If you are a person who likes to camp and bring your furry friend along, then you probably know that your dog likes to stay warm and prefers a comfortable place to sleep. Dogs love camping: There are tons of new smells and unexplored areas, the fresh air is reviving, and they get to spend more time with you.
There are different styles of dog beds that work well for outdoor adventures, each with its pros and cons, which is why we organized this list of the 10 best dog beds for camping. After reading the reviews, check out the buyer’s guide, which features a few considerations to keep in mind when choosing a bed.
A Quick Comparison of Our Favorites
|Model||Price||Sizes Available||Editor Rating|
|GigaTent Elevated||2 sizes||4.35/5|
|Coleman Roll-up ||1 size||3.90/5|
The 10 Best Dog Beds for Camping – 2020
1. Kurgo Waterproof Dog Bed — Best Overall
This durable bed is waterproof on both sides, which makes it ideal to use for outdoor excursions. It has a microtomic ripstop material on the top and a Rufftex non-slip bottom. It is filled with polyfill and has bolstered edges that provide plenty of loft for your dog to remain comfortable. It is ideal for travel because you can roll it up, snap it closed, and use the handle for easy transport. There is also a hidden zipper pocket that fits small items.
The medium-sized bed is 27 x 36 x 2 inches flat and 12.5 x 8 inches rolled up — and it’s lightweight at 2.2 pounds. Medium is the perfect size for dogs from 50 to 70 pounds. We like that you can machine wash it on the gentle cycle and then hang it up to dry. The Kurgo dog bed comes with a lifetime warranty against manufacturer defects, and the company is based out of Massachusetts.
One downside is the handle creates a lump on the bed if not smoothed out, which can potentially be uncomfortable for your dog.
2. Chuckit! Travel Dog Bed – Best Value
The Chuckit! is the best dog bed for camping for the money because it offers a convenient portable pet bed at an affordable price. The bed is 39 x 30 inches and has an oval shape — large enough to fit most dogs comfortably. The top is made from a poly-suede with double offset quilts, and the bottom is made of ripstop nylon, making it durable for travel.
It is easy to pack by rolling it up and placing it in the stuff sack (with a drawstring and handle), and it only weighs 2.2 pounds. Since it is washable in a standard washer, it is easy to clean and doesn’t shrink or clump. There is a built-in loop along the edge that allows you to hang it up to air dry.
We like that this bed resists dirt, but keep in mind that it is not waterproof, which is why we did not place it in the number-one spot on our list.
This bed is a sleeping bag and a dog bed in one. If you have a chilly night when you are camping, you can reverse the bed to turn it into a bag; otherwise, it can be a bed with soft sides. The small bed is ideal for dogs the size of a terrier and is 22 inches in diameter.
This bed was designed with the ultralight hiker and camper in mind because it weighs only 1.3 pounds and will pack up small enough that your dog can even carry it if needed. The shell is made from Ripstop nylon, and the interior is Nylon Taslan, which has a similar feel to cotton but will stay warm if it gets wet.
We like the three loops along the edge of the bed that you can use to stake it to the ground or to hang it to dry. It is breathable and water resistant. The Noblecamper is handmade and packaged in Pennsylvania, U.S.A. Even though it is a high-quality camping bed, it is pricey, which is why it sits in the third spot on our reviews list.
4. GigaTent Elevated Pet Bed
The GigaTent is a tubular steel-framed cot suitable to take camping or whenever you are traveling. It will hold up to 100 pounds and is 42 x 24 x 8 inches in size. The legs are U-shaped, which helps it remain stable at all times, and there’s a support leg in the middle of the cot as well.
It arrives fully assembled. For traveling, you can fold it in half and place it in the heavy-duty storage bag. The bag comes with carrying handles to allow for easier transport. The cot fabric is made of polyester, and you can clean it by wiping it down or spraying it off with the hose.
