If you’re going to spend the night out in the woods, camping cots can help you and your friends get a better nights sleep. These sleeping cots will keep you off the ground so there’s no risk of rodents, snakes, or other ground creatures getting into your sleeping bag. When it comes to finding the right camp cot to fit your needs there’s many available, I found the best camping cots in each category so you don’t have to spend hours searching the net. The camping cots, together with the camping hammocks, are the best equipment to spend the night in the woods.
The Best Camping Cots
1. Byer of Maine Easy Cot
The Byer of Maine East Camp Cot is exactly what it claims – easy to set up. If you’ve ever set up a military type sleeping cot you know how much strength is required to pull those parts into place, the Easy Cot is the opposite. It takes very little strength to open this camping cot up, plus it’s sturdy enough to hold 325 pounds.
Dimensions: 79″ long x 32″ wide x 17″ high
Complaints: This is a great sturdy cot, but if you’re going to be putting it to heavy use, you may want to get one that’s a little pricier. Although easy to setup, it can start to sag a bit in the middle because of it’s easy-folding design.
2. Teton Sports Outfitter XXL Cot
These sleeping cots are extra big and extra tough. The Teton Sports Outfitter camp cot has a patented steel leg frame that can hold up to 600 pounds, almost double of what most cots are rated for! Setup and breakdown of this camping cot are quick and hassle free. Because of it’s big size you won’t risk falling off if you’re an active sleeper. Also makes a great alternative function as a guest bed in your home.
Dimensions: 85″ long x 40″ wide
Complaints: While This Teton XXL camping cot has loads of great reviews, there are several reports of the middle leg bending if you sit right in the middle of the cot.
3. Therm-A-Rest LuxuryLite UltraLite Cot
If you’re looking for a backpacking cot, the UltraLite Cot is a great choice. It doesn’t keep you as high off the ground as it’s bigger counter parts, but it makes up for that with it’s light weight and compact size. It takes about 3 minutes to setup when totally dissassembled. This camp cot weighs less than 3 pounds but will support 325 pounds.
Dimensions: 74″ long x 24″ wide
Dimensions folded up: 16″ x 5″
Complaints: These camping cots have nothing but great reviews, the only complaint I could find is that they are fairly narrow.
4. Kamp-Rite Tent Cot
This camping cot is more than just a cot, it’s a fully enclosed tent to keep rain and bugs off you. Plus it can double as a lounge chair during the day. This unique camping cot will keep you 11″ off the ground, with the tent at 24″ off the ground so you have plenty of room. It’s got a lightweight aluminum frame that can hold up to 300 pounds. It also folds up and fits into a nice little carrying case to make it easy to haul around.
Dimensions: 84″ long x 28″ wide x 11″ high
Complaints: The only complaints about this camping cot were that it’s head space is a little slim, so use it only for sleeping. It doesn’t fold up the smallest, but if you’re using it for tent camping that shouldn’t be a big deal.
5. Teton Sports Universal Camp Cot Pad
After you buy a cot and sleep on it a few times, you may notice that it is a little too firm for your liking and it can get cold at night. If this is the case for you, consider grabbing this Camp cot pad to make sleeping on your cot a dream.
This camp cot pad fits any 82″ x 32″ standard-size cot, or you can use it directly on the ground in a pinch. It’s filled with foam that is a great insulator to help you stay warmer during those cold nights. Just set your cot up, bungee this pad in place and you’re all set.
Dimensions: 80″ long x 30″ wide x 2″ tall
Complaints: So far this camping cot pad is all 5 stars. “It is a little bulky but well worth it” said one reviewer.
Best Camping Cots Buying Tips
You basically have 3 options for sleeping out in the woods. You can either get a camp cot like the ones above, get a big air mattress to sleep on, or buy some camping sleeping pads to put on the ground. If you’re going to go the camp cot route, remember that they can be a little cold since the air can circulate around you at night. Getting a good camp cot pad will really help with this.
Also be sure to set them up in the light (or have a lantern available if it’s dark already) as they can be a little tricky, especially if it’s your first time setting them up.