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Venture UK Airpod Baby and Toddler Travel Cot

Graco FoldLite travel cot

Graco FoldLite

Bugaboo Stardust Travel Cot

Bugaboo Stardust Travel Cot

Cuggl Deluxe Superlight Travel Cot

Cuggl Deluxe Superlight Travel Cot

Baby Bjorn Travel Cot Light

Baby Bjorn Travel Cot Light

Joie travel cot

Joie Excursion Change and Bounce

Nuna Sena Aire Travel Cot

Nuna Sena Aire Travel Cot

Graco travel cot

Graco Contour Electra

Baby Elegance Kangu Foldable Bedside Sleeper

Baby Elegance Kangu Foldable Bedside Sleeper

Bizzi Growin Pod Travel Changing Bag

Bizzi Growin POD Travel Crib

BabyDan Travel Cot

BabyDan Travel Cot

Red Kite Black Sleep Tight Travel Cot

Red Kite Black Sleep Tight Travel Cot

Kinderkraft 4 in 1 SOFI

Kinderkraft Cot 4 in 1 SOFI

When you're thinking of essentials for your little one, you probably already have a cosy cot picked out, but what about a travel cot if you love travelling? In addition to packing your baby's travel system and gathering all the necessities before heading off on holiday with your family, a travel cot will help your little one to sleep as soundly as possible, even when you're away from home.

You probably did a lot of research on the best cot and bedside crib for your baby but may not have considered investing in a travel cot yet. Put simply, a travel cot is a portable, lightweight option designed to fold away compactly. Its collapsible sides and storage bag are some of the features that make it the perfect solution for trips away. Like a travel stroller , it's another one of those holiday essentials that you'll want to invest in when travelling with children under 5 years old.

You most likely won't need a travel cot for the first few months, especially if you already have a Moses basket , a portable crib or a carrycot suitable for overnight sleeping. If you don't go away very often, then you might be better off borrowing a cot from a friend, as it can be an expensive purchase if you're only going to be using it once a year.

A lot of hotels and holiday cottages may provide travel cots and other baby equipment, so check with them before you travel. If you are away from home often, then a travel cot is a good purchase, as it will last well past the newborn months and will prove extremely useful at other times, too. For example, for your baby's daytime naps when you're visiting friends or staying over with grandparents overnight. We've enlisted the help of expert mum testers to put the best travel cots through their paces, taking into account the weight, size, price, assembly, age suitability and stability. Our annual  Mother&Baby Awards  also help us bring you the best advice about current products on the market.

The best travel cot at a glance

• Best travel cot overall : Venture UK Airpod Baby & Toddler Travel Cot - £109.99

• Best travel cot for compact fold : Graco FoldLite - £73

• Best compact travel cot : Bugaboo Stardust Travel Cot -  £168.75

• Best budget travel cot : Cuggl Deluxe Superlight Travel Cot - £60

• Best stylish travel cot : Baby Elegance Kangu Foldable Bedside Sleeper - £74.99

The best travel cot 2024

1. venture uk airpod baby and toddler travel cot, best travel cot overall, description.

Silver winner for Best Travel Product Over £30 in the M&B Awards 2023 Designed to provide little ones with a place to rest and play no matter where you are, the Airpod is assembled in just three easy steps with no tools required meaning it's ready to go in less than a minute. The Airpod weighs just 6kg and can be folded into a bag no larger than a big shopping bag.

One M&B awards tester said: "I really liked how small it folded and how light it was. Super portable and barely took space in the car boot. This meant we were able to pack all our other luggage without worrying about space. Also not too heavy so easy to lug around upstairs when we stayed in hotels without lifts."

Read our full review of the Venture UK Airpod Travel Cot .

  • Lightweight
  • Comfortable for baby
  • No raised bassinet

2. Graco FoldLite

Best travel cot for compact fold.

Bronze winner for Best Travel Product Over £30 in the M&B Awards 2023

Suitable from birth to approximately three years old, the FoldLite was hailed by parents for its lightweight frame, but it has also won a prestigious Mother&Baby Awards 2023 Bronze award. Collapsing to only 26cm wide, the FoldLite has a mesh lining and two wheels for easy manoeuvrability, plus it comes with a mattress included. Testers loved the Home Fold feature to help fold away quickly and clear space within seconds.

M&B mum tester Sarah said:  "The Foldlite travel cot has been most useful to us for quick and easy use around the house with a mobile baby. It genuinely is two clicks to put up or down and the house fold setting means I can quickly pop it out from next to the sofa if I need to iron or nip to the toilet and pop it back in a few seconds so it's not taking over the room. It would be invaluable for this in a holiday cottage which is less baby-proofed too! It seems both comfy and robust for my very mobile ten-month-old and he'll play happily in it with some toys thrown in for a while. When folded down for travel it's small and neat and doesn't take up too much valuable boot space when you're already contending with buggies and suitcases. The grandparents popped it up without instructions and my ten-month-old slept happily in it."

Read our full review of the Graco FoldLite.

  • Folds two ways
  • Convenient carry bag
  • Assembly not totally straightforward

3. Bugaboo Stardust Travel Cot

Best compact travel cot.


If you're looking for a travel cot that's a doddle to set up and folds away in seconds, this is it – no more grappling with unwieldy parts when you arrive at your destination with a tired baby. We love the clever design, which gives a seamless experience on the go.

Convenient for carrying around your home, it comes with a zip-in carrycot insert, an all-around mesh panel for airflow and a lovely firm and comfortable mattress. The suspended base will protect your little ones from draughts. But, if this happens to be a bit pricey for you, then you can opt for the Cuggl Deluxe Superlight Travel Cot instead.

Mum Meg said: "Very sturdy, easy to pack and unpack, folds up reasonably small, carrying handle makes it easy to transport. Seems comfortable - the newborn bassinet is super convenient for little ones and my babe settled immediately in it."

Parent Matt said: "We bought this for the ease of it 'popping up and down' but also because we could raise the height of the mattress when our baby was very little. There don't seem to be many travel cots that have that design, we used it as much at home for naps as we did on the road. It's a great bit of kit."

  • Includes carrycot insert and mattress
  • Easy to assemble
  • Compact to fold
  • Mattress doesn't include a waterproof cover

4. Cuggl Deluxe Superlight Travel Cot

Best budget travel cot.


Shortlisted for Best Travel Product Over £25 in the M&B Awards 2019

This deluxe travel cot has a bassinet attachment that clicks easily onto the top, perfect for changing nappies; it has wheels, so it's easy to move around, and setting up and folding away takes just seconds.

Tested by mum Tori: "I would definitely recommend this product to other mums. It's so easy to put up and down and transport with its handy bag. It folds up thin and small fitting in our boot along with the double pram and a few bags! My little one slept perfectly."

Tested by mum Sarah: "If you're looking for an inexpensive no-nonsense travel cot then I would recommend this. It was lightweight so I could easily carry it around. It was also compact making it small enough to pack into the car alongside everything else you need when going away with a little one! Once I'd done the initial set up of the cot, it was easy to put together and to take apart too."

Read our full review of the Cuggl Deluxe Superlight Travel Cot

  • Easy to transport with wheels
  • Easy fold down into storage bag
  • Low to the ground

5. Baby Bjorn Travel Cot Light

Best lightweight travel cot.

Shortlisted for Best Travel Product over £25 at the M&B Awards 2015

This travel cot is a real doddle to assemble – just slip it out of its travel bag, and it practically unfolds automatically, so there's no grappling with poles or fiddling with extra accessories. It's also easy to fold away and really light and portable.

It's also easy to move around your home, making it convenient to take with you on trips or overnight visits away. We love that the fabric can be removed and popped in the washing machine – a real bonus if you have a baby with reflux. The materials of this travel cot meet the requirements of OEKO-TEX Standard 100, Class 1 for baby products, which essentially means kind to your baby's sensitive skin.

Tested by mum Nicola: "This is the easiest travel cot to carry as it's amazingly light, but it's less robust than others – Amelia can push it around by herself. It's really practical, taking seconds to pop up. It's less attractive than others in terms of design appeal, but Amelia slept well in it and seemed very comfortable. It also comes with a nice carry bag, which makes it easy to transport."

Read our full review of the BabyBjörn Light Travel Cot

  • Easy assemble
  • Machine washable fabric
  • Made with sensitive skin in mind
  • Harder to dry

6. Joie Excursion Change and Bounce

Best newborn travel cot.


This versatile travel cot comes with lots of extra accessories, so it's great value for money. There's a full-size bassinet, which snaps easily on and off as required, as well as a change unit and portable bouncing seat. It folds compactly and comes with its own travel storage bag.

There are lots of sound and light features, including a soothing sound vibration, plus five classical lullabies and nature sounds. The two integrated wheels make it easy to move from room to room, and there's also a nightlight with three brightness settings.

Tested by mum Kathryn: "This was quite difficult to assemble – I had to enlist my husband's help. It's sturdy and almost as big as a normal cot. The wheels make it easy to move. Olly is too old for the extra accessories, but they'd be fantastic for a newborn. Olly likes the sounds, and the light is great for night changes without fully waking him. A real investment that will grow with your baby.

Tested by mum Nicola: "The mesh sides enabled me to check on Amelia without getting out of bed, and she liked being able to see us when she woke up. The mattress seems very comfortable, and the colours and pattern of this travel cot are really appealing. The extra accessories aren't suitable past 12 months, and this travel cot is quite heavy – I would struggle to move it from room to room without help."

  • Extra accessories
  • Great value for money
  • Sound, vibration and nightlight settings

7. Nuna Sena Aire Travel Cot

Best travel cot mattress.


Shortlisted for Best Travel Product over £25 at the M&B Awards 2018

This stylish, contemporary travel cot takes seconds to put together and is reasonably quick and easy to fold, even with a baby in your arms. We love the bassinet accessory, which makes this brilliant for use from birth. It has a sturdy aluminium frame and a triple-layered mattress.

Doubling up as a play space, this travel cot has padded edges to prevent pinched fingers, and it also comes with an organic cotton sheet included and its own bag to store and transport it in.

Tested by mum Kirsty: "This is reasonably straightforward to set up but it doesn't fold very neatly, and packing it away is fiddly. It's sturdy but feels heavy and it takes up lots of space in our small car boot. The bassinet makes it easy to lift Rikku in and out, but I found it fiddly to detach. I like that this comes with a machine-washable sheet, which stays in place with velcro."

Tested by mum Nicola: "I really like this travel cot because it's so sturdy. It also looks very stylish. Amelia slept really well in this. It's simple to assemble and comes with a lovely, thick mattress plus a machine-washable sheet. The only disadvantage is that it's quite heavy. I think I would struggle to get this from one place to another by myself."

Read our full review of the Nuna Sena Aire

  • Padded edges
  • Triple-layered mattress
  • Comes with its own storage bag
  • Not as lightweight as other options

8. Graco Contour Electra

Best value travel cot.


The Graco Contour is a good-value travel cot with lots of extra features. It comes with a toy bar and a handy removable changing table. It has a nightlight and musical feature, as well as the option to set the mattress to vibrate to help soothe your baby. There are four mesh sides so you can keep an eye on your little one, and also great for ventilation. It's heavy, but the wheels make it easy to manoeuvre, and it comes with its own carry bag.

Tested by mum Nicola: "This is quick and easy to assemble. It seems compact and fits really well in a smaller room without taking up lots of space. The mattress is very thin, and Amelia didn't sleep very well. The cream colour looks lovely, but I imagine it could get dirty very quickly. The changing unit is a great idea, but it's only suitable for use up to 12 months."

Tested by mum Kathryn: "One of the heaviest travel cots we tested, but it's a good size for an older baby – almost the same size as our normal cot. It's easy to assemble and put away and I like the neutral colour. The wheels make it very easy to move around, but you have to bend low to reach your baby. This would have been great for daytime naps when Olly was younger. Great value, too."

Read our full review of the Graco Contour Electra Travel Cot

  • Compact fold
  • Has wheels for easy transporting
  • Removable changing table
  • Some reviewers struggled to assemble it

9. Baby Elegance Kangu Foldable Bedside Sleeper

Best bassinet-style travel cot.


We love the innovative way this travel cot converts between two different modes, with a bassinet level for younger babies to cot, and the fact that you can use it in either fixed or rocking mode. This travel cot is worth considering if you're really short on luggage space, as it's particularly compact once folded and one of the lightest travel cots we found. This is another top pick for newborns, so be aware you won't be able to use it much beyond six months old.

Mum, Eileen, reviewed: "This was the best purchase we made for our baby. We can't fit a cot in our bedroom and needed something that would last longer than the moses basket. Our little boy sleeps so well in it and it's so easy to pick it up and carry downstairs. We have travelled with it too and it folds down neatly."

  • Folds into storage bag
  • Legs can adjust to fix in position or allow for gentle rocking motion
  • Extremely lightweight
  • Only able to use until 6 months

10. Bizzi Growin POD Travel Crib

Best carrycot travel cot.

This is a really clever invention; it looks like a really spacious changing bag, but then off you pop for your overnight stay, take everything out of the bag, and it changes into a travel crib. It doesn't take long to assemble and comes with a padded mattress. It isn't as long-lasting as the other travel cots on our list, as it's really only suitable until baby is four to six months old or when they start rolling; it's the smallest travel cot but the most compact and easy to carry.

Tested by mum Jennifer: "The design is stylish and the item is extremely easy to use. The travel cot section folds out in a few seconds and the rods are easily inserted to make it very sturdy. This means a new mum (who has little time on her hands) can easily erect this in minutes. It is easily transported and takes up no more than a bag's room in the car or walking, so it can be taken anywhere. I have only used this at friends/ families homes but definitely would take it on weekends away or on holiday. It means I don't have to buy a big travel cot. It is also lightweight so don't have to worry about carrying something heavy."

Tested by mum Esther: "Designed as a travel sleeping pod, for nighttime and daytime naps, and a changing bag. It's intended to be quick to assemble and easy to use. I assembled it in a couple of minutes, it weighs as much as a bag or two of sugar and the bag would easily fit in amongst other items in a packed car. When assembled, the sleeping pod is a reasonable size, probably usable up to 4-6 months (unless your baby is rolling lots). We used the pod whilst away for the weekend and found it very useful, as we already had a travel cot packed for our older child and couldn't have fitted a second in the car."

Read our full review of the Bizzi Growin POD Travel Crib

  • Includes mosquito net
  • Can be used as a changing bag
  • Extremely compact and lightweight to carry
  • Long dispatch time currently

11. BabyDan Travel Cot

Best long-lasting travel cot.

This travel cot represents good value for money, especially because it can be used from birth up to approximately three years of age. It's also very sturdy, which means it doubles up as a playpen for smaller babies. And although fairly large, it features wheels and a brake to make it easier to transport. The cot also comes with a small toy bag attached, which could be useful for storing nappies or other baby essentials when you're on the move and away from home.

Reviewer Sophie said: "This is an excellent travel cot. The cot is incredibly easy for one person to put up and can be fully set up and usable within minutes. Folding the cot away is just as simple; and it folds down into such a compact size which is then stored in a carry case that it is easy to stow away. I would recommend this cot for a number of reasons: It is lightweight, compact, it is a full size cot, can be used as a playpen, it is simple to errect and dismantle, it is very strong and sturdy, my baby loves to be in it, it has a useful storage pouch at one end. I intially set the cot up in the sitting room as a play pen/nap time cot. It is a full size cot so does take up some room but it means that the cot will last for several years before the baby outgrows it."

Read our full review of the Baby Dan Travel Cot

  • Includes a small bag
  • Sturdy and secure with brake
  • Heavier than others

12. Red Kite Black Sleep Tight Travel Cot

Best simple travel cot.


The Sleeptight Travel Cot is an award-winning sleep solution from Red Kite. Stored in a carry bag, the Sleeptight Travel Cot is lightweight and compact folding. It is the perfect choice for holidays, visiting friends and family or for your own home.

Mum Kat said: "Having now used this multiple times, I'm really impressed with it - it's good quality and not too bulky when folded so fits easily into my small car boot along with all the other baby paraphernalia needed for a night away! It's really easy to put up and take down and it's so helpful that the instructions are printed onto the underside of the mattress - what a great idea (these sleep-deprived parents are very grateful for this design feature!) You must put it up/take it down in the right order or you will struggle to get it folded correctly. My baby has always slept well in it on various nights and weeks away. We use a waterproof sheet and cot sheet on top of the mattress, job done! For the price paid, it's exceptionally good value. 10/10!"

  • Central locking base for extra safety
  • Easy to fold and store in the storage bag
  • See-through mesh sides
  • Mattress is very thin

13. Kinderkraft Cot 4 in 1 SOFI

Best 4 in 1 travel cot.

Rrp: £ 139.99

 A practical trade cot which also doubles as a playpen, cradle and everyday cot, the SOFI is a great purchase. It is suitable for babies and toddlers from birth to 15kg and it's lightweight and wash to fold, plus it includes a storage bag which makes it easy to carry when travelling. The SOFI has mesh sides to ensure you can see your little one and for good airflow. It also comes with a mattress and cover and the frame can be used as a rocking frame too.

One reviewer said: "Slightly narrower than some travel cots, but that was what we needed as it is going to be the cot for when our new grandson stays with us and it needed to fit in the spare room. I love that it is on 2 levels so suitable for a new born as well as a toddler, though not sure if grandson will fit past the age of 2. It is so easy to fold and put up and comes in a cover so can be stored under another bed. Also great that while you use the top level, things can be stored underneath. It looks very stylish too. Only slight problem is the fitting of sheets. It is fiddly and you need to lift the mattress to be able to fit the sheet and tuck it in. But it is doable, so very happy with purchase."

  • Can be used with or without rocking function
  • Mattress can be used at two different levels
  • Looks stylish
  • Slightly narrower than standard travel cots

Travel cots – All you need to know:

Choosing the right travel cot for you and your child.

Think about where and when you'll use a travel cot. If you are throwing it in the car boot when you're going to Granny's, check how bulky it is when folded and make sure it fits along with your pushchair and still leaves enough room for your luggage. If you're buying for your holiday and you'll be travelling to your destination by plane, boat or other public transport, choose one that folds very compactly to make it easier to pack. Consider, too, where you'll keep it at home when it's not in use.

Unpacking your travel cot after a long journey with a tired baby can be stressful, so choose something quick and easy to set up. Some travel cots can be assembled and folded with one hand, which is a lifesaver if you're holding your baby.

Some travel cots are designed to double as playpens , creating somewhere safe for your baby to play when she's awake. This is useful when you're away from home, especially if you're staying somewhere that's less baby-friendly, without any baby-proofing products , than your normal environment. This type of travel cot has added value as you can get more use out of it than a standard travel cot but check the manufacturer's guidelines before you buy to ensure it's safe to use as a playpen.

Features to consider before purchasing a travel cot

Here are some travel cot features to look out for when deciding on which travel cot is best for you and your baby.

Travel cots come with a mattress supplied, but some are comfier than others. Check how thick it is and whether it provides enough support for a good night's sleep. If not, thicker travel cot mattresses can be purchased separately – but that's an extra expense and something else to pack!

Fold mechanism

As well as checking how simple it is to assemble the travel cot, make sure you can fold it away again easily. Could you do it in a hurry if you're dashing to the airport? If you have older children, make sure inquisitive little fingers can't access the mechanism for folding the travel cot when it's in use.

Most travel cots have mesh sides to encourage airflow and enable you to see your baby easily when they're sleeping. Check the quality of the fabric and how easy it is to wipe clean.

If you want to move the cot elsewhere in the house for daytime naps or playpen use, choose one with wheels for easy manoeuvrability.

Standard cot bedding may not fit your travel cot, so check what size bedding is required and factor in any extra expense. Make sure the bedding fits the mattress securely with no loose fabric.

Choose a travel cot with side panels that zip open and closed if you'd like to be able to reach your baby without bending low over the side of the cot. If it doubles as a playpen, a 'window' to crawl through can add to the fun.

If you plan to travel with your baby to a climate where mosquitoes might bother them, choose a travel cot with an insect net, and check it fits the travel cot securely.

What age are travel cots advised for?

Travel cots come in a variety of sizes and styles, and they all have different upper age and/or weight limits. Consider how old your child will be when using the travel cot, and choose one suitable for their age. Most of the travel cots in our list above can be used from birth until your baby weighs 15kg, which is approximately three years old. Keep in mind that once your baby makes the transition from sleeping in a cot to a bed, they'll probably prefer a bed to a travel cot when away from home overnight.

Can I travel on a plane with a travel cot?

Yes! Although all airlines will have their own rules on luggage allowances, but if you are flying with a baby then typically parents of infants are allowed to take at least two items - e.g. travel cot, buggy or car seat - at no extra cost.

If you're buying a travel cot to take on holiday and are travelling by plane, boat or train, choose one that folds as compactly as possible to make it easier to transport. If you're driving, make sure it fits in your car boot and still leaves enough room for the rest of your luggage.

Think about where you'll keep the travel cot when it's not in use, too. If space is not an issue, you could look into the larger options available.

All travel cots are designed to be light enough to carry, but some are heavier than others, and there's generally a pay-off between how light it is and how durable it is.

If you'll be carrying it a lot on your journey, such as through an airport, then weight may take priority, but if you've got a cruising toddler, and throwing the cot in a big boot is about the extent of your lugging it around, then a sturdier, perhaps heavier, cot would be better.

How to assemble a travel cot

Wrestling with an unwieldy travel cot and a tired baby after a long journey is stress you really don't need in your life, so choose one that doesn't require an engineering degree to set up. While how to put up a travel cot differs depending on the brand, some can be assembled and folded away within seconds, even with one hand– and that's a really helpful feature if you're going to be assembling it with your baby or other children in tow.

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Where can I buy a travel cot?

Whether you need one pronto or want to spend your time researching the perfect travel cot, there are plenty of places where you can pick one. We'd recommend these trusted retailers that offer great products and plenty of reviews so you can make sure you're buying the right one for your little one:

John Le wis

Mamas & Papas

Supermarkets also hold baby events where you can often pick up travel cots and other accessories for a great price. These include:

Can I buy a travel cot second-hand?

If you're looking to buy a second-hand travel cot, there are a few things to check before you make your purchase:

• Check that it assembles and folds down correctly

• Make sure it's sturdy

• Make sure the seller provides you with the original instruction booklet

It's also worth purchasing a new mattress for the travel cot

How to clean your travel cot

If your travel cot has been tucked away in the loft for a few years and it smells a bit musty, or your child has turned it into a bit of a mess, a good tip for cleaning is to use warm soapy water and a sponge.

Make sure to leave it out in the fresh air and sunlight to dry.

Travel cot safety

There are a number of safety aspects to check on your travel cot for your peace of mind.

Stability: Be sure to use the mattress that comes with the cot, as changing it could affect the stability of the cot and could make it easier to tip.

Escaping: Swapping for a thicker mattress could give your tot more height and make it easier for them to escape.

Corners: Be wary of how smooth corners are - make sure there is no chance of your baby's clothes getting caught on them to avoid any chance of strangulation.

Flexible sides: Pop-up-style tents may be easy to erect and dismantle; however, the flexible sides mean that if you were to stumble onto the cot, there would be no ridged sides to stop your fall.

Zips: Make sure you check all zips are secure, as any loose zips that become unattached could potentially become choking hazards.

Wheels: The wheels must be able to securely lock into place or have two wheels and two legs for sturdiness.

Test it out: Make sure you try it out before you travel to check all of the above safety aspects.

Safe sleeping in a travel cot

The general consensus is that you need to be following the same sleeping guidance for your baby in a travel cot as you would at home.

Here's what The Lullaby Trust have to say:

"The same 'safer sleep' rules apply to a travel cot, which should have a rigid frame and base, and a firm, flat mattress, covered in a waterproof material. Travel cot mattresses are often thinner and feel harder than those in a permanent cot, but don't be tempted to place folded blankets or a quilt under the baby to make them 'more comfortable'. If you are very tight for space, you may have to consider re-arranging the furniture in the room to ensure that the travel cot isn't against a radiator, in direct sunlight, and is out of reach of blind cords and hazards."

How we tested and chose these travel cots

Every year, our panel of real mums tests and reviews parenting products such as travel cots for the annual Mother&Baby Awards.

Our list of the best car seats for travel cots comes recommended by like-minded parents – who have experienced these car seats personally.

The Mother&Baby Awards parent testers are provided with some guidelines while testing, so that they take into consideration four key areas: usability, design, quality and value for money. We ask them to score each of these out of 10, as well as give their overall impression of the product.

Find out more about how we test and what considerations we take into account in our testing process.

A number of the travel cots in our list are also previous  Mother&Baby Awards  shortlisters and winners.

E mily Gilbert is the Features & Reviews Editor for Mother&Baby and has written for the website and previously the magazine for six years. Specialising in product reviews, Emily is the first to know about all the exciting new releases in the parenting industry.

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Best travel cots: tried and tested

Whether used at home, at the grandparents' or as a playpen, a travel cot can be a familiar place for your baby to sleep, wherever they are. After rigorous research and testing, we reveal the best travel cots to buy in 2024.

By Poppy O'Neill | Last updated Apr 18, 2024

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While you may have dedicated a lot of time to finding the best crib , moses basket or cot bed for your child, we tend to give less thought to which travel cot to buy. But getting the best sleep possible is just as important while you're away from home, so we've put some of the best travel cots on the market through their paces.

While they're mainly used for overnight stays at a grandparent's house, or longer holidays, travel cots can also be used instead of a traditional crib or playpen for both babies and toddlers. They are portable, easy to carry, fit in your car boot and should be fairly lightweight too. Pack your travel cot along with a baby monitor and your little one's best baby blanket and you're good to go.

Our parent tester, Ruth, and her 18-month-old put some of the UK's top-rated travel cots through their paces. We also turned to the Mumsnet forums - home of the UK's largest network of parents - to seek out authentic recommendations and honest reviews of the travel cots they'd used with their own children. Referring to expert review sites for extra information, we collated all the information to bring you our top picks, of the best travel cots 2024.

The best travel cots 2024: editor's picks

Joie kubbie Bassinet Travel Cot

Red Kite Travel Cot

Graco FoldLite LX Travel Cot

Joie kubbie™ sleep travel cot.

Lift and lower side panel means baby can be picked up and placed down without hassle

Compact frame that packs down into a travel bag

Mesh panels on all four sides

Padded top rail

Too small to be used as a playpen

Material isn't machine-washable

Price on writing: From £100 | Suitable from: Birth to three years (15kg) | Weight: 8.79kg

Tested by MNHQ: Read our full Joie kubbie™ Sleep review

The Joie kubbie™ Sleep is a real steal and a brilliant choice for new parents who want something that covers all bases - that's why we've named it our best travel cot overall for 2024. Versatile in style and cocoon-like in the way it nurtures and grows with newborns, the kubbie™ Sleep also comes with a bassinet that can easily be attached and detached.

A unique feature of the kubbie™ Sleep that our tester was impressed by is that when your baby is in the bassinet, you can tuck the cot close to your bed and adjust the height of the crib so that it acts like a co-sleeper. It's a lovely feature if you're travelling with a tiny baby, it provides extra peace of mind and easy access for changing and breastfeeding .

