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Cot or bedroll?

Q. On camp-outs I see some boys with cots and others with bedrolls. Which should I use?
— Elijah the Bed-less, Comstock, Texas

A. Personally, I prefer a bedroll. Cots are definitely comfy and keep you off the ground, which in theory should make you warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer. But here are some of the downsides of a cot: They can be bulky, take more time to set up, can malfunction or break (leaving you with no bed), and are way more expensive than a basic bedroll. And if you plan on doing some backpacking, it makes sense for you to start getting used to sleeping on the ground in your tent.

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10 Comments on Cot or bedroll?

  1. Bedroll I would go with bed roll they are cheaper and simple. The simpler the better.

  2. Awesomeness // August 27, 2011 at 2:59 pm // Reply

    I use an air mattress with a sleeping bag, so that is what I would suggest.

  3. bedroll

  4. bryce patties // August 2, 2011 at 6:58 pm // Reply

    depends on the length of camping trip. when i went long term camping (week long) i took a cot. It is definitely worth it. a weekend or backpacking trip, i would suggest a bedroll. it also depends on how you are getting to your campsite. it’s just a balance of how much comfort you want, and what you can and/or want to carry.

  5. i would go with cot it is softer and feels like a bed

  6. Bed rolls because cots break. Cots are very bulky while you can take bedrolls almost

  7. bedroll its easy to pack and unpack

  8. boyscout21 // July 27, 2011 at 7:00 pm // Reply

    i would use a bedroll or a one preson air mattress

  9. basketball hero // July 26, 2011 at 2:52 pm // Reply


  10. future marine // July 25, 2011 at 6:39 pm // Reply

    I would like to know the answer too. My dad says the cot is noisy. Anyone else have an opinion?

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