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Best Camp Beds

Best Camping Beds UK (2023)

Last updated: 08.11.2023 Reading time: 12 Min.

Summer is here, and for many of us, that means it's time to go camping! ☀️

Uncomfy nights used to be a camping staple, but that's not the case anymore.

We've compiled a list of the best camping beds in the UK because camping is more fun when you get a great night's sleep! 💗

Read on to discover which camp bed is right for you.

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Best beds for camping

The best camping beds UK

Luxury Option

Helinox Lite Cot

The Helinox Lite Camp Bed is a super lightweight and reliable cot, perfect for outdoor and indoor use.

The Helinox Lite Camp Bed helps keep campers off the floor and can support weights up to 120 kg (265 lbs).

The Helinox Lite Camp Bed is ideal for campers who want to explore their surrounding. 🏃

The bed weighs just 1.27 kg (2.8 lbs) and can easily be packed and carried along on adventures.

The Helinox Lite Camp Bed can still carry taller and heavier individuals despite its lightweight size.

It is one of the best camp beds on the market and keeps you off the floor, which is ideal for the UK's unpredictable weather. ☔

However, the Helinox Lite Camp Bed is not cheap and is best suited to those who love camping and go regularly.

BUY HELINOX LITE CAMP BED£ 260

  Helinox Lite Camp Bed
Type: Folding bed
Material: Made from polyester with an aluminium alloy frame
Dimensions: 185 x 60 x 13 cm (73 x 24 x 5.1 inches)
Weight: 1.27 kg (2.8 lbs)
Weight limit: 120 kg (265 lbs)
Very Firm

KingCamp Camping Bed

The KingCamp Heavy Duty Camping Bed is an extra-wide bed with a maximum weight capacity of 120 kg (264 lbs).

The KingCamp Heavy Duty Camping Bed is suitable for indoor and outdoor use.

The KingCamp Heavy Duty Camping Bed is foldable, strong and light. 

Made of a resilient steel and aluminium frame, the bed can hold up to 120 kg (264 lbs) yet has a pack weight of just 5.7 kg (12.5 lbs). 🪶

You can be sure your camp cot will last as it is constructed with a double layer of high-quality 1000D Oxford fabric for added durability. 

KingCamp bed folded
 Despite being a heavy-duty camp bed, the KingCamp bed doesn't take up much room when folded.

The KingCamp bed also has a handy side pocket for storing smaller items.

Handily, the bed can be used in various sitting, reclining, or sleeping positions. 

The KingCamp Heavy Duty Camping Bed should be used with a camping mat or mattress for even more comfort. 

BUY KINGCAMP BED£ 64.99

  KingCamp Heavy Duty Camping Bed
Type: Folding bed
Material: Made from 1000D Oxford fabric with an alloy steel frame
Dimensions: 190 x 67 x 38 cm (74.8 x 26.3 x 14.9 inches)
Weight: 5.7 kg (12.5 lbs)
Weight limit: 120 kg (264 lbs)
Travel-Friendly

Deeplee Camping Mat

The Deeplee Camping Mat is durable, light, and packs up extra small.

The Deeplee Camping Mat comes with a built-in hand pump, which reduces the packing burden and makes it ideal for camping.

The Deeplee Camping Mat is one of Amazon's top sellers and one of the most affordable camp bed options. 💸

Camping mats are a firm favourite for people wanting to keep their packing ultra-lightweight.

Weighing in at only 0.63 kg (1.4 lbs), the Deeplee Camping Mat is ideal for backpackers and hikers. 🏃

The Deeplee Camping Mat comes with a built-in hand pump, so you don't need to bring any additional tools.

Inflation and deflation should only take 1 or 2 minutes. 👍

Made with nylon, the mat is durable, waterproof, and flexible.

