|There's enough length for an 8' tall person to sleep in my '04 Prius. Jan 2011|
But, I'm only 5'2", so I now keep my front passenger seat upright and use that space for storage when I travel solo.
|The head of my bed up against the front passenger seat. April 2015|
I get lots of questions about how I set up my bed. So, I hope these photos and explanations help to answer some of those questions.
When living out of a mid-size car like the Prius, every bit of storage space is garnered and cherished. For example, directly under my bed I store my Therm-A-Rest Seat and my silicone cutting board under the mattress because they are thin and flat they take up almost no room in this location. Also, under those items is a compartment for emergency items (spare tire, extra fluids, jumper cables, tools, first-aid kit, etc.).
|Using one of my trekking poles to hold up my mattress, you can see|
that I put thin, flat items here for storage. April 2015
|My "mattress" is made of several layers. From bottom up: fitted sheet, 1" |
deflated Therm-A-Rest pad (for storage), 75% inflated 3.5" REI inflatable
foam pad (like a Therm-A-Rest), flat sheet. April 2015
These 3 layers get encapsulated in sheets. I first wrap all with a flat sheet from the top, then cover everything with a fitted sheet from the bottom.
|All of my mattress layers get wrapped up in a sheet burrito. April 2015|
|My mattress with 4 sets of sheets on it. April 2015|
For warmth on top, I use a king-size down comforter covered in a duvet. To fit the bed, the comforter is folded into thirds. If it's real cold, I cover myself in all 3 layers. If it's not too cold, I unfold it at the head of the bed and sleep under only one layer. My feet, which tend to be the coldest, are always under 3 layers.
|A king-size comforter is folded into thirds. |
It fits the mattress perfectly. April 2015
|A black twin flat sheet makes the bed less obvious to anyone who|
might look into the car. April 2015
|I cover the foot of the bed with a waterproof fleece lap blanket,|
stretching across to cover the contents on the driver's side as well. April 2015
Usually I take a heavy coat when I travel because even the desert can get very cold. But, it takes up a lot of room. So, I often just spread it out in the back as an extra layer of warmth at the foot of my bed.
|Storing a heavy coat by laying it over the foot of the bed. April 2015|
Please note that these photos were taken while staying in Arizona during the winter and spring. If I were wintering in a damp chilly location like Seattle, WA, then I would would stay away from cotton and down. Instead I would use synthetic materials as they will keep you warm even when damp.