 at 19:13

Thursday, Mar 06, 2014 at 19:13
Air beds with a cotton sheet cover will be cooler than the closed cell mats you're using but shading your tent, positioning it to catch any breeze, and opening it up as much as you can is the go.

I store my ice box unlatched and slightly ajar.
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