What To Look Out For When Buying A Camping Cot

Purchasing a sleeping cot is going to set you back a considerable amount more than buying a sleeping pad, however, it does provide more in terms of elevation and comfort.

The choice can also be rather wide when it comes to camping cots which makes choosing the right one feel rather overwhelming at times.

These features should help to make the decision a little easier for you.

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1. The Weight

Camping cots are heavier than sleeping pads which can make them a challenge to carry around, however, the weight is related to the construction of the cot. 

A camping cot that weighs in at 2 or 3 pounds may be more than suitable for a small female or a child, however, a large male will need a heavy duty cot which is, of course, going to weight more.

The weight is also related to the material used which then has an impact on how durable the cot will be overall.

2. The Size

You will most certainly need to take the body size into consideration when making your decision as to which camping cot you purchase. Camping cots can vary and you will find the majority which are on the market will be fine for adults who are up to 25 inches wide and 75 inches long, however, larger versions are also available if need be.

3. The Collapsible Factor

Camping cots can all be collapsed and folded into a smaller size, however, some will do this more than others will. You need to think about how much space you have available when it comes to heading out on your camping trip and then look for a collapsible factor that will match this, as well as choosing a cot which is easy to fold.

4, The Assembling Factor

When you get to your camping destination there is nothing worse than realizing that you have forgotten a tool which you need.Some camping cots will just need basic tools which are usually part of the purchase. Make sure that you know the assembly process well so that you do not get frustrated when you arrive at camp.

5. The Fabric

Your budget will likely determine which type of fabric your camping cot is made from. For durability and support, nylon and polyester work well. You also need to consider how to clean your cost after you have used it.

6. The Comfort Factor

If you want to get a good night's sleep when camping, you need to consider this aspect of the cot. You will get a good idea of comfort from the spring system, while the fabric tension will either mean you are sleeping on a hard surface or lying on something that will mold to your body shape.

The Pluses That Come With Buying A Camping Cot

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There are plenty of benefits that come with camping cots and it best to try them out first and see how they work for you and your needs. These are a few of the benefits that you may enjoy if you purchase a camping cot:

1. Improved Stability

Since it is stronger and has better construction than a normal sleeping pad, a camping cot will elevate you the way a hammock would, but still lets you move around freely without worrying about a crash. It is similar to the design of a bed so will provide you with a better night's sleep.

2. Provides A Cool Area In Warm Weather

In contrast to sleeping pads and bags, a camping cot provides fabrics which do not fold around the body. fabric that has more tension means a straighter sleeping position which will keep you cooler on hot nights.

3. You Are Off The Ground

While you may view yourself as safe in your tent, there are still insects which can make their way in. A lot of them like to burrow through the material of the tent to get inside. A camping cot means you are elevated and away from insects which may disturb your sleep.

4. You Get Extra Storage

You can stack baggage under your camping cot, as well as other items, something which is impossible to do under a sleeping pad. When it comes to camping, you can never have enough safe storage space an a camping cot will significantly increase the space that you have.

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