Great for parents who

Have a newborn

Like the idea of a co-sleeper and want to keep their baby close during the night

Want a cot that can last up to three years old

Read next: The best changing bags Mumsnetters swear by

Red Kite Sleeptight Travel Cot

Lightweight and folds down compactly into a travel bag

Quick to assemble and fold away

Easy to clean

Mesh sides make it easy to see baby

The mattress is thinner than some other baby travel cot mattresses on the market, such as the Joie kubbie™ Sleep

Doesn't have wheels

Price on writing: £35 | Suitable from: Birth to three years (or able to climb out) | Weight: 7kg

Tried and tested by Mumsnet : Read our full Red Kite Sleeptight Travel Cot review .

Robust and simple in design, the Red Kite Sleeptight Travel Cot is a basic, practical travel cot that you'll be glad to have for the odd night away from home with your little one. With breathable mesh on four sides, a carry bag and padding over the poles and edges, it's got everything you need for a safe night's sleep - or a handy play pen.

Mumsnetters say the mattress could be thicker and better quality, which is often the case with cheaper travel cots. If you're looking for a separate mattress, this one from Mother Nurture fits the Red Kite perfectly and folds up for extra practicality while on-the-go.

Need a bed for short trips or as a secondary for the grandparents' house

Are on a tight budget

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Lightweight and easy to fold up and down

Collapses to just 26 cm wide

Comes with a removable infant bassinet

2 wheels for easy manoeuvring

The mattress could be thicker

Price on writing: £80 | Suitable from: Birth to three years (or able to climb out) | Weight: 6.78 kg

With two ways to fold, the Graco FoldLite LX is a brilliant cot for frequent use. The quick fold is designed for speed, while 'Home Fold' is ultra-thin at just 26cm wide - perfect for storing away at home.

We love the two-wheel design that makes the cot easy to drag around, and it's not bad to look at either. The base is one of the lowest to the ground on our list, making it a good option for using as a playpen. It also comes with a removable infant bassinet for smaller babies.

Graco are well-loved by Mumsnetters thanks to their good-quality, affordable baby gear, and this travel cot is no exception.

Want a cot that can be put up and down frequently without too much hassle

Have limited space for storage

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LittleLife Arc 2

Insect-proof mesh for hot weather and the outdoors

Has a front panel with a safety toggle that can be zipped open or closed, making it a great option to use as an outdoor playpen

Colour-coded poles make assembly simple

Lightweight option

Thin mattress

Sunshade must be bought separately

Price on writing: £110 | Suitable from: Birth to three years (15kg), but we'd recommend it for toddlers | Weight: 2.5kg

Tested by MNHQ: Read our full LittleLife Arc 2 review

The LittleLife Arc 2 is extremely lightweight (practically featherweight, really, at just 2.5kg), is designed just like a tent and can be folded down compactly to fit into a backpack, which comes with it. This makes it perfect for use on public transport, holidays and camping.

It works just as well outdoors as it does indoors and is great for those grab-and-go moments. Our tester really liked its tent-like design - close to the floor means there's no risk of kids falling out and the cosier sleeping space makes it ideal for younger babies. She was also impressed by the mosquito net - perfect for travel wherever you're headed.

Use public transport when travelling

Want something that could double up as a playpen

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BabyBjörn Travel Cot Light

Durable construction

Very comfy mattress

Mattress and fabric is removable and machine-washable

Mattress is fairly close to the floor – one side can be unzipped for easy access though

It’s one of the more expensive cots around

Price on writing: £220 | Suitable from: Birth to three years | Weight: 6kg (including carry bag)

Tested by MNHQ: Read our full BabyBjorn Light review

If you have a little extra to spend, then the luxury and comfort of BabyBjörn's Light will make sleepovers fuss-free no matter where you go. Our tester found it sturdy, simple to set-up and really easy to transport. The mattress is considerably more comfy than those you'll find in cheaper travel cots, and all the fabric parts are removable and machine washable.

The main drawback is the price tag, but if you have the means, then this cot won't let you down.

Need a small portable crib that can be taken on short or long trips

Want to invest in a travel bed that can stand heavy use

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Joie Commuter Change

Two wheels make this cot easy to move around

Easy to fold and unfold

Bassinet and changing unit don’t fit into carry bag

Side of the cot can’t be pulled down like the new Joie kubbie™ Sleep

Price on writing: £100 | Suitable from: Birth to 15kg | Weight: 12.3kg

Tested by MNHQ: Read our full Joie Commuter Change review

Winner of the Mumsnet Best Travel Cot 2018 award, the Joie Commuter Change didn’t quite make our top five this year, but it’s still a great product and definitely worth considering.

Our tester loved all the added extras that come with the Commuter Change. Not only is there a full-size bassinet, which will save your back when reaching down to your child, but the cot also comes with a changing table which handily clips onto the top.

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Bugaboo Stardust

Great quality mattress

Takes just one second to unfold and three seconds to fold

Can be folded with the mattress left in

Carrycot insert for newborns

On the expensive side

Only suitable up to 2 years

Price on writing: £225 | Suitable from: Birth to two years | Weight: 6.7kg

For those considering a travel cot to use from birth, the Bugaboo Stardust is a great option. It comes with a carrycot insert which means the cot can be used as a bedside crib - perfect for co-sleeping away from home.

It has a height-adjustable mattress and an incredibly easy fold up and down. When folded up, the travel cot is nice and slim, making for easy storage. The mattress is great quality and thicker than the others on our list. At just over £200, it's on the premium end of the spectrum, and the manufacturer recommends only using it up to 2 years, so it doesn't have quite the longevity of most other travel cots, which generally can be used until the age of three.

Want to co-sleep safely away from home

Are expecting to use the cot frequently for sleeping

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Sturdy but pricey.

We have the Nuna Sena and its amazing, the most hassle-free assembling I've seen having watched BIL trying to get his cheap and cheerful one up! You just push the ring in the middle. It looks great and my kids have both slept great in it when we're away. Also sturdy enough to double as a temporary living room playpen for a while too! Has definitely been one of my highly recommended baby items.


Nuna Sena Aire

Best travel cot for use as a playpen

Quite a while ago now we bought a BabyDan one from John Lewis which is the same dimensions as a standard cot (not cot bed). Extra handy as we could also use the actual cot mattress in it for extra comfort if we had space in the car, or latterly when we had got rid of the cot but had friends or relatives to stay


BabyDan Travel Cot

Best travel cot for air travel

I've been to many different countries on different planes, trains and automobiles and the Phil & Teds is the only one which works across various check in requirements and ages of children ...100% [would recommend] the P&T one if you actually intend travelling with it, as opposed to staying at Granny's place every now and again.


Phil & Teds Traveller Travel Crib

What age is a travel cot for?

This type of cot is usually used from the newborn stage up until toddlerhood – or until the little wriggler can climb out by themselves.

Do I actually need a one?

The short answer is: no, not necessarily, but that depends entirely on your lifestyle.

Portable beds can be expensive and can take up unnecessary space in an otherwise baby-filled home, so if you think you'll only get use out of one for two weeks of the year, then you could probably do without.

If you already have a co-sleeper, Moses basket or carrycot that you use with a travel system , you might be able to use that when you're away from home with a smaller baby.

If, however, you tend to travel often or think your little one will have regular sleepovers with the grandparents, then a travel cot is a great solution.

It'll not only be easier to cart around, but it'll offer a familiar and comforting environment for your child no matter where they rest their head.

Are travel cots safe?

Safety is crucial when buying a travel bed for your little one so, while all products should have some sort of testing certification, be sure to check the safety features out yourself.

If you plan to buy in-store, ask to see it being assembled

Check how sturdy it is – could it withstand being knocked into?

Look for safety locks on wheels if there are any – can they also be tucked away when not in use?

Choking hazards are also something to look out for so make sure that small parts, like zips, are well covered

Check for sharp corners and padded rails

Assess whether your child would be able to climb out easily – check that the side panels are high enough

Safe sleeping and travel cot mattresses

The Lullaby Trust says that all cots need to comply with British Standards Institution (BSI) safety standards regardless of how old they are. If there is no safety standard number visible then you shouldn't buy it.

When it comes to safe sleeping, they also insist that the bed's original mattress needs to be firm, entirely flat and waterproof with no soft or cushioned areas, particularly around the baby's head. Babies should be placed on their backs with their feet at the foot of the cot.

Soft mattresses are known to increase the risk of SIDS as they make it harder for babies to lose body heat, which can cause them to become too hot.

Sleep positioners and pillows must not be used and there should also be no loose or bulky bedding inside the crib as this can cause a baby to overheat.

Even if the mattress feels thin, don't be tempted to place folded blankets underneath your child. Go for a baby sleeping bag or a well-fitted swaddle instead.

The Lullaby Trust also advise that portable cribs aren’t placed against radiators and remain out of reach of blind cords.

How much does a travel cot cost?

Prices range from £20 to over £200, and your budget will probably depend entirely on how much you think you'll use it.

As with anything, the most expensive option won't necessarily be best suited to you and your child. Some cheaper models may do just the trick and will last well into the toddler years too.

Can I buy one secondhand?

Yes, you can, but make sure you always follow the manufacturer's instructions before using.

Make sure it isn’t damaged or broken, that the frame is intact and that there aren’t any sharp edges that could cause injury. If possible, ask to assemble and fold it down before you buy to check it works as it should.

Secondhand travel cots can go from anywhere between £10 and £80.

Other things to consider when buying a travel cot

1. portability.

Check the size and weight. Can it be folded down compactly? Is it likely to fit into the boot of your car?

If you tend to travel by public transport, you'll want a bed that's lightweight and easy to carry. For planes, some small cots may even be able to fit into an overhead locker.

2. Assembly and storage

By nature, travel beds are usually easy to put up and fold down. Pop-ups are, of course, the easiest, but check to see if your chosen product is quick to assemble, fold and pack away.

When it comes to storage, the amount of space you have at home will influence your decision.

Some models have mattresses that fold with the frame before they go into a bag, and most will fit into the back of a cupboard or under a bed when stored away.

3. How to clean

Babies create mess – and a lot of it too. Look for a removable mattress that comes with a fitted sheet, which you will be able to stick in the washing machine.

Some cots have removable side panels, but if they don’t then you can always wipe them clean with warm water.

4. Extra features

Many larger models double up as a playpen which is great for keeping your child safe at all times no matter where they are. Some even come with changing tables, mobiles and bassinets for newborns.

You’ll find that the added extras will usually need to be carried separately once the frame is folded down. Brands that offer attachments like these include Joie (the Joie Commuter Change won Mumsnet Best Travel Cot 2018), BabyBjorn and Graco.

Some, like the Arc 2, also come with added extras like built-in mosquito nets for camping.

What's the best travel cot to buy?

The Joie kubbie Sleep is the best travel cot to buy in 2024. Mumsnetters love that it doubles as a co-sleeper, making it a versatile, useful and great value buy. The compact design makes it easy to transport and set up, while the bedside feature allows for easy access to your baby during the night. Overall, the Joie Baby Kubbie Sleep Bedside Travel Cot is a great choice for parents looking for a safe and comfortable sleep solution for their little one.

How we tested and why you should trust us

For continuity, we try to get one tester to test all the products in a single category. This reduces any potential variables during the testing process and ensures that our results are based on like-for-like comparisons. After approximately 24 hours of research, our tester, Ruth, produced a shortlist of 14 cots to put to the test. The list included the most highly recommended cots by Mumsnet users and other review sites, plus a wide range of designs and price tags, from nifty pop-ups to more studier models akin to traditional cribs.

Each product was tested in rooms with both carpet and laminate flooring, then scored on six key areas:

Safety and stability

Comfort and day-to-day use, cleanliness, value for money.

Five products were then awarded a Mumsnet Best badge – these are the products that we feel offer the absolute best value for most parents. We also gave honourable mentions to four others.

Ruth scored each product based on each criteria below, with the highest scoring coming out on top as the overall winner. Honourable mentions were then given to nine other top-performing beds.

We looked at a number of factors including:

Durability and materials – how well was each product made and finished?

Safety features – did the product have padded rails, lockable wheels, mesh ventilation, firm bedding, a locking system etc? And could a baby's fingers become trapped? Ruth studied everything from the frame to the mattress

Choking hazards – were there any parts that could come loose?

Sturdiness – she walked into it, knocked it against furniture and dropped it when assembled and packed away. Could each cot withstand the weight of both an adult and child if accidentally fallen into?

Safety standards – she also looked for the appropriate safety labels

Height of side panels – could a child climb out easily?

Assembly and folding

How straightforward was it to assemble and fold?

Were written or visual instructions clear and precise? Could the instructions also be accessed online and were there video tutorials to guide you through?

Each cot was assembled and taken down 20 times – this was also timed to see how long it would take

We also wanted to see which products might cause difficulty for people with mobility issues and which were the easiest to assemble and take down

Ruth also considered how easy it would be to access spare parts and whether each cot came with a warranty

Ruth looked at how much space the cot took up in a room – did it slot in easily, and was it more suited to indoors or outdoors?

Could it be moved around easily, particularly through doorways, from one room to another, and up and down the stairs? Did it have to be folded in order to do so?

How easy was it to place the child inside? Could the side panels be lowered?

When inside, was the little one comfy? Did they like it and was there enough room to sleep and to play?

Was it heavy to carry and did it fit comfortably in the boot of an average-sized family car? Could it be taken on public transport easily?

Ruth analysed looks, including colours, fabrics and overall design

Did the bed fit in with the décor? Was the design attractive and user-friendly?

Were there different colours to choose from?

The likes of mud, sand, peanut butter, milk and orange juice were smeared and spilled onto the interior and exterior to see how easy stains were to remove

Ruth also checked for removable bedding that could easily be thrown into the washing machine

We tested products with a variety of price tags and compared the more expensive models to those that were cheaper

If pricey, was it worth the price tag?

And were there any extras included to make the investment more justified?

How real-life comparative testing makes Mumsnet Reviews unique

We commissioned Ruth Lumley to write about and test a variety of toddler and baby travel cots. Ruth is a journalist who has used a number of baby beds with her three young children – from the newborn stage right through to toddlerhood and while holidaying abroad and visiting relatives in the UK.

During the research process, she looked at the types of products available, scoured the Mumsnet forums for recommendations and spoke to baby sleep experts from The Lullaby Trust , an organisation that provides advice on safer sleep for babies.Ruth tried out each bed with her youngest child, who was 18 months old at the time of testing. She tested each for at least three nights, both at home and at the grandparents' house, which meant that all the models were subject to the same environmental factors and held a child of the same age and weight.

About the author

Poppy O'Neill is a Content Editor at Mumsnet and a mother of two. She's been researching and reviewing baby and child products for 2 years, with a particular focus on baby essentials, toys and books for toddlers and outdoor play equipment. From potties to paddling pools and bunk beds to bedtime stories, she loves to deep-dive into research and find the best products out there.

Poppy is also an award-winning, best-selling children's and parenting author of books such as Don't Worry, Be Happy , The Extraordinary Book That Makes You Feel Happy  and Mother Power . She specialises in children's mental health and her books are used by therapists, teachers and SENCOs across the UK. She won a The Week Junior Book Award in 2023, her books have been translated into several languages and she's been featured in The Guardian, The Sunday Times and The Sun.

After earning a BA in Creative Writing from the University of Leeds and a PGCert in Fashion and Lifestyle Journalism from University of the Arts London, she worked in fashion for most of her 20s. When her children were young, she undertook an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Chichester and re-trained as an author and freelance writer.

Best travel cot 2023: lightweight cots for travel

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Two toddlers playing in a blue travel cot – one of the best travel cots you can buy

The best travel cot? Be honest, it’s something you didn’t even know existed until you became a parent and had to take a trip. Do you have to travel with a bed for your baby? Well, yes, you do, they're just as essential as the best car seats and best suitcases , and luckily there are so many incredible new designs that hitting the road with your littlest is that little bit easier.

We give you the travel cot, the portable crib, and the basket bed … here are all the latest and the best products on the market which allow you to travel light even though you’re now packing an extra person.

How to buy the best travel cot

Why you can trust T3 Our expert reviewers spend hours testing and comparing products and services so you can choose the best for you. Find out more about how we test .

First off, you might be surprised to find out that travel cots aren’t just for travel. If you’re stuck for space at home, regularly splitting time between two places, want a safe place to keep them corralled while you pop off for a second (see above), or like to have a spare for friends’ babies when they pop round for a coffee (the friend, that is, not the baby), a travel cot is a sensible solution.

But when it does come to travel, having your own portable cot means that you needn’t worry about whether that Airbnb has all the necessaries or that hotel webpage is up to date, and it also gives baby a familiar place to sleep, eliminating one more reason for them to get lairy while you’re on the road.

And it’s what you’ll be using it for that’ll mostly dictate the type of travel crib you want. 

Compact foldable cots or bassinets are best for chucking in a suitcase or luggage locker on the plane, while trips by car simply call for something that can fit in the boot. The more lightweight they are, the more you might question the fact that they’re deemed suitably sturdy for a human child, but between rigorous manufacturer testing and great reviews across the board, you can rest assured each of our picks will keep them safe as houses, even if you’re a long way away from yours. 

You might be wondering if travel cots are safe to sleep in? The answer is yes, as long as you buy the right one and your child doesn't sleep in it all the time. Read our guide linked above for more information on travel cot safety.

Finally, for maximum mileage when it comes to the initial spend, look for a model that comes with an included mattress, adjustable levels for rapidly growing babes, and more.

The best travel cots you can buy today:

Graphite/Black Micralite Sleep&Go Travel Cot

1. Micralite Sleep&Go Travel Cot

Our expert review:


Reasons to buy, reasons to avoid.

The Sleep&Go Travel Cot is a well-designed piece of kit that hopes to make travelling with little ones a breeze. It sets itself apart from rivals by being adaptable: it's a travel cot one minute, playpen the next, and can even transform into a newborn co-sleeper. Perhaps best of all, it's able to transform between these functions in seconds thanks to its innovative all-in-one frame.

It lets itself down slightly with the lack of colour options, and the fact that it's not the smallest when folded.

With an RRP of £150, it sits firmly in the upper-mid-range price category, but it's durable materials, solid build, and innovative features mean it more than earns its place at the top of our list.

  • Micralite Sleep&Go Travel Cot review

A blue mesh travel cot by BabyBjorn

2. BabyBjorn Travel Cot Light

Praise be to Björn Jakobson, granddaddy of all things baby-related — his brainchild BabyBjorn still leads the pack when it comes to travel cots, with this one getting our second spot for its practical, paediatrician-approved design. The foldable travel cot packs down into a neat carry case with padded shoulder straps and a waist belt for easy transportation, and we love how compact it is, not to mention easy to set up, which is a real bonus when there’s unpacking to be done. 

The mattress has been designed in conjunction with paediatric specialists to provide the best support possible, but the only problem is that it’s at floor level, so if you have shorter arms, bear in mind it might take some effort, or the help of a taller family member.  

Nuna SENA Aire

3. Nuna SENA Aire

The thing about parenthood is that you always have your hands full, and when it comes to travelling with kids, that goes double. So welcome the SENA Aire, a thoughtfully designed travel cot from premium baby gear brand Nuna that can be set-up not only quickly, but with one hand. Its zigzag legs pop-up instantly, and come with padded edges so you cannot trap you finger in a hinge while you’re seeing it up. 

However, the SENA Aire’s main USP is what its name suggests; an advanced air design delivers maximum airflow that will give its inhabitant deeper sleeps. That’s the theory. Elsewhere, the SENA Aire gives the travelling parents everything they need, including a mattress, sheets, an insect net and even cotton sheets. Best of all, it’s all machine washable, and goes neatly into a travel bag.

Inovi Cocoon Folding Moses

4. Inovi Cocoon Folding Moses

Here’s one for youngsters taking their first flights. Suitable for the under six months crowd, this simple crib won’t be with you for long, but it’s sure to impress any parent thinking of taking a flight to show-off their new addition. A simple and nice-looking crib that could easily be used at home, the Cocoon is compact and lightweight enough for travel, even complying with international aviation standards (IATA) so it can be taken on a plane as hand luggage, and stowed in overhead locker compartments (minus junior, we hope). 

It also includes a mesh canopy that protects baby from the outside world – including insects, pets and curious passers-by – while being itself constructed atom transparent, breathable mesh panels. The Cocoon is also easy to set-up, with four locking joints on its fold-out base for maximum stability.

Phil & Teds Traveller Travel Cot

5. Phil & Teds Traveller Travel Cot

Like the BabyBjorn travel cot, this Phil & Teds option is suitable for use from birth to three years, making it a good option if you’re after a longer-term solution. The big difference between the two is that this little number is more suited to long-haul travel, with a weight of just 3.2 kilograms and an ultra-compact design that’s formulated to fit in a suitcase, luggage locker, or even the storage space of your buggy. 

Reviewers found it was a bit awkward to set up, but that it was light, sturdy and comfy enough to make up for it, so we reckon it sounds just fine if you’re setting up camp for a while.  

Dark grey SpaceCot Travel Cot

6. SpaceCot Travel Cot

If the combination of quick setup and sturdiness is the holy grail of travel cots, then call us Indiana Jones, because we seem to have found it in the SpaceCot Travel Cot. The makers say it opens and closes in just three seconds — a big boast, but reviewers vouch for its veracity. 

They found it super easy to set up, and loved the included detachable crib levels and mattress that let it work as a cot up to six months, and a playpen up to 30 months. If you frequently find yourself with your hands too full for faffing around, all signs point to this easy-up cot being a good buy.  

LittleLife Arc 2

7. LittleLife Arc 2

OK, it’s a tent. Get over it. Kids love camping! Seriously though, the tent-style Arc 2 has a lot going for it, especially if you travel a lot because (and this is a stroke of genius) the Arc 2 packs-up into a small lightweight backpack. A pop-up tent weighing a mere 2.5kg, it uses colour-coded, lightweight aluminium poles and comes with a Velcro-attached foam mattress and washable cotton cover. 

Although it can be used indoors perfectly well, as its design suggests, the Arc 2 can also be used outdoors, and be secured with tent pegs. It works as a bed, a playpen, and just as a place to keep a child out of the sun. If you’re an outdoorsy kind of a family, the Arc 2 is a no-brainer.

Koo-Di Pop Up Bassinet

8. Pop Up Bassinet Koo-Di

Designed for use in the house or out in the garden, at the beach or for trips somewhere rather sunnier, the Koo-Di Sun and Sleep Travel Bassinet looks to be a versatile option for keeping the smallest member of your group happy, cool, and out of the sun. 

The mesh sides are intended for ventilation and peace of mind, allowing you to check on them as they (hopefully) snooze, while the integrated zip-up mosquito net keeps nibbles at bay, and the blackout blind claims to block 93 percent of all harmful rays. That’s all pretty high tech for a travel cot, making it our best bet for travel abroad and hot summer days at home.  

Chicco Lullago Zip Crib travel cot

9. Chicco Lullago Zip Crib

This expandable travel crib gives the option for different depths as they grow, giving it more lasting power than some of our smaller picks, and making it, according to happy reviewers, a great transitional cot. Users loved that it was sturdy and easy to put together, but found it a bit heavy to carry — although, while the travel bag is a bit more cumbersome than its BabyBjorn equivalent, some might appreciate that it looks more like your average minimal tote bag rather than a baby-specific behemoth. 

Overall, it’s agreed that the quality is top-notch and the setup simple, but if you have to travel a long way, you might be better placed going for something like Phil & Ted’s travel cot.  

Joie Excursion Travel Cot with detachable changing mat and rocker

10. Joie Excursion Change & Rock Travel Cot0

Trying to get them off to sleep isn’t the only thing that can prove tricky on the road - there’s also the small matter of changing to attend to. Luckily, some clever clogs at Joie has made a travel cot that doubles up as a changing table. Actually, make that triples up, because it also packs in a soothing rocker with soft toys. And it has wheels! 

With a draught-resistant base and mesh lining for a comfortable sleep, a rocker/bassinet for soothing and naps, and a changing table for you-know-what, reviewers agree this is a great portable option for when you want to streamline your stuff. Just be aware that it’s very large and very heavy, so it’s not the best for small cars and certainly won’t fit in a suitcase, but gosh darn is it versatile.  

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Our pick of the best cot and bassinet options to provide your baby or toddler with a portable sleeping space for travel, put to the test by parents

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Travel cots are portable, safe places for babies and toddlers to sleep when away from home. They’re lightweight, have collapsible sides and fold into a portable format with a carry handle, making them great for holidays, breaks and overnight stays.

We’ve analysed the travel cot market and rigorously tested a range of different models to find the best ones for your family. Whether you're looking for something safe for a newborn, or a roomy cot for an older toddler, you'll find it here. Some travel cots can also be used as playpens for a baby, although, if you're looking specifically for a playpen check out our best playpens for babies and toddlers . For cosy bedding inspiration, take a look at our list – tried and tested by real parents and their kids. If you're travelling somewhere hot with your little ones, take a look at our selection of the best pram fans .

Best travel cots at a glance

  • Best travel cot for easy assembly: Bugaboo Stardust, £225
  • Best lightweight travel cot for a good mattress: Venture Airpod Travel Cot, £119.99
  • Best multi-use travel cot: Silver Cross Slumber 3-in-1 Travel Cot, £195
  • Best travel cot for added extras: Graco Contour Electra, £100
  • Best budget buy travel cot: Red Kite Sleeptight Travel Cot, £37
  • Best travel cot for versatile features: Hauck Sleep'n Play Centre Travel Cot, £79.95
  • Best travel cot for occasional use: Cuggl Deluxe Superlight Travel Cot, £60
  • Best travel cot for newborns: Joie Kubbie Sleep, £99.99
  • Best budget travel cot for co-sleeping: Red Kite Dreamer Bedside Travel Crib, £65
  • Best travel cot for versatile newborn co-sleeping: Chicco Next2Me PopUp, £199
  • Best travel cot for no upper weight limit: BabyBjörn Travel Cot Light, £219.90
  • Best stylish travel cot: Tutti Bambini CoZee Go 3-in-1 Bassinet, Travel Cot & Playpen, £129
  • Best lightweight newborn travel crib: ErgoPouch Easy Sleep Portable Crib, £99.95
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Here are the best travel cots for 2024

1. bugaboo stardust, £225, – best for easy assembly.

bugaboo stardust

Suitable from: birth (with newborn insert) to 2 years/15kg | Travel cot weight: 6.7kg | Unfolded dimensions: L64cm x W98cm x H85cm| Folded dimensions: L 65cm x W14cm x H85cm | Newborn bassinet: Yes

  • Quickest to assemble
  • 2 mattress height positions
  • Lightweight

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  • Quite large when folded

Forget tricky folds, the pop-up style mechanism of the Bugaboo Stardust takes just seconds: simply pull the cot open from flat by pulling both sides. It’s perfect for a hassle-free bedtime when you’re not in the comfort of your own home.

It conveniently folds back down in the same amount of time, too, although it is worth noting this model folds down to a large flat shape, like a suitcase, making better suited to sliding into a car boot or under a bed than taking on public transport.

Along with the ease of assembly, the built-in mattress is what you pay for with this model: it's not only comfortable but can be adjusted to two height positions (with the newborn insert) making it easier to lift out newborns and babies not yet sitting up unaided. This is particularly handy if you’re prone to back problems or have just had a C-section. The mattress can be folded down inside the cot, meaning no extra assembly is required.