Unfortunately, some customers still experience issues with their Deeplee Camping Mat leaking and deflating during the night. 😢

BUY DEEPLEE CAMPING MAT£ 29.99

  Deeplee Camping Mat
Type: Camping mat
Material: Made from nylon and thermoplastic polyurethane
Dimensions: 195 x 59 x 6 cm (77 x 33 x 2.4 inches)
Weight: 0.63 kg (1.4 lbs)
Weight limit: 205 kg (452 lbs)
Value For Money

Jay-Be Folding Bed

The Jay-Be Folding Bed is popular for its affordability and versatility.

The Jay-Be Folding Bed comes with a thicker mattress that offers a more comfortable night's sleep.

The Jay-Be Folding Bed is suitable for camping and as a spare guest bed. 👍

The camp bed won't take up too much room and can be easily folded and popped away for storage when not in use.

However, the Jay-Be Folding Bed is still a bit of a bulkier camping bed

It's not the best choice for campers planning to walk to their campsite or those with limited packing space. 🙅

Jay-Be Folding Bed with mattress
The Jay-Be Folding Bed folds neatly away, making storage and travel less stressful.

But, the taller metal frame and thicker mattress make the camp bed a more comfortable option.

It's ideal for those who would struggle with sleeping on the floor. 

Jay-Be uses hypoallergenic smart polyester fibres to ensure the mattress keeps its shape.

Plus, the camp bed comes in two sizes (small single and small double), so you can choose the one that suits your needs. 👏

BUY JAY-BE FOLDING BED£ 74.99

  Jay-Be Folding Bed
Type: Folding bed
Material: Features a coated steel frame and e-fibre mattress
Dimensions: 186 x 70 x 39 cm (73 x 28 x 15 inches)
Weight: 8.6 kg (19 lbs)
Weight limit: 120 kg (265 lbs)

How we test products

Our mission is to take the guesswork out of finding the perfect sleep products.

We've dedicated hundreds of hours to testing mattresses and sleep accessories, and rely on a team of testers of differing weights, temperature preferences, and sleeping positions to evaluate each product. 

Tested products are granted the Sleep Hero tested stamp of approval, a mark of our review's reliability.

To learn more about our testing process, check out our methodology page.

If we haven't personally tested a product, please be assured that we invest significant time and energy into scouring the UK market and researching the best recommendations, and we work with a team of sleep experts who review our articles, ensuring that the insights we provide are not only relatable but also reliable.

What is a camp bed?

Anyone who loves camping knows how uncomfortable spending the night outside can be.

The ground is often uneven and can get pretty cold (especially around the UK). ⛄

While Brits often prefer caravan holidays, we still spend around 12.5 million nights camping in tents in a year.

Luckily, there are plenty of camping bed options to keep you comfy and cosy, whether you love caravans or are all about tent camping.

Single camp beds are among the most common, but you can also find double camp beds and bunk beds for camping with kids.

Let's take a look at some of the most popular types of camping beds in the UK. 🛌

Folding beds

Folding beds are the camping bed most people grew up within the UK.

As the name implies, folding camp beds can be collapsed and put away.

These types of camping beds usually have a metal frame with a material like polyester on which campers can rest.

While most folding camp beds have a thinner material layer, some (like the Jay-Be Folding Bed) come with extra cushioning for premium adventure comfort. 😇

BUY JAY-BE FOLDING BED£ 74.99

Folding camp beds
Folding camp beds are taller, so they are more accessible and provide room for storage beneath.

Good support is vital; did you know that over 10 million people in the UK suffer from arthritis or other similar conditions?

Generally, camping folding beds are higher and much easier to get in and out of, which is an ideal choice for people who struggle with joint pain. 💢

One of the other great things about fold-up camp beds is that they sit off the ground.

Camping beds off the floor can help keep you warm and dry. 😊

They are also a great space saver as they provide space under the bed where you can store your things while camping.

The Outwell Posadas Foldaway Bed (available in single and double sizes) leaves plenty of space for storage. 👏

BUY OUTWELL FOLDAWAY BED£ 93.95

Camping mats

Camping mats tend to be smaller and more basic.

