The air mattress has been traditionally used as the mattress to ride down the river on. Or you float on it in a pool. Rarely has been used as a bed for camping but this seems to be where it is going in these days. People will use it as a bed they will put the mattress down and then put a sleeping bag on top of it. But truly the best kind of air mattress to use is not the ones that are made of a lower quality plastic. You want to use one that is made of heavy-duty rubber that is breathable. (If it is possible to get an air mattress that is made of heavy rubber that is breathable.) You do not want to sleep on an air mattress that is going to heat up and make it feel like you are sleeping in an oven. If you are sleeping in a tent with poor ventilation then the hot mattress will make it too hot for you to sleep comfortably. But if you are outside sleeping under the stars well than that may be a different story. The mattress should be very well cushioned air bed that will move when you move. It should maintain air all night actually several nights would be better. You may not want to use the same mattress to float down the river and then use it as a bed. It may not dry by the time you go to bed. The air mattress should be able to resist punctures this is why you want a heavy-duty air mattress made of strong rubber. You do not want an air mattress that will squish down to the ground when you lay on it.