My wife and I are both very outgoing person and we love going nature hunting. Like today, its been 4 days of non stop rain here in Mt. Makiling in the Philippines and both me and my wife have been hiding inside our tent to stay warm and dry. It is the rainy season here and thinking of this lousy weather makes me thankful that we have great camping gears to get us through.
Every camper I met has one or 2 complaints about sleeping through the night. It may be because of temperature or because they sleep uncomfortably through the night.
I am lucky that I got the best car camping cot which is elevated away from the ground. This way, I have comfortable sleep, away from the cold ground, away from insects or ground bugs, away from critters and I am well protected from rain and heat.
There are many camping cots out there in the market. Trust me, I have tried many and bought a bunch but I only have a few that I can recommend. But before that, I need to teach you what you need to consider before purchasing a camping cot.
Some questions you need to think of before purchasing a camping cot
- Where are you going?
- Will you be needing a tent or just a cot?
- Would you consider buying a tent cot?
- Are you going to just car camp or you will be going to a camp with a cabin?
- How many days will you be using it?
- Will you be using it just one time or many times?
- How much is your budget?
- How tall is the camper?
- How heavy is the camper?
- Are you going solo or with a partner?
- Would you like a single size or a double size one?
- How portable is it?
- Does it comes with other accessories?
- How will you carry it with you?
- Can you set it up fast? Some comes pre installed.
- Last question is would you choose comfort over price?
There questions will help you think what camping cot is best for you. There are many camping cots out in the market and is sometimes so confusing to just march in a store and see all those camping camp. Make sure that you have reviewed the guide so that you will have an idea on what to purchase. It will then narrow your choices on what is your basic need. Always remember that quality and comfort comes with a price. Although most camping cots you may see are brand new, you may also see some hand downs. Just make sure that they are durable and can support your weight.
Now, when I say comfort that does not mean that you have to spend thousands of dollars just to get it. Some camping cots are affordable and comfortable especially branded kinds like Coleman or Kamp-Rite. Just remember that the more expensive it is the pricier it is. So it comes down still to your budget.
In terms of car camping, this is what I use and what I can recommend as the best cot for car camping. It is the Coleman Pack Away Cot with Side Table. This is what I use personally and is quite handy. It is not only aesthetically pleasing, it is quite durable and does the job well. It is affordable as well which is just half the price of Teton Sports Outfitter cot, but if you have the budget you can try check it out.
The Coleman Pack Away cot is only about 7 lbs and is quite comfortable. This is perfect for those car campers like me. This product includes a side table that is removable. What I love about this is its durability. Nothing surprising since Coleman has been known to have high quality in all their products. It uses heavy duty steel frame and keeps you elevated from the ground and makes it easy for campers to get up. It can withstand weight of 300 lbs and is great for tall guys like me.
About the Author
William, married American expat living in the Philippines. Loves camping and rock climbing with his Filipino wife.