If you are doing research before joining the more than 80,000 customers that have rented our camping and travel gear, or have already received your camping gear rental package from us, here's where you can learn about the setup and operation of a specific camping or travel gear item before you head out on your next trip.

The information below provides more details on how to setup, use and store the mattress pads we rent, but we encourage you to give us a call or find more resources online if more details are needed. For more information on this rental item including rates, check out the main product page at Rent Camping Mattress Pads. There are more how-to pages on nearly all of our most popular rental items; find most at our video and user guide to rentals main page .

Here are teh 3 main styles of rental mattress pads we offer, rolled and unrolled for size perspective - from left to right:

Base camp car-camping models - roughly 25" x 77"
Regular size rectangular pad, some best suited for car-camping; some lighter ones ok to rent for backpacking trips.  Both are about 20" x 72"
Mummy style backpacking pad - lighter, thinner and about 72" long like the rectangular ones, but 20" only at its widest point (narrower at the foot)

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All are self-inflating pads, which means the pads will draw in air through the opened valve to some level of firmness.  Most campers will want to increase the firmness in the pad by blowing into the valve to increase the pressure inside beyond what it will do on its own.  

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Some of the backpacking pads will fold in half length-wise before rolling up for re-stuffing for transport.  This is often more convenient for storage inside a backpack.  Most of the car-camping models we rent are rolled up at full width.

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After use the best way to remove the air for storage is to open the valve and gradually roll up the pad to squeeze the air out.  Close the valve, unroll, and then roll back up with the valve remaining closed until near the end, then open the valve to squeeze the last air out.  This will make it easier to get the mattress pad back into its stuff sack. Here's are two typical ones rolled up.

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Here is an overview video about all of the mattress pads we rent