A camping mat is probably not the right choice if you want luxury comfort or height. 🙅

However, a camping mat might be the perfect fit if you are looking for something light and compact.

Traditionally, camping mats were either a thin layer of foam or a slim inflatable.

These camp beds roll up and take up very little space in your pack and tent or caravan. 👍

It is also not uncommon for people to use camping mats together with another type of camping bed.

Camp mats
Camp mats are usually lighter and smaller than other camping beds.

For example, a camping mat can be placed on a foldaway bed to add padding and provide a softer sleeping surface.

Or, you could place a camping mat under an air mattress to add insulation and prevent the cold from travelling from the ground and through the air mattress. 🔥

Camping mats are one of the most versatile types of camp beds.

You can use a camping mat wherever you sleep (whether in a tent, a caravan, or even under the stars).

Just make sure the mat is waterproof before you go. ☔

The Deeplee Camping Mat is waterproof, lightweight, and inflatable.

BUY DEEPLEE CAMPING MAT£ 29.99

Air beds

Air beds, or camping air mattresses, are becoming increasingly popular.

They are an excellent option for camping and can even be used around the home as a guest bed. 👏

Although, a trundle bed may be a better option if you are looking for a more long-term space-saving option for your home.

Trundle beds
Trundle beds are a better long-term option for use in the home.

Similarly to mats, air beds for camping aren't suitable for everyone. 😞

Older individuals and those with back or joint pain may find a camp mattress unmanageable since it sits so close to the floor.

Additionally, air beds can be more easily damaged than other camp beds.

This is particularly true of self-inflating air beds, which sound awesome but can be extra prone to problems.

Holes or leaking air can make an air bed pretty much useless, so there is always a risk that campers with an air mattress may face uncomfy nights despite coming prepared.

Luckily, some come with lightweight repair packs so you can quickly fix any issues and get back to enjoying your air bed. ✅

Air mattresses
Air mattresses are softer and more comfortable but also prone to leaks.

You can also buy a repair pack separately if your air mattress doesn't have one.

On the bright side, camp mattresses come in all different shapes and sizes and are a popular choice for couples camping. 💑

There are also many automatic and manual pumps that allow you to quickly inflate and deflate your air bed without using your mouth.

Many also find air mattresses relatively affordable and comfortable to sleep on. 💖

One soft and durable inflatable option is the Intex Classic Downy Airbed.

BUY INTEX CLASSIC AIRBED£ 40

Our camp bed reviews

Our team has tried and tested 2 camp beds from our list: the Quechua Camp Bed Base and KingCamp Heavy Duty Bed.

While we didn't go camping with these beds, we set them up and spent a while testing them for comfort and stability. 🥼

Our test person was female and of slim build, and our tests take this into account.

Let's dive in.

The KingCamp heavy-duty camping bed review

The KingCamp bed is not quite as small as we would have imagined. 📏

KingCamp bed heavy duty case
The KingCamp Heavy Duty Bed case is quite large.

But, on the bright side, the bed was incredibly easy to assemble and, in fact, only needed to be pulled apart.

The camping bed was also wider than expected and stood totally secure without the slightest wobble.

Individuals taller and heavier than our 160 cm (5'3") tester will be comfortable.

KingCamp bed tested
Our tester had plenty of space to sleep comfortably.

You could sleep well on the taught surface of the KingCamp bed for several nights in a row, especially if you add a small pillow and sleeping bag to your set-up.

The fabric of the bed also dries fast and feels high quality. 👍

While the camp bed pack is too large to take hiking, it is portable and would work well for car camping trips or for use as a spare bed.

Do you need a camping bed?

Anyone looking to make their camping trip comfier should consider taking a camp bed.

Though, a sun lounger is a great alternative if you're simply looking to chill in the garden or for a fishing camp bed.

Finding something that matches your needs is a breeze with tons of budget to premium camping beds available.

