The weekend away in the Baviaanskloof is less than two weeks away. I’m really excited, but Nadine is still very apprehensive.
Since my last experiment proved that my bed theory was severely lacking, I’ve thrown it out completely and started again.
My new theory is this: The bottom is a 120mm sponge mattress covered in a thick, heavy, woollen blanket. On top is a soft, fleece blanket first, and then another thick, heavy, woollen blanket over the top.
I tested the new configuration last night, and it’s wonderful. As expected, it’s warm and soft. It is less mobile because of the big and bulky mattress, but they provide enough softness and support for our hips. It is definitely warmer than the last configuration. Mainly because the sleeping bag is old and less effective now, but also because it has the thick, woollen blankets both below and above the humans.
One thing to consider is that I still tested it inside the house on the floor, and not outside in a tent. Although I did try to mitigate the difference by wearing only shorts and a t-shirt.
I’m happy with the camp bed as it stands now. Not forever, mind you, just for our Baviaans road trip later this month. In the future, when I’m not travelling with Nadine, I’ll use a better sleeping bag and revert to the 10mm mat.
Next item on the planning list is food…