On the downside, the cot is noisy when the dog moves around or gets on and off, and your dog will need to learn not to place too much weight toward the edges to prevent it from tipping over. Nevertheless, it is easy to fold and a comfortable place for your dog to sleep.
5. Coleman Pet Roll-Up Travel Bed
This travel bed is made by Coleman, which is known for its camping gear. They have made a soft padded travel bed that is ideal for outdoor use. It is waterproof with a ripstop nylon top and a non-skid bottom. It measures 36 x 24 inches and has a polyester filling with bolstered sides. The bed is not very thick, but it has enough fill to keep rocks or sticks from being a nuisance.
For travel, roll this up like you would a sleeping bag, and secure it with the adjustable straps. Many people have found that this bed works well for dogs with incontinence since the bottom fabric prevents any fluids from reaching the floor. On the downside, the top fabric is not that waterproof, but it is soft and comfy for your dog to lounge on.
On the upside, it is machine washable, holding its shape and cushioning after many washings, and it is an affordable camping bed.
6. Lightspeed Outdoors Self Inflating Travel Dog Bed
For even greater comfort, you can provide your dog with a self-inflating dog bed that is perfect for camping. It has a fleece top that is thick and soft, with cushioned sides that can be removed for cleaning. The mattress base is made of polyester and is puncture and water-resistant. Inflate by simply twisting the nozzle; to deflate, open the nozzle and roll up the bed.
When inflated, the bed is 42 x 32 inches, and when rolled up and secured with the straps, it is 32 x 6 inches and weighs 3.75 pounds. The outer shell is machine washable, and the inner pad can be wiped down to clean it off.
Though it will roll up, it is still somewhat large, which makes it more difficult to store while traveling. But the inflatable mattress is 1.5 inches thick, which offers increased comfort for your dog, especially if they suffer from joint issues.
7. Carlson Pet Products Pet Bed
The Carlson is an elevated dog bed that’s designed like a cot — it can be used indoors or outdoors. The bed is made of durable, waterproof nylon that is easy to clean, and the frame is made from metal. It can hold up to 90 pounds, and the size is 47.5 x 24.5 x 9 inches.
You can fold and/or set it up in a matter of seconds, and it comes with a carry case for storage. The nylon material is easy to clean but tends to lose some of its tension over time, causing the middle of the bed to sag. This cot is an affordable option for people who go camping with their dogs because it keeps them off of the cold ground.
On the downside, the height of this bed could be difficult for short-legged dogs or dogs who suffer from stiff joints. Still, it is lightweight and easy to transport.
8. Cheerhunting Outdoor Dog Bed
For a bed that is perfect for medium to large dogs, the Cheerhunting travel mat offers a comfortable place for your dog to rest. It is made of Oxford cloth that is water resistant and can be used indoors or outdoors. There is an anti-slip backing on the underside of the mat. The size of the bed is 43 x 26 inches, and it is padded with a premium polyester that resists deforming.
Even though it has refined stitching and is scratch and claw resistant, it is not ideal for aggressive chewers. We like that the mat can be machine or hand washed and then allowed to air dry. When it is folded and placed in the stuff sack, it measures 35 x 21 centimeters, so it is compact enough for travel and only weighs 1.6 pounds.
On the downside, the anti-slip back doesn’t prevent it from sliding on hard flooring, and the thickness of the mat is on the thinner side compared to others on our list. But it is an affordable option to get your dog off the ground during camping trips.
9. Outrav Camping Dog Bed
The Outrav is a packable dog sleeping bag that can also be used as a sleeping pad. It is ideal for when you take your dog camping or hiking, to provide them a soft and warm place to sleep. It is oval in shape and measures 36 x 26 inches. It comes with a stuff sack, and once you have it packed, the sack is 15 inches tall and 5.5 inches wide, making it small enough to place on a backpack.
The shell is a waterproof polyester, so your dog will stay dry and warm when sleeping on the ground. It is quick drying and features a double zipper to make it easy to open and close. The bag doesn’t fit larger dogs very well and seems more suited for smaller breeds. Also, the bag tends to slide along the ground easily.
