On our way back from LA for the Moontribe 19yr Anniversary full moon gathering we got stuck in Calgary for 21hrs due to a big storm system. With hundreds of other stranded travelers there were no hotel rooms available near the airport. No worries – we are seasoned campers and we had our gear with us still dusty from the Mojave Desert. So we found a nook on the arrivals level where we could throw down our sleeping pads and bags. We got a few strange looks, but I fell asleep pretty quickly and appreciated 6hrs of horizontal time.
Sharon and I both used Exped air mattresses – mine is a Downmat 9. It can be a PITA to inflate this thick mattress, but it’s perfect for very hard or rocky surfaces due to it’s huge volume. It’s also very warm thanks to the down inside that keeps the air from circulating. Sleeping on a concrete floor at the airport was no problem at all.