Some of the UK's most popular camp bed brands include Helinox, Outwell Posadas, Deeplee, Vango, Regatta, Hi-Gear, and Outdoor Revolution. 🙌

BUY HELINOX LITE CAMP BED£ 260

Camp beds come in all shapes, sizes, and materials, so there will be one that suits your trip needs.

Most online stores sell a variety of camp bed doubles and singles, as well as an increasing number of kid-friendly options like camping bunk beds and children's air beds.

The best camping bed can make everything more fun, whether this is your first trip or you're a seasoned pro. 🎉

Different types of camp beds
There are lots of different types of camp beds to choose from.

There is no need to wake up achy and sore from an uncomfortable night in a tent, car, or caravan if you have the perfect camping bed. 😭

Camp beds are a fantastic camping addition for everyone, from kids to teens, adults, and the elderly.

Camping beds are especially convenient for people who struggle to sleep or suffer from aches and pains. 🏆

What are the best camping bed materials?

For camping beds, we want materials that are durable and comfortable.

The perfect material choice depends on the type of camp bed.

What works for a camping air bed isn't necessarily the same for a camping mat or folding camp bed. 🤔

But generally, the best camp beds should be made of waterproof or resistant material.

For example, the Helinox Lite Camp Bed is made from waterproof and durable polyester.

BUY HELINOX LITE CAMP BED£ 260

There's nothing worse than waking up cold and damp. 😰

Camping can also get messy, so look for durable and tearproof materials that won't easily snag and leave you sleeping back on the floor after one night.

Some great options to watch out for include nylon, polyester, and polycotton.

Features
Nylon: A robust base material that is often coated and protects against dirt and moisture.
Polyester: A durable and easy-care synthetic fibre that repels water and dirt, making it ideal for outdoor clothing and accessories.
Aluminium: A strong yet ultra-light metal ideal for camping bed frames.
PVC: A lightweight and durable plastic often used for air mattresses.

While these are some of the most popular options, you will come across plenty more great materials.

Steel is often used as a cheaper alternative to aluminium in folding camp beds.

A steel-framed folding bed is ideal if you're looking for the best camp bed and budget is a big concern. 💸

The Helinox Lite Camp Bed achieves its low weight with aluminium, while the Outwell Posadas Foldaway bed uses steel to provide a cheaper price tag.

Questions to ask before you buy your camp bed

We spend nearly a third of our lives sleeping, so finding the right bed is essential. 💤

While you might not spend much time on a camp bed, your comfort is still important.

Sleep has been linked to emotional health and general well-being by numerous studies. 📗

So getting a great night's sleep is vital to making the most of your camping trip.

But with so many camping beds to choose from, how do you decide?

Finding the best camp bed
There are many camp beds, so selecting the right one can be tricky.

We've put together some key questions you should ask yourself to help you make the right purchasing decision for your adventure. 🔍

Are you a back, side, or stomach sleeper?

Most of us have certain sleeping positions we prefer. 🧡

Back sleeping is generally considered the healthiest, while side sleeping is the most popular.

As a back sleeper, you can get away with a wider variety of camping beds. 👌

Back Sleepers
Back sleepers can sleep comfortably on most camp beds.

But stomach sleepers should look for a firmer camp bed that keeps their spine from caving.

Side sleepers tend to need something with a little more give so their shoulders and hips can sink and their spine stays aligned. 🐑

Air mattresses like the Intex Classic Downy Airbed tend to feel more comfortable for side sleepers.

BUY INTEX CLASSIC AIRBED£ 40

How long will you be camping?

If you're camping for just a night or two, you may want to choose a camp bed that's cheap or small.

But if you plan to camp for longer, it's worth investing in a higher-quality camp bed built to last and keep you comfortable. 💪

The Helinox Lite Camp Bed is on the more expensive end but will last for years (decades even).

BUY HELINOX LITE CAMP BED£ 260

Where are you camping?