Although one of the priciest travel cots on our list, the Stardust can still deliver great value if you’re using your travel cot regularly with your baby. MFM home tester Rovenna, who tried it with her 4-month-old, said, "The fact it has both a raised zip in baby bassinet or a deep bed for toddlers – as well as a comfortable and generously filled built in mattress – is fantastic. It’s compact and lightweight, meaning it can be easily moved from room to room and transported in its handy carry bag.”

Available from: Bugaboo , Boots and John Lewis

2. Venture Airpod Travel Cot, £119.99

– best for lightweight with good mattress.

Venture Airpod Travel Cot tester polaroid final

Suitable from: birth to 3 years | Travel cot weight: 6kg | Unfolded dimensions: L85cm x W55cm x H66cm| Folded dimensions: 60cm x 15cm x 50cm | Newborn bassinet: No | Awards: Gold – Travel Cot, MadeForMums Awards 2024

  • Easy to build and collapse
  • Mesh design
  • Good mattress
  • No newborn bassinet
  • Can’t be used as playpen

This travel cot is very lightweight, comfortable and easy to carry. It's available in a number of colours and features mesh panels on all sides. The mesh means that you can get a great view of your baby or toddler, while also ensuring good air circulation at night time.

Travel cot mattresses are often the feature that parents are least satisfied with, as they are often thin and flimsy. However, the Airpod travel cot has a better quality, more luxurious mattress than you might expect. Although the Cuggl Deluxe is very similar and quite a bit cheaper in price, we found that the mattress in this travel cot was of much higher quality.

Although this cot doesn't have an all-in-one pop-up assembly, it's still easy to put up and down, so much so that some of our home tester parents didn’t need the instructions. “It was very easy to remove from the carry case and put the cot together.” said MFM home tester Sarah. “It was also easy to take apart and put back into the travel case. No fiddling or spare parts. The easiest baby item I have actually put together.”

The Airpod Travel Cot is suitable from birth, but it doesn't come with a bassinet, something that you might prefer for a newborn. Offering a good amount of room, the travel cot can also be used as a play pen, and offers a comfy night's sleep for babies and toddlers.

Available from: Amazon and Venture

3. Silver Cross Slumber 3-in-1, £195

– best multi-function travel cot.

Silver Cross Slumber

Suitable from: birth (with newborn insert) to approx. 3 years (up to 15kg) | Travel cot weight: 7.65kg | Unfolded dimensions: 112 x 80 x 67cm| Newborn bassinet: Included

  • 3-in-1 functionality
  • Will grow with your child
  • Sustainable fabric
  • Large when assembled, expensive

If you're looking for a multi-use travel cot that will grow with your child from birth, then the Silver Cross Slumber is a stylish design that offers 3-in-1 functionality in one portable package. Made of breathable mesh with a padded mattress included, the Slumber has three distinct uses as a bedside co-sleeper, travel cot and playpen.

Zip in the newborn insert to create a bedside crib suitable from birth until approximately 6 months old. The newborn insert sits at the top of the cot, meaning your baby will be at the height of your bed - although these is no option to drop the side in this mode as with some bedside cribs.

As your baby grows, you can use the Slumber as lightweight travel cot, using the same mattress. A waterproof carry case is included to allow for easy portability on the go. You can also use the Slumber as a secure play pen, and there's a zip-open door your toddler can crawl in and out when they are older.

At 7.65kg it’s a lightweight design that can be transported easily and stored away when not in use. The Slumber also has an easy-fold function meaning it can pop up and fold down quickly. For eco-conscious parents, Slumber features quilted material crafted using a yarn made from recycled plastic bottles that would have otherwise been sent to landfill. It looks good too, with an attractive, minimalistic design. This is a useful product that will grow with your child and a stylish option from a trusted brand.

The Silver Cross Slumber is available in two different colourways, carbon and stone.

Available from: Boots

4. Graco Contour Electra, £100

– best for added extras.

Graco Contour Electra travel cot

Suitable from: birth to 15kg | Travel cot weight: 10kg | Unfolded dimensions: H:91cm W:73cm D:104cm| Folded dimensions: H:85cm D:23cm | Newborn bassinet: Yes

  • Lots of accessories included
  • Good newborn bassinet

If you're looking for a travel cot that will do double or even triple duty, this could be the product for you. The Graco Contour Electra comes bursting with added extras, including practical additions like a cot-top changing unit, and fun ones like the mobile and battery-operated unit that plays tunes and vibrates the cot.

MFM home tester Jessica said, "The Graco Electra travel cot has proven to be a lovely cot for my 5 month old son. It folds up to an easily transportable, small travel bag and has lovely extras such as the hanging toy bar and night light which are well thought out."

There's a newborn bassinet that fastens in to keep tiny babies close, and the whole unit is on wheels so it can be moved easily. It's definitely not the lightest product on our list, but remove any accessories you're not using (such as the changer or bassinet) and this significantly reduces the weight to make it easier to move or carry.

Read our full MadeForMums Graco Contour Electra review

Available from: Smyths and Graco

5. Red Kite Sleeptight Travel Cot, £37

– best budget buy.

Red Kite Sleeptight Travel Cot

Suitable from: birth to 15kg | Travel cot weight: 8.7kg | Unfolded dimensions: L99cm x W59.5cm x H80.5cm| Folded dimensions: L27cm x W25cm x H80.5cm| Newborn bassinet: No | MFM Review Star Rating: 4.2 stars

  • Easy to assemble
  • Thin mattress
  • Not very lightweight

The cheapest cot on our list, the Red Kite Sleeptight Travel Cot is a great choice if you're looking for an affordable but sturdy option. The mattress, as you'd expect, is quite thin, so if you do look to buy an alternative one, take note of the dimensions and ensure anything you buy is the correct size. It must be a snug fit with no gaps around the edges.

Where this travel cot does excel is the ease of assembly. “Once you have pulled up the handle in the bottom and un-assembled the cot, it is very easy to fold shut and put into the carry-bag,” stated our MFM reviewer Jessica, who called it “hassle-free and very quick.” Travel cots of this type usually have an order in which each section has to be assembled (or taken down), so pay close attention to the instructions.

This cot's purse-friendly price point doesn’t mean you have to compromise on quality – you’ll find plenty of useful design features like a full padded top rail and mesh sides to provide visibility and air flow. Our MFM reviewer and parent testers also found it felt robust once built. One parent tester said, “It feels secure, with the side bars locking in place, and is sturdy enough to accommodate a lively toddler.”

Read our full MadeForMums review of the Red Kite Sleeptight Travel Cot

Available from: Amazon and Halfords

6. Hauck Sleep'n Play Centre Travel Cot, £79.95

– best for versatile features.

Hauck Sleep N Play Center

Suitable from: birth to 15kg | Travel cot weight: 8.5kg | Unfolded dimensions: L125cm x W68.5cm x H82cm| Folded dimensions: L22cm x W21cm x H76.5cm | Newborn bassinet: Yes | Awards: Bronze – Travel Cot, MadeForMums Awards 2024

  • Good value with lots of features
  • Changing table included
  • Can wheel along when folded
  • Easy to assemble and transport
  • Thin, uneven mattress

The Hauck Sleep'n Play Centre Travel Cot has all the bells and whistles for under £100. This includes an integrated changing table, high and low sleeping positions (reducing back strain), a utility pocket, a zip-down side panel for a fun playpen adventure (crawl in – crawl out) and a fun design with pops of colour. For ease of moving about, it also has two wheels when folded up that means you can pull it along like a suitcase – genius!

Our home testers found the cot to be well made and sturdy, and they particularly liked the wipeable fabrics. With a little practice, parents found it easy to set up and fold down as long as they performed the steps in the right order. "The cot feels sturdy when set up and the fabric is wipeable which makes life easy when on the go," says Shannon, who tested it with their 2-month-old baby Rae (pictured).

Testers would have liked the mattress to be a bit thicker, however, and didn't score it quite so highly for comfort (Hauck do sell a thicker mattress separately). One parent said they found the included mattress did not lie completely flat, but that “the unevenness was not to the extent that we had concerns about baby”. They also felt the changing table’s safety strap could be longer for older babies.

"It's good travel cot for the price with lots of features," said Jennifer, who tested the cot with her 3 month old Brianna. "It's large so will last while our child grows, and the ability to use from newborn up is obviously very helpful. The included change station an added bonus for when baby is small and I think the quality of the frame and materials is good."

Bargain hunters will be happy to hear that despite the £79.95 RRP, we’ve seen online deals for less than £60 - which would make this even better value.

Available from: Boots and Online4Baby

7. Cuggl Deluxe Superlight Travel Cot, £60

– best for occasional use.

Cuggl Deluxe Travel Cot

Suitable from: birth to 15kg | Travel cot weight: 6kg | Unfolded dimensions: L85 cm x W56cm x H86m| Folded dimensions: L50cm x W61cm x H15cm| Newborn bassinet: No

  • Folds up small
  • Small footprint
  • Low weight limit

Coming in at only 6kg, this is one of the lightest travel cots on our list, and also one of the most affordable. If you're looking for an all-rounder for occasional use during the first couple of years of your child's life, it's a good value option that performs well. We found it can be constructed in minutes and folds up to a suitcase size, although it's sadly not quite small enough to take as hand luggage on a plane.

The built-in mattress is 2.5cm deep, putting it on a par with most travel cot mattresses but perhaps not up there with the likes of the Bugaboo Stardust. Overall, the cot is smaller in size than some other options we tested, but that means it folds up smaller too. However, for taller children a larger option like the Joie Kubbie or BabyBjorn might last you longer.

Available from: Argos

8. Joie Kubbie Sleep Travel Cot, £99.99

– best for newborns.

Joie Kubbie Sleep Travel Cot

Suitable from: Birth to 15kg | Travel cot weight: 8.79kg | Unfolded dimensions: L99cm x W59.5cm x H80.5cm| Folded dimensions: L 27 cm x W 25 cm x H 80.5cm | Newborn bassinet: Yes

  • Simple drop-side feature
  • Grows with baby
  • Can be tricky to put up and down

For parents who want a travel cot from birth – perhaps to keep at a family member or caregiver's house – the Joie Kubbie Sleep combines the functionality of a travel cot with that of a bedside crib, with a drop-down side operated by a button that allows easier access to a newborn while in bassinet mode. It does sit quite high up so the exact functionality will differ depending on the type of bed you have, but in those early days when mum is healing it could be a lifesaver.

"One of the great features of the Joie Kubbie Sleep travel cot is that it can be used beside the bed once its straps are attached to the bed, and its side is dropped," said MFM reviewer Dominic, who tested this with his newborn daughter. He was also impressed with the durability, saying, "I’m really impressed with the quality of the build, despite the ‘sticky’ mechanics. Once assembled, it feels sturdy enough to last a number of years, which will be helpful for when our daughter can start using it as a playpen."

Once your baby is old enough, you simply put up the side, drop the mattress down to the base of the cot, and it becomes a generously-sized travel cot and playpen that'll last until the child weighs 15kg. The pull-and-click functionality takes a few minutes to master, and like others of this style there's an order you need to memorise in order to get it to go up and down smoothly, but Joie has a great instructional video to help .

Read our full MadeForMums Joie Kubbie travel cot review

Available from: Very and Argos

9. Red Kite Dreamer Bedside Travel Crib, £65

– best budget travel cot for co-sleeping.

Red Kite Dreamer Bedside Travel Crib

Suitable from: birth (with bassinet) to 15kg | Travel cot weight: 7.6kg | Unfolded dimensions: L99cm x W57cm x H76cm| Folded dimensions: L27cm x W71cm x H26m| Newborn bassinet: Yes

  • Permanent drop-side option
  • Flimsy newborn insert

Like the Joie Kubbie sleep, the Red Kite Dreamer offers the perfect travel option for families with newborns that use a bedside crib at home, as it has the same drop-side functionality built into a more portable travel cot. However, unlike the Joie Kubbie Sleep, which has a button-operated drop-side, this one is fastened with buckles, making it more suited to those who want to keep the cot fastened to their bed with the side dropped permanently down, for a safe way to cosleep with a newborn.

Once the baby is older, it becomes a travel cot that's almost a metre in length, offering lots of space for a growing toddler. Our testers were divided on the mattress' comfort levels. While our reviewer found it to be too firm for their 9 month old, other testers really rated it. "As travel cots go this is one of the comfiest mattresses I’ve seen. It feels nice and padded and had a solid firm base underneath to secure into the cot," said home tester Bridget, who tested this with her 4 month old.

Our testers did find the bassinet insert for newborns a little flimsy, but fine given that's only used for the first few months before moving to the full travel cot. It's also lightweight to carry and one of the smaller folds on this list.

Read our full MadeForMums Red Kite Dreamer beside travel cot review

Available from: Argos and Red Kite

10. Chicco Next2Me PopUp, £199

— best travel cot for versatile newborn co-sleeping.

Chicco Next2Me Pop Up tester picture

Suitable from: birth to 6 months | Travel cot weight: 10.5kg | Unfolded dimensions: L97cm x W80cm x H82cm | Folded dimensions: L97cm x W84cm x H23m | Newborn bassinet: No | Awards: Silver – Travel Cot, MadeForMums Awards 2023

  • 6 height positions
  • Quick and easy fold
  • Shorter life span than other options
  • Can be difficult to transport

The PopUp is the latest offering from the Chicco Next2Me range and is a great option for parents who will be travelling with their young baby a lot in the first 6 months. The Red Kite Dreamer and Joie Kubbie Sleep also offer co-sleeping but, unlike these, the PopUp has a range of features that make it a really great choice for newborns.

We love that the crib has 6 adjustable heights to better help it align the barrier of the crib to the parents' mattress — this is particularly useful if you're travelling and staying in different places. Also, thanks to its foldable feet, it is suitable for use with beds with storage compartments. It also comes with straps that allow the crib to conveniently attach to different beds. It can be used as a standalone or bedside crib and transforms easily between both. It also has 2 wheels that make it easy to move from room to room around the house.

There is an ergonomically designed mattress included and the crib itself has mesh panelling on all 4 sides, providing great visibility and air ventilation as your baby sleeps.

MFM reviewer Helen who tested the Chicco Next2Me Pop Up with her 1-month-old son Alessio said, "The Pop Up works very well as a crib for the early months of a baby’s life, especially for people who will be travelling a lot, because it is so easy to put up and down. It would certainly be a practical buy if you are going to be driving to stay away from home several times in the first 6 months of your baby’s life."

The crib has an impressively quick and easy 3-second fold that Helen thought was one of the standout features of the travel cot: "The ease of putting the cot up and down with the 3-second fold, and without the need to dissemble anything, is the main selling point and for good reason. It easily folds up into one piece and is easy to insert into the travel bag included." However, at 10.5kg, the PopUp is the heaviest option on our list and is quite bulky when folded. Whilst compact and able to fit under some beds while not in use, it does have a large footprint and therefore takes up quite a lot of car boot space and may not fit into the boot of smaller cars.

Read our full MadeForMums Chicco Next2Me Pop Up travel cot review

Available from: John Lewis , Amazon and Boots

11. BabyBjörn Travel Cot Light, £219.90

– best for no upper weight limit.

BabyBjörn Travel Cot Light being tested

Suitable from: 0-3 years | Travel cot weight: 6kg (including travel bag) | Unfolded dimensions: L112cm x W64cm x 82cm | Folded dimensions: L49cm x W60cm x H14cm | Newborn bassinet: No

  • No upper weight limit
  • Easy to set up
  • Premium feel
  • Extra thick mattress
  • One of the most expensive options

This lightweight, easy-to-use travel cot impressed our parent tester for a number of reasons – as you'd expect for one of the most expensive options on our list.

The brand known for stylish baby products won't disappoint parents on the go, with a sleek silhouette, premium-feeling fabrics and excellent functionality. It's impressively easy to set up and fold down – a true highlight compared to trickier styles such as the Joie Kubbie Sleep. Simply pull out each leg, click it into place on the top frame, then place the mattress inside and secure with poppers.

MFM Head of Consumer Content and mum of 3 Christy commented: "It's so easy to set up, which is really useful if you forget how between holidays, or are asking a grandparent to help. I had no worries about sleepily packing it up at the airport hotel before we took an early flight."

The mattress is extra thick, an essential luxury as the base rests on the floor. This design means there's no weight limit, a real plus point for parents with heavier-than-average toddler.

Christy, who tested the cot with her tall 2 year old, says: "I loved the fact that the BabyBjorn has no weight limit. With a heavy toddler who is not ready for a bed, it's perfect. He slept very well, even though we tested it on a hard tiled floor."

The cleverly designed shape, with the sides inclining towards the top, also makes it harder for little ones to climb out of, and the mesh walls give great visibility from any angle.

The cot folds up into a flat rectangle shape, stored in a carry bag. Christy adds: "We took it as hold luggage out our TUI flight, and could even have fitted it inside our large family suitcase to avoid dropping it off at the 'oversized luggage' desk."

Available from: John Lewis and BabyBjörn

12. Tutti Bambini CoZee Go 3-in-1 Bassinet, Travel Cot & Playpen, £129

— best stylish travel cot.

Tutti Bambini CoZee Go Travel Cot

Suitable from: Birth (with bassinet) to 3 years | Travel cot weight: 6.5kg | Unfolded dimensions: L133cm x W98cm x H65cm | Folded dimensions: L72cm x W62cm x H14cm | Newborn bassinet: Yes | Awards: Bronze – Travel Cot, MadeForMums Awards 2023

  • Multi-functional
  • Quick to put together
  • Mattress included
  • Quite large

Suitable from birth and adapting to a toddler travel cot and playpen, this Scandi-style cot impressed our testers with its appealing, stylish design and ease of use.

It's a breeze to initially put together and then fold away and, at 6.5kg, it is one of the more lightweight options on our list. It's suitable from birth with the included newborn bassinet and foldable mattress. As your baby gets older, the mattress can be unfolded to be used as a floor-level travel cot. Then you can zip open the mesh window and you've turned it into a playpen.

The mesh fabric all around the cot provides great visibility and airflow and, available separately, is the Day & Night Shade which can help your baby switch off and sleep in bright or unfamiliar places. We also love that there is a carry case included for storage or travelling. It's not the most compact travel cot when it's assembled and is still quite large when it's folded — it's wide and square, which may be awkward to transport in smaller car boots. Our testers also found that fitting everything in the carry case and zipping it back up again could be difficult.

Parent tester Cali, who tested the CoZee Go with her 13-month-old son Teddy, really loved the style and quality of the travel cot: "There are cheaper travel cot and playpen options out there but they don't look as stylish or high quality. I absolutely love the minimalist look, it's stylish and neutral. All of the materials feel extremely good quality — this is definitely one of the comfier travel cots that we've used."

Cali also praised its different elements, "The CoZee Go makes a great playpen, the zip opening was especially good for giving my son the freedom to come and go as he pleases. As a travel cot, its a really good size so should last well into toddlerhood."

Parent tester Claire, who tested this with her 3-month-old son Zach also praised the design of the cot, "It is a high-end, stylish travel cot that’s built to last and worth its price tag. It also packs up compactly for ease of transport and has a very comfortable mattress that I think little ones will sleep well in."

Available from: Kiddies Kingdom , Natural Baby Shower and Tutti Bambini

13. ErgoPouch Easy Sleep Portable Crib, £69.97

Best for: lightweight newborn travel crib.

ergopouch portable bassinet crib tester image final

Suitable from: birth to showing signs of rolling | Travel cot weight: 2.2kg | Unfolded dimensions: L80cm x W49cm x H27cm | Folded dimensions (in backpack): L50cm x W49cm x H8cm | Newborn bassinet: Yes | Awards: Silver – Travel Cot, MadeForMums Awards 2024

  • Very light and compact
  • Mosquito net included
  • Multifunctional

Considerably smaller – by design – than the more traditional travel cots on our list, this lightweight folding crib weighs in at a very portable 2.2kg. It is suitable for overnight sleep with newborns, so ideal for babies who are sleeping in a moses basket or crib at home and not quite ready to spend their holiday in a larger cot. Our testers found the breathable mesh sides make it easy to keep an eye on your baby, and the easy fold and included storage backpack make this a great shout for travel in the early days. The high sides and sturdy steel frame also make it a safe resting place for tummy time and play.

You’ll be hard pressed to find a lighter travel cot, but the downside of it being such as super-lightweight crib is that it has a relatively short usage span for sleep. ErgoPouch say the product is designed as a safe sleep area for a newborn infant, but do advise you discontinue use once your baby shows signs of rolling, or has reached 9kg (whichever comes first).

Holly, who tested it with her 7 week old, Charlotte, says, “My honest initial thoughts were that it was flimsy – however as soon as I assembled the product I realised it was exceptionally well produced - the materials are wonderfully lightweight which allows it to be carried in the accompanying backpack with ease. Similarly, I was worried that the mattress would be overly thin but in reality it is not much thinner than the mattress we currently have in the moses basket and is soft and comfortable. Great value for money!”

We also like the fact the mattress is breathable, and the cotton cover can be removed for washing. For lazy days by the pool or in your garden, it even comes with a mosquito net for extra protection for your baby. Folded down and popped in the travel case, it can also fit in overhead lockers on the airplane, or inside a suitcase.

Available from: Ergopouch and Natural Baby Shower

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Why do I need a travel cot?

One of the main benefits of travel cots are their portability. Regular cots are often made of wood and to disassemble and put in a car or suitcase would be quite a task! With a travel cot disassembly is usually a matter of a few minutes (or even seconds) and some of the travel cots on our list fold small enough to fit in a suitcase or overhead locker alongside the stroller.

Travel cots are an on-the-go sleeping option that means you won’t have to rely on sleeping arrangements at your destination. For frequent travellers they can be as familiar to little ones as their regular bed; helping to aid sleep in a different environment.

What to look for when buying a travel cot

Portability — Travel cots have lighter-weight components and are designed to be easily carried and stored. But they're still cots, so none of them are going to fold into a truly tiny package. They fold into different shapes so look for the folded style that suits your needs. Some of the travel cots on our list fold into a long 3D rectangular shape more suited to public transport, others fold flat to fit well in a car boot.

Weight — Travel cots vary significantly in weight - we found some that are under 7kg and others that weigh in at a hefty 10.5kg. There's even a super-light travel crib, albeit with a shorter usage period. Think about how often you’re going to use it, and if you’ll be lifting it up and down stairs or in and out of a car. If you want frequent use, a very lightweight travel cot may suit you best. Of course, a heavier cot is likely to feel more sturdy and offer more functionality.

Ease of assembly/disassembly — Once you have the knack, putting a travel cot up and down should be a very quick process - a matter of minutes, if not seconds. Do read the instructions though, many have a knack and have parts that need to be put together in a very specific order. If you only plan on using it occasionally, a cot with a very easy, or intuitive fold, might suit you better than an 'easy once you've practised a few times' option.

Age suitability — Age suitability really varies for travel cots. Most can be used from birth – we’ve specified the manufacturer’s instructions – but the travel cots that have a built-in bassinet offer a cosier, elevated sleep environment for newborns. This will also make bending down to lift them out easier if they need frequent settling through the night. Several of the cots even have drop-down sides to allow them to be used as a bedside crib. Some cots can only be used for a few months while others are suitable up to around 3.5 years.

Mattress — Travel cot mattresses tend to be thinner and harder than normal cot mattresses. This is partly to enable a compact fold and easy storage, and is why travel cots are usually not recommended for permanent overnight sleep. But remember, a firm mattress is important for safe sleep for your baby, and doesn’t mean your child won’t be comfortable. Most manufacturers will state that you shouldn't add an extra mattress to a travel cot.

Extra functions — Some travel cots can serve as a handy playpen once babies can sit up. Some also have a changing station, which could be useful if you’re frequently travelling with a baby.

How, when and where will you use your travel cot?

Do you plan to use the travel cot frequently during the year, or do you need it for a particular holiday? The frequency and location of where you’ll use it will help when considering weight, functionality and budget. For example, if the travel cot will be used for overnight stays at relatives or friends every month, you won’t need to worry too much about weight and the ease of assembly – especially if it can remain constructed.

For holidays in hot climates, a breathable mattress and all-around mesh panel are factors to consider. These help with air circulation and will provide a more comfortable environment for your child to sleep. Some travel cots include or offer the option of an insect net and sun protection.

For travel involving flights, it’s worth investigating your airline’s baggage allowances. A light, compact-folding model with easy assembly could be your best solution.

How much does a travel cot cost?

Our list covers travel cot prices ranging from £35 up to more than £200 - so quite a wide scope. For items at all price points, we expect a safe, comfortable and stable sleeping environment.

When looking at budget options, our reviewers found that they certainly did the trick and functioned well as a travel cot but were quite basic with limited added extras. For example, you shouldn’t expect a changing station included on a lower priced travel cot.

When considering more high-end travel cots we still expect good value (not overpriced), premium components and extra thought on a design that will make traveling with kids a breeze. Of course, the more often you travel, the easier it is to get your money’s worth out of a more expensive travel cot.

The mid-range options on our list – priced under £100 include many great benefits and may tick quite a few boxes but without some of the lush extras of more expensive models.

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When testing travel cots, we considered size and weight limits, mattress quality, effectiveness, ease of build/fold, ease of transportation, any extra features or additions, and value the money.

Our 10 of the Best lists are compiled by qualified and experienced parenting journalists. They rely on a number of sources, including our independent reviews, testing undertaken during the MadeForMums Awards, and feedback from our home testing panel and Top Testers Club. Each year thousands of products are put through their paces by hundreds of parents across the country on behalf of MadeForMums, to ensure we’re bringing you honest and true reviews and recommendations.

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10 best travel cots in 2022

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Are you planning on travelling with your baby? Travelling as a parent comes with its fair share of challenges, especially when it comes to sleeping. Baby travel cots are perfect for parents who want to carry their little one on a plane, bus, or even train. They’re lightweight and can be folded up and stored away easily once travelling is over.

But what are the best travel cots in 2022? We have listed the best travel cots for you to use and what features each has so that you can choose which one is right for you.

Why do we need travel cots?

As a parent, you pretty much have your hands full, so it doesn’t make sense to drag a crib around and a travel bag. Additionally, airport security tends to frown on cribs. Whether it’s a few days away for a weekend break or a week-long holiday, baby travel cots can offer those precious few moments of rest and relaxation before or after an important journey.

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All babies are different. In fact, many parents will tell you their child is unique; it is not just something they say but the truth. Each baby has a distinctive personality and particular ways of reacting to stimuli.

These reactions can cause problems during travelling times if not catered for properly. How can we stop this? Baby travel cots have been designed to make carrying your baby easier and safer for you and your baby.

It isn’t just for long trips

With so many travel cots available in the market, it is only fitting to ask who uses baby travel cots and what they are used for. Travel cots are used for the safety of the baby or toddler when sleeping away from home.

The portability makes them ideal to use on holiday, on weekends, or to have on a boat. They are also useful for people with limited space at home or whose home is not suitable for overnight stays.

Here are our top 10 travel cots for smart travellers

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  • Pamo Babe 2 in 1 Bassinet Quick Foldable Travel Crib

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Travel cots are available in various sizes, from cots for when your baby is very young to larger sizes suitable for toddlers. When looking for a travel cot, it is really important to know what you are looking for. There are many different types and sizes available on the market, so make sure to compare before you go out and buy one of those quite expensive products!

