Now that summer is underway, it’s time to go camping. In fact, what with COVID-19 wreaking havoc on the world as we know it, summer camping trips are just about the only trips we can safely take right now. If you want to bring some of the comforts of home along with you, don’t worry, we have plenty of camping cots available for you to choose from.
The best camping cots are small, sturdy and portable beds, usually outfitted with a metal frame for stability. Some camping cots feature a plush mattress topper for the ultimate glamping experience, while others simply feature a taut fabric sleeping surface. You may have slept on one at summer camp or in a crowded hotel room when all the beds were taken. Cots are easy to pack and you can put your sleeping bag right on top and snuggle in for a great night under the stars.
Depending on the size of the cot and your camping tent, make sure you check the dimensions first to see if the cot will fit inside your tent. Otherwise, you can fall asleep under the brilliant night sky. There are different types of cots to choose from, varying from weight capacity, mattress comfort and frame design.
Finally, take your upcoming trip scenario into consideration as you browse our options. Outdoor cots are usually best for RV and car camping, as most cots will be too heavy to carry on a backpacking trip. And don’t forget your pillow!
1. Teton Sports Outfitter XXL Camping Cot
This easy to assemble cot will have you sleeping peacefully under the stars as soon as you unpack it. It can double as a bench around the fireside as well as it holds up to 600 pounds of weight. The shock-absorbing poles will leave you sleeping heavily no matter what crosses your path and the stretchy taunt material will give you enough bounce to rest easy. Slightly larger than a twin size mattress, the Teton Sports cot weighs 26 pounds and comes with a storage bag so this is a sure pick for car camping adventures.
2. Kamp-Rite Oversize Tent Cot
This beauty is the best of both worlds when it comes to being in the outdoors. If you don’t want to carry a tent and a cot around on your back while you head up the mountain, why not consolidate them into one item? The Kamp-Rite Oversize Tent Cot does just that. It is a cot with a tent attached overhead, and honestly the best thing ever invented. Imagine trekking out the unknown with your bed and your tent on your back, it’s almost too good to be true. Although the shipping weight is listed as 45 pounds, this might be best for nearer to the car camping. It is an easy setup and comes with its own carrying case. For that reason, it’s also a great choice for backyard sleepovers on those warm summer nights when your kids want to sleep outdoors.
3. Coleman Camping Cot Air Mattress Combo
Coleman is one of the best camping brands out there and they’ve designed a cot that has a sturdy frame and a wonderful air mattress. Most cots come with a thin, scrappy mattress, but with Coleman, you’ll be lying in comfort. With a fancy side table attached with a cup holder, a pump for the mattress, and a double lock valve for keeping the air in, this comfy cot can’t be beaten. It can hold up to 300 pounds in weight and is best for people under 6 feet tall. At 30 pounds, this isn’t a trekking cot in the slightest, but it’ll be worth it for car camping or if you have guests.
4. REI Kingdom Cot 3
REI has a slew of wonderful products and their take on the classic camping cot is no different. It looks so comfortable that I wouldn’t mind dragging it to the park or outside to the backyard. Forget camping, this cot wouldn’t be a deal-breaker for a long day in the park. It holds up to 300 pounds in weight and has adjustable feet for uneven ground, making for a more comfortable sleep. The material is water-resistant and dries easily if you get caught in an unexpected storm. On top of that, its feet are tent-friendly and the metal frame folds up for easy transport. For camping, festivals and backyard sleepers, this is a fantastic outdoor cot.
This oversized “glamping” bed will keep you happy in the great outdoors, so much that you’ll forget you’re not at home.
5. Coleman ComfortSmart Cot
This superbly padded mattress makes this cot the best bed you’ll find in the outdoors. If you’ve never been able to sleep on a pad on the ground, pack this extra padded cot with you and wake up ready to tackle the next hike of the day. A lighter, cheaper option than the Coleman air mattress cot, the padded ComfortSmart is just as cozy and more adept for the rough camper. Don’t want your friends making fun of you for dragging an air mattress all the way out to the campsite? Take a padded cot instead and be just as comfortable. At just $66 this is the best deal on our list.
6. KingCamp Folding Camping Cot
With a tilted back for extra comfort, the KingCamp might trick you into thinking it’s a lounge chair by the pool. But this sturdy cot is foldable and can be carried along to your next adventure. The lightest cot on our list at just 15 pounds, you can take this cot as far as you want to go. With easy set up, this cot is lightweight and ideal for any camping or hiking situation.
7. Byer of Maine Easy Cot
Lightweight and easy to assemble, this simple cot will have you packing your bags every weekend for a getaway to the big outdoors. One major perk is the extended length of this camping cot; it can accommodate a 6’4 person and up to 330 pounds. The longest cot on our list, this is a great choice for Father’s Day or taking along with you to keep the taller people in your family more comfortable.
8. RedCamp Folding Cot
This cot is the sturdiest one you’ll find with the capacity for 500 pounds. Comfortable, water-resistant, and easy to assemble, this RedCamp cot will make your weekend trip so much better. It has a stainless steel frame and two extra legs attached for more stability on uneven ground. It comes with its own traveling case and is ready to go whenever you are.
9. Ivation Easy Bed Queen Air Mattress
This blow-up mattress comes on short legs, which makes it more of a bed than a cot. Even so, it’s great for couples on a romatinc glamping expedition. The sturdy legs will keep you off the ground and comfortable. Plus, a convenient pump and a double valve will keep your camping air mattress from deflating. This easy to store air mattress is a great solution for those who don’t want to sleep on the ground outside.
10. Marchway Ultralite Cot
This camping cot is lower to the ground, keeping you closer to your friends if you’re tucked inside the tent. It also makes a great bench for roasting s’mores by the fireside. At only 4.8 pounds, this is the ideal cot to take hiking or backpacking. But don’t let the compact size of this portable, foldable and packable camping cot fool you. This bed supports up to 245 pounds. This lightweight cot will fold comfortably into its pack and sit on your back as you summit the mountain for that spectacular view. At the end of the day, you simply unfold and stretch those legs.