Will you be sleeping in your car, a tent, or perhaps a caravan? 🚗

Folding camp beds are some of the best camping beds for tents or caravans, but they don't always work well space-wise in cars.

Camping in a car
Folding camping beds may take up too much room if you plan to sleep in your car.

Caravans and cars retain heat better than tents, so you can get away with camping with an air bed without worrying about insulation.

However, if you're looking for the best camping beds for tents, you'll need something that prevents heat loss through the ground, like an insulated mat or an elevated camp bed.

BUY KINGCAMP BED£ 64.99

Do you have any joint or back pain?

A folding camp bed is your best bet if you suffer from joint or back pain.

The height of camping bed cots makes them much more accessible, especially for people with mobility difficulties. 👴

Camping cots also provide superior support compared to air beds or thinner camping mats.

The best option for someone suffering from back or joint pain would be something like the Jay-Be folding bed. 👍

While not as good as a quality memory foam mattress, the Jay-Be folding bed has an attached mattress.

A camp bed with a mattress generally offers better support and comfort than most camp beds.

BUY JAY-BE FOLDING BED£ 74.99

Will you be trekking with camp gear?

A camping trip that involves lots of walking with your camp gear means you'll need to be extra careful about what you pack.

Luckily, many camping beds come with a carry bag for effortless transport and storage. 👜

Camping mats in bag
Camping mats tend to roll up small and often come with a carry bag.

The Deeplee Camping mat is inflatable and comes in a transport bag, so it's extra convenient.

BUY DEEPLEE CAMPING MAT£ 29.99

How much space do you have?

Mats and air beds (depending on the pump) usually pack down smaller than folding camp beds.

If you are taking a small tent or know you don't have much storage space, you'll need to factor this into your decision. 💁

Camping mats generally take up the least amount of room, so they are ideal if you are particularly strapped for space.

Traditional folding camp beds are typically higher and could leave you squashed against the roof of a car. 😖

But campers can store things under a folding bed, so they can be a wonderful way to make the most of your space.

Inflatable mattress for camping
The best camping mattress or bed depends on what type of camping trip you are taking.

Whatever you choose, check the measurements of the camping bed you want against your tent, car, or caravan to avoid misorders. 📏

What should you look for in a camping bed?

What is the point of buying a camp bed that leaves you tossing and turning all night long?

Like learning how to choose a mattress, finding the perfect camping bed involves knowing what's comfy and built to last.

You want a camping bed that adds to your comfort and leaves you feeling energised for your adventures the next day. 🤩

The best camp bed should be high enough, have sturdy vents that don't leak, and feature a comfortable top material.

Your sleep is a top priority, so here's what to look out for when buying a camping bed. 👀

Is the camp bed durable?

Whether in the great outdoors or the car, a camping bed should be able to withstand quite a bit.

Air beds for camping tend to be made of sturdier materials than classic indoor ones. 💪

Folding camp beds and foam camping mats are the most durable, as they can never run out of air.

Helinox Lite Camp Bed
The Helinox Lite Camp Bed is high-quality, durable, and an excellent investment for keen campers.

Self-inflating mats and mattresses are more prone to problems. 😫

We recommend investing in a high-quality and perhaps higher-priced model if you go camping regularly.

The Helinox Lite Camp Bed is more expensive than the average foldaway bed but is also super lightweight and long-lasting.

BUY HELINOX LITE CAMP BED£ 260

It is also worth paying attention to the manufacturer's warranty.

Does the camping bed come with a warranty?

Not all camping beds come with a warranty. ⛔

No warranty isn't a significant problem, particularly for cheaper camp beds.

However, if you are paying more for a higher-quality camp bed, you want to know that it will last for a while.

You can enjoy worry-free camping if your camping bed comes with a warranty. 😄

We'll talk more about this further down.

Is the camp bed insulated?

Even in summer, UK temperatures can get pretty chilly.

