It can be surprising to find how many items need air when you are camping. From the smallest of the water wings to that huge blow up mattress we know you’d rather not use your breath to get them all inflated. An air pump can be pretty handy around the campsite. You will use it for the pool inflatables, bike tires, and things you haven’t even thought about when you were packing. Below, you’ll find some tips for getting the best air pump to match your needs.
They can range quite a bit according to price but the main features to look for center around the type of pump it is.
Electric Pump – These are great when you’re sure you’ll have a power source. You’ll probably need an extension cord for it as well so that you can take it to the source instead of bringing the source to the pump.
Hand Pump – These are typically less expensive and they require more work on your part. It can be quite a job to fill a mattress with air but if you’re up to it, the hand pump is great to have around.
Battery Pump – With this you get portability and speed combined. Keep a close eye on your batteries to make sure they are fully charged and you’re good to go. These pumps are also preferable if you’re working in the rain or near standing water.
Whichever type you bring along, the air pump will become one of your top items to bring. They are one of those tools that are really needed when they are needed and can make your camping stay that much more enjoyable.