The price is affordable, but the material of the bag is not as high quality as the Noblecamper, making it not as durable nor as warm. You can place this in the washing machine and hang to air dry.
10. Lifeunion Packable Dog Bed
Last on our list is the Lifeunion dog sleeping bag, which is easy to pack along on camping trips and compacts small to make for easier storing. The outside is made from waterproof polyester, and the lining is a fleece. The fleece liner is warm but dog hair sticks to it, which makes it difficult to clean.
It is designed with a side zipper and a drawstring at the head that can be tightened to help keep your dog protected from the elements. They can also use it as a sleeping mat if they don’t need the extra protection and warmth.
The bag is 43.3 x 27.5 inches and can be machine washed on the gentle cycle, then air-dried. On the downside, the material is lightweight and may not hold up well to scratching or digging. There isn’t a non-slip bottom to prevent it from sliding around when your dog gets in and out. It is also somewhat pricey for the quality of the bag.
Though buying a dog bed for camping can seem straightforward, there are a few things to consider before you purchase one.
Your Dog’s Preferences
Consider what your dog likes. Do they like their bed soft or firm? With extra warmth or just enough to be protected from the dew on the ground? Some dogs love to burrow when sleeping, but if your dog doesn’t like to be covered, then a sleeping bag wouldn’t be the best choice.
Think about the location of your camping spot. If it is higher in elevation, then you know the nights will be cold, and some areas will have frost in the morning. On the other hand, if it is hot and humid, you will want a bed that provides air circulation to keep your dog cool.
Durability and Quality
If you know that your dog will be accompanying you on your travels for many years to come, it will be worth the extra money to get a bed that can withstand heavy use. That way, you don’t have to waste money on buying a new one each year because the bed can’t withstand the abuse of being outdoors.
Ease of Use
The bed should be easy to pack, set up, and put away. If you don’t have much room for items, you will want one that packs small and is lightweight. You’ll also want one that will clean up easily. Dogs get dirty when camping, which means the bed will be dirty, and having the option to machine wash it or spray it off with the hose is important.
Who said that camping has to be uncomfortable for your pet? They will appreciate the comfort and warmth provided by a camping bed. Once you have considered what is most appropriate for your dog and your situation, it should make it easier to make a decision.
Our top pick is the Kurgo waterproof bed, which has a non-slip bottom and plenty of loft to keep your dog comfy and protected from the cold, wet ground. For the best value, we chose the Chuckit! travel bed, which is not only affordable but also easy to clean and rolls up compactly to save room in your vehicle. For a premium bed that is also a sleeping bag, the Noblecamper offers a high-quality product that will keep your dog warm for many camping trips to come.
We hope that our reviews list helps you find the best camping bed for your dog so you can both get a good night’s rest and have plenty of energy for your next day’s adventures.
Featured Image: Waterproof Dog Bed/Kurgo, Amazon
Emily started this blog out of pure passion. She LOVES her 3 dogs; Chew Barka, Cooper & Nelson, and spends countless hours every day playing with them.
When she’s not nerding out on dogs, you’ll find her on a snowboard or in the kitchen baking chocolate brownies.
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- A Quick Comparison of Our Favorites
- The 10 Best Dog Beds for Camping – 2020
- 1. Kurgo Waterproof Dog Bed — Best Overall
- 2. Chuckit! Travel Dog Bed – Best Value
- 3. Noblecamper 2-in-1 Dog Bed – Premium Choice
- 4. GigaTent Elevated Pet Bed
- 5. Coleman Pet Roll-Up Travel Bed
- 6. Lightspeed Outdoors Self Inflating Travel Dog Bed
- 7. Carlson Pet Products Pet Bed
- 8. Cheerhunting Outdoor Dog Bed
- 9. Outrav Camping Dog Bed
- 10. Lifeunion Packable Dog Bed
- Buyer’s Guide
- Your Dog’s Preferences
- Durability and Quality
- Ease of Use