You might not need expedition-worthy camping gear, but a decent level of insulation will help you sleep well even when the English weather drops. ☔

It's common to see insulation (or R-value) in camping mats.

For the summer months, a camping mat with an R-value of 1 to 1.5 will do the trick. ✌

The Deeplee Camping Mat has an R-value of 1.5.

BUY DEEPLEE CAMPING MAT£ 29.99

Generally, a higher R-value means less heat can transfer through the mat (either up from the cold ground or away from the warm body). 🔥

Folding camp beds aren't always insulated but are still a great choice since they keep your body away from the cold and damp ground.

What size and weight is the camp bed?

The size and weight of a camping bed are generally less of a worry for those driving straight to their campsite. 🚙

But if you think you might be walking to your camping spot, the lighter your bed, the better for you.

People camping
Hikers and backpackers should choose smaller and lighter beds like camping mats.

It is also worth considering the size of a camp bed since you'll likely have limited space for sleeping and storage.

A folding camp bed, particularly like the steel frame Jay-Be Folding Bed that comes with a mattress attached, may be too bulky to pack in your car or store at home.

BUY JAY-BE FOLDING BED£ 74.99

You know your plans and space best, so just remember to choose accordingly. 💭

Does the camp bed come with a pump or repair kit?

As mentioned, some camping beds (like air mattresses and iso mats) are more prone to problems than others.

The last thing you want is to sink to the ground while trying to sleep. 😫

Air mattress
Air mattresses can be prone to air leaks that cause sinking.

If you decide to use an air mattress or mat for camping, consider choosing one that comes with a repair kit or purchase one to bring on your adventure.

Of course, you can avoid air mattresses in favour of foam mats or folding camp beds since these are less likely to break.

But sometimes, an air mattress or mat is the most practical option. 🤷

They fold up small, and you can choose the firmness level you desire.

We love the Deeplee Camping Mat for its durability and minimal size.

BUY DEEPLEE CAMPING MAT£ 29.99

Camping bed sizes

Unlike most beds and mattresses, camp beds and mattresses don't always come in standard sizes. 📏

This lack of standard sizing means you must be extra careful choosing a camping bed if you want to ensure it's the right size.

Luckily, the variety of camp bed sizes means there is something for everyone. 😁

Most are camp beds singles, designed for one person, usually with a width of around 70 cm (28 inches).

However, you can also find camping beds for two or small ones for children. 💑

Camping beds for children

Did you know that you can get camp beds for children? 🧒

There are lots of funky designs out there that are guaranteed to get your little ones excited for the upcoming camping trip.

You'll be sure to find some stylish children's air beds at Argos.

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Alternatively, outlets like Amazon have all sorts of options if you're shopping for a child's camp bed, including a range of children's air beds, camping bunk beds, or small camping mats.

Camping beds for couples

Technically, couples can always use two single camping beds.

However, many couples prefer to use a camping bed double rather than having to deal with two single camp beds (which might migrate during the night).

The best camping bed for couples must be strong, sturdy, and meet your personal preferences. 💪

Luckily, you can find both air beds and folding camp beds for couples.

A high-quality double camp bed will allow you and your partner to cosy up and get a great night's sleep. 😍

The best camping beds for couples:

Camping bed guarantee

Some camp beds come with a guarantee.

Most of the cheaper brands do not provide a guarantee and only allow customers to return items within the usual 30 days. 😕

But other camping beds offer a guarantee so that customers can return items if they run into any issues after these 30 days.

For instance, customers can get a 5-year guarantee with the Jay-Be Folding bed. 🎉

BUY JAY-BE FOLDING BED£ 74.99

Camping accessories

Camp beds are essential for a comfortable camping trip, but they're not the only thing you'll need.

Let's take a look at some more essential camping equipment. 👇

Tents

You will likely need a tent and a bed if you plan to go camping.

Camping tents should protect you from wind, sun, rain and any other weather. ⛺

Interestingly, you can buy a tent with a bed attached, though we think it's actually easier to buy the two separately.

