How To Care For Your Self-Inflating Sleeping Mat

By Mark Roberts

When you get a new self-inflating sleeping mat, the first thing you'll probably do is celebrate - hooray!

Self-inflating sleeping mats are dead easy to use and look after. But there are a few simple steps you should follow to make sure your mat performs at its best and lasts as long as possible.

  1. What's included with my mat?
  2. What to do with your mat when it arrives
  3. How to inflate your self-inflating sleeping mat
  4. How to pack away your sleeping mat
  5. How to store your sleeping mat

What's Included With My Mat?

Your sleeping mat comes with a repair kit, including: a fabric patch, glue, and instructions. Hang onto it, you never know when might need it!

What To Do When Your Mat Arrives

Inflate your mat as soon as it arrives, before you take it on any trips. It takes a while for the mat to inflate first time round as the foam will have been compressed tightly by the factory for shipping. We recommend leaving your mat for a minimum of 30 minutes, but the longer, the better.

How To Inflate Your Self-Inflating Sleeping Mat

  • Unroll and open your mat out flat

  • Open the valve wait for the foam to spring into shape

  • Top up your mat with a few breaths until it's firm enough to sleep on

  • Close the valve with your mouth around it to stop any air escaping

How To Pack Away Your Sleeping Mat

  • Open the valve and roll up the mat from the bottom, kneeling on it as you go to squeeze out as much air as possible

  •  Close the valve and unroll the mat again, laying it flat

  • Fold your mat in half and roll it again, opening the valve as you get near to the end to squeeze out any remaining air

  • Close the valve and put the elastic straps around your mat so it doesn't unravel while you're putting it into it's stuff sack

How To Store Self-Inflating Sleeping Mats

It's a good idea to store your mat flat and uncompressed with the valve open. This allows the foam to bounce back into shape faster when you next take it on a trip (it's the foam expanding that causes your mat to self-inflate).

Storing your mat with the valve open also helps to prevent moisture build-up inside the mat from blowing into it with your damp lungs! Find a cool, dry spot that's out of direct sunlight for your mat to live in, like down the side of a wardrobe or under the bed.

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