Make sure you look for these things when purchasing a travel cot:

  • Safety (it should have a suspension system)
  • Lightweight and easy to carry
  • A durable frame (should also be comfortable)
  • Foldability (compact and takes up less space)
  • Unfolding way and dimensions
  • Weight and size

Also, keep in mind that the mattress must be made of high-quality materials and body-safe to avoid chemical burns, allergies or rashes from using the product. This will protect both the baby and the mother’s health.

The top 10 travel cots in 2022

Travel cot, Milliard Portable Toddler Bumper Bed

The Milliard Travel Crib is a portable, bassinet-style travel bed that allows you to keep your newborn close as you get some well-deserved rest while travelling. The adjustable carry bag makes storage and transport easy.

Features include: – Portable Crib – Built-in sleeping bag – Machine washable cover – Teething rail for chewing relief – 5 point safety harness – Made from soft plastic crib sheets material.

Travel cots, Chicco Lullago Travel Bed

The Chicco Lullago Travel Bed is the next generation of travel cots and is suitable for home, hotel or car. It draws heavily on traditional travel cot designs but with a modern twist.

Ingeniously designed to be used both as a travel bed and a cot at home, this versatile product has been rigorously crash tested to ensure baby’s safety every step of the way.

Baby travel cot, Pack and Play, OUNUO 2 in 1 Portable Playard

UNUO’s 2 in1 Portable Playard is the only portable play-yard providing sleep and safety. The first and only convertible travel cot can be changed from a playpen to a portable bed and used at any time.

The air mattress has a blower, making it easy to inflate and deflate, with the valve having an auto-lock function for quick deflation. The mattress is made of clear PVC material, thus can be washed by water or wet wipes.

The removable cover is made of waterproof material, so you do not have to worry about your baby being wet throughout the day or night.

Best travel cot, BabyBjorn Travel Crib Light

BabyBjorn Travel Crib Light folds to a small and easy-to-carry size, making it perfect for parents who travel with their babies.

Made from breathable mesh, this travel cot provides the same comfort and safety as a regular crib but with adjustable height so you can always make sure your baby has a clear view of your face.

The cot can be used by children up to six months old at the highest sleeping setting.

Pamo Babe 2 in 1 Bassinet Quick Foldable Travel Crib 

Travel cot, Pamo Babe 2 in 1 Bassinet Quick Foldable Travel Crib

Pamo Babe is the travel bed that makes it easy to take your baby on an adventure.

Compact and lightweight, the travel bed folds into a flat pack for storage and transport. Once unpacked, it simply unfolds into a cot, no tools required.

Its adjustable height legs ensure you can set up in virtually any space, and its waterproof mattress keeps the cot dry through the rain as well as long naps.

Travel cots, SnoozeShade Pack N Play Blackout Travel Crib

SnoozeShade™ is a revolutionary, patented travel crib that helps create the perfect environment for your child, allowing them to sleep soundly and peacefully while you travel.

Made of extra-thick padding and a motion-activated light sensor, SnoozeShade™ enables babies to sleep at the ideal temperature as they are shielded from light and noise. Your baby will sleep longer, and you will have more time to enjoy your limited vacation time.

Best travel cot, Baby Delight Go with Me

The Baby Delight Go with Me Bungalow Deluxe Portable Travel Cot is an innovative hard-wearing travel cot that is both lightweight and compact.

Made with a padded mattress, carry handle, and detachable mosquito net, this travel cot is suitable for children up to 15 months old.

Although ideal for babies, it can also be used as a bedside crib or extra bedroom in the house during its life.

Baby travel cot, TecTake Travel Cot

The Travel Cot from TecTake is a premium quality product that can be used for every stage of your baby’s life.

It allows you to keep your baby close while getting a good night’s sleep. This travel cot has a double layer of mattress – at the top, there is a little pillow which always contains the child and at the same time ensures safety.

Travel cot, Regalo My Cot

The Regalo My Cot is a lightweight, portable and compact travel cot made from a breathable mesh fabric ideal for babies, toddlers and children aged 12 months or older.

The convenient size allows it to be taken on excursions and trips as a comfortable place to nap, rest or play.

Travel cots, Guava Family Lotus Travel Crib

The Lotus Travel Crib from Guava Family is a safe and supportive travel bed that follows you wherever you go.

It features a washable cotton mattress, easy folding, and small folding size so that it can be stored in the car on the way to the cabin or on top of your luggage.

The cot meets industry safety standards for infant travel beds and is safe for children up to 20 lbs (9.07 kg).

Whether it’s a day trip or a week-long vacation, when you are bringing your child along, be sure to check out the best travel cots in 2022.



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8 Best Travel Cots for Babies and Toddlers

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When you’re travelling overnight with a toddler, a good travel cot is your best friend.

We all know the chaos that’s caused when your little one refuses to sleep or doesn’t get their normal number of hours.

Some sleep disruption should be expected when you’re sleeping somewhere new (for both you and your child!) but you can minimise this by providing them with a comfortable, safe and familiar place to sleep — i.e. the best travel cot.

As with all things baby related, there are a huge number of travel cots on the market and it can be overwhelming to choose the best one for your circumstances.

We’ve compiled this guide to the best travel cots – including all the things you need to consider before buying, as well as the best products on the market right now.

Let’s get into it…

Graco Compact Travel Cot

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The Venture Airpod has long been one of our number one picks for the best travel cot for toddlers.

It’s a dead ringer for the (much more expensive) BabyBjörn cot, feels sturdy and is really easy to assemble — an absolutely essential quality when you’re travelling with little ones. It folds down very compactly so is a good pick if you’re low on space or on public transport. It’s suitable for kids up to 36 months so should serve you well for a long time.

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Why We Chose It

  • Nicely lightweight, compact and portable
  • Looks very similar to the BabyBjörn, at a fraction of the price!
  • Comes with a quality mattress and strong carry bag
  • Easy to assemble and take down
  • Feels sturdy and high quality
  • Excellent price
  • Stylish design (designed in the UK!)

Potential Cons to Consider

  • If we’re being super picky, the fact that the cover isn’t machine washable

Maxi-Cosi Iris

Maxi-Cosi is a prestige brand when it comes to baby and child equipment, and this travel cot really lives up to their reputation.

Is it expensive? Yes, but it’s worth the cost if your budget allows. It’s very lightweight, comes with a high quality mattress and has the brilliant feature of offering two different height-adjustable levels — a bassinet level for newborns and young babies, and the full depth for older kids up to age 3. It’s easy to take up and down and even comes with a stylish travel bag for maximum portability.

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  • Contains two height-adjustable levels — a top one for newborns and a lower one for toddlers (great for recent c-section mums who can’t bend down too far!)
  • Really lightweight and portable
  • Very easy to set up and take down
  • High quality mattress included
  • Comes with a carry bag for extra portability
  • Feels very sturdy and durable despite light weight
  • Stylish design

Potential Con to Consideer

  • A little expensive (although worth the investment if your budget allows)

Micralite Sleep and Go

The Micralite is another much-loved toddler travel cot that offers a lot in the way of features (although does come with a higher price tag).

Like the Maxi-Cosi, it has the two different height levels and comes with a good mattress and a travel bag. One of the things we really like about it is that it can be transformed into a playpen for toddlers and even has padded sides so they won’t get hurt if they’re bouncing around! It’s not quite as lightweight as some of the others on this list but still folds down to a compact size.

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  • Two different height levels for newborns and toddlers
  • Transforms into a playpen with a zipped side panel
  • Heavily padded frame to protect overzealous toddlers!
  • Easy to set up and take down
  • Folds down reasonably compactly to fit in a car boot
  • Comes with a quality mattress
  • With newborn insert, can be used as a side sleeping crib
  • Comes with a travel bag for portability
  • Sturdy and durable
  • Not super lightweight or compact

Red Kite Sleep Tight Travel Cot

The Red Kite Sleep Tight is one of our favourite budget travel cots.

It’s easy to assemble, folds down neatly and feels very sturdy to touch. It also comes with its own travel bag for transportation. At just over 7kg, it’s not the most lightweight cot and the included mattress isn’t of the best quality in our opinion — we’d definitely recommend buying another one if you can as fussy sleepers may not find it the most comfortable sleeping position.

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  • Great budget price
  • Easy to assemble and fold up
  • Comes with a mattress and carry bag
  • Reasonably compact when folded down
  • Large mesh ‘windows’ allowing you and your child a good view!
  • Feels very sturdy and stable
  • The included mattress doesn’t seem comfortable – we’d recommend investing in another one if you can
  • Not particularly lightweight

Nuna SENA Aire

Nuna have made a name for themselves as a really high quality baby brand and the SENA Aire travel cot very much lives up to the hype.

You can take it up and down with just one hand, which is absolutely invaluable for parents and carers dealing with toddlers! It’s got dual height levels, comes with a quality mattress and boasts very good air flow — this definitely feels like one of the best travel cots you can buy right now. But on the flipside, it’s very expensive and really quite heavy at almost 10kg.

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  • Super easy to set up and take down — with just one hand!
  • Quality mattress included
  • Very sturdy and durable
  • Excellent air flow and ventilation
  • 2 height levels for newborns and toddlers
  • Feels spacious
  • A lot heavier than the other cots on this list
  • Quite expensive

Hauck Dream’n Play

One of the most popular and budget friendly toddler travel cots is this Dream’n Play from Hauck.

It feels very similar to the slightly cheaper Red Kite — easy to assemble, feels sturdy and folds up somewhat compactly. Much like the Red Kite, we’d recommend investing in another mattress as the one that’s included doesn’t feel particularly comfortable.

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  • Comes with a folding mattress and carry bag
  • Reasonably compact – will be fine if you’re transporting it in your car
  • Large mesh ‘windows’ give you a good view of your child and allow them to see out
  • Feels durable and sturdy
  • A few different colour options
  • It’s worth investing in another cot mattress as the one included doesn’t feel comfortable
  • Not the most lightweight option available

BabyBjörn Travel Cot Light

BabyBjörn is probably the best known brand when it comes to travel cots and, for many parents, remains the best on the market thanks to its prestigious reputation.

Lightweight, stable and durable with a quality mattress, this is definitely one of the highest quality toddler travel cots we tried. It also looks really good so is definitely a good choice if you’re conscious of the aesthetics! It’s not perfect though — alongside being expensive, we found it could potentially be a little draughty in certain conditions as it mounts directly onto the floor.

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  • Really easy to set up and take down (no loose parts)
  • Lightweight so highly portable
  • Comfortable and safe mattress included
  • Soft sheet also included
  • Some airlines will accept it as a carry-on in the included carry case
  • Highly durable — even with mischievous toddlers!
  • Feels very stable despite the lightweight
  • Mattress cover can be machine washed
  • No weight limit – suitable until your toddler is able to climb out (around 3 years)
  • It’s expensive
  • It mounts directly onto the floor so please consider suitable sleepwear for your toddler according to the floor temperature
  • The sides are high — great for keeping your toddler in but parents on the shorter side/mums still recovering from a c-section should bear in mind it’s a long way to bend down!

The Graco travel cot is another good low-budget choice that would also work as a playpen due to its spacious feel and transparent mesh sides.

It has a push-button fold that makes it easy to put up and bring down and feels very sturdy and stable on the ground. Although it folds down well, it is on the heavier side at almost 9 kg and the included carry bag doesn’t have a handle for some reason, which makes it a little hard to lug around. The mattress has a folding mechanism which, while great for space efficiency, isn’t the most comfortable.

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  • Excellent low price
  • Easy push-button fold to assemble and fold down
  • Very sturdy and stable
  • Feels spacious and would work as a playpen
  • Folds down reasonably compactly in a car boot
  • Large mesh ‘windows’ provide great views for you and your child!
  • Heavy compared to most of the other cots on the list
  • Unfortunately there’s no handle on the carry bag which makes it an awkward carry
  • The included folding mattress is a little uncomfortable – we’d recommend getting another one if your budget allows

How to Choose

Do you actually need a toddler travel cot.

As you can see, toddler travel cots vary hugely in price but some of them can be a real investment, depending on your budget.

If you’ve had a quick glance at Amazon and furrowed your brow at some of the prices, you might be thinking, ‘ Do I even need one?’

The answer could well be ‘no’.

Travel cots are mostly used for, well, travelling.

But most mid-range and above hotels and holiday rentals already come equipped with a cot for your little one, so if you’re only intending to use it for holiday travel then it might be worth checking if the types of places your family usually stays at already has one available. Chances are, they do.

But if you often stay over in people’s homes or if Granny and Grandad have the kids to stay occasionally, then a travel cot will most definitely come in handy.

Where a mattress on the floor might provide a simple place to sleep for your toddler when they’re away from their bed, it doesn’t do much else.

A good travel cot, on the other hand, will be safe and inviting for your little one to fall asleep in and will keep them contained.

Very important when they’re staying somewhere new…

They can even function as a playpen — or a little den for your toddler to play by themselves.

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What to Look for in a Travel Cot

If you’ve decided that your family will benefit from owning a travel cot, then there are a few things worth considering before you buy.

There are 3 key things that make for the best travel cots:

Weight and Footprint

Ease of use.

The number one thing that most parents are looking for in a travel cot are that it’s lightweight and compact.

The smaller and lighter the cot, the easier it is to carry around and store.

If you wanted a large and heavy cot, you’d just buy a normal cot instead, right?

Exactly how light and compact will depend on your circumstances.

Some people are simply happy with a product that can easily fit in the car boot and isn’t too heavy to carry to the front door. Others want something truly lightweight and compact that can be taken on a plane or carried around easily on the bus. Size is important, especially if you’re carrying a pushchair too !

If weight is really important to you, take a look at the Maxi-Cosi Iris, Venture Airpod and BabyBjörn Light above.

When we say ‘ease of use’, we mean how easy it is to assemble, pop up and then collapse down again.

The easier and quicker the better — especially when you’ve got a wriggling toddler to put down or even a screaming newborn.

And if the travel cot is destined to be at Granny and Grandad’s house, you want one that’s simple enough for them to be able to work out too.

All the cots in our list score highly on the ease of use metric, although the Maxi-Cosi Iris, Graco Compact, BabyBjörn Light and Nuna SENA Aire are leading the pack. The Nuna can even all be done with one hand!

Another major feature to look for in a travel cot is durability — you want it to last well.

The cots on our list are all suitable to be used until around 3 years of age/15 kg/when they decide they want to climb out of it, which is a good lifespan for such a product.

If you decide to go for a super budget version or one that isn’t well made, you might find that the cot doesn’t reach that point and you’ll need to replace it before your toddler has outgrown it.

It can be hard to judge durability when you’re buying online, so look out for reviews that reference how sturdy and stable the cot is, the quality of the brand you’re buying, and just generally how other users have found it.

Less important than the big 3 factors above but still worth noting are what little extras are provided with your travel cot.

Generally speaking, the more you spend, the more features you’ll get.

They might not all be useful for your circumstances, however, so don’t feel like you have to spend a lot if you’d be satisfied with less.

  • A bassinet insert/height adjustability depending on your child’s size and age
  • Good ventilation and airflow
  • Machine washable covers
  • A great mattress
  • A handy travel bag

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How much to spend on a travel cot will entirely depend on your family’s circumstances — budget, what you’re looking for in a cot, and just generally how much you want to spend.

There’s no right answer here.

A good starting point for determining your budget is to decide how much you’re likely to use a travel cot and what you need from it.

If you’re planning on your toddler using it multiple times per month at your parents’ house, for instance, you’ll probably want to invest in something that you know your kid will love and your parents will be able to use easily.

But if you’re buying a cot for only occasional or sporadic use, you probably don’t want to spend a lot — maybe the Red Kite or Graco Compact will be a better fit at well under £50.

As we mentioned earlier, the more you spend, the more you can usually expect in terms of features. Similarly, the big luxury brands (BabyBjörn and Nuna) are inevitably more expensive than the midmarket ones on the list.

Regardless of how much you have and want to spend, however, we’re certain you’ll be satisfied with the travel cots on our list.

Let us know which ones are your favourites!

Head over to our  advice section  for more tips on travelling with a toddler!


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The best camping cots have trouble-free setups and are noticeably comfortable to sleep on.

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If you’re ready to upgrade your sleeping arrangements while spending time outdoors, consider getting a camping cot to (literally) elevate your sleep. A camping cot is the closest portable thing to a typical bed, so it’s a must-have for campers who don’t feel like roughing it on the ground.

Our team of outdoor enthusiasts tried 19 camping cots to find out which ones are the most comfortable, durable, and easiest to put together for your next camping trip. The Osage River Comfortable and Lightweight Standard Folding Camping Cot earned its spot as our top pick by being exceptionally easy to put together and comfortable to sleep on inside of a tent. An additional seven cots landed on our list as well, with picks for campers looking to splurge on an ultra-lightweight option and a double cot for pairs. We even found a cot that is so comfortable, it could easily replace the air mattress you use for house guests. 

Best Overall

Osage river standard folding camping cot.

  • Ease of Use 5 /5
  • Comfort 5 /5
  • Portability 4 /5
  • Durability 5 /5

The cot is a breeze to set up and is long enough to comfortably fit campers over 6-feet-tall.

It’s a little too big to carry long distances.

From setup to breakdown, the Osage River Standard Folding Camping Cot was a favorite, earning the highest scores in every one of our testing categories over our six-month testing period. We discovered that the cot can easily be assembled by stretching out the canvas fabric over the metal frame that folds out, and it simply folds back down when the time comes. It's super convenient and easy to get in and out of its storage bag and it takes less than a minute to set up and fold up. The cot fits perfectly in its carrying bag and is easy to transport to and from the car. Although it might be a little big to carry far distances, it’s extremely portable for car campgrounds or to use around the house.

We used the cot during a camping trip and were impressed that the size is convenient for both placing in a tent and getting a comfortable night’s sleep. One six-foot tall camper said it was plenty long enough for them to fit comfortably on it. The build and materials of the cot feel exceptionally sturdy and durable, so we’re confident it will last for years to come. And if you weren’t already sold, the affordable price of this cot makes it a no-brainer. 

The Details: 75 x 28 x 18.5 inches unfolded | 40 x 8 x 5 inches folded | 12.45 pounds | One person | 300 pound weight limit

Best Overall, Runner-up

L.l.bean easy cot.

  • Portability 5 /5

The frame and canvas material feel exceptionally sturdy and durable.

It’s on the larger side.

L.L.Bean’s Easy Cot was super easy to set up, requiring the same low effort as unfolding a camping chair or table. When the cot is unfolded, we think there’s plenty of room for one person thanks to the generous 79-inch length. This was one of the biggest camping cots we tested, so even when it’s folded up, it takes up a little more space than we wish, but it still fits nicely in storage closets in an apartment. The canvas material is especially taut and the frame is sturdy, and we got a good night of sleep while laying on it with just a blanket. Although the heftier size and price were the ultimate reasons why this cost wasn’t our top pick, we still think it’s an excellent option if you have extra storage space for it. 

The Details: 79 x 30 x 17 inches unfolded | 40 x 6 x 7 inches folded | 21 pounds | One person | 330 pound weight limit

Best Splurge

Helinox camp cot.

  • Ease of Use 4.5 /5
  • Value 4.5 /5

The cot is extremely lightweight at just 2.13 pounds, and the comfort it provides is unmatched. 

It takes some extra strength to unfold the cot the first few times.

If you have some wiggle room in your camping cot budget, the Helinox Lite Cot is worth the splurge thanks to its ultra-light weight and comfortable design. Helinox is known for its lightweight outdoor gear, and we found that they deliver on expectations with this 2-pound cot. Although the width is on the smaller side at 23.5 inches, we loved that two cots could easily fit in a smaller tent if needed. The cot doesn't weigh much more than backpacking pads and definitely weighs less than some more plush air mattresses. The long thin design of it when it's in its carrying case is ideal for sliding long-ways into a backpacking backpack. The only downside is that it takes some extra strength to unfold the cot the first few times, but after a while, it gets less strenuous to put together. 

The Details: 73 x 23.5 x 5 inches unfolded | 21 x 5 inches folded | 2.13 pounds | One person | 265 pound weight limit

Travel + Leisure / Hang Pham

Best for Extra Room

Alps mountaineering camp cot xl.

  • Ease of Use 4 /5

The length and width provide generous space for campers in need of the extra room.

It feels a bit bulky and heavy to carry around.

We love that the Alps Mountaineering Camp Cot XL provides a generous amount of space for campers at 86 inches long and 40 inches wide. For the most part, the cot was simple to put together and take apart since it comes with just a few pieces, but assembly might be easier with two people because of the heavier weight of the materials. We think having an extra-taut canvas to sleep on is worth putting some extra effort into getting the canvas onto the frame. The cot is comfortable to sleep on, but if you want to add extra cushioning, a Therm-a-rest pad or blanket could make it even more comfortable. Additionally, in a six-person tent, the cot took up a good amount of space, so you’ll want to make sure you have enough room to fold it out comfortably. 

The Details: 86 x 40 x 22 inches unfolded | 48 x 5 x 9 inches folded | 19 pounds | One person | 325 pound weight limit

Travel + Leisure / Kate Donovan

Best for Car Camping

Byer of maine easy cot.

The setup instructions are straightforward and it took just seconds to put the cot together. 

The heavy weight makes it impractical for some trips.

Setting up a tent can be no small feat, so for additional ease while car camping , the Byer of Maine Easy Cot is your best option. Out of all the cots we tested, this one had the easiest setup by far, and it only took a matter of seconds to have the bed ready to go. The instructions are easy to follow and they’re printed on the side of the bag to make the setup that much more trouble-free. Keep in mind that the cot itself weighs 21 pounds, which is on the heavier side, so we think it’s best suited for campers who don’t have to carry the cot far (or at all for car camping). This cot was set up in a matter of seconds, making it one of the easiest cots we've ever used. It's definitely bulkier than some backpacking cots, but it didn't take up a ton of room in the back of a car and was easy to stack with other similar-sized gear.

The Details: 78 x 18 x 31 inches unfolded | 21 pounds | One person | 330 pound weight limit

Best Lightweight

Fe active folding camping cot.

  • Durability 4 /5

It’s noticeably lightweight and the carrying bag makes it even easier to transport. 

There's a learning curve for setting it up and breaking it down.

We think the lightweight FE Active Folding Camping Cot is ideal for hikers, backpackers, or campers looking for a cot with superior portability. It only weighs 4.6 pounds, and we particularly liked the carrying bag it came with for additional portability. The bag is the perfect fit to carry all of the items for the cot. It is hard to break down the cot, but the portability portion is prime for a hike. The tautness of the canvas makes it slightly tricky to attach it to the base, but after the first few times of putting it together, we found that it gets easier. And even though the canvas is tight around the base, we found the cot very comfortable to sleep on with the perfect balance of stiffness and cushioning. It feels sturdy and didn’t wobble when we sat or slept on it, and we felt confident in its durability.

The Details: 74.5 x 27.5 x 6.5 inches unfolded | 18.8 x 5.9 x 5.1 inches folded | 4.6 pounds | One person | 250 pound weight limit

Best Multi-use

Mountain summit gear horizon cot.

  • Portability 3 /5

The cot is so comfortable and easy to set up that house guests could sleep on it.

It feels heavy to carry around in the bag.

Whether you’re going on a camping trip or looking to add an extra place to sleep in your guest room, the versatile Mountain Summit Gear Horizon Cot is a solid choice. We found the setup to be simple and quick as it only took a few minutes to get the four-piece set put together. The size of the cot is perfect for a good nights' sleep since it’s not too big or too small. The material is taut and the legs give great stability, even when on uneven ground. There was no sinking when sleeping on the cot for hours. The cot weighs 18 pounds, which was noticeably hefty when we carried it in the bag, so we think it would be best for campsites that are close to the car or to set up in your home. The comfort matched with the simple setup makes this cot the best option for a multi-purpose cot that’s long-lasting. 

The Details: 75 x 27.55 x 14.5 inches unfolded | 18 pounds | One person | 300 pound weight limit

Best Double

Kamp-rite double kwik-cot.

The setup is incredibly intuitive and simple. 

It's too large for small tents, so make sure you're checking your tent capacity before camping with this cot.

For pairs that like to go camping together, the Kamp-rite Double Kwik-cot is a must-have. The two-in-one style cot is impressively easy to put together and take apart thanks to its intuitive design. Because the cot is the size of two put together, you’ll need quite a bit of space to set it up, and since it weighs 33 pounds, you might need two people to carry it. Although it’s a little heavy, it was still portable enough to transport between the car and the tent, but you might not want to go much further with it. We used the cot to camp in a four-person tent and found that the cot was a little too tight to fit comfortably, so we recommend only opting for this cot if you plan to use a six-person tent or larger. Sleep was comfortable and sturdy throughout use thanks to the plastic reinforcements. The materials feel high-quality enough to last even through many camping trips over the years.

The Details: 85 x 55 x 19 inches unfolded | 42 x 11 x 11 inches folded | 33 pounds | Two people | 500 pounds

Other Camping Cots We Liked

Coleman Pack-away Camping Cot : It was easy to put together, and the size is ideal for a four-person tent, but it wasn’t as comfortable as we hoped it would be. 

Coleman Trailhead II Cot : We found this cot to be very comfortable to sleep on, but it does require two people to set it up and it’s on the heavier side. 

Luno Air Mattress 2.0 : We love that the air mattress comes custom-fit to your car, but we’re worried that it could possibly tear or get a hole over time. The price tag also felt a bit steep for an air mattress.  

Coleman Airbed Cot : Although it takes a bit of time to assemble, the cot is easy to put together and it was extremely comfortable to sleep on. Still, because it comes with a cot and an air mattress, we found it to be a bit cumbersome to carry and transport.

Travel + Leisure / John Somerall

Our expert outdoor gear testers tried 19 different camping cots from popular brands like Coleman, L.L.Bean, and Helinox. Whether we used the camping cots to sleep in a tent, a car, or at home, we evaluated the product based on portability, ease of use, comfort, size, and durability. 

To test portability, we were tasked with carrying the cot in its case and placing it in a car or rooftop carrier to get a feel for the weight. Our favorite cots for portability were noticeably lightweight and their carrying bags made them even easier to carry the cot around. Next, we took the cots out of the bags and set them up to see how easy (or difficult) it was to put together and break down the camping cots. Since cots can require some extra elbow grease, we paid close attention to the time it took to unfold the cots and how much effort was needed to spread the canvas over the frame. Once the cots were unfolded, we judged the size of the cot, with our top performers being those that are the perfect size for someone to sleep on while not taking up too much space in a tent or room.

Then, we spent at least one 30-minute nap and a full night on each cot to gauge the comfort of the canvas and the sturdiness of the frame. The best cots for our comfort category provided us with enough support and cushioning for a restful night of sleep. The cots that felt the most durable didn’t wobble when we moved around and the canvas felt tough and durable when we spread it over the base of the cot. After completing the tests, we uncovered the price of each cot to judge the fairness of the cost compared to its performance. 

Travel + Leisure / Jennifer May

Other Camping Gear You May Need

To ensure you have a fun and restful night out under the stars, be sure to pack the proper gear. From sleeping bags to camping stoves, we've selected the best camping gear for all users — you just need to add the s'mores.

Marmot Sawtooth 15 Sleeping Bag : This sleeping bag (that comes in both regular and long sizing) is versatile enough to be used for three-season camping. With 650-fill-power duck down, it's sure to keep you comfortable, yet it weighs less than three pounds so you won't have to wrestle with it on your way to camp.