Camping accessories
Camping accessories can make a trip even more fun.

A tent should be robust and lightweight, with sturdy pegs. 💪

Like camp beds, the possibilities of tents are almost endless - from handy 1-person ones to family tents for up to 8 people.

If you’re looking for tent add-ons, groundsheets are handy for keeping things clean, and windbreaks are great for eating and relaxing outside in peace. ✌

Camping furniture

For long-time campers and comfort lovers, camping gear starts with camping furniture.

Popular furniture includes camping chairs, loungers, tables, and hammocks.

Camping hammock
There’s lots of different camping furniture, including hammocks for sleeping and resting outside.

You can easily stay comfy day and night with the right camping furniture. ⛅🌒

Sleeping bags

Even if you are camping in summer, you will probably need a sleeping bag for your trip.

The most common type is a mummy sleeping bag, though you can also find bags that unzip all the way if you sleep warm.

Different sleeping bags
The right sleeping bag will keep you cosy but not too warm.

Cotton and linen sleeping bag liners are most popular in summer, while fleece-lined options are best for colder winter camping trips. 🌞

You might also want to bring a heater if you are camping in colder weather or are particularly prone to getting cold.

Camping kitchen

What comes after hiking and setting up the tent?

It's time to eat and relax, of course. 😋

Simple or elaborate, the right camping kitchen will help you cook a delicious meal.

There’s camp kitchen gear for every trip, from portable hobs to miniature BBQs. 🍳

Let's face it, camping is more fun when you have the right camping equipment. 💃

Repair materials

There's nothing worse than arriving at your campsite only to realise your tent is ripped or the air bed is deflating.

You're in for a rough night if you don't have anything to use to repair your camping equipment.

Luckily, items like repair tape can help you get things back on track. ❤️‍🩹

The Gear Aid Tenacious Tape can be used to repair all sorts of fabrics, including tents and air mattresses or mats.

BUY GEAR AID TENACIOUS TAPE£ 10.95

Our favourite camping accessories:

What other sleep accessories do you need?

Sleeping isn't always easy, even at home. 😰

It's worth ensuring you have everything you need to make yourself as comfy as possible so you can enjoy every moment of your camping trip.

You should definitely consider bringing a pillow for the best night's sleep. 😴

Some camp beds, especially air mattresses and mats, have built-in pillows.

For instance, the Deeplee Camping Mat has a lifted pillow section built into the design.

Deeplee camp mat
The Deeplee Camp Mat comes with a built-in pillow.

The Deeplee pillow isn't super tall, so those who sleep on their side might not love it.

But, the all-in-one design of the Deeplee camp mat is perfect for those trying to pack light.

BUY DEEPLEE CAMPING MAT£ 29.99

You should bring an actual pillow if you want an even more comfortable night or need extra support for neck pain.

The best pillows ensure a good night's sleep and a happy body when you wake.

A supportive pillow with a removable cover is ideal for camping and at home. 👍

Our favourite pillows:

Should you buy a camp bed?

A camp bed is a must if you are going camping.

Finding your perfect match should be a breeze. 🍃

There are camping beds in every size, in all shapes, and for every budget.

The best camp beds will help you get a good night's sleep so you wake up energised and ready to enjoy every aspect of your camping adventure.

Our favourite camping beds:

Frequently asked questions

  • How much should you spend on a camp bed?


    While camp beds can be found and bought extremely cheaply, regular campers should consider spending more. 🤑

    There are tons of camping beds on the market, so it's easy to find something that works for you.

    For a short summer camping trip, you can afford to spend less.

    But if you want your camp bed to last or plan to use it at more extreme temperatures, you should consider spending more to get a higher-quality camping bed or mat. 💪

  • What's the most comfortable camping bed?


    We can't claim that every camp bed is as cosy as an actual mattress, but they're certainly much better than sleeping on the floor.

    However, the most comfortable camping bed will depend on your preferences.

