Portable Cot

by Ketchingup

Looking for the perfect cot for a good nights sleep. This article will help your search.

No matter who you are or where you are, getting a good nights sleep is very important. Sometimes a good portable cot can make all the difference. Let's find the perfect cot for your sleep.

I'm sure that at some time in your life you have slept on a cot. I know I did on several occasions, not only on vacations but at boy scout camp in the summer.

For the most part a cot was a comfortable sleeping surface. It certainly was better than the floor.

Besides the cot there are some ways to spruce it up a bit and make it more comfortable.

So, let's take a look at our options and put together the very best cot for your uses.

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Even Furry Friends Like Cots

Sleeping Cot
Sleeping Cot

Childrens Cots

A handy thing to have at nap time

A portable cot is very useful when traveling with small children.   Infant Cot

These cots fold up into small packages  and are easy to pack into the car for the road trip.

They are also very useful when arriving at your destination when that extra bed is needed.

You can see by looking at the picture that they are very safe in that they are only inches off the floor, so falling off the bed should not be a problem.

However, very young children under 2 years of age should sleep on these cots.

A good idea is to let the children sleep on these at home before taking a trip as this helps them become comfortable sleeping on the cot and lets them take a little bit of home with them when traveling.  Most parents know the value of keeping their children calm and comfortable when traveling as it can make for a much more enjoyable trip.


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The Nap Mat

The modern version of a bedroll.

Nap MatI had never heard of "nap mat" before my grand children showed up with one.

Then again when I was young we did carry around a sleeping bag at times when needed, and they were used for the same purpose as a nap mat.

Most modern nap mats can be rolled up just like a sleeping bag and carried along for either nighttime or nap time.  They are like min-mattresses.

The covers are removable and washable or the entire mat is washable.

Many people also use these on the children's portable cots as a cushion.


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Portable Cots as Emergency Bedding

Unfortunately over the past few yew years our various emergency service units have had to put cots to use for shelter housing.

In the wake of hurricanes, floods, and tornadoes the portable cot has come into use at most  emergency shelters during and after the storms.

Fortunately the cots do provide emergency bedding for those in need.

Shelter Use of Portable Cots
Shelter Use of Portable Cots

Adults Cots

Adult cots haven't changed much over the years. 

They're still pretty much the same as they've always been with just really some changes in materials.

In the past they were all made of wood, now many of them are made of aluminum, but they still fold up and pack away pretty easily.

The only problem I ever had with cots were the ends of them. 

Then ends are held together by a board that connects the two sides and sometimes this board can beat up your ankles if your feet hang over the end.  The easy solution is to make sure you sleep on large cot.

In today's world a lot of people put sleeping pads on them to make them even more comfortable.

The Air Mattress

A widely used portable bed

The lowly air mattress is probably one of the most widely used portable beds.

It is used by campers and backpackers because of its light weight and compact size.Air Mattress

I don't know how many nights I've spent sleeping on an air mattress. 

When I was in scouts and doing and lot of camping it was a part of my normal sleeping gear.

Later on in life I slept on air mattresses when visiting friends.

An air mattress can serve a very useful purpose when you have more house guests than beds. 

In addition the are easy to store and take very little space in a closet or drawer.

The main drawback to an air mattress is inflating them, especially a large queen size mattress.

However, here's a little video I found on Youtube that may help you out at home.



How to inflate an air mattress

Updated: 01/03/2015, Ketchingup
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Have you ever slept on a cot or air mattress?

Rose on 11/25/2013

They sound like a good idea, especially if you have to put up unexpected guests for the night.

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