Cots vs. Air Mattresses – Which is the Better Option?

When it comes to camping, many still want to take with them the comfort of home. It is hard to determine which will be the more comfortable option when it comes to camping out. Below you will find a comparison between camping cots and air mattresses.

First let’s take a look at the camping cot. Many find that the cots have many advantages. For example with a cot you will find that you are not sleeping on the floor of the tent. This can be a good thing especially if it rains. Also you should take into account that moisture from morning dew will settle on the ground. Even if you lay a tarp under your tent that dew can still affect the ground. By using a cot which is off of the floor you will find that you and your cot are nice and dry in the morning. You can also still use your sleeping bag along with the cot. Simply lay the sleeping bag on top of the cot, and then in the morning just roll it up. They even make cots for kids, so that they do not have to adjust to sleeping on the floor of the tent. Many have even stated that the cot is just a lot more comfortable than the air mattresses on the floor. The downside to the cot is that it can be difficult to set up. The cot has to be pulled very tightly so that it can offer the proper back support.

Now let’s take a look at the air mattress. Of course the air mattress offers plenty of back support, but it can be a bit uncomfortable do to the bumps in the air mattress. What is really nice about the air mattresses is that there are plenty to choose from and these mattress also fits well on twin captains bed. You have some that offer double the support, and others that are made to provide maximum comfort. It really just depends on your preference. You will also find that the air mattresses are very easy to set up. All you need is your basic pump. Some come with automatic air pumps that will fill up the air mattress in just a matter of minutes. Even the hand held manual pumps work just fine when it comes to the air mattresses. Of course you should keep in mind that the air mattresses will take up a lot more space than a cot will.

There are also some other things that you will want to take into consideration. For example the size of your tent will also make a difference as to which one is the better option. If you have a small tent than the cot may be the better option. If you have a family tent than the air mattresses may work better than the cot. You can also fit more people on a queen size air mattress than you can on a single cot and on twin captain bed. Before making a decision visit your local Wal-Mart and compare the two, I have found that Wal-Mart offers the best prices for both air mattresses and cots. You can read the specifications on them and see which one will work best for you and your family. You will also want to compare the prices and look online for brand reviews. Some find that certain cots and air mattresses work better than others.