Nemo Dagger Osmo 2 Person Tent : Whether you're a solo camper or heading out with your best friend, this tent is a high-quality and lightweight option that can withstand even heavy downpours. It comfortably fits two adults and their hiking packs and has doors on both sides for ventilation and convenience.

Solo Stove Lite Gear Kit : This compact and portable camping kitchen comes with everything you need for making coffee, heating dinner, or taking a little time to warm up. The full kit takes up the same amount of space as a large water bottle, so backpackers and weekend campers alike are sure to love this mini, yet powerful, setup.

Tips for Buying a Camping Cot

Consider the size of your space.

It’s important to double-check the dimensions of your cot and the space that it will go in whether that's a tent, car, or room in a home. We found that while one cot might fit in a two- or four-person tent, it might be difficult or impossible to fit another in the same space.

Simple setups and breakdowns are essential

The best cots we tested were notable for being trouble-free to set up since no one wants to wrestle with a camping cot during a weekend enjoying the outdoors . While some cots might have a slight learning curve at first, it’s ideal to have one that can be unfolded and folded up in a matter of minutes to make camping easier. 

Think about the distance the cot will travel

Some cots can be cumbersome to carry far distances due to the weight, so if you like to hike into the campsites or backpack, be sure to pick a cot that doesn’t weigh a lot. If you’re planning on transporting the cot a few feet from the car to a campsite, the weight and size may not be a crucial factor.

Generally, a good camping cot should be comfortable enough to sleep on with just a sleeping bag or a blanket. However, if you want to upgrade your sleeping arrangements, another layer of cushioning like a foam pad or Therm-a-rest can add a little extra comfort . 

While it ultimately depends on your sleeping preferences, a camping cot might be more comfortable to sleep on, especially if you prefer a stiffer bed. Air mattresses are easier to store, but you run the risk of it deflating or getting a hole, which can happen when you’re camping or using the mattress often. Plus, you can always add more cushioning to a camping cot, but you can’t make an air mattress tauter. 

Why Trust Travel + Leisure

Anna Popp is a commerce writer at Travel + Leisure , where she writes and reviews travel products. She spent every summer camping in Oregon with her family growing up and has a keen eye for camping gear, especially for getting a good night of sleep. Anna worked with travel editors to determine the results for the best camping cots based on a series of tests completed by our expert outdoor gear testers.

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The Best Camping Cots of 2024

A camping cot can keep you warm, elevated, and comfortable outdoors. Here are the best camping cots currently on the market.

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When it comes to your camping adventures, a comfortable night’s sleep can certainly be an attainable goal with the proper gear. And while you may want to opt for just a sleeping pad supported by the ground, you may still find yourself tossing and turning from the variably rough terrain. For folks wanting to elevate their sleeping experience while camping, a cot is a fantastic choice. 

Whether you’re well-seasoned for sleeping under the stars or a first-time camper, let this buyer’s guide be the helpful compass for your quest to find the most cozy sleeping solution. Our expert team has spent countless nights trying out camping cots, on the hunt for what we think are the best on the market right now. From warm summer nights to more frigid alpine evenings, we’ve put each of these 15 cots through an extensive testing process in which we scored them on comfort, ease of setup, durability, and packability. 

When it comes to deciding on a camping cot, there’s certainly more than meets the eye, and we’ve tested more than 25 cots since 2021 in our search for the best. Be sure to read up on each cot’s size, packability, comfort level, and purpose before making your final decision. Our detailed buyer’s guide and handy dandy comparison chart are the perfect roadmap to help you navigate these various options. And if you have any burning cot-related questions, our frequently asked questions section should provide the answers for those. 

With all that being said, be sure to scroll through our top camping cot picks or jump to a specific product you’re interested in.

Editor’s Note: We updated this guide on March 6, 2024, to add a number of new and worthy camping cots, including the Mountain Summit Gear Horizon Cot, our new best budget pick, as well the REI Co-op Campwell Folding Cot, a brand-new option that collapses compactly.

  • Best Overall Camping Cot: REI Co-op Kingdom Cot 3
  • Best Budget Camping Cot: Mountain Summit Gear Horizon Cot
  • Best King-Size Cot: Teton Sports Outfitter XXL Camp Cot
  • Best Lightweight Camping Cot: Helinox Lite Cot
  • Most Compact Full-Size Cot: REI Co-op Campwell Folding Cot
  • Best Cot for Taller Campers: Klymit Cedar Mesa Cot
  • Best Cot for Vehicle Sleeping: REI Co-op Trailgate Vehicle Sleeping Platform

REI Co-op Kingdom Cot 3

  • Weight 20 lbs.
  • Weight limit 300 lbs.
  • Unfolded dimensions 82 in. x 31.5 in. x 14 in. (L x W x H)
  • Packed dimensions 33 in. x 32 in. x 8.5 in.
  • Best use Car camping or as an extra bed for guests

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  • Very comfortable
  • Adjustable firmness
  • Easy to assemble (as easy as it gets, really)
  • Large packing size

With a built-in plush pad, strong frame, and a super-easy set-up, The Kingdom Cot 3 ($199) easily landed at the head of the pack as our best overall camping cot. In our testing, none other could match the comfort that this cot brought, and it’s even adjustable — sitting atop a springy platform that utilizes an adjustable shock cord so you can dial in your preferred level of cushioning.

After an easy fold-out setup (comes fully assembled), this cot provides a very stable, confidence-inspiring base. The steel and aluminum legs are capped at the base with round discs that tilt to match the slope of the ground, and are safe to put on a tent floor without risk of tearing. 

For side and back sleepers, this feels like a really luxurious cot. The padding is ample, and the springy base absorbs weight without making you feel like you’re bouncing around. Weight does gather in the center of this pad, which makes it ideal if you like rolling from side to side, or simply passing out on your back.

At 82” x 31.5” deployed, this pad was plenty large enough for a tall friend, and is rated for 300 pounds. At 20 pounds, it’s not ideal for any type of pack-in camping, but would serve as a comfortable, durable option for car camping. It’s so comfortable that we wouldn’t hesitate to use it as an extra bed in a hotel room or cabin. 

The packed-down size is a bit large (33” x 32”), so it may not be the best option if you’re traveling and low on space. If a good night’s sleep is your priority, however, we’d recommend making room for the Kingdom Cot 3 . When it’s not deployed while camping, it could even make an excellent spare-room bed for guests.

Mountain Summit Gear Horizon Cot

  • Total weight 17 lbs.
  • Unfolded dimensions 75 in. x 27.5 in. x 14.5 in.
  • Packed dimensions 6 in. x 10 in. x 5 in.
  • Best use Car camping and walk-in sites

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  • Includes carrying case
  • Easy to maneuver around camp
  • Side pocket for headlamp and phone storage
  • Slightly narrow sleeping surface
  • Setup initially challenging due to stiffness
  • Not much storage space due to x-shape crossbars

Reasonably priced, the Mountain Summit Gear Horizon Cot ($100) is simple to set up, maneuverable, and plenty comfortable for sleeping under the stars. This cot is designed for all-season car camping and its sleek carrying case helps with ease of transportation from vehicle to site. 

Taking a little over 5 minutes, the Horizon Cot is pretty simple to put together, thanks to its collapsible base frame that simply expands once placed on the ground. The only challenging part about this cot was getting the ends of the poles into fabric corners. However, each time we set it up, this step got significantly easier as the fabric stretched out. 

Comfort is a standout feature on the Horizon. Thanks to its 600-denier polyester fabric, this cot is both durable and just flexible enough that it doesn’t sag too much once in use. The sleeping platform can fit a sleeping pad and bag for added comfort and warmth if needed.

The cot’s durability makes it a reliable companion for multi-day camping trips where resilience against wearing and tearing is paramount. The base frame’s puck legs help it stay flat on the ground without digging into your tent’s fabric. Once you’re finished using the cot, it easily disassembles into its carrying case that has an attached strap for simple haulage. 

At 27 inches wide, this cot was perfect for our petite tester’s size, but it may be too narrow for users who desire more surface area when they sleep. Wider cots like the Klymit Cedar Mesa Cot , which has a 31-inch width, may be better suited for folks wanting that extra wiggle room. However, its stability can hold up to 300 pounds, so as long as you don’t typically toss and turn too much in your slumber, this cot would probably be just fine for you. 

If you’re on the hunt for an uncomplicated cot that is well-suited for car camping, look no further than the Mountain Summit Gear Horizon Cot . For 100 bucks you get a comfortable sleeping solution that has a straightforward assembly and impressive packability.

Teton Sports Outfitter XXL Camp Cot

  • Weight 26 lbs.
  • Weight limit 600 lbs.
  • Unfolded dimensions 85.7 in. x 41 in. x 19.2 in. (L x W x H)
  • Packed dimensions 42 in. x 12 in. x 7 in.
  • Best Use Accommodating two sleepers

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  • Huge sleep space
  • Easy assembly
  • Pairs with Outfitter XXL Camp Pad
  • Doesn’t fit in smaller tents

If you want the roomiest cot available, the Teton Sports Outfitter XXL Camp Cot ($180) is the best bang for your buck. With a whopping 81 inches from head to toe and a 41-inch width, you could fit the average sasquatch in it for a good night’s sleep.

If you don’t know any bigfoots (bigfeet?), it’s also great for larger folks or people who toss and turn in their sleep. Smaller couples who are fond of cuddling will also appreciate the roomy platform it provides.

The S-leg design is the first we’ve seen of its kind. The unique shape of these steel legs provides sturdiness and support. Plus, the brushed canvas is comfortable if you want to plop down on it for a midday nap.

We love the lever-arm setup as well. Many sleeping cots are notorious for how hard it is to pull the last corner of canvas over the frame. The integrated lever uses added leverage to make it easy for one person to set it up and break it down.

All that king-sized comfort does come with its downsides, as this camp cot is quite large both packed and unpacked. That can be a drag in transport, and in ensuring it’ll fit into your tent!

It also pairs with Teton’s XXL Camp Pad . This 2.5-inch-thick closed-cell foam sleeping pad makes this XXL Camp Cot feel even more like a king-size bed.

Helinox Lite Cot

  • Weight 2 lbs., 12 oz.
  • Weight limit 265 lbs.
  • Unfolded dimensions 72.5 in. x 23.5 in. x 5 in. (L x W x H)
  • Packed dimensions 20.5 in. x 5 in. x 5 in.
  • Best use Backpacking

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  • Lightweight
  • Comfortable
  • Lots of pieces (6 poles and cot)
  • Muscles necessary for setup/breakdown
  • Can not use leg extensions on this model

Most of the cots you’ll see here are mainly for car camping, as their weight and packed size make them impractical for hike-in spots or backpacking. The Helinox Lite Cot ($300) is an exception to this rule.

Weighing just 2 pounds, 12 ounces, and packing smaller than the size of a closed-cell foam pad, this cot can easily fit in a backpack, or be strapped to the outside. With the above-ground benefits of 5 inches and a lightweight design, it provides more comfort per ounce than almost any other sleeping system on the market.

The DAC aluminum frame will hold up to 265 pounds, which is more than many car camping cots. The polyester material is taut and reliable, yet forgiving enough to cradle your body.

One warning: it is very hard to set up inside a small tent, as you need to use serious finger muscles to get the four leg extensions on. If you need more sleeping space, the Helinox One Max Convertible ($480) adds 8 inches of length and 3 inches of width.

In addition to its minimal weight, one of the best features of the Helinox Lite Cot is its versatility. Resting about 5 inches off the ground, it can fit into most one-person tents, yet you can still sit upright without hitting the ceiling. Or it could be ideal for cowboy camping under the stars, by putting a small buffer between you and the ground. 

REI Co-op Campwell Cot

  • Total weight 17 lbs., 13 oz.
  • Unfolded dimensions 76 in. x 25 in. x 18 in.
  • Packed dimensions 8 in. x 37 in.
  • Best use Car camping, walk-in camping and festivals

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  • Super easy assembly and disassembly
  • Packs into a sleek carrying bag
  • Sits high off the ground
  • Hard to maneuver around camp
  • Fabric on bag and sleeping area prone to wear and tear

When it comes to camping cots, it’s pretty hard to beat the ease and convenience of fold-out models. However, most folding cots tend to fold into larger flat shapes that are more cumbersome than collapsible models. This is where the REI Co-op Campwell Cot ($100) really takes the cake as it is a fold-out model that collapses into a bag similar to that of a camp chair. 

Taking less than 2 minutes to set up, the Campwell Cot is perfect for those wanting a simple sleeping solution that isn’t complicated or too bulky once packed away. The carrying case even has a sling on it so you can throw it over your shoulder while you move gear into camp. 

To construct this cot, start by folding it out from the carrying case. Once the legs are pushed up into the right position, tighten each suspension strap located at the four corners legs of this cot.  As a final step, you can flip it over upright and voilà , you’ve got a fully functioning cot! 

We think this cot would be perfect for slumber during summer months as the fabric is thinner than most of the others listed. For winter camping, we opted to use a sleeping pad with this to help insulate and keep us warm. The base fabric is also more stretchy, so keep that in mind if you’re on the lookout for something stiffer. 

With no need for hassling with poles or putting in the extra elbow grease, the quick assembly of the Campwell Cot means you can get to your adventures even faster. However, we recommend setting this cot up in your tent, as it doesn’t retain its shape once picked up. The middle collapses when picked up so it is a little awkward to maneuver. 

This cot’s height sits at a whopping 18 inches, making it perfect for storing bags and other gear underneath while at camp. Higher profile options like this and the Teton Sports Outfitter XXL Camp Cot make getting in and out of bed easier, but lower profile options like the Helinox Lite Cot are better suited for tent camping, especially if you’re backpacking and need to keep things lightweight. 

Overall, the brand new Campwell Cot from REI Co-op truly impressed us during the cot testing process. We can’t help but give it praise for its effortless setup, sleek packing solution, and overall comfort while camping.

Klymit Cedar Mesa Cot

  • Weight 16 lbs. for L/18 lbs. for XL
  • Weight limit 400 lbs.
  • Unfolded dimensions 80 in. x 31 in. x 16 in. for L; 85.5 in. x 37 in. x 16 in. for XL (L x W x H)
  • Packed dimensions 19 x 13 x 7.5 in.
  • Best use Car camping for taller users

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  • Packing case and size is convenient
  • Simple assembly
  • Capacity and length ideal for plus-size users
  • Long size may not fit in smaller tents or cars
  • Tough to fully insert sidebars into cot corners

New to the camping cot scene, Klymit really brought its all with the Cedar Mesa Cot ($250). Ideal for taller users, this cot in its regular Large size measures almost 6.5 feet, while the XL is a little over 7. This spacious cot is perfect to throw in your tent, truck bed or by the bonfire for some cowboy camping action. 

The Cedar Mesa Cot took less than 10 minutes to put together the first time. Assembly is decently simple due to Klymit’s patent-pending Easy Lock technology found on the crossbars. After mounting the side poles and legs to the crossbars, simply push down on each mechanism to lock it into place. This ensures the frame of the cot is secure without any unexpected wiggles or topples. 

Even though assembly was overall quite easy, one of our testers did struggle to fully place the side poles into the corner fabric seams. This step required some bracing using the ground and a little elbow grease. However, once completely put together, the cot was easy to maneuver and carry around camp. It even disassembled and neatly packed into its included briefcase-size carrying bag. 

For being so lightweight and packable, this cot is super comfortable to sleep on. While the cot itself is pretty firm, the 300D polyester ripstop PU-backed fabric stretches just the right amount once you’re lying on top of it. Despite being elevated several inches off the ground, our tester stayed warm on it camping on a crisp Colorado mountain pass during the summer. 

This cot was also a dark-horse surprise with the hunters among us, and when Editorial Director Sean McCoy used it recently for a 14-day elk hunt in Colorado, he found it to be “very roomy, even for our 6-foot, 200-pound-plus testers, and it was a palace for smaller testers. Everyone agreed it was one of the best cots they’d ever slept on.” The overall compact packed size sealed the deal for McCoy, who hailed it as the best trade-offs in comfort to carried-size in cots today.

Overall, if you have a little more in your budget to spend on a cot or need something for your taller stature, look no further than the Klymit Cedar Mesa Cot . Easy to assemble and inconspicuous once packed in its carrying case, this cot won’t disappoint on those bucket-list camping trips.

REI Co-op Trailgate Vehicle Sleeping Platform

  • Weight 31 lbs. (25"), 45 lbs. (40")
  • Weight limit 250 lbs. (25"), 400 lbs. (40")
  • Unfolded dimensions 72" x 25" x 10.7-30.5" (25"), 72" x 40" x 10.7-30.5" (40")
  • Packed dimensions 31.5" x 19" x 13" (25"), 40" x 18.5" x 14" (40")
  • Best use Converting your daily driver into a comfortable nest for the night

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  • Simple assembly for on-the-fly setup
  • Good adjustability to accommodate different seat and foot-well heights
  • Foam cushion is comfy and easy to clean
  • Available in both 25" and 40" widths
  • Won't adapt to every vehicle seamlessly
  • Not too much storage underneath

Transform half of your car into a comfy bed for weekend trips with the REI Co-op Trailgate Cot ($299-399). Car campers will appreciate its easy set-up and adaptable design. All three sets of legs are adjustable to accommodate a variety of vehicle models. The back legs adjust between 7 and 10 inches and are designed to rest on folded-down car seats. The front legs extend all the way to 27 inches to rest in a foot well.

The mattress comes in a 25-inch width or a 40-inch width, so you can customize the cot to your sleeping and storage needs. The recycled polyester cushion is much more comfortable than many camping pads, but full-time van lifers will likely want to invest in a more substantial mattress. 

We tested the Trailgate Cot in both sedans and a built-out van, and found that while the sleeping platform is designed to be amenable to more compact vehicles, it did just as well set up in the cargo area of our tester’s Ford Transit Connect.

Since the back legs only extend to a maximum of 10 inches, the cot doesn’t offer much storage underneath. A long-term road tripper with a truck or cargo van may want a more custom build-out to fit shelves or storage bins. For car campers looking for a convenient sleeping arrangement that works with multiple vehicle models, the REI Co-op Trailgate Cot is a smart solution.

Coleman Airbed Twin Cot

  • Weight 14 lbs.
  • Unfolded dimensions 74 in. x 40 in. x 23.5 in. (L x W x H)
  • Packed dimensions 38 in. x 11 in. x 9 in.
  • Best use Long-term car camping

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  • Sturdy frame
  • Not prone to leaks
  • Difficult to wash

If a comfortable night’s sleep is your top priority, look no further than the Airbed Cot ($190) from Coleman. Part inflatable mattress and part portable cot, this sleeping solution takes camping to a whole new level of luxury.

Thanks to Coleman’s “leakproof” system, you can count on this inflatable cot to remain fully pumped throughout the night. Additionally, advanced coil construction offers top-notch support and an impressive capacity of 300 pounds. The durable steel frame unfolds quickly, and two pull-out side tables provide space for drinks and personal items.

Though this cot will inevitably take up a significant amount of storage space in your kit, it does have a versatile design that will allow you to get the most out of its bulky size. The cot and airbed can be separated to create sleeping space for two.

This cot comes with a sewn-in cover, a battery-powered pump for easy inflation, side tables, and a burly carrying bag. It is also available as a queen ($200), which is great for couples.

If you’re looking to car camp for weeks at a time and don’t want to worry about losing any sleep from discomfort, this cot is ideal for long-term use due to its size and accessories.

  • Weight 72 lbs. (36 lbs. per bed)
  • Weight limit 1,000 lbs. (500 lbs. per cot)
  • Unfolded dimensions (per cot) 79 in. x 28 in. (L x W)
  • Total height 36 in.
  • Packed dimensions 34 in. x 16 in. x 11 in.
  • Best use Dome-style tent camping

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  • Comfortable and sturdy
  • Bunk style saves floor space
  • Heaviest cot on this list
  • Only works in larger dome-style tents

One of the most unique designs we’ve come across is the Disc-O-Bed ($380). This comes as a set of two full-size cots that can be configured in multiple ways. You can get creative and arrange the set as two separate cots, a large bench, or a bunk bed set.

The camp beds sport an impressive 500-pound capacity per bed, which means you can even cram two people per bed if you’re in a pinch. The sturdy steel frames seem bombproof, and can easily handle adults climbing up to the top bunk.

The cots are large, so you’ll need a large dome tent to fit them. The frames are sturdy enough to support the material without any crossbeams, which creates hammock-like support. This eliminates the need for any sleeping pads or mats.

To achieve such durability, the overall construction has to be quite heavy. The cots weigh 36 pounds each, and the combination weighs 72 pounds total (36 pounds per bag), so make sure your campsite isn’t far from the car.

Also of note are the accessories that are available for the Disc-O-Bed . You can purchase organizers, cabinets, and sleeping pads. There’s even a mosquito pad and frame so you can sleep under the stars undisturbed.


  • Weight limit 500 lbs.
  • Unfolded dimensions 72 in. x 53 in. x 4 in.
  • Packed dimensions 32 x 18 in.
  • Best use Truck bed camping

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  • Very lightweight solution to truck bed camping
  • Impressive rigidity over a broad expanse
  • Inflation is a simple affair
  • Rugged deck material is silly tough
  • Non-adjustable height means you get the headroom you get
  • Side pockets too snug to get much into/out of

Behold, truck bed campers: we have arrived. The FLATED Air-Deck ($549-699) is the end-all solution to adding a sturdy sleeping platform to the back of your rig without having to break out the miter saw. Constructed using the same design and materials as inflatable stand-up paddleboards, the Air-Deck is the lightweight sleeping cot your truck has been dreaming about.

Available in five different platform sizes, the Air-Deck is sized to fit everything from a single-occupant to the beds of modern full-size trucks, and provides a 4-inch-thick pad to set up camp atop. Relatively simple otherwise (truly, as it is only a platform with two support struts), the Air-Deck inflates with the same high-pressure pumps used for SUPs, and only tips the scales at a scant 25 pounds inflated. There are some single camping cots in this guide that weigh more!

Best thought of as the best boxspring you’ve ever camped on, the Air-Deck will require the addition of your favorite camping mattress to truly luxe out. In testing, we tossed on the Therm-a-Rest MondoKing 3D, REI Co-op Camp Dreamer, and the Hest Dually pads — all to great applause from our testers. The Mid-Size 6-Foot Bed version fit perfectly in our Senior Editor’s Toyota Tacoma, and turned a Montana fishing trip into a stay in the pickup penthouse.

The real magic is in the drop-stitch construction, which slings thousands of polyester threads in between the fabric sandwich, and supports the high pressures needed to keep the platform rigid. FLATED gives the decks a 500-pound weight rating, and in testing, we easily could stand three adults atop it without bowing.

Due to its one-size-fits-most deck height, some with shorter truck bed caps may need to adjust the mattress they use to end up with sufficient head space. For example, on our very first night with the Air-Deck we attempted to use the 6” thick Exped MegaMat 15 Max, and needed to shuffle in to sleep atop it. And while the included mesh pockets are stationed at handy locations, we found in practice that they were a bit too snug to get much in and out of.

The FLATED Air-Deck is to the truck as the REI Co-op Trailgate Cot is to the sedan or hatchback, and offers a camping cot-like platform that transformed our truck beds into palatial camping setups. For those who want to avoid the hassle of creating their own sleeping platforms, or just need the flexibility of instant installation and removal, this is the ‘cot’ to do it with.

ALPS Mountaineering ReadyLite Cot

  • Total weight 5 lbs.
  • Unfolded dimensions 78 in. x 28 in. x 6 in.
  • Packed dimensions 18 in. x 3 in. x 8 in.
  • Best use Limited-space camping and travel

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  • Very packable cot
  • Ability to add an inflatable or foam mattress
  • Impressive weight capacity
  • Tough to seat crossbars
  • Not very high off the ground

While full-sized cots dominate the market, there’s certainly room for cots that prioritize a small packed size and weight, and that’s exactly what the ALPS Mountaineering ReadyLite Cot ($300) is. Made for road trips to side trips, the ReadyLite tucks away when not in use, but springs to life when it’s time to bed down.

Lightweight cots like the ReadyLite are always a bit of an engineering marvel to construct, and right off the bat we were impressed during our first use. Making use of tent-pole-like supports, the cot assembles quickly, and turns a fold of fabric into a full-fledged cot in minutes. Even more impressive was the weight this cot could support: a full 300 pounds.

What sets the ReadyLite apart from other minimalist cots is the ability to sandwich a foam or thin inflatable pad into the cot’s platform. We tested this cot in both configurations, and while it’s plenty comfy as a standalone, it really shines with some extra padding. We found that most any 20-inch-wide camping pad would fit, as long as it was 2 inches thick or less.

The legs of the ReadyLite will take some muscle to get into place, and the best way we found to do so is by resting one side of the cot on the ground, and using body weight to bend the leg into place. You’ll need a little real estate to get it done, but the final tension was highly confidence-inspiring.

At 6” high, the ReadyLite is on the shorter side of the spectrum when it comes to camping cots, but the only reason we would consider going with a taller cot is that it makes tossing on boots in the morning easier. For pretty much everything else, the ReadyLite excels.

Cabela’s Big Outdoorsman Cot

  • Total weight 31 lbs., 4.8 oz.
  • Unfolded dimensions 85 in. x 40 in. x 20 in.
  • Packed dimensions 44.7 in. x 6.7 in. x 7.9 in.
  • Best use Cabin or yurt camping

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  • Huge footprint
  • Lever system helps with set up
  • Thick durable fabric
  • Heaviest single-person cot on the list
  • Three pieces (2 extra poles)
  • It rocks back and forth a bit

This beast of a cot from Cabela’s, the Big Outdoorsman Cot ($130), could literally fit a grizzly bear from Alaska! In all seriousness, a 6’9” person weighing up to 600 pounds can use this burly cot. At 40 inches wide, it nearly matches the size of a twin bed, so you could even cuddle close with that special someone or sprawl out like a starfish. 

The water-resistant, 450-denier polyester top is thick and very supportive. Combined with the rugged, powder-coated steel frame, this portable bed is bomb-proof. Set-up is eased by the built-in tension lever arm, which helps snap the top and bottom crossbars in place. 

The tradeoff is that it is as heavy as a child. Weighing in at 31 pounds, this mammoth bed is not fun to carry from your car to the campsite, although it does come with a large carrying bag. It is also huge, so it fits best in a monster family tent, but even better suited for a small cabin or yurt. If the Teton Outfitter XXL Camp Cot is a bit too rich for your blood, the Big Outdoorsman Cot from Cabela’s offers a more affordable option with much of the same appeal.

Coleman Trailhead II Cot

  • Weight 21 lbs.
  • Unfolded dimensions 73 in. x 35 in. x 17 in. (L x W x H)
  • Packed dimensions 40 in. x 8 in. x 5 in. (approx.)
  • Best use Car camping

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  • Side pockets
  • Assembly requires some muscle

The Trailhead II Cot from Coleman ($55) is spacious enough to fit sleepers over 6 feet tall and keeps all sleepers over a foot off the ground. The attached side pockets add a great touch of organization—holding your glasses, headlamp, and other smaller items.

The rails are slightly elevated to add security and prevent sleepers from rolling off. The canvas is firm and supportive, and it has a frame sturdy enough to withstand you and your tent mates fighting over who gets to sleep in it.

This cot’s steel X-shaped frame and double stitching add durability, giving you years of use before breaking down. It folds up and stores in the included carry case, so it’s easy to store and pack in the car.

