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“Hmmm. Where am I going to sleep?” — Have you ever asked yourself this question while traveling? I know I have, and the answer to this is usually a cold, rock-hard floor. In fact, the lengthy list of floors I’ve slept on is the primary inspiration for this video.
I won’t dive into specifics, but I imagine you’re wondering, “Why would anyone sleep on so many floors?” The reasons are endless, but three common situations that result in sleeping on the floor are:
1. The cheapest transportation is available from 9 p.m. to 8 a.m. Through some brief Kayak.com number crunching, I found “red-eye” flights are at least 10 percent cheaper than daytime flights. While studying abroad, taking red-eye flights on discount airline Ryanair saved me money. However, budget airlines are typically located outside the city and require public transportation that isn’t always available during those midnight hours. And don’t forget that MegaBus tickets can be at least 10 times cheaper when you purchase in advance the night-ride $1 fare.
2. Based on BookofOdds.com, one in every four December flights will be delayed. And even during October, odds are that one in every eight flights will be delayed. Additionally, only one in every 53 flights arrives on time in December! I hope you have your neck pillow handy, because you simply can’t predict when weather or airplane maintenance will delay your itinerary.
3. Life is unpredictable. Maybe an extra person is staying the weekend, maybe your friend doesn’t have the guest bed she promised, maybe your sports team has to squeeze into a single hotel room, or maybe you’re backpacking and truly don’t know where you’ll sleep at night. Whatever the case, you have probably experienced an evening without a mattress at some point.
A FIRST-HAND REVIEW
Unfortunately, I never mastered sleeping on cold, hard floors or airport waiting benches. It was bittersweet discovering the Emergency Sleep Kit because it would’ve been handy so many times before: the airport delay in Paris, when there weren’t enough beds at a Florence hostel, those 1-inch-thin Amsterdam hostel mattresses during study abroad, college road trips, and family vacations.
Anyway, with The Emergency Sleep Kit, I’m pretty excited to know I always have a bed with my name on it. I’m certain I’ll have a comfortable place to rest my head, no matter what life throws at me.
The 3-inch thick air mattress measures 72 inches by 27 inches, and it takes three minutes to deflate with a little practice. At 160 pounds, I never touched the ground while using it, and the built-in air-pillow is a nice touch.
The thermal blanket is extremely light, packable, and surprisingly warm. The pre-pasted toothbrush may sound disgusting, but it’s safely packaged; after a few seconds, I forgot I was even using a disposable toothbrush. To be honest, I can’t tell night from day when using the sleep mask. The earplugs fit securely enough to drown out background noise, yet allow enough sound for my cell phone’s travel alarm clock to wake me. Paired with a nice travel blanket, you can probably turn down an available guest bed, be polite, and offer it to the next person without an ounce of regret.
So the next time you’re gearing up for a weekend trip, booking those late-night flights, or backpacking and camping, squeeze the Emergency Sleep Kit into the bottom of your duffel. You’ll wake up refreshed and ready to hit the day in stride. You really can fall asleep anywhere.