woman on camping stretcher

QUICK GUIDE TO CAMPING COTS AND STRETCHERS

One of the biggest reasons why many people go camping once or twice and then give it a miss is because they really miss having a good night’s sleep. Unless you have something to keep you off the ground, you cannot expect to wake up feeling like you are on holiday. There are those people who can sleep on anything but let’s face it, that is not most of us. Inflatable mattresses are an excellent way to get off the ground but they are not the only solution. Camping cots, also known as camping stretchers are an excellent way to ensure you are well off the ground and you get a good night’s sleep.

I’m really big on camping stretchers because I like to know I am away from all those crawling insects. And there are a lot of them, especially at night when we are sleeping. There is nothing worse than waking up to the feeling that something is walking on your face. Even if there isn’t, I am the kind of person that starts to think about the possibility way too much to relax. That’s why my camping kit contains a number of stretchers for me and my family.

END BAR AND NO-END BAR STRETCHERS AND CAMPING COTS

Generally speaking, there are 2 types of stretchers. There are the designs with end bars and the designs without them. I greatly prefer the end bar design because they don’t have those rectangle-shaped bars spread along the cot. Those can get uncomfortable before too long.

CHECK FOR SIZE

Adults are best to go with the Jumbo size instead of choosing large or standard.

GO WITH A BRAND NAME YOU CAN TRUST

Brand names are really important when it comes to camping gear because these companies have been doing what they do for some time. They are also putting their name down on the quality of the product. It simply doesn’t make sense for them to build a product that doesn’t last. Over time, which many of the brands have had, their products have been well tested by the market.

A quality camping cot/stretcher will only cost roughly between $90-$120 and should last you a lifetime. Here are some of the materials and features you can expect:

• The bedding material part of the stretcher will be made of a strong polyester fabric
• The frame will be made of a hardened aluminium
• You can expect a carry bag and handy organiser to keep your essentials right where you need them

 


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Martin White
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Martin is huge on everything outdoors and is even bigger on driving and technology. He loves boats, new stuff and writing about it.