At a whopping 21 pounds, from the house to the car is definitely the furthest it will travel, as there’s no way you’ll want to carry this bad boy in your backpack.

The biggest dig we’ve found with the Trailhead II is the assembly. We’ve had reports that the end braces are difficult to attach to the frame, making it likely that you’ll have to use some leverage to attach the second brace. But once you’re up and running, you’ve got one comfortable cot that won’t put too much of a hurting on your wallet.

King Camp Folding Cot

  • Total weight 12 lbs., 6 oz.
  • Unfolded dimensions 74.8 in. x 26.8 in. x 18.9 in.
  • Packed dimensions 41.3 in. x 9.1 in. x 6.7 in.

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  • Simple set up
  • Hanging pocket with three compartments
  • Can not be adjusted flat (head always tilted up)
  • Water bottle pocket can only fit small bottles

The King Camp Folding Cot ($85) was the simplest and quickest setup in our testing. This cot literally opens itself as you pull it out of the bag, and it only requires a bit of pressure to lock the legs into place. 

The sleeping platform is only a mere 15 inches off the floor, making it easy to get in and out, and the head area is slightly raised upward. Just note that it will not lay flat, but we came to appreciate the angle as it mimics a pillow with its soft cotton pad for extra comfort, and makes bedtime reading easier. There’s a bonus with the attached side pockets at arm level for storing your phone, headlight, book, and water bottle. 

The stability of this cot is unmatched with ten points of contact with the floor; we never felt it shimmy at all. The cot can certainly fit an average adult of just over 6 feet and up to 265 pounds. It stores very well in its included bag, and at just over 12 pounds, it is light enough to throw in the car with your camp chairs, tent, and cooler. At a reasonable $68, this Folding Cot from King Camp is perfect for tents, cabins, home use, or straight-up cowboy camping.

Coleman ComfortSmart Cot

  • Weight limit 275 lbs.
  • Unfolded dimensions 80 in. x 30 in. x 15 in. (L x W x H)
  • Packed dimensions ‎33.6 in. x 25.2 in. x 5.5 in.

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  • Soft mattress
  • Easy to set up

The ComfortSmart Cot from Coleman ($125) provides the most comfort you can get per dollar spent. The thick foam sleeping pad acts as a mattress for bed-like cushioning. The coil suspension system imitates a box spring as well, giving you a closer approximation to your bed at home. The strong steel frame adds durability, and the simple folding design means you can set it up in minutes.

The length will fit sleepers up to 6’6″ tall and can hold up to 275 pounds, so it can handle everyone from the average NFL tight end to kids. We love the simplicity and comfort — you’re basically getting a portable bed with this cot.

One thing to consider with ComfortSmart is its huge packed size, as it’s built for camping right next to your car. It folds down into a quarter of its full length, which gives it a square profile that is very cumbersome to carry. It takes up a lot of space in the car as well. If you’re not traveling in an SUV or wagon, it’s going to take over a lot of real estate in your trunk.

Camping Cot Comparison Chart

Camping Cot and Tent Set Up

How We Tested Camping Cots

The GearJunkie team includes a broad spectrum of outdoor enthusiasts. From hunters and anglers to overlanders and rock climbers, there is one characteristic that we all have in common: a multitude of nights spent sleeping outside. Over many years, we’ve tried just about every sleep system for camping, and cots remain a tried-and-true favorite.

To truly assess these costs, we created a testing regimen focused on the comfort, quality, and convenience of each product. Each cot was tested both indoors and out for a minimum of four nights (and often much longer). We timed how long it took to get the cots assembled, and scored them on comfort, weight, packability, and stability. Using a scale of 1-5 (1 being poor, 5 being exceptional), our testers applied these numbers to each category, ultimately leading to the final evaluation for each cot. 

Lead camping cot tester Meghan LaHatte is no stranger to the camping scene, and has lived in rural Colorado for the past 6 years. As an avid climber, hiker, and biker, Meghan knows the importance of a good night’s rest under the stars before those action-packed days.

Her camping cot testing occurred during camping trips in Colorado’s late summer and fall, and involved the aforementioned testing process and camping during 50-, 40-, and 30-degree nights. To better judge each cot, she even set them up in her living room over a 5 week period in which she slept on them for further inspection. 

This collective list of cot recommendations has been curated for a wide range of users over the course of almost three years. Since March 2021, our expert writers have slept innumerable nights in the desert, mountains, woods, cars, and apartments to narrow down what we think are the shining stars of the camping cot market.

Some cots like the REI Co-op Kingdom Cot 3 and Coleman Trailhead II Cot have proven to be staples in this guide, as they’ve remained since its inception. Keep in mind that this list of selections is ever-changing and updated as new and improved outdoor sleeping solutions, much like the Klymit Cedar Mesa or REI Co-op Trailgate, hit the scene.

Camper Laying On Top of the Helinox Lite Cot Inside Tent

Buyer’s Guide: How to Choose a Camping Cot

The question of camping cots versus sleeping pads depends on how you plan to travel. Consider how you plan to use your sleeping system and look at the options below.

Camping Cot User Profiles

The space-saving backpacker.

For those looking to bring comfort on their backpacking excursions without sacrificing precious pack space or their back muscles, a lightweight, compact cot is the ideal choice. Cots made with lighter materials like nylon and foldable aluminum poles tend to weigh less and fold into a compact shape. When shopping for a camping cot, backpackers should seek out products weighing in at 5 pounds or less. Anything heavier will likely weigh you down on those multi-mile treks or take up crucial space in your rucksack. 

When considering a backpacking-friendly camping cot, we recommend trying out the Helinox Lite Cot or ALPS Mountaineering ReadyLite Cot . With the ability to pack down to about the size of a loaf of bread, both of these cots are designed to be thrown in or strapped to a backpack. While they are a bit pricier, you’ll be glad you spent the extra dollars on a good night’s rest when you’re a few days into that adventure and feeling tired. 

Best Camping Cots — Setup

The Car Dweller

Who said proper car camping can’t be luxurious? Those looking for a long-term solution to their car camping setup at the desert crag or that scenic cross-country road trip should be sure to seek out a cot designed to slide easily into the tailgate. These inflatable, sleek cots are engineered to fit easily in your vehicle, rather than a tent. These designs are well-suited for folks who are on the move or not looking to spend the extra cash on a tent. 

Designed for most cars, the REI Co-op Trailgate Vehicle Sleeping Platform is a fantastic option for classic car camping. With its convenient, low-profile design, this cushioned cot is a cozy option if you’d rather stargaze under the sunroof than in the open air. If you’ve got a truck, be sure to snag the FLATED Air-Deck , which is specifically designed for pickups. Either of these options will ensure that you are well-rested for the following day’s climb or mountain bike ride.

The Sleeping Beauty

If you’re the kind of person who wants to feel like they’re sleeping on a cloud — even while in the middle of the woods — be sure to check out some of the cushier options listed in this guide. These comfort-designed products are bulkier in size, but made to feel as close to a traditional mattress as possible. These cots can even be used as extra beds when hosting guests in your home when there isn’t enough sleeping space. 

Made with a literal air mattress on top, the Coleman Airbed Twin Cot is one of the most comfortable cots listed in this guide. Because it’s bulkier, this cot is better suited for use in a camper or indoors. But, its comfort is certainly the cherry on top when it comes to the glamping sundae. Another comfort-focused option we love is the REI Co-op Kingdom Cot 3 , made with a padded material and sized for more remote ventures.

Best Camping Cots — Adjustable Cots

The Weekend Warrior

We get it — when Friday afternoon rolls around, it’s time to pack up the car and play. This is why if you’re someone who values a cot that is easily packed and assembled for those shorter trips, you should be getting the most bang for your buck. Once you get to camp, you’ll want a quick setup so you can get straight to the trailhead, music festival, or beach with no time wasted. We suggest snagging a fold-out cot that packs into a bag and assembles in just seconds.

Fold-out cots are ideal for quick trips where you’ll need both ease of setup and comfort at your campsite. Some of our favorite fold-out cots are the REI Co-Op Kingdom Cot 3 and the King Camp Folding Cot . These cots are not only super comfortable and user-friendly but also budget-conscious options for those who don’t want to completely break the bank.

Fold-out cots tend to be heavier, and more cumbersome to carry so these products are better suited for car camping weekend trips. You really can’t beat the ease of setup and a fantastic night’s sleep while camping!

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Camping Cots vs. Sleeping Pads

Camping cots.

Camping cots elevate you off the ground, providing a softer night’s sleep. They also help to prevent the cold ground from chilling you as you catch those zzz’s.

They also provide a much larger sleeping space. This makes it less likely that you’ll roll off of it in the middle of the night. However, cots tend to be heavy, and they’re much bulkier than sleeping pads. This makes the majority of them less than ideal for portable use.

For people who only sleep a short distance from their cars, camping cots are a great choice. Since they won’t be hauling their cots far, the added weight and bulk aren’t as much of an issue.

In this case, comfort and ease of setup are generally the biggest concerns. Because camping cots are generally a closer approximation to the average bed, they are usually more comfortable than sleeping pads.

Alps Mountaineering ReadyLite Cot

Sleeping Pads

Sleeping pads are much lighter and more compressible than cots. They are also generally softer than cots that don’t have integrated cushioning.

However, they do require you to sleep on the ground. This exposes you to the ground’s hardness and can let cold transfer from the ground into your sleeping bag.

Because backpackers have to carry all of their gear with them while they hike, weight and packed size are huge considerations. Many backpackers are willing to sacrifice the added comfort of a camping cot for lighter and more packable sleeping pads.

Many pads are also designed to add some of the amenities that cots provide. Insulated pads are built for cold-weather camping. The insulation within the pad absorbs some of the cold coming from the ground, preventing it from sapping heat from your sleeping bag.

Inflatable sleeping pads keep you off the ground and allow you to sleep on a cushion. These are softer than non-cushioned camping cots but are usually louder, as the lightweight material can make a crunching sound when you move on it. The most common description is that it’s like sleeping on a bag of chips.

Intrigued by sleeping pads? Check out GearJunkie’s full gear guide to learn more.

FLATED Air-Deck with Inflatable Mattresses on top in Back of Toyota Tacoma

Camping Cots & Sleeping Pads

If luxury is the goal and weight isn’t an option, a camping cot plus a sleeping pad is the way to go. A camping cot paired with a foam sleeping pad provides the best of both worlds.

The cot will elevate you off the ground and give you a bigger space to sleep on, while the pad adds a good amount of softness. It’s similar to the function of the box springs and mattress of your bed at home.

If you want to combine a cot and a pad, check to see if the cot you’re looking at has an add-on pad. Some companies offer pads designed specifically to work with certain cots. This ensures that your pad will fit perfectly with your cot. Some also have securing systems to attach the pad to the cot, which prevents it from moving around or sliding off while you sleep. For a cozy, all-in-one pad and cot option, check out the REI Kingdom Cot 3 .

Ease of Setup

Any piece of gear is useless if you can’t set it up. The bed of a cot is generally composed of a material that is stretched tight over a frame that supports your body.

Pulling the material tight enough to support your weight requires a good amount of tension. Many people find it challenging to pull the last section of material over the frame, often requiring help from another person to pull with enough strength.

In our experience testing these cots, we’ve found that the smaller a cot packs down, the more complicated it is to set up. Generally, there are more pieces to put together, and there are more parts that have to be secured to create and maintain tension. Also, there are often snap-together or folding sections that can pinch your fingers if you’re not careful.

Setting up Camping Cot

We’ve even had a tester make the mistake of trying to assemble a backpacking cot with his down sleeping bag lying on top of it. In the process, he snapped two pieces together over the sleeping bag material, causing a small tear in the bag.

The result was clouds of fine down puffing out and filling the air in the tent every time the bag moved, which led to a late-night search for duct tape (and a lot of swearing).

As is often the case when it comes to gear, there is always a tradeoff when it comes to how easy a camping cot is to set up. In general, the bigger and bulkier a cot is, the easier it is to set up. Smaller cots require more pieces to be broken down, but they weigh less and pack smaller. Larger cots are harder to carry around, but they usually require one or two steps to set up.

Some cots are engineered with state-of-the-art technologies that make them easier to assemble, especially for people needing more accessible designs and applications. These technologies include easy-lock mechanisms, adjustable springs, and pop-out assemblies.

Decide whether you prefer convenience or mobility, and choose the best cot for your needs. On this list, both the King Camp Folding Cot and the Coleman ComfortSmart Cot stand out for their quick and easy setup.

Camping Cot Assembly

Again, there’s a tradeoff here. Larger camp cots with plenty of space and padding are universally more comfortable. However, they’re all but impossible to pack with you on a long hike or backpacking trip. Although smaller camp cots are a lot more mobile, they lack the frills and creature comforts of a larger cot. Below are a few ways you can consider your first or next camping cot in terms of comfort.

Some cots require you to pair your sleeping pad with them for optimal use, while others even have integrated pads attached to the cot itself. Adding a sleeping pad to your camping cot setup can help increase the warmth and comfort of your setup — especially if you are used to sleeping on your pad alone anyway. 

Cots that don’t necessarily require an added sleeping pad tend to have the feel of laying in a hammock. The fabric should be stretchy enough that your body is comfortably supported, but not totally lacking in structure that you feel like you’re sinking in. We felt that the Mountain Summit Gear Horizon Cot performed well in this instance. 

REI Co-op Kingdom Cot 3

When considering the comfort of a camping cot, it’s also wise to think about its overall size. If you tend to toss and turn or sprawl out when sleeping, snagging a wider or double-size cot would probably be the best choice for you. King-size cots like the Teton Sports Outfitter XXL Camp Cot are crucial if you are planning on sharing your cot too. 

Finally, it is easy to forget about the height from the ground when shopping around for a camping cot. Because you’re elevated off the ground, you won’t feel any protruding rocks, sticks, or lumps as you normally would sleeping on the tent floor.

The airflow under your cot even helps regulate body temperature by keeping you cool when it’s warm and protecting you from the frosty ground during the winter. When considering height off the ground, keep in mind that a shorter cot would be better suited for camping in a car, whereas a taller one can work best inside a taller dome-style tent.

If you’re going backpacking, comfort is secondary to ease of transport. Ideally, you’re going to want to go with a cot that is lightweight and packs down to a manageable size. If you’re camping next to your car, comfort is a priority, so consider the additional details below.

From this list, we’d consider the Coleman Airbed Twin Cot among the most comfortable camp cots on the market due to its extra cushiony application.

Woman Reading on the King Camp Folding Cot Inside Cabin

It’s worth noting that sleeping on a camping cot is much like sleeping in a camping hammock . Without the insulation of the ground underneath, you’re more likely to become cold. It’s important to either bring an underquilt or pair your cot with an insulated sleeping pad.

Camping cots with integrated sleeping pads will typically be warmer than those without as the extra cushioning helps you insulate body temp. These thicker pads like the one found on the REI Co-op Kingdom Cot 3 paired with a warm sleeping pad would keep you plenty cozy during some winter camping action, while the slimmer cushioning on the Mountain Summit Gear Horizon Cot would be perfect for summer camping without an additional sleeping pad.

Camping cots without attached sleeping pads are great for fully customizing your sleeping setup so you don’t get too frigid or toasty while trying to catch those Z’s. What we love about the ALPS Mountaineering ReadyLite Cot is the option to insert a sleeping pad into the platform, making for a secure fit that will keep your body plenty insulated without slipping out from under you. 

Whatever you decide when considering warmth in a camping cot, it’s always wise to bring extra sleeping bags, blankets, and insulation, especially if you’re winter car camping. You can always shed a few layers, but there’s not much you can do if you haven’t brought the correct provisions to stay cozy.

Before buying a cot, you’ll want to first ensure that the cot is big enough for you to sleep on without resting on the frame. Most cots are long enough to fit people as tall as 6 feet and run just over 2 feet wide.

If you’re on the taller or wider side, many cots such as the Klymit Cedar Mesa Cot offer XL or XXL versions. These cots are generally longer and wider to accommodate larger people. During testing while elk hunting in the highlands of Colorado, tester Sean McCoy brought along the Cedar Mesa for 14 days straight, and the extra space garnered rave reviews from even the largest 6-foot, 200-pound hunters.

On this list, the Teton Sports Outfitter XXL Camp Cot offers a whopping 81 inches from head to toe. If you’re not sure whether a cot will fit you, look for the specifications online. The specs page will show the cot’s dimensions, so you’ll be able to see whether it’s a good fit for you.

Best Camping Cots — Comparison on End

Most cots don’t have cushioning — the sleeping area is a piece of material like polyester fabric stretched tight to provide support. Many campers find these cots to be too firm, so they’ll add a sleeping pad of some kind to provide cushioning.

If you’d prefer to sleep on something that feels like your bed at home or want an extra bed for visiting folks, look for a cot that comes with cushioning attached, such as the Coleman Airbed Twin Cot , or the REI Kingdom Cot 3 .

Best Camping Cots — Platform Height

Weight & Packed Size

Most of the camping cots are designed for car camping, where pack size and weight are less of an issue. Camping cots tend to be on the larger side, weighing anywhere from 12 pounds on the lower end to around 30 pounds on the higher end.

Elements such as material, fabric, and design factor into the weight of a camping cot. Camping cot frames made with materials like steel will be heavier than those made of aluminum. Cot fabrics like canvas and polyester tend to add on weight compared to lighter nylon and mesh. Consider where you’ll be using your camping cot and how the overall design may affect your ability to carry it to your campsite or backpack with it through the wilderness. 

Best Camping Cots — Stacked

Speaking of packing, some of these cots are better suited to just be tossed in a car rather than packed in a backpack or duffel. The Coleman ComfortSmart Cot folds flat, but not small enough to fit easily in any sort of luggage. Luckily it’s not super heavy at 20 pounds, but it could definitely use some straps so it could be worn like a backpack. Meanwhile, the Mountain Summit Gear Horizon Cot is a fold-out option that’s super easy to carry when packed due to its sling-style carrying case.

For hunting applications, packed size often is the make-or-break reason for whether a cot comes along to the yurt or not. Consider that you’ll need to be able to load up your cot onto whatever ATV you’ll be riding in on, and that most camping-style cots of the folding style are too large to accomplish this. Look to more packable cots like the Klymit Cedar Mesa Cot for the best hunting application, a cot that our elk-fanatic tester called “one of the best cots he’s ever slept on.”

Further still on the other end of the spectrum, some camping cots can pack as small as a camp chair or sleeping bag, making it worth it to throw in your backpack for a longer mileage excursion. The ultralight Helinox Lite Cot really soared on this front as it only weighs in at 2 pounds, 12 ounces, and fits superbly in our backpacks without taking up too much real estate.

travel cot large

Car Camping

If you plan on camping next to your car, the main thing to consider is how much space you have available in your mode of transportation, and whether you’ll have enough room for your cots and the rest of your gear. If you have ample space, comfort often becomes the first priority.

Choose the biggest, cushiest cot you can find, and don’t worry about the weight. Just make sure you have enough room in your car for it.

Our go-to choice for cushy car camping? The ultra-adaptable REI Co-op Trailgate Vehicle Sleeping Platform . And if you’re looking to shack up in the truck bed? Go for the set-and-forget ease of the FLATED Air-Deck .

REI Co-op Trailgate Vehicle Cot Side View

Hike-In Camping

People who camp in spots that require a short hike from the car have additional considerations. If you have to hike to your campsite, make sure that your camping cot is light enough to carry to the site. Also, ensure that the cot isn’t too bulky to carry alongside the other necessary gear.

Best Camping Cots — Packed Size

Look for a camping cot that is stowed in a bag, preferably one with handles or a shoulder strap. You’ll be thankful for details like this when it’s time to hike your gear from your car to the campsite.

The Klymit Cedar Mesa Cot is a superb choice if you’re looking for a camping cot that’s light enough to carry without getting winded. The included handled carrying case made setting up camp super easy and convenient without too many trips hauling gear from the car.

The Mountain Summit Gear Horizon Cot has an included sling bag that is roughly the same size as a champ chair. This made carrying it into the campsite a breeze while keeping our hands free for other gear, allowing for far fewer trips to the car. 

Klymit Cedar Mesa Camping Cot in Tent


In general, camping cots are not very compatible with backpacking. Cots are heavy and bulky — two words that backpackers avoid at all costs.

If backpacking is your primary style of camping, and you absolutely must sleep on a cot, consider one of the lightweight cots we profile above. The Helinox Lite Cot or ALPS Mountaineering ReadyLite cots are light enough to take into the backcountry, but are still comfortable enough to sleep on if you occasionally go car camping.

Remote hunting outposts accessed by truck, ATV, or pack animal can be made all the more livable with the addition of a few cots to your wall tent. Tracking can take it out of you, and that’s even before the real work starts, so investing in a comfortable, yet packable, cot will make your hunt all the better. If you’re going light and rucking into your basecamp, many of the backpacking-style cots will make the grade, but for vehicle-assisted hunts, moving up to the comfort of a more well-rounded cot is well worth the weight.

Packability is the name of the game when it comes to cots for hunting, and you’ll need to aim for a cot that can fit in your side-by-side, or in the panniers of your trusty stead. The Cabela’s Big Outdoorsman Cot is our go-to for damn-the-weight endeavors for truly large hunters, but the cot we end up reaching for most often for a hunt is the Klymit Cedar Mesa Cot , a platform that collapses down impressively for the extra large sleeping space it provides.

Best Camping Cots — Foot Pads

Durability varies widely with camping cots. We’ve found that there’s a proportional relationship between weight and durability with this type of gear. Generally, the heavier a cot is, the tougher it is.

Heavy car camping cots are made up of sturdy frames composed of steel or steel alloys. These heavier metals give the cot an exceptionally durable build. This makes them more resistant to drops, exhausted campers flopping down on them, roughhousing kids, and whatever other vigorous activities a bed might face.

Lighter cots have frames that are built with aluminum or some other lightweight material. The lighter weight is great for trekking it into the woods, but they’re often much more fragile.

Lightweight cot frames are sturdy enough to support campers’ weight while they sleep but must be treated with more respect. In our testing, we’ve found that these lighter-weight cots are best eased into when it’s time for bed.

When getting ready to snuggle into your lightweight cot, be sure to sit down in the middle first. Our lead tester made the hilarious mistake of sitting on the head end of one cot and quite literally somersaulted backward, albeit not very gracefully, landing with the cot on top of her.

If you’re camping next to your car and weight is no issue, you can opt for a heavier cot and rough it up a bit. On this list, the Coleman Trailhead II Cot is supremely durable, but it weighs a hefty 21 pounds. If a lighter, more packable cot like the King Camp Folding Cot better suits you, make sure that you’re more careful with it than you’d be with a 30-pound behemoth.

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If you want to elevate your camping experience and maximize the functionality of your cot, consider the accessories that come included or as add-ons for an extra price. These accessories can include side tables, storage compartments, pockets, sleeping pads, and other functional elements. 

Designed with hanging side pockets for your phone and headlamp, the Mountain Summit Gear Horizon Cot and Klymit Cedar Mesa Cot are perfect for those searching for minimalistic accessories for just the necessities.

Really want to go all out with the accessories? Consider the customizable bunk bed style Disc-O-Bed . You can order this puppy with extra fabric cabinets, organizers, and sleeping pads that heighten camping to an extra level of luxury. 

Best Camping Cots — Camp Set-up

The camping cots that we profile here represent an accurate sampling of the prices you’ll see when shopping for a cot. They vary in price from $45 to $80 for simple, no-frills models, but cots can reach $300 and above at the higher end. When shopping for a camping cot, weigh the options you need against how much money you have to spend.

If you want a simple cot to keep you off the ground when you sleep next to your car, start with the lowest-end cot and think about what you’d like to add to it. A simple car camping cot consists of a folding frame with material stretched over it and should cost somewhere south of $100. On this list, the Mountain Summit Gear Horizon Cot is our Best Budget pick at just $100.

Want added cushioning or organization options? Be prepared to spend a little bit more on an upgraded option, somewhere in the range of $150-250.

Looking for a cot that is light and easy to carry into a walk-in campsite? These options will cost a little bit more because of the lightweight materials and design that go into the construction. These generally cost around $200-250 and can reach $300 and above with add-ons like rainflies or integrated tents.

Klymit Cot Loading into Tent

Comfortable is a subjective term. It can depend on many things, such as how firm or soft you prefer your sleeping space, as well as whether you sleep on your back or side.

The most common complaint about camping outside is how firm sleeping systems are, so a cot with some cushioning is ideal. Our choice for the most comfortable is the Coleman Airbed Twin Cot for its soft cushioning, contouring, and adjustable incline settings, as well as the REI Co-op Kingdom Cot 3 , for a smaller-packing option.

Best Camping Cots — Pup on Cot

Because they closely mimic the feel of sleeping in your bed at home, cots are an extremely comfortable option for car camping. Once assembled, most camping cots can easily be thrown in your tent, car, or under the stars. However, as we’ve stated above, traditional camping cots are too heavy and bulky for backpacking.

There are a few ultralight “backpacking cots,” but many backpackers choose sleeping pads because they are lighter and more packable.

A good full-size air mattress is the closest you can get to sleeping on your bed at home. However, they are bulky, and they usually require an external power source to fully inflate. They are also difficult to clean after a camping trip.

Camping cots are often less comfortable than an air mattress but are more durable, easier to transport, and easier to set up. A high-quality cushioned camping cot can come close to, or even surpass, the comfort of an air mattress, plus they take much less time to set up. The cushioned design of the REI Co-op Kingdom Cot 3 stood out for us.

Many of the camping cots that we have tested are generally around 25 inches in width. This is wide enough for most campers. If you need a wider cot, many cots offer larger versions for bigger sleepers. These can range from 30 inches to over 40 inches in width. The 40-inch Cabela’s Big Outdoorsman Cot is a perfect example.

If your camping trip had some unexpected moisture or your mud-covered pup hopped up on your camping cot for some snuggles, you’ll probably want to take careful measures to give it a good cleanup once home. 

Before attempting to wash your camping cot, be sure to check the manufacturer’s instructions first as there could be some guidelines or restrictions pertaining to your cot’s materials. If you’ve only got some small stains or dirt on your cot, we recommend spot cleaning prior to doing a full-on wash down. This can be accomplished by putting some mild dish soap on a cloth and lightly dabbing the material before applying some water. 

If spot cleaning won’t quite do the job, check to see if your cot’s fabric materials are machine or hand washable. Be sure to avoid using any harsh detergents, bleach, or high heat. When drying be sure to hang dry your cot out of any direct sunlight that could potentially cause the fabric to fade or damage the finishes. 

For cleaning the metal legs and hinges, we recommend wiping them down with a damp cloth and promptly drying them with a towel to avoid any rusting or long-term damage to the mechanisms. 

Keeping your camping cot clean and stored in a dry place will ensure its longevity for many camping trips to come.

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Meghan LaHatte is a contributor for GearJunkie and a graphic designer for the Aspen Daily News. A recent college graduate, she is excited to dive into work with the outdoor industry, journalism, and her role as a gear tester. She’s sharpened her skills as the head marketing photographer for Momentum Ski Camps, as a climbing instructor for Western Colorado University, and as a sales representative for Redline Gallery in Crested Butte, CO. Based in Western Colorado, Meghan is a passionate rock climber, roller skater, skier, artist and coffee connoisseur — all of which she does alongside her rescue dog, Opa.

