Three Reasons Why Big Camping Cots Are the Best Cots

Look for cots that stand high enough off the ground to store your gear underneath.

One of the great luxuries of car camping, cabin camping, or setting up a wall tent for deer season is that you don’t have to sleep on the ground. A good cot is essential equipment for these trips. A big cot is even better. Here are three things to look for when buying yours.

Lots of Room Underneath
TETON Sports Outfitter XXL Camp Cot
A cot that stands 19 inches off the ground will hold a lot more gear underneath than one that’s only 15 inches high.TETON Sports

Cots take up a lot of room in a tent, or even in a cabin, especially big cots designed for big people. Look for cots that stand high enough off the ground to store your gear underneath. Your tent mates will appreciate your neatness when they don't trip over your duffel bag on the way to the outhouse in the middle of the night.

Durable Construction
Coleman ComfortSmart Cot
Some cots come with built in mattresses and feature sturdy steel frames. They’re like beds! But smaller!Coleman

Looking for more beds to store at deer camp? If saving weight and space are not much of an issue, buy a cot with plenty of cushion and a strong frame.

Size Matters
Coleman Trailhead II Cot
An 75-inch cot will sleep humans up to 6 feet 2 inches tall.Coleman

If you're a big person, buy a bigger cot. There's nothing worse that trying to sleep with your feet hanging over the edge of your bed, unless it's trying to sleep with your feet resting on the metal crossbar at the end of your cot. Look for a large frame cot that breaks down into a small package, that way you'll have plenty of room for all your other gear in the back of your truck.

Cots are Cold!
Therm-a-Rest Z Lite Sol Ultralight Foam Backpacking Mattress
This closed-cell foam pad folds up accordion style and gives you plenty of warmth without all the huffing and puffing (or rolling and stuffing) that comes with using an air mattress.Therm-a-Rest

All that room below your cot is great for storage, but not so great for insulation. When the nights turns cold, even a sleeping bag won't be enough to keep you warm. You can look for a cot with a built in mattress to solve this problem, but these are harder to store than simple fabric cots and may not be rated for very cold weather. An easy solution is to bring a camping air mattress or (if you can afford the room) a foam mattress designed to insulate you from the cold.