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Camping beds are important to consider before heading out. No one enjoys sleeping on the cold hard ground inside your tent without some sort of mattress, bed, or cot.

Tent cots are great all-in-one solutions as they double as a tent and have a comfortable area to sleep on. They also limited the air between you and the ground when it gets cold at night. There is no need to be buying extra sleeping gear, except a pillow and possibly a thin foam mattress or light blankets.

The issue with tent cots is the cost as they can get quite pricey. They are also generally limited to 2 people as they are supported by aluminum poles.

Camping beds, on the other hand, are a cheaper alternative and is what you should be looking for if you already have a tent. Camping beds include a whole range of different options such as, traditional cots, foam mattresses, air mattresses and pads. Here are the top 5 best camping beds that we have found for 2020.

An elevated mattress (or a cot) is perfect for ensuring a good night’s sleep. If the ground gets wet for whatever reason, you will be safe.

Supporting your body in proper alignment is also important, and this can be achieved with cots. 

The ComfortSmart also protects you against cold winds and the cold ground with its durable steel frame support.

It measures in at 69 x 25 x 15 inches when unfolded.


  • Foldable and easy to pack up
  • Included foam mattress
  • Off the ground
  • Springs may wear overtime
  • Average foam

It looks amazing, doesn’t it!

This sleeping pad offers superior comfort with its flexing air cells, which work similarly to a pocket sprung mattress.

It’s very light and only weighs 14.5 Oz, which makes it perfect for not only camping but also backpacking and other traveling experiences.

It is known to be silent and is waterproof, tear-resistant, and reflects radiant heat to the sleeper. No more squeaky noises.

There are 2 valves, making it easy to inflate and deflate the pad. No pumps required.

  • No wobbling or bottoming out
  • Compact and lightweight
  • Easy to inflate and deflate
    May deflate overtime 

This is no ordinary camping mattress. Therm-a-Rest has revolutionized the game with self-inflating foam air which offers comfort like no other.

Ordinary air mattresses still have the trouble of cold air seeping through the ground (no insulation) and making you shiver at night. This mattress combats that issue and keeps you warm enough to sleep like a baby.

The camping bed is also great for side sleepers as it’s thick enough to provide decent cushioning for shoulders and hips.

Ultimately, it is perfect for cold conditions but it may get too hot during hot conditions as it will keep you warm throughout the night.


  • Perfect for cold conditions
  • Well insulated
  • Self-Inflating foam
  • Seams are thin
  • May not be suitable in hot environments

Another one from Therm-a-Rest is the closed-cell foam pad which offers good insulation and protection from the ground.

It is easy to pack and fold away which is ideal for hiking, backpacking, and camping. The dimples in the padding trap heat for extra warmth in cold environments.

As it’s a molded foam design, there’s nothing to puncture so you don’t have to worry about it getting caught on thorns and bursting, as you would with inflatable pads. When folded, you can even use it as a seat.

Comfort is amazing and sleep quality is proven to be better compared to its earlier models and other inflatable pads on the market.


  • Lightweight and packs quickly
  • Perfect for cold grounds
  • Closed-cell foam
  • No padding

The self-inflating feature is quite popular these days, with Lightspeed Outdoors taking advantage of the trend, and doing it well.

It has a built-in pillow which is ideal if you don’t have enough space to bring your own.

It’s PVC-free and eliminates harmful phthalates, plastic odors, and annoying loud plastic noises.

It doesn’t bottom out and is very comfortable, especially for cold conditions due to its contoured foam. This provides insulation from cold surfaces.

  • Self-inflating with no bottoming out
  • Great insulation
  • Built-in pillow 
  • Somewhat heavy (5.5lbs) and only suitable for camping


Simple air mattresses and blanket floors are a thing of the past. The camping beds mentioned in this article are all perfect for a good night’s sleep, provide great insulation, and are leaders in the industry for a good reason.

Therm-a-Rest is renowned for having great quality products, but their price can be quite expensive. Although. if you are looking for a luxury model and don’t want to fuss around, it is something to consider.

Cots are quickly becoming more popular due to their off the ground nature. You won’t have to worry about cold hard grounds, insulation, or wet grounds. They also support your body in proper alignment.

Cheaper inflatable mattresses that you may have used in the past take ages to inflate and can easily break or be punctured. The camping beds on this list will last a long time, whereas a cheap $15 inflatable bed from Walmart may only last you 1 camping trip, if that, and will be detrimental to your sleep quality.

John Anderson
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