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Best Tent Cots for Camping

Best Tent Cots for Camping

Extra Wide Camping Cots

In this text, I present extra wide camping cots available on the market.  These are the largest camping cots, suitable for use at places with a car and motorbike access.

Why extra large camping cots

If you are a tall person the answer is obvious. But even if you are not, you have probably noticed that the majority of camping cots are rather narrow; I am short myself but having more space is always welcome.

Yet another important reason is: such wide and long cots can be used as platforms for tents , so you have the tent-cot structure like many of those described within this site .

In such a use, these are 3-in-1 type item  where you have tents and cots that can be used both separately and together. See for example my text about the Teton Sports Outfitter , and the Kodiak Canvas Swag 1 Person Tent  shown also in the picture below.

This shows an extra large camping cot used as a platform for the Kodiak Canvas Swag 1 Person tent.

Extra-wide cots side by side

Here are all of them, ordered by the width , with the widest on the top. Many of them are suitable to be used as platforms for tents:

  • Ozark Trail XXL Weather-Resistant Deluxe Cot
  • Stansport Heavy-Duty G.I. Cot
  • EVER ADVANCED Oversized XXL Folding Camping Cot
  • Alps Mountaineering Camp Cot XL
  • Cabela’s Big Outdoorsman Cot with Lever Arm
  • Browning Camping Titan Cot XP (XL)
  • Cabela’s 2XL Outfitter Bunk Bed by Disc-O-Bed
  • Coleman Airbed Cot Twin
  • Slumberjack Big Cot
  • Teton Sports Outfitter XXL
  • Texsport Black Bear Colossal Folding Camp Cot
  • Ferrino Steel-Alu Heavy Duty Folding Camp Bed
  • Timber Ridge TR Fir Magnum XL Oversized Heavy Duty Cot
  • AMENITIES DEPOT Memory Foam Cot
  • Guide Gear XL Magnum Cot
  • KAMPKEEPER Twin Camping Cot
  • Rio Gear Smart Cot XXL
  • Moosejaw Comfster XXL Cot
  • Klymit Cedar Mesa Cot
  • VINGLI Camp Folding XXL Cot
  • ALPS Mountaineering Escalade Cot
  • Coleman Big-N-Tall Cot
  • Texsport King Kot Giant Easy Set-Up Cot
  • Bushtec Adventure Camping Cot Sierra 440
  • Chinook Heavy Duty Padded Cot
  • Kamp Rite Oversize Kwik Cot

All these cots are camping tools, and by this, I mean the tools to be used at places with the car or motorbike access. Although they are collapsible and so nicely packable, with the weight typically around 10 kg, they are not designed to be carried in backpacks.

The  list includes the following types:

  • Military-style cots with X-shape legs.
  • Military-style cots with S-shape legs.
  • Cots with H-shape legs.
  • Instant setup cots without end bars.
  • The lower width limit for all cots in the list is 33 inches (84 cm).

Note, this list includes only single cots . If you need a double-wide camping cot for 2 people, please check my separate text .

1. Ozark Trail XXL Weather-Resistant Deluxe Cot

Ozark Trail XXL Weather-Resistant Deluxe Cot.

To realize why this Ozark Trail Cot is on such a position here in the list, it is enough to see its bed’s dimensions. This is an impressive cot with the bed size  85 x 42.1 inches (216 x 107 cm) .

The cot is also with a huge capacity of up to  500 lb (227 kg). So I have included it in my other list if cots for heavy people .

The structure is typical for a  military-style  cot, and this means that you have two sidebars and two end-bars. The cot comes preassembled and you only have to unfold it and then to add two end-bars.

There is a nice detail here, a  pivoting arm which makes adding the end-bars easy and without force. The cot is also with a locking mechanism for extra stability, and it comes with a carry bag and a huge organizer with many pockets of different sizes.

Read my review.

2. Stansport Heavy-Duty G.I. Cot

Stansport Heavy-Duty G.I. Cot

This cot is here because it is extremely wide, but it is also extremely long, the dimensions are (L x W x H) 84 x 42 x 19 inches (218 x 107 x 48 cm). So if you need something for a very tall person, this is it.

Note that it is quite heavy, it weighs 34.9 lb (15.8 kg). The cot is a very typical folding and collapsible military type outdoor bed. It is incredibly affordable, and it has been on the market for over a decade already.

Read my Stansport Heavy-Duty G.I. Cot review.

3. EVER ADVANCED Oversized XXL Folding Camping Cot

EVER ADVANCED Oversized XXL Folding Camping Cot

This EVER ADVANCED Oversized XXL Folding Camping Cot is what its name says, one of the largest on the market. It is 41.9 inches (106 cm) wide so you realize why it is here and at such a position in the list.

But you also have an incredible weight capacity of 550 lb (250 kg), so I have added it also in the list of cots for heavy people . The cot is incredibly long, you have 84.3 inches (214 cm). It is military-style and its weight is 26.67 lb (12.1 kg). A carry bag is included.

Read my EVER ADVANCED Oversized XXL Folding Camping Cot review.

4. Alps Mountaineering Camp Cot XL

This is a very typical military-style cot with a simple and sturdy design. In spite of its huge size, its weight is quite reasonable and you will realize this when you compare it with its competitors below.

Alps Mountaineering Camp Cot XL.

All Alps Mountaineering Cots are presented in detail in my separate text, so please follow this link to see more.

  • Weight: 19 lb (8.6 kg).
  • Dimensions (L x W x H): 86 x 40 x 22 in (216 x 102 x 56 cm).
  • Packed size: 49 x 9 x 5 in (124 x 23 x 13 cm).

Read my review.

5.Cabela’s Big Outdoorsman Cot with Lever Arm

Cabela's Big Outdoorsman Cot with Lever Arm

The Cabela’s Big Outdoorsman Cot with Lever Arm is with the dimensions 85 x 40 inches (216 x 102 cm). So it is very long and this is why it is in my list of extra long camping cots .

This is also a cot with an impressive 600 lb (272 kg) capacity. This makes it very suitable for tall and heavy people. 

It is built as a military type cot so it needs a simple assembly, but it comes with a lever arm that makes assembly very easy. The weight is 31.3 lb (14.2 kg).

Read my Cabela's Big Outdoorsman Cot with Lever Arm review.

6. Browning Camping Titan Cot XP

This is a particularly sturdy construction, due to strong materials and the style of its structure. The legs are angled and this prevents the cot from “rocking”, while its telescoping support in the center makes the cot even more strong than the traditional x-leg cots. The fabric is 600D polyester, and the frame is aluminum with sturdy steel connectors.

Browning Camping Titan Cot XP.

It folds up easily and fits into a carry bag so it transports and stores easily when not in use.

Stand out features

  • Two side pockets and one of them is detachable, to use as a toiletry bag in the camp.
  • A large Velcro pillow pocket section where you can put clothes to create a pillow or a headrest at the height you prefer if you do not carry a pillow. Really cool.

All these features you can see in this video, please have a look:

Specifications & summary of features

  • Weight: 20.5 lb (9.3 kg).
  • Dimensions (L x W x H): 85 x 40 x 21 in (216 x 102 x 53 cm).
  • Zippered carry bag: 48 x 9 x 5 in (122 x 23 x 13 cm).
  • Weight capacity: 450 lb (205 kg).
  • Rock-solid design, note the leg structure.
  • Angled end legs prevent “rocking”.
  • Sidebar support for strength.
  • Extra telescoping center support.
  • Detachable side pocket.
  • Large “pillow” pocket.
  • 600D polyester fabric.
  • Pro-Tec powder-coated aluminum frame.

7. Cabela’s 2XL Outfitter Bunk Bed by Disc-O-Bed

Cabela's 2XL Outfitter Bunk Bed by Disc-O-Bed

Here you have a stackable and incredibly functional modular set with 2 separate large cots. You can use them as in the picture, or separately as two single cots, or you can create a bench with a backrest.

The weight of both is 94 lb (42.6 kg) and the dimensions when used as in the picture are (L x W x H) 85 x 40 x 46.5 inches (216 x 102 x 118 cm). So you see it is very wide, but it is also very long, so it is in also in my list of extra long camping cots .

Read my Cabela’s 2XL Outfitter Bunk Bed by Disc-O-Bed review.

8. Coleman Airbed Cot Twin

This Coleman Cot is a unique here in the group for several reasons. As you realize from the picture, it includes an air mattress , a cover, and a pump. Apart from this, you also have a side table with a cup holder . So this is a complete sleeping system.

Coleman Airbed Cot Twin.

This cot is considerably shorter than the majority of the cots here in the list. This is good to know if you are not a tall person but want to have a wide bed. Here you have a  102 cm wide comfortable structure with a very soft air mattress.

  • Weight: 30.8 in (14 kg).
  • Dimensions: 74 x 40 x 23.5 in (188 x 102 x 60 cm).
  • Packed size: 38 x 11 x 9 in (97 x 28 x 23 cm).
  • Weight capacity: 300 lb (136 kg).

9. Slumberjack Big Cot

Slumberjack Big Cot.

As you realize, this cot has almost the same name as its cousin above, but this is a quite different cot. The bed size is indeed the same, and the assembly is similar, you just have to add the end bars.

But the legs are very different, the structure you have here is far more complex and you also have a locking mechanism in place. There is also a significant difference in the capacity; this cot can support 500 lb (227 kg) of weight.

10. Teton Sports Outfitter XXL Cot

This cot is presented in detail in my separate text  together with the Teton Sports Outfitter Tent, so please follow the link to see more. Here, I would like to stress that this is probably the most popular cot on the market, an iconic design, and a great combination of the size, capacity, and price.

Teton Sports Outfitter XXL Cot.

This cot serves as the platform for the Teton Sports Outfitter tent. The most important parameters are as follows:

  • Weight: 26 lb (11.8 kg).
  • Size (L x W x H): 85 x 40 x 19 in (216 x 102 x 48 cm).
  • Packed size: 42 x 12 x 7 in (107 x 31 x 18 cm).

11. Texsport Black Bear Colossal Folding Camp Cot

Texsport Black Bear Colossal Folding Camp Cot.

This Black Bear cot is one of the longest cots on the market and I have added it in my list of extra long cots . So this is a huge off-the-ground sleeping platform with a size of 85 x 40 inches (216 x 101.6 cm). Its capacity is also impressive, it can support people of up to 400 lb (181 kg).

The legs system is similar to the Teton Sports Outfitter above, with the S-shaped legs, but here you have aluminum. Please see more in my review.

Read my review.

12. Ferrino Steel-Alu Heavy Duty Folding Camp Bed

Ferrino Steel-Alu Heavy Duty Folding Camp Bed.

This Ferrino Steel-Alu Heavy Duty Folding Camp Bed is here because of its impressive width which is 39.37 inches (100 cm) . But this cot is also exceptionally long, the length is 85.4 inches (217 cm) and I have included it in my separate list of extra-long cots for tall people .

This is a military-style structure with a great price tag . The weight is 22.9 lb (10.4 kg), and it is also very high, you have 23.62 inches (60 cm) clearance underneath it. This is great to store your camping gear. Note that a carry bag is included.

Read my Ferrino Steel-Alu Heavy Duty Folding Camp Bed review.

13. Timber Ridge TR Fir Magnum XL Oversized Heavy Duty Cot

Timber Ridge TR Fir Magnum XL Oversized Heavy Duty Cot

This cot measures 85 x 39.5 inches (216 x 100 cm), so now you realize why it is here. I have included it also in my list of extra long camping cots .

You have a military-style construction with a steel frame and an incredible capacity of 600 lb (272 kg). This is why it is in my list of cots for heavy people .

The cot is equipped with locks on the legs, and you also have a carry bag. The weight is 33.6 lb (15.2 kg), and the cot is 20 inches (51 cm) high.

Read my Timber Ridge TR Fir Magnum XL Oversized Heavy Duty Cot review.

14. AMENITIES DEPOT Memory Foam 6-Leg Foldable Camping Cot

AMENITIES DEPOT Memory Foam 6-Leg Foldable Camping Cot

This Amenities Depot cot is here because of its width but this is also one of the longest cots on the market. The bed size is 85.6 x 39 inches (217 x 99 cm). This is why I have added it to my list of extra long cots .

This is also a padded cot , one of several cots of this type here in the list. But what makes this cot different is the foam, it is a high-quality memory foam that they use here. So with such a padding you will never need a mattress.

Note also that the legs are extendable so you can make the bed perfectly leveled even if you use the cot on a terrain that is not flat. You might need this in a camp.

The cot is a folding type and this means very easy to use and to take away. It is a bit heavy, it weighs 22.7 lb (10.3 kg), though this is normal for such a size and type.

Read my AMENITIES DEPOT Memory Foam Cot review.

15. Guide Gear XL Magnum Cot

This is one of the largest cots on the market, with a great capacity, a very reliable top-notch tool with a very reasonable price tag.

Guide Gear XL Magnum Cot.

This great cot is only 3 cm narrower than the other cots shown above. However, its dimensions are really impressive as well as its capacity which is among the highest of all cots on the market. It is incredible that its price is only around $90.

  • Weight: 31.3 lb (14.2 kg).
  • Capacity: 600 lb (272 kg).
  • Dimensions (L x W x H): 84 x 39 x 20 in (213 x 99 x 51 cm).
  • Packed size: 45 x 9 x 7 in (114 x 23 x 18 cm).

16. KAMPKEEPER Twin Camping Cot

KAMPKEEPER Twin Camping Cot

In this case you have a cot with a bed that measures 74 x 39 inches (188 x 99 cm). So it is indeed very wide but the length is quite moderate.

The cot comes with a pre-attached and fixed mattress sleeve, plus an air mattress included. The mattress can be used on its own of course. This is why it is included also in my list of camping cots with air mattress .

The whole set weighs 18.26 lb (8.3 kg), and the capacity is 250 lb (113 kg).

Read my KAMPKEEPER Twin Camping Cot review.

17. Rio Gear Smart Cot XXL

Rio Gear Smart Cot XXL.

This Rio Gear Smart Cot XXL is with a bed that measures 85 x 39 inches (216 x 99 cm). This is why it is here in the list, and I have also included it in my list of extra-long camping cots .

Note that its weight capacity is huge, 600 lb (272 kg) and it is suitable even for the heaviest users. It is added to my list of cots for heavy people .

This is an easy to use folding design with multiple storage elements and a side table. You have a steel frame, and a carry bag is included.

Read my Rio Gear Smart Cot XXL review.

18. Moosejaw Comfster XXL Cot

Moosejaw Comfster XXL Cot.

Here you have an enormously large cot and its width is 38 inches (97 cm) , so this is why it is included in the list. Note also that it is very long, you have 85 inches (216 cm).

It is a military-type with only three separate parts and a lever arm for ease of use.

The cot is padded, with a steel frame and a huge capacity of 500 lb (227 kg). This is why it is also in my list of cots for heavy people .

It has a storage set on the side to keep you small items at hand and off ground. The weight is 36 lb (16.3 kg).

Read my Moosejaw Comfster XXL Cot review.

19. Klymit Cedar Mesa Cot XL

Klymit Cedar Mesa Cot.

This cot is built in two sizes, and the version included here in the list is the XL. So the cot is both wide and long, you have 85.5 x 37 inches (217 x 94 cm). I have included it also in my list of extra long cots .

You might want to know that this is also the first cot ever from this brand. It is a collapsible and high quality, and its capacity is 400 pounds (181 kg). So it is also in my list of cots for heavy people . 

As you realize from the picture, the cot is high as well. It comes with a nicely designed carry bag. Note that it is quite heavy, it weighs 19 lb (8.6 kg).

Read my Klymit Cedar Mesa Cot XL review.

20. VINGLI Camp Folding XXL Cot

VINGLI Camp Folding XXL Cot.

This cot is both extra-wide and also with a great capacity, so it is included in my list of cots for heavy people .

The bed size is 78.7 x 35.5 inches (200 x 90 cm), so you realize that it is also very long. This is a collapsible construction built in the military-style. Note that it comes with a carry bag and with a system of storage elements on the side.

It weighs 20 lb (9.1 kg), so it is heavy but this is a strong steel frame. You might want to know also that this cot is exceptionally affordable.

Read my VINGLI Camp Folding XXL Cot review.

21. ALPS Mountaineering Escalade Cot

ALPS Mountaineering Escalade Cot.

With its 35 inches (89 cm) of the width, this cot deserves to be here in the list. They build it in two sizes, and as of the moment of writing this text, its XL version is the longest on the market with 229 cm of length. So it is also in my list of extra-long camping cots .

This is a folding construction so all the elements are permanently attached to each other. It comes with a carry bag. You might want to know also that it is very affordable.

Read my ALPS Mountaineering Escalade Cot review.

22. Coleman Big-N-Tall Cot

This is a very typical military-style cot with a simple assembly which only implies unfolding it and adding the two end bars. The width is 89 cm, still very impressive, and the capacity is among the highest of all cots on the market. See also its incredible length.

Coleman Big-N-Tall Cot.

This Coleman cot comes with a particularly nicely designed carry bag. Please see more in my detailed review.

  • Weight: 35.2 lb (16 kg).
  • Dimensions (L x W x H): 84 x 35 x 16.5 in (213 x 89 x 42 cm).
  • Packed size: 43.3 x 11 x 5.5 in (110 x 28 x 13 cm).

23. Texsport King Kot Giant Easy Set-Up

With its 83 x 35 inches (216 x 89 cm) bed size,  this is one of the largest cots on the market. So this is not only about the width. This cot is the same width as the Coleman Cot above, but it is 3 cm longer.

Texsport King Kot Giant Easy Set-Up Folding Sleeping Camp Cot.

As you realize from the picture, this is a very typical military-style X-frame with a simple set up. The price is very reasonable, only $95.

  • Weight: 20 lb (9.07 kg).
  • Capacity: 350 lb (159 kg).
  • Size (L x W x H): 83 x 35 x 20 in (211 x 89 x 51 cm).
  • Packed size: 36 x 10 in (91 x 25 cm).

24. Bushtec Adventure Camping Cot Sierra 440

Bushtec Adventure Camping Cot Sierra 440.

This Sierra Cot 440 is here because of its width which is 34 inches (86 cm). But this is an exceptional design with many great features. So the cot is folding type and it is padded as you realize from the picture.

The legs are extendable and you can transform it into a lounger, you can recline it to several different positions. You can make it horizontal on uneven ground.

The number 440 in the name indicates its huge capacity, so I have included it in my list of cots for heavy people . Please follow the link to my full review.

Read more about Bushtec Adventure Camping Cot Sierra 440 in my full review.

25. Chinook Heavy Duty Padded Cot

Chinook Heavy Duty Padded Cot.

This Chinook cot is from the group of padded cots, so you have the bed deck fully covered and there is no metal anywhere to touch. This is a large and wide cot and this is why I have included it in the list, the dimensions are 80 x 33 inches (203 x 84 cm).

The cot is folding type so it remains relatively large in two dimensions when packed, the folded size is 34 x 30.5 x 10 inches (86 x 77 x 25 cm).

This is a reclining design , one possible configuration as a lounger is shown in the picture. The cot is with adjustable legs so you can make the bed deck fully horizontal on any terrain.

Read my Chinook Padded Cot review.

26. Kamp Rite Oversize Kwik Cot

Here you have a rather specific design, an instant setup cot without end bars. So its length is a fully useful length and this is what makes it very different from any military-style cot.

Kamp Rite Oversize Kwik Cot.

The width here is “only” 84 cm, so this is a size of a standard bed at home, and this will be my lower limit for extra wide cots included here in the list.

The Kamp Rite cot comes with side storage pouches on both sides. Please check the link below for price updates.

  • Weight: 23 lbs (10.4 kg).
  • Capacity: 350 lbs (159 kg).
  • Setup size (L x W x H): 84 x 33 x 22 in (213 x 84 x 56 cm).
  • Folded size (L x W x H): 41 x 7 x 8 in (104 x 18 x 20 cm).


To conclude this review with extra-wide camping cots, as you realize, all models presented here truly belong to the group of extra-wide cots, all are above 33 inches (84 cm) wide. They all are also extra-large cots in general in view of their length.

So these are great tools also for tall people and to be used as platforms for tents in cot-tent structures. This site is all about such tools, so just check here to see all tools of this type for one person.

The cots presented in the text are relatively heavy but collapsible, suitable for use at places with car access. But if you need something of this sort for backpacking, please follow this link with many truly great models that you can carry attached to your backpack.

If you need larger cots, for two people, please check my another text with several great models. Cots for very heavy people are presented in my other text, please have a look .

Thank you for reading. I hope the text has been useful to you. In the case of questions or comments please use the comment box below. I wish you a nice day.

13 thoughts on “Extra Wide Camping Cots”

I saw on Amazon extra wide cots but many had more than 6 legs. Looked like an accordion. None of the cots in your list were like that. Please let me know pros and cons. Thank you.

Hi Andrea, if you tell me one example then I shall know what you mean. I assure you these cots here are the widest that are on the market, and they are all on Amazon. Many of them are with 6 legs, I suggest that you check the list again. But let me know more in any case.

Hello, I very much appreciate your cot reviews. Would you know of any cots that are wider than standard but not very long. It would certainly be possible to sleep on a long cot, but it would be harder for a person who’s 5’1″ to carry than a shorter one. Thank you for any suggestions.

Hi Jill, I have a separate list with extra wide cots so please follow the link and check which of them would suit you best.

Thank you, Jovo, for the site and the kind reply. Of the extra-wide list, several look quite good, but the shortest one is 83 inches, or 22 inches longer than I am. (Vingli is an exception, but would be difficult for me to use.) I think there would be a good market for such a cot, maybe 72 inches long and 28-30 inches wide . . . would any manufacturer be willing to offer such a cot? I have found only the Coleman ComfortSmart (for short people…they say 5’7″ or under), but it is quite narrow. Thanks again. How about a “cots for short people” feature? Best regards.

Actually this is a very interesting question, I myself am quite short but need a wider space. Have you considered this Coleman Airbed Cot Twin ? It is quite short and very wide.

Hi Jill, I am 5’0 feet. and wide. For a few years now, we purchased a Coleman Comfort Smart Deluxe Camping Cot and SUFUEE Mattress Topper Twin Down Alternative Mattress Pad 2″ Extra Thick Mattress Cover Overfilled Fluffy and Firm Pillow Top. It seems to work for me but husband no. He needs a thicker mattress because of his back. This was easier for me to get in and out of as well. It is hard to find a nice mattress without buying a whole bed!! Camping has been a challenge the last few years maybe we are now getting older. LOL. (late 50’s) I think next option might be hotel. lol Best of Luck. Sally

Do you know of any cots that are 50 inches wide.? Have air matress this size for wife and I together.

Hi Alan, yes there are so just look in the group of double camping cots . You will see some with and some without a mattress. There are also double-wide tent-cots, just follow the link.

Thank you, Jovo! I have look at all of the cots now. All of them. I really appreciate you compiling this list. I’ve been looking at most of these independently on Amazon, on all of the sites for all of the outdoors stores, and their individual parent sites too. I just get so overwhelmed with all of the information. You’ve got it all here, very well organized and very inclusive. I appreciate you sharing this information, but more so the time and mental energy it takes to be concise and still thorough. I will be referring to this again. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Hi Coco, this is really great to hear, I must thank you for such kind words. I am happy to hear that you find the text useful, this was the reason for writing the text, to have them all at one place. Most appreciated and thank you again.

You’ve done a fantastic job brother. Ty.

Many thanks Jodie, having such a comment is a great way to start the day. Appreciated.

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Travel Itinerary For One Week in Moscow: The Best of Moscow!

I just got back from one week in Moscow. And, as you might have already guessed, it was a mind-boggling experience. It was not my first trip to the Russian capital. But I hardly ever got enough time to explore this sprawling city. Visiting places for business rarely leaves enough time for sightseeing. I think that if you’ve got one week in Russia, you can also consider splitting your time between its largest cities (i.e. Saint Petersburg ) to get the most out of your trip. Seven days will let you see the majority of the main sights and go beyond just scratching the surface. In this post, I’m going to share with you my idea of the perfect travel itinerary for one week in Moscow.

Moscow is perhaps both the business and cultural hub of Russia. There is a lot more to see here than just the Kremlin and Saint Basil’s Cathedral. Centuries-old churches with onion-shaped domes dotted around the city are in stark contrast with newly completed impressive skyscrapers of Moscow City dominating the skyline. I spent a lot of time thinking about my Moscow itinerary before I left. And this city lived up to all of my expectations.

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Travel Itinerary For One Week in Moscow

Day 1 – red square and the kremlin.

Metro Station: Okhotny Ryad on Red Line.

No trip to Moscow would be complete without seeing its main attraction. The Red Square is just a stone’s throw away from several metro stations. It is home to some of the most impressive architectural masterpieces in the city. The first thing you’ll probably notice after entering it and passing vendors selling weird fur hats is the fairytale-like looking Saint Basil’s Cathedral. It was built to commemorate one of the major victories of Ivan the Terrible. I once spent 20 minutes gazing at it, trying to find the perfect angle to snap it. It was easier said than done because of the hordes of locals and tourists.

As you continue strolling around Red Square, there’s no way you can miss Gum. It was widely known as the main department store during the Soviet Era. Now this large (yet historic) shopping mall is filled with expensive boutiques, pricey eateries, etc. During my trip to Moscow, I was on a tight budget. So I only took a retro-style stroll in Gum to get a rare glimpse of a place where Soviet leaders used to grocery shop and buy their stuff. In case you want some modern shopping experience, head to the Okhotny Ryad Shopping Center with stores like New Yorker, Zara, and Adidas.

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To continue this Moscow itinerary, next you may want to go inside the Kremlin walls. This is the center of Russian political power and the president’s official residence. If you’re planning to pay Kremlin a visit do your best to visit Ivan the Great Bell Tower as well. Go there as early as possible to avoid crowds and get an incredible bird’s-eye view. There are a couple of museums that are available during designated visiting hours. Make sure to book your ticket online and avoid lines.

Day 2 – Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, the Tretyakov Gallery, and the Arbat Street

Metro Station: Kropotkinskaya on Red Line

As soon as you start creating a Moscow itinerary for your second day, you’ll discover that there are plenty of metro stations that are much closer to certain sites. Depending on your route, take a closer look at the metro map to pick the closest.

The white marble walls of Christ the Saviour Cathedral are awe-inspiring. As you approach this tallest Orthodox Christian church, you may notice the bronze sculptures, magnificent arches, and cupolas that were created to commemorate Russia’s victory against Napoleon.

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Unfortunately, the current Cathedral is a replica, since original was blown to bits in 1931 by the Soviet government. The new cathedral basically follows the original design, but they have added some new elements such as marble high reliefs.

Home to some precious collection of artworks, in Tretyakov Gallery you can find more than 150,000 of works spanning centuries of artistic endeavor. Originally a privately owned gallery, it now has become one of the largest museums in Russia. The Gallery is often considered essential to visit. But I have encountered a lot of locals who have never been there.

Famous for its souvenirs, musicians, and theaters, Arbat street is among the few in Moscow that were turned into pedestrian zones. Arbat street is usually very busy with tourists and locals alike. My local friend once called it the oldest street in Moscow dating back to 1493. It is a kilometer long walking street filled with fancy gift shops, small cozy restaurants, lots of cute cafes, and street artists. It is closed to any vehicular traffic, so you can easily stroll it with kids.

