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The Importance of choosing the right camping bed

Camping doesn’t mean sleeping on the hard ground. It’s very possible to sleep comfortably – and even in luxury – when camping out in the great outdoors.

Getting a good night’s sleep when camping is important to maintain energy for everyday outdoor activities, whether your camping trip consists of hiking over treacherous terrain or simply relaxing with friends by a luxurious lake. Camping beds and camping cots are designed for a variety of sleepers, dreamers and outdoor enthusiasts. So, take a look at the below tips for choosing the right camping bed for you!

Regardless of your preferences when it comes to sleeping, there are certain things you need to consider when purchasing your camping bed or camping cot. Just like your bed at home, you need to be sure that the fit and comfort works for you and the space. But more than selecting a bed for your home, you need to consider factors that could make or break your entire camping trip. 

Below, we take a look at 5 essential factors to consider when selecting your camping bed.

5 Factors to consider when choosing your camping bed or camping cot

1. How much does your camping bed weigh?

Weight is a vital issue, especially since you’ll be moving around outdoors. However, if you are truck or car camping, you may not have an issue with a heavier camping bed or camping cot.

Suppose you prefer the idea of a camping cot. In that case, it is important to remember that the average aluminum camp cot usually weighs around 9 kg and while the more heavy-duty options weigh significantly more. And of course, more weight gets added when you opt for extra padding. But the good news is, there are lightweight options available. Take a look at the weight of the camp beds or camp cots you are choosing to make sure you are able to carry them around with you if you find yourself hiking through the wilderness. 

2. What is the size of your camping bed?

The average camp cot or bed is around 63.5 cm wide and 190.5 cm long when assembled. This range varies, depending on whether you select a longer or shorter cot. There are also wider designs available for campers who need a little more room. The best folding camp beds will support your whole body – but make sure you find the right fit for you – that is, a bed that will support you from head to toe.

Air beds tend to come in mattress sizes and with this in mind, you may be able to choose a single, double camping bed or queen-size bed for your trip – remember to consider whether this is doable for your stay. This is good if you find yourself camping in a single site and won’t be moving to different sites to sleep every day.

Camp cots also come in bunk-style and stackable designs which means you will be able to fit more people in a smaller space. But because of this design, they may be a bit heavier. So make the right decision based on the space you will have on your trip!

3. Is your camping bed portable?

It is important you are able to easily move your bed, especially if you plan on spending just one day at a campsite and then moving on to the next. It’s also important you can easily carry your camping bed while hiking or backpacking outdoors.

The packing weight of your bed depends on the manufacturer and the brand – and some beds are specifically designed to break down completely and weigh as little as a kilogram. 

Airbeds are also easy to pack once they are deflated – however, consider the padding you need and add that to the weight you will be carrying. 

4. Is your camping bed easy to assemble?

This is an important factor when it comes to selecting a camping bed. Some camping beds, camping stretchers and camping cots unfurl at the joints similar to that of a folding chair while others require more time for assembly. Air beds are definitely more simple to assemble as all you need is to unroll them and inflate them. 

Before purchasing your bed, find out how easy it is to assemble – and practice before heading out on your camping trip. The last thing you want is to spend too much time trying to get your bed made after a long day of hiking, trails, fishing and outdoor adventure. 

5. What fabric do you prefer?

Fabric is very important and can make a world of difference in durability, strength and comfort. Many camping beds use a single layer of polyester fabric or nylon. These fabrics are easy to clean and are very supportive. 

Cotton canvas fabrics are a little harder to keep clean and are heavier fabric while mesh fabric is an option if you want to keep cool in hotter weather. Most air beds have a soft fabric top while some come with extra camping equipment such as pillow tops for extra comfort. But fabric also needs to be waterproof and puncture-proof – so make sure to check that your airbed is durable for the elements. 

The best camp beds will fit comfortably in your campsite without sacrificing your comfort. comfortably fit everyone in your party without sacrificing comfort and there are plenty of options to choose from to make it work. Here’s to a good night’s sleep under the stars!

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