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The 3 Best Camping Cots

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A camping cot is a type of collapsible camping bed that can really help enhance the level of comfort in many camping situations. For those wanting to elevate both their bed, and their quality of sleep while camping, a cot is a great choice! Of course, there are endless types of designs and types to fit a number of priorities such as comfort, size, ease of set-up, and portability.

As part of our glamping event business, we have been able to use and test a good amount of camping cots over the years to use in our large canvas tents. In doing so we decided to focus on Byer of Maine brand cots due to their quality and versatility which comes from over 100 years of experience in the business. Here are our top picks for camping cots we like the best (and why).

The Heritage Camping Cot

heritage cot from byer of maine

This cot from Byer of Maine combines a traditional wooden folding cot with modern construction techniques and design, made for a larger camper. This cot is built with a sturdy North American hardwood frame and is covered with a Denier polyester fabric. The Maine Heritage Cot is easy to clean. You simply remove the fabric cover and wash with a mild detergent and water. We love the ease in which this cot is assembled and how compact it folds up. And one of the main features we like about this cot is how long it is. Often with cots that are as portable as this you have to sacrifice size. With a length of 7’, this cot is great for anyone!


  • Weight: 24 lbs.
  • Weight limit: 375 lbs.
  • Setup dimensions: 84”L x 30”W x 18”H
  • Folded dimensions: 9” x 5” x 43”
  • Color: Natural Wood/Tan fabric
  • Includes carrying case with drawstring and shoulder strap

See assembly video HERE

The EasyCot

easy cot by byer of maine

You guessed it, the “EasyCot” is called this due to it quick and easy set-up. Once removed from the bag, this cot simply unfolds and is ready to use in seconds! This easy to use feature does not sacrifice comfort and durability. It is constructed of welded steel legs, Denier polyester canvas with multiple fabric reinforcements. This cot offers the quickest and easiest set-up, while also being incredibly strong and durable.


  • Weight: 21 lbs.
  • Weight limit: 330 lbs.
  • Setup dimensions: 78”L x 31”W x 18”H
  • Color: Steel Frame/blue and tan fabric
  • Includes carrying case with drawstring and shoulder strap

See video HERE 

The Military Cot

military cot byer of maine

This military cot is the largest and strongest of the Byer of Maine brand cots. This cot design comes from 140 years of experience in refining the military cot design. It is crafted with full 1-1/4 square aircraft aluminum tubing. All legs and rails are reinforced with internal steel tubing as well. The durable rip-stop polyester fabric is treated for water repellency and is reinforced along the center of the sleeping surface. This cot also features and gear pouch with multiple pockets. This heavy duty military cot is made for fun, but means business!


  • Weight: 22 lbs
  • Weight limit: 375 lbs. (or more)
  • Setup dimensions: 84”L x 30”W x 18”H
  • Folded dimensions: 10” x 5” x 42”
  • Color: Aluminum Frame/forest green fabric
  • Includes carrying case with drawstring and shoulder strap

See assembly video HERE

Those are our three favorite camping cots because the are durable, well built and come from a great company.  Please comment if you own any of these 3 cots and share your feedback.


Joe Pagano
Joe Pagano

As the Director or Co-Operations with LiT, Joe has an unyielding energy to be inspired. With over 10 years of experience in team building and events this guy is a well organized & dynamic bulldog.

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