Day 3 – Moscow River Boat Ride, Poklonnaya Hill Victory Park, the Moscow City

Metro Station: Kievskaya and Park Pobedy on Dark Blue Line / Vystavochnaya on Light Blue Line

Voyaging along the Moscow River is definitely one of the best ways to catch a glimpse of the city and see the attractions from a bit different perspective. Depending on your Moscow itinerary, travel budget and the time of the year, there are various types of boats available. In the summer there is no shortage of boats, and you’ll be spoiled for choice.

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If you find yourself in Moscow during the winter months, I’d recommend going with Radisson boat cruise. These are often more expensive (yet comfy). They offer refreshments like tea, coffee, hot chocolate, and, of course, alcoholic drinks. Prices may vary but mostly depend on your food and drink selection. Find their main pier near the opulent Ukraine hotel . The hotel is one of the “Seven Sisters”, so if you’re into the charm of Stalinist architecture don’t miss a chance to stay there.

The area near Poklonnaya Hill has the closest relation to the country’s recent past. The memorial complex was completed in the mid-1990s to commemorate the Victory and WW2 casualties. Also known as the Great Patriotic War Museum, activities here include indoor attractions while the grounds around host an open-air museum with old tanks and other vehicles used on the battlefield.

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The hallmark of the memorial complex and the first thing you see as you exit metro is the statue of Nike mounted to its column. This is a very impressive Obelisk with a statue of Saint George slaying the dragon at its base.

Maybe not as impressive as Shanghai’s Oriental Pearl Tower , the skyscrapers of the Moscow City (otherwise known as Moscow International Business Center) are so drastically different from dull Soviet architecture. With 239 meters and 60 floors, the Empire Tower is the seventh highest building in the business district.

The observation deck occupies 56 floor from where you have some panoramic views of the city. I loved the view in the direction of Moscow State University and Luzhniki stadium as well to the other side with residential quarters. The entrance fee is pricey, but if you’re want to get a bird’s eye view, the skyscraper is one of the best places for doing just that.

Day 4 – VDNKh, Worker and Collective Farm Woman Monument, The Ostankino TV Tower

Metro Station: VDNKh on Orange Line

VDNKh is one of my favorite attractions in Moscow. The weird abbreviation actually stands for Russian vystavka dostizheniy narodnogo khozyaystva (Exhibition of Achievements of the National Economy). With more than 200 buildings and 30 pavilions on the grounds, VDNKh serves as an open-air museum. You can easily spend a full day here since the park occupies a very large area.

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First, there are pavilions that used to showcase different cultures the USSR was made of. Additionally, there is a number of shopping pavilions, as well as Moskvarium (an Oceanarium) that features a variety of marine species. VDNKh is a popular venue for events and fairs. There is always something going on, so I’d recommend checking their website if you want to see some particular exhibition.

A stone’s throw away from VDNKh there is a very distinctive 25-meters high monument. Originally built in 1937 for the world fair in Paris, the hulking figures of men and women holding a hammer and a sickle represent the Soviet idea of united workers and farmers. It doesn’t take much time to see the monument, but visiting it gives some idea of the Soviet Union’s grandiose aspirations.

I have a thing for tall buildings. So to continue my travel itinerary for one week in Moscow I decided to climb the fourth highest TV tower in the world. This iconic 540m tower is a fixture of the skyline. You can see it virtually from everywhere in Moscow, and this is where you can get the best panoramic views (yep, even better than Empire skyscraper).

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Parts of the floor are made of tempered glass, so it can be quite scary to exit the elevator. But trust me, as you start observing buildings and cars below, you won’t want to leave. There is only a limited number of tickets per day, so you may want to book online. Insider tip: the first tour is cheaper, you can save up to $10 if go there early.

Day 5 – A Tour To Moscow Manor Houses

Metro Station: Kolomenskoye, Tsaritsyno on Dark Green Line / Kuskovo on Purple Line

I love visiting the manor houses and palaces in Moscow. These opulent buildings were generally built to house Russian aristocratic families and monarchs. Houses tend to be rather grand affairs with impressive architecture. And, depending on the whims of the owners, some form of a landscaped garden.

During the early part of the 20th century though, many of Russia’s aristocratic families (including the family of the last emperor) ended up being killed or moving abroad . Their manor houses were nationalized. Some time later (after the fall of the USSR) these were open to the public. It means that today a great many of Moscow’s finest manor houses and palaces are open for touring.

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There are 20 manor houses scattered throughout the city and more than 25 in the area around. But not all of them easily accessible and exploring them often takes a lot of time. I’d recommend focusing on three most popular estates in Moscow that are some 30-minute metro ride away from Kremlin.

Sandwiched between the Moscow River and the Andropov Avenue, Kolomenskoye is a UNESCO site that became a public park in the 1920’s. Once a former royal estate, now it is one of the most tranquil parks in the city with gorgeous views. The Ascension Church, The White Column, and the grounds are a truly grand place to visit.

You could easily spend a full day here, exploring a traditional Russian village (that is, in fact, a market), picnicking by the river, enjoying the Eastern Orthodox church architecture, hiking the grounds as well as and wandering the park and gardens with wildflower meadows, apple orchards, and birch and maple groves. The estate museum showcases Russian nature at its finest year-round.

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If my travel itinerary for one week in Moscow was a family tree, Tsaritsyno Park would probably be the crazy uncle that no-one talks about. It’s a large park in the south of the city of mind-boggling proportions, unbelievable in so many ways, and yet most travelers have never heard of it.

The palace was supposed to be a summer home for Empress Catherine the Great. But since the construction didn’t meet with her approval the palace was abandoned. Since the early 1990’s the palace, the pond, and the grounds have been undergoing renovations. The entire complex is now looking brighter and more elaborately decorated than at possibly any other time during its history. Like most parks in Moscow, you can visit Tsaritsyno free of charge, but there is a small fee if you want to visit the palace.

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Last, but by no means least on my Moscow itinerary is Kuskovo Park . This is definitely an off-the-beaten-path place. While it is not easily accessible, you will be rewarded with a lack of crowds. This 18th-century summer country house of the Sheremetev family was one of the first summer country estates of the Russian nobility. And when you visit you’ll quickly realize why locals love this park.

Like many other estates, Kuskovo has just been renovated. So there are lovely French formal garden, a grotto, and the Dutch house to explore. Make sure to plan your itinerary well because the estate is some way from a metro station.

Day 6 – Explore the Golden Ring

Creating the Moscow itinerary may keep you busy for days with the seemingly endless amount of things to do. Visiting the so-called Golden Ring is like stepping back in time. Golden Ring is a “theme route” devised by promotion-minded journalist and writer Yuri Bychkov.

Having started in Moscow the route will take you through a number of historical cities. It now includes Suzdal, Vladimir, Kostroma, Yaroslavl and Sergiev Posad. All these awe-inspiring towns have their own smaller kremlins and feature dramatic churches with onion-shaped domes, tranquil residential areas, and other architectural landmarks.

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I only visited two out of eight cities included on the route. It is a no-brainer that Sergiev Posad is the nearest and the easiest city to see on a day trip from Moscow. That being said, you can explore its main attractions in just one day. Located some 70 km north-east of the Russian capital, this tiny and overlooked town is home to Trinity Lavra of St. Sergius, UNESCO Site.

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Sergiev Posad is often described as being at the heart of Russian spiritual life. So it is uncommon to see the crowds of Russian pilgrims showing a deep reverence for their religion. If you’re traveling independently and using public transport, you can reach Sergiev Posad by bus (departs from VDNKh) or by suburban commuter train from Yaroslavskaya Railway Station (Bahnhof). It takes about one and a half hours to reach the town.

Trinity Lavra of St. Sergius is a great place to get a glimpse of filling and warming Russian lunch, specifically at the “ Gostevaya Izba ” restaurant. Try the duck breast, hearty potato and vegetables, and the awesome Napoleon cake.

Day 7 – Gorky Park, Izmailovo Kremlin, Patriarch’s Ponds

Metro Station: Park Kultury or Oktyabrskaya on Circle Line / Partizanskaya on Dark Blue Line / Pushkinskaya on Dark Green Line

Gorky Park is in the heart of Moscow. It offers many different types of outdoor activities, such as dancing, cycling, skateboarding, walking, jogging, and anything else you can do in a park. Named after Maxim Gorky, this sprawling and lovely park is where locals go on a picnic, relax and enjoy free yoga classes. It’s a popular place to bike around, and there is a Muzeon Art Park not far from here. A dynamic location with a younger vibe. There is also a pier, so you can take a cruise along the river too.

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The Kremlin in Izmailovo is by no means like the one you can find near the Red Square. Originally built for decorative purposes, it now features the Vernissage flea market and a number of frequent fairs, exhibitions, and conferences. Every weekend, there’s a giant flea market in Izmailovo, where dozens of stalls sell Soviet propaganda crap, Russian nesting dolls, vinyl records, jewelry and just about any object you can imagine. Go early in the morning if you want to beat the crowds.

All the Bulgakov’s fans should pay a visit to Patriarch’s Ponds (yup, that is plural). With a lovely small city park and the only one (!) pond in the middle, the location is where the opening scene of Bulgakov’s novel Master and Margarita was set. The novel is centered around a visit by Devil to the atheistic Soviet Union is considered by many critics to be one of the best novels of the 20th century. I spent great two hours strolling the nearby streets and having lunch in the hipster cafe.

Conclusion and Recommendations

To conclude, Moscow is a safe city to visit. I have never had a problem with getting around and most locals are really friendly once they know you’re a foreigner. Moscow has undergone some serious reconstruction over the last few years. So you can expect some places to be completely different. I hope my one week Moscow itinerary was helpful! If you have less time, say 4 days or 5 days, I would cut out day 6 and day 7. You could save the Golden Ring for a separate trip entirely as there’s lots to see!

What are your thoughts on this one week Moscow itinerary? Are you excited about your first time in the city? Let me know in the comments below!


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Moscow looks so beautiful and historic! Thanks for including public transit information for those of us who don’t like to rent cars.

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Yup, that is me 🙂 Rarely rent + stick to the metro = Full wallet!

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Mariella Blago

Looks like you had loads of fun! Well done. Also great value post for travel lovers.

Thanks, Mariella!

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I have always wanted to go to Russia, especially Moscow. These sights look absolutely beautiful to see and there is so much history there!

Agree! Moscow is a thousand-year-old city and there is definitely something for everyone.

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Tara Pittman

Those are amazing buildings. Looks like a place that would be amazing to visit.

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Adriana Lopez

Never been to Moscow or Russia but my family has. Many great spots and a lot of culture. Your itinerary sounds fantastic and covers a lot despite it is only a short period of time.

What was their favourite thing about Russia?

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Gladys Parker

I know very little about Moscow or Russia for the\at matter. I do know I would have to see the Red Square and all of its exquisite architectural masterpieces. Also the CATHEDRAL OF CHRIST THE SAVIOUR. Thanks for shedding some light on visiting Moscow.

Thanks for swinging by! The Red Square is a great starting point, but there way too many places and things to discover aside from it!

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Ruthy @ Percolate Kitchen

You are making me so jealous!! I’ve always wanted to see Russia.

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Moscow is in my bucket list, I don’t know when I can visit there, your post is really useful. As a culture rich place we need to spend at least week.

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Looks like you had a great trip! Thanks for all the great info! I’ve never been in to Russia, but this post makes me wanna go now!

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Wow this is amazing! Moscow is on my bucket list – such an amazing place to visit I can imagine! I can’t wait to go there one day!

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The building on the second picture looks familiar. I keep seeing that on TV.

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Reesa Lewandowski

What beautiful moments! I always wish I had the personality to travel more like this!

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Perfect itinerary for spending a week in Moscow! So many places to visit and it looks like you had a wonderful time. I would love to climb that tower. The views I am sure must have been amazing!

I was lucky enough to see the skyline of Moscow from this TV Tower and it is definitely mind-blowing.

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Chelsea Pearl

Moscow is definitely up there on my travel bucket list. So much history and iconic architecture!

Thumbs up! 🙂

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Blair Villanueva

OMG I dream to visit Moscow someday! Hope the visa processing would be okay (and become more affordable) so I could pursue my dream trip!

Yup, visa processing is the major downside! Agree! Time and the money consuming process…

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Things to do in Moscow: how to visit Moscow | Unmissable, cool & unusual

  • September 2, 2023

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What are the best things to do in Moscow? What to do in Moscow? First, I will list the main places to visit by theme, passing by the must-sees, but also more unusual places in Moscow. Then, I will describe what to see in Moscow in one day and how to visit Moscow in 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6 days. Let’s go!

Good to know. For more information, click on the places to open the dedicated blog posts.

Main places to visit in Moscow & best things to do in Moscow

I worked in Moscow and I loved this city for its dynamism and energy. We find there from time to time to see friends, remember good memories and enjoy this giant city! Then the time has come for us to share with you our practical guide.

TOP 5 must-see places in Moscow

  • Moscow Red Square
  • St. Basil’s Cathedral
  • Cathedral of Christ the Savior
  • Bolshoi Theatre

Places of cultural, historical and religious interest in Moscow

  • Novodevichy Convent and cemetery
  • Tretyakov Gallery
  • Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts
  • Kremlin Izmaïlovo (pseudo-historic place, recently built in the image of the old, one of the best things to do in Moscow for your Instagram account 😉 )
  • Park and ancient village of Kolomenskoye

Visit Moscow of the Soviet era

  • Moscow State University and Sparrows Hill
  • VDNKh and the Museum of Astronautics, one of the key landmarks of the Soviet era in Moscow
  • GULAG Museum
  • Metro stations
  • The Stalinist skyscrapers, scattered all over the city

Less touristy places in Moscow

  • Gorky Park and the GARAGE museum
  • The old Krasny Oktyabr factory
  • Zaryadye Park
  • Center for Contemporary Art, WINZAVOD
  • Business center, Moscow City

Main districts of Moscow to visit

  • Patriarch Ponds
  • Tchistye Prudy
  • Kuznetsky most
  • Arbat Street

However, regardless of the length of your stay, whether you are going to visit Moscow in 4 days or in 2, you need a visa. The article Obtaining a tourist visa for Russia could then be useful in any case.

What to do and see in Moscow in one day?

List of things to see and do in Moscow in one day:

  • Go to Red Square
  • Visit St. Basil’s Cathedral
  • See Kremlin walls (but not to visit)
  • Visit Cathedral of Christ the Savior
  • Discover Kuznetsky most districts and see Bolshoi Theatre building
  • And if you have time at the end of the day: go to the Sparrows Hill or to the Moscow City for a beautiful view

Things to do in Moscow in 2 days

If you want to visit Moscow in 2 days, there are 2 purposes: do not miss the essential places of Moscow and optimize travel.

  • First day: Red Square , Saint Basil’s Cathedral , Zariadye Park, Bolshoi Theatre , Kremlin
  • Day 2: Cathedral of Christ the Savior, the former Krasny Oktyabr factory on Balchug Island, Gorky Park, Moscow State University (one of the Seven Sisters buildings ) and Sparrow Hill

As 2 days os really short, be sure to choose an accommodation in the best districts where to stay in Moscow .

Walking on Red Square in Moscow: one of the unmissable things to do in Moscow

Iconic place and one of the must-see places in Moscow and even in Russia! Besides, if there was only one place to visit in Moscow in 2 days, this place would then be Red Square, without hesitation. Therefore, starting the city tour with Red Square is ideal . Several buildings are on the square, but not all of them have to be visited. Check out my blog post about Moscow’s Red Square in detail to learn more and not miss anything.

Red Square Moscow

Visiting Saint-Basil’s Cathedral inside

Even more emblematic than Moscow’s Red Square! Built in the middle of the 16th century under the orders of Tsar Ivan Le Terrible, this cathedral is one of the most beautiful monuments of Orthodox art, and definitely one of the unmissable places in Moscow. Visiting Saint-Basil’s Cathedral inside is one of the most beautiful things to do in Moscow!

  • Visit estimate time : 1h30
  • Entry ticket : 700 RUB. Tickets can be purchased on the cathedral’s official website 45 days before the tour.
  • Audio guide (recommended): 500 RUB
  • Opening hours : June to August 10 am-6pm; from November to April: 11 am-5pm; May, September, October 11 am-5pm. Cathedral closed on Wednesdays. Entrance is closed 45 minutes before closing.
  • Find out more in the dedicated article: Saint Basil’s Cathedral in Moscow

Saint Basil's Cathedral

Take a walk in Zariadye park: one of the coolest things to do in Moscow after visiting Red Square

Zaryadie Park is just a 10-minute walk from St. Basil’s Cathedral, so it’s easy to include in your itinerary if you’re going to visit Moscow in 2 days. From its heights, you can see the red walls of the Kremlin. But, the most impressive point of view is the platform which overlooks the Moskva river. A must see! And clearly one of the coolest things to do in Moscow!

  • Open 24 hours a day
  • Good to know! Park Zaryadye is also a place to visit in Moscow in winter. Find out more here: What to do in Moscow in winter?

What to do in Moscow

See the Bolshoi Theatre and discover the Kuznetsky Most district

The Bolshoi Theatre is the most famous Russian theater in the world. The most economical way to see a presentation at the Bolshoi Theater is to take the tickets on the theater’s official website in advance, so here is our tutorial to help you: How to buy entrance tickets to the Bolshoi? In addition, several pedestrian or one-way streets

The Bolshoi Theater is the most famous Russian theater in the world. The most economical way to see a presentation at the Bolshoi Theater is to take the tickets on the theater’s official website in advance, so here is our tutorial to help you: How to buy tickets to the Bolshoi? In addition, several pedestrian or one-way streets are located north of the theater. It is therefore very pleasant to find them to leave the main axes of the megalopolis.

IMG_3040 tickets Bolshoi Theatre dress code

Visit the Moscow Kremlin

Visit Kremlin is on top of things to do in Moscow. A place of power for centuries, the Kremlin then shows us a whole different image when viewed from the inside. If you want to visit Moscow in 2 days, the Kremlin is certainly one of the must-see places in Moscow.

  • Opening hours : Daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., except Thursday.
  • See our blog post about visiting the Moscow Kremlin

Moscow Kremlin: skip-the-line tickets and 8 things not to miss

Visit the Cathedral of Christ the Savior

This impressive Moscow Cathedral is the seat of the Russian Orthodox Church. It is a must see if you visit Moscow in 2 days and clearly one of the things to do in Moscow. The Cathedral of Christ the Savior was first built in 1883 in memory of Russia’s victory over Napoleon’s Grand Army. Then in 1931 Stalin ordered its destruction. It was then rebuilt again (identically) only in 2000.

  • Where? Ulitsa Volkhonka 15. At the foot of the Kropotkinskaya metro station.
  • Opening hours . Daily: 10: 00-17: 00, except Monday: 13: 00-17: 00
  • Free entry (some closing restrictions, for example a short)

Good to know! In orthodox religious places, one must avoid excessively uncovered clothing. Women should cover their heads. After visiting the Cathedral of Christ the Savior, you can explore Bolotny Island and Gorky Park. This is one of the routes our guide to Moscow.

Cathedral of Christ the Savior

The old Krasny Oktyabr factory: one of the coolest things to do in Moscow

If you cross the Moskva River by a pedestrian bridge which is located just in front of the Cathedral of Christ the Savior, you will enjoy a beautiful view of the city and at the same time you can discover Balchug Island. Furthermore, if you want to visit Moscow in 2 days, you can include this island in your itinerary between the cathedral and Gorky park. Here is the old confectionery factory Krasny Oktyabr, which has gradually turned into a fashionable micro-district. There are then some elements of street art, cafes and restaurants and some Moscow bohemian side. At the end of the island you can see a gigantic 98-meter-high monument dedicated to the Russian reforming tsar Pierre The Great.

Good to know! You can find on this island are the trendiest nightclubs in Moscow. On weekends, there are taxi caps after midnight so there are so many people. On the other hand, if you go there in winter and during the day, the island is quite empty and less interesting to see.

Gorky Park is one of the TOP places to visit in Moscow, because it allows you to better understand the life of the locals and their rhythm. In fact, it’s a huge entertainment park. For example, in winter there is a giant ice rink and in summer – free dance or yoga lessons, sandy beaches for playing volleyball, an outdoor cinema. So, like the locals, have a Stakantchik (ice cream or cooked corn), and enjoy the atmosphere of the place: that’s one of the interesting things to do in Moscow to discover the city.

  • Where? Krymsky Val 9. 20 minutes’ walk from Krasny Oktyabr, along the quays.

Sparrow Hill and Moscow State University

The Sparrow Hill, Vorobiovy Gori in Russian, is the highest point in Moscow. It is rather known to Russians, but less to travelers. A nice view on Moscow opens from the hill, and in particular on the Luzhniki Stadium. In addition, on the hill itself is the Moscow State University: an impressive skyscraper from the Soviet era.

  • How to get there? By bus T7 (35 min) from Oktyaborskaya station, near Gorki Park. By metro (Vorobiovy Gorki station) + climb the hill on foot. On foot along the Moskva along the Gorky Park (1h30) + climb in funiculars.

Good to know! It is possible to cross the Moskva river by funicular. We actually tested it and it was pretty cool! That is one of our favorite things to do in Moscow!

What to do in Moscow

What to do in Moscow in 3 days?

If you are going to visit Moscow in 3 days, it would be interesting to dive into the Soviet era which strongly marked the country and the city. After the Bolshevik Revolution, the capital was transferred from Saint Petersburg to Moscow, in order to mark the change of power. Moscow then became the world showcase for communist ideology. Here are the best things to do in Moscow for 3-day-trip!

VDNKh, visit Moscow of the Soviet era

VDNKh is a large exhibition center in the north of Moscow, where there are still several striking witnesses of the USSR. The most interesting are the Museum of Cosmonauts and the Statue of the Worker and the Kolkhozian , which will certainly impress you with its size!


GULAG History Museum

The explanations of the museum are very well done. We really have the feeling of going back in time. If you are going to visit Moscow in 3 days and you are interested in history and this subject in particular, I recommend this museum. Visit the GULAG History Museum is one of the most interesting things to do in Moscow.

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Discover the Patriarche Pounds district

It’s a nice neighborhood in Moscow where you can come across rather affluent locals, but not necessarily very bling-bling. Take a walk in this area is really a cool thing to do in Moscow! In addition, the Ponds of Patriarch is one of the places of Bulgakov’s novel “Master and Margarita”. As this is an interesting area to see, we have included it in a walking tour of Moscow. The route ends at the Moscow Kremlin, which is very convenient, because you will be able to visit Moscow in 3 days by optimizing your trips.

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What to visit in Moscow in 4 days: TOP things to do in Moscow in 4 days

If you want to visit Moscow in 3 days, you will already see a lot of things. On the other hand, if you stay one more day, you have plenty to do! The Novodevichy Convent, the Tchistie Proudy district and the Izmaylovo Kremlin are very good candidates for you, if you are going to visit Moscow in 4 days.

Visiting Novodevichy Convent in Moscow

The Novodevichy Convent is one of the most brilliant examples of Russian architecture, according to UNESCO. This beautiful complex was built in 1524 and today consists of the convent, but also of a cemetery whose status could be compared to that of Père-Lachaise in Paris. Visiting Novodevichy Convent is one of the great things to do in Moscow, if you want to go a little bit outside of the center!

What to see in Moscow in one day

Discovering Tchistye Proudy district

It’s one of the most popular areas of Moscow, with many cafes, restaurants and bars nearby. It is therefore a place to discover if you want to visit Moscow in 4 days. It is just as pleasant for a stroll as for the discovery of local life. For example, in winter the pond turns into an ice rink.

Visiting the Izmaylovo Kremlin, one of the coolest things to do in Moscow!

The Izmaylovo Kremlin is more of a tourist than a historic place. On the other hand, it is a pretty impressive place to discover, especially on weekends. Inside the Kremlin, there is a flea market where you can find a little bit of everything, but mostly good souvenirs to bring from Moscow. For example, chapka, traditional Russian scarves or matryoshka (Russian dolls). Add the Kremlin and the Izmaïlovo market to your itinerary if you are going to visit Moscow in 4 days, because it is a nice and very colorful place! Visiting the Izmailovo Kremlin is one of the things to do in Moscow, if you want to put colors in your Instagram account! 😉

Things to do Moscow blog

In 4 days, we will have the opportunity to see several Moscow: Classic Moscow, Moscow of old Russia, Soviet Moscow and a little bit of the new Moscow. So what to visit in Moscow on the 5th day of travel?

What to visit in Moscow in 5 days?

Art lovers will be delighted to discover the Tretyakov Gallery and the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts, while others will prefer to stroll along Arbat Street, see the buildings of Moskva-City or visit Bunker 42.

Admiring Russian art at Tretyakov Gallery

Founded in 1856 by an industrialist and great lover of art, the gallery has grown over the decades, and then bequeathed to the state. Today the collection includes more than 140,000 pieces, 15,000 of which are paintings. Visiting the Tretyakov Gallery is one of the things to do in Moscow if you want to discover Russian art!

  • Where? Pereoulok Lavrouchinski 10. A 5-minute walk from Tretiakovskaya station
  • Opening hours. Open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. Thursday and Friday. Closed on Mondays.
  • Entry tickets. 500 RUB.

Museum to see

Visiting the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts

The Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts presents the treasures of ancient Egypt, the paintings of Rembrandt and Cézanne, a fine collection of Impressionism.

  • Where? Ulitsa Volkhonka 12
  • Opening hours. Daily: 10: 00-20: 00, except Thursday: 11: 00-21: 00. Closed on Mondays. The boxes close an hour before closing.
  • Entry tickets. The prices vary according to the collections from 300 to 750 RUB.

Walking on Arbat Street

All Russians know Rue Arbat. So, walking on Arbat street is one of the things to do in Moscow. However, after the years, little by little it became very touristy. This is a pedestrian street only. There are souvenir shops, restaurants and cafes there, but it is no longer the most authentic neighborhood in the city.

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Seeing the buildings of Moskva-City (Moscow City)

Moskva-City is Moscow’s business center, much like Paris’s Defense district. The skyscrapers of Moskva-City are among the tallest in Europe: 373 meters high! Very nice place to see at dusk.

Good to know! You can admire a nice view of Moscow City from the docks of Tarasa Shevchenko. It’s especially beautiful in the evening with all the lights on.

Bunker 42, one of the most unusual things to do in Moscow

Bunker 42 is a secret military complex which was to be used by the Soviets in the event of a nuclear attack: a space of 7000 m² 65 meters underground!

  • Where? 5 Kotelnitcheski Lane, 11.
  • Prices. 2200 RUB per person
  • Opening hours. Open daily from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Restaurant inside. Original, but rather a tourist trap.

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What to visit in Moscow in 6 days or more?

There are still so many places to see, because Moscow is a big megalopolis and there is always something exciting to do there. For example: the ancient Kolomenskoye village or the WINZAVOD contemporary art center .

If you are interested in history and want to see Russian cities on a rather “human scale”, it would certainly be interesting for you to discover the cities of the Golden Ring . For example, it is very easy to get to Sergey Posad from Moscow (less than 2 hours in train). Visiting the Golden Ring is one of the best things to do in Moscow if you are staying more than a 5-6 days.

There are still plenty of places to see in Moscow, however I did my best to list here the best things to do in Moscow, what to see in Moscow in one day, but also in 2, 3, 4 or 5 days in Moscow!

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