    Those who like a firmer sleeping surface may prefer a folding camp bed.

    But those who want something soft may find air beds or folding beds with attached mattresses more comfortable. ⛅

  • How can you make your camp bed more comfortable?


    First things first, you want to choose a camp bed that suits your sleeping preferences and position.

    Side sleepers generally need a slightly softer camp bed like an air mattress, while stomach sleepers should choose a firmer folding bed or mat.

    You can also combine beds to better suit your needs. 💕

    For example, adding a sleeping mat to the top of your folding camp bed provides a softer finish.

    Or you can put a camp mat under an air mattress for a more insulated sleep. 🔥

  • How can you repair a camp bed?


    Most air mattresses and mats can be repaired.

    Some come with a small repair kit, or you can purchase one on sites like Amazon. 😍

    To repair an air mattress or mat, you will need to:

    1. Inflate the mattress.
    2. Mark the spot where the air is escaping.
    3. Clean the area with alcohol.
    4. Smear glue on and around the hole and wait for it to dry.
    5. Stick the patch over the spot and press it on well.

    If the air mattress or mat comes with repair instructions, it is best to follow them.

  • Can you wash a camping bed?


    Most camping beds (mats, air mattresses, or folding beds) can be washed by hand. ✨

    It's best to wash the bed with a gentle cleaner.

    You'll want to roll out and inflate the bed if you have an air mattress.

    Allow the camp bed to dry before you fold or roll it up and store it away. 💧

  • Where can you buy camping equipment?


    There are loads of places where you can buy camping equipment and beds in the UK.

    Our team preferred online shopping at stores like Amazon and Decathlon.

    While online shops tend to have the best variety, you can also find great options at local stores.  👇

    Air mattresses

    Inflatable air mattresses are among the easiest camp bed to find in person.

    You could browse the Halfords air bed selection or even nip out for a double air bed at Tesco. 🏃

    Or you could check out the Go Outdoors air bed collection for something a little more reliable.

    Folding camp beds and mats

    Folding beds and mats tend to be a little harder to find in general stores.

    Though you can find a decent range of camping beds with Argos. 👍

    If you want a higher quality camp bed (and better selection), you might want to check out the camp beds at Decathalon.

  • What's the best luxury camping bed?


    Luxury camping beds are the best option for those seeking something sumptuously comfortable.

    For instance, the Dreams Bestway Fortech Air Bed is very plush and easy to use.

    However, the Helinox Lite Cot is one of the best luxury camping beds for more serious campers looking for something that lasts.

    BUY HELINOX LITE CAMP BED£ 260

  • What's the best bed for campervans?


    If you've got a campervan and want to hit the road, you must first kit it out.

    But what campervan bed should you use?

    Many people opt to add a nice, cheap mattress to ensure a comfortable night's sleep wherever they are.

    However, mattresses take up a lot of room.

    So a traditional mattress may not be the best option for those with very small campervans (or those who want to use the space in other ways during the day).

    For these individuals, it's well worth considering a camping bed.

    Both folding camp beds and camping air beds can be popped to the side during the day.

    However, these aren't necessarily ideal for people planning to spend months (or longer) on the road.

    Something like the Jay-Be Folding Bed is well worth considering for those who want to combine comfort and space-saving. 

  • Should I get a camp bed for my dog?


    Generally, if you're going on a short camping trip during mild weather, your dog won't need a camp dog bed.

    You could simply bring a dog bed from home or let them sleep on the ground for the night.

    Of course, this may not be a good idea if you're going away for longer or somewhere with more extreme weather.

    A bed may also be worth considering if you have an older or otherwise more fragile dog.

    So, what are your options for a camping dog bed?

    The most popular types of dog camping beds include folding camp beds or roll-up camp mats.

    Actually, KingCamp (who make one of our favourite human camp beds) also have some excellent elevated, folding dog camp beds.

    SHOP CAMPING DOG BEDS ON AMAZON

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