HomeCamping14 Best Outdoor Dog Beds for Camping Reviewed 2018
December 2, 2018
14 Best Outdoor Dog Beds for Camping Reviewed 2018
14 Best Outdoor Dog Beds for Camping Reviewed 2018
So perhaps you have chosen a tent or dog tent for camping with pup, but it’s a bit bare and you don’t want pooch sleeping on the hard ground with just a layer of tent material between him/her and the floor. It gets mighty cold and occasionally damp in the mornings, not a nice thing to wake up to for anyone, let alone your trusty companion.
Cue the outdoor dog beds, problem solved. Providing an affordable, lightweight and comfortable option to keep your dog warm, off the ground and provide a comforting night’s sleep out in the wild.
What is an Outdoor Dog Bed or Dog Tent Bed?
An outdoor dog bed is a bed designed especially for use during travel. For this reason they have slightly different features to the dog beds you would be used to at home. The ones used for camping will generally have some waterproofing features, be lightweight, foldable, employ breathable material and have some kind of resistant framework if using a cot for example. The material will be rugged and can resist wear and tear while out on the trail, they tend to be easily washable too given the waterproof fabric used in its manufacture.
What is a Camping Cot with Canopy for Dogs?
The cots are just like the traditional camping cots but on a smaller scale. These are excellent when used in conjunction with a foam pad or dog tent bed. They provide an elevated sleeping area that keeps your dog off the ground and away from dangers like cold, wet, heat, bugs and alleviates joint pain for dogs that suffer with this. They also tend to have an attachable canopy top, which is great to use when outdoors to protect from the sunlight. Some of these will feature in today’s list.
Where to get an Outdoor Dog Bed?
There are many places to get an outdoor dog bed, you could make a rough one up yourself using a foam pad, blankets and a bit of stitching, but its not likely to be very resistant in the elements. You can probably find one that may be suitable for outdoor/camping use at a local pet store perhaps, if you’re lucky. But to be honest, your best bet is to have a look at our list of dog beds that are perfect for camping. All in our list have been checked for quality features, materials and waterproofing abilities, to better serve you out on your camping trip. Keep scrolling to find out the best ones.
What Size Outdoor Dog Bed do I need?
You want to have enough room for your dog to sleep on, too short will cause discomfort, while too long may impinge on your backpacking or camping gear space unnecessarily. We’ve got a chart here you can look at for size estimation, its a rough guide and you may want a larger size than the chart shows, if you want to treat your dog to a bigger bed area.
So as you can see, a smaller dog may require a 30 x 20 if we line it up for the smallest size, and a XXL sized camping dog bed would be around 50 x 35. Again this is just rough estimation, but useful nonetheless. When shopping you can use these measurements and round up or down where necessary, as manufacturers have various measurement sizes.
Best Outdoor Dog Beds and Cots for Camping: Reviews
Let’s look at the best quality and highest performing products out there on the market today.
Finally out last pick is this portable orthopedic dog bed from First Quality. The reason we love this dog bed so much is that it suits old or aging dogs perfectly well and it also can fit larger sized dogs comfortably. A tough thing to find throughout the market. This meets the criteria for big, aging dogs and more importantly, camping.
Its’ 100% waterproof and will fully resist water penetration, from the ground up or if you happen to get hit by a sudden shower while lounging about the campsite. No worries, the bed will stay dry after a quick wipe off.
It comes in 4 different sizes and 4 color choices, giving a total of 16 different variations, which is unprecedented thus far in our outdoor dog bed reviews. Meaning this bed can pretty much cater for all shape and size of dogs and adhere to your tent color theme at the same time.
With a 5 inch thick bed that is made of soft foam, it relieves stress from the pressure points of again dogs, softening the pain of arthritis and painful joints, allowing them to relax in peace during the afternoons or after a quick hike around the woods.
Given the thickness and size a decent amount of space will need to be allocated for the bed alone, a larger dog tent or canopy covered space will be compatible with this model.
16 Variations Size/Color
Orthopedic Dog Bed
5 Inch Thick Foam Bed
Given the nature of an orthopedic bed, its quite cumbersome and thick, enough space will need to be allocated
Noblecamper 2-in-1 Dog Bed and Sleeping Bag Review
This double from Noblecamper is a good choice if you need a dog bed and sleeping bag combination. With some high quality features you can consider this option for your next camping trip.
Featuring a Taslan nylon liner as the material used in the production, this makes the whole piece breathable, which helps with air circulation and keeping a cool temperature. Another convenient aspect is the cotton like texture, this helps to keep it comfortable and provides an easy cleaning process. This is because this material is fast drying, which is great when you want to clean and dry it quickly in the morning before packing up on the campsite.
Insulated also it utilizes a poly fill insulation which does a great job in providing surround insulation for the ground and the sides alike. The nylon shell material is water resistant and won’t soak up the water or rain, leaving a damp and wet bed, which will absorb the cold as well. Alleviating all these issues that lead to sickness or a cold.
The assembly is nonexistent you just unravel it and roll up again when not in use, to be stored away in its stuff sack. The bed has great compressibility so it can be pushed down to a compact size within the stuff sack. The dog bed is also capable of being staked to the ground in cases of being used outdoors on soft ground. Otherwise it can take pride of place within the screened room or annex of your tent.
We love this roll up dog bed from Kurgo. A true camping dog bed that is well designed and insanely easy to manage. Featuring some real camping features such as the water resistant top which is also ripstop material, which will hold up well during rugged use outdoors.
The bottom is also waterproofed with Rufftex non slip material, so the top and bottom is protected from elements and wear and tear. Designed specifically for traveling and life outdoors, the Kurgo Loft Wander rolls up easily into a compact and carry-able shape and it can be stuffed into the backpack or trunk of your car easily.
Manufactured in 2 different sizes it is quite versatile between animal sizes. The medium is around 27 x 36 in inches and the large one is 36 x 48 in inches. A significant size difference and both pack down to much smaller dimensions when rolled up. All designs come with a lifetime warranty which shows Kurgo have full confidence in the quality of this product.
Microtomic Ripstop Material
Rolls up for Storage
Best for dogs who have passed the biting and chewing period
These exceptional, indestructible dog beds from K9 Ballistics are amazing for camping. Literally impenetrable and will last years upon years. The company are so confident in the beds ability to last that they will give a 10 year warranty on the mattress not flattening and an additional 4 months warranty on the outer cover. This gives us confidence also.
They actually have 8 different color themes, we liked the camo green due to the traditional camping feel it gives, but other solid color choices are available too.
The chewproof outdoor dog bed also comes in 5 size options, each of which manufactured with the same quality.
The covers on the mattress are 100% waterproof, so it’s easily cleaned and can survive sudden rainfall and wet ground also. The material used is a ripstop ballistic fabric, which we commonly see in durabletents. The seams have been stitched uniquely byway of a triple overlock method, this helps to keep the seams impenetrable and water tight.
Overall an excellent dog bed for camping that can resist elements, wear and tear and that is compatible with a dog tent much more than a dog cot.
If you’re in need of a chewproof, heavy duty dog bed, due to a bitey doggo or hitting some rough trail then this cot from Kuranda is a really good choice next to the K9 ballistic.
It is made in 6 different sizes, from small up to XXL which is huge at 50 x 36 in inches. So I’m sure you can find a suitable sized bed for your dog here. Given the design is a cot, probably not great for hiking or backpacking type outdoor travels, but definitely worth a look for campsite camping with the family and other more static outdoor uses.
Its robust due to the aluminum framework being of aircraft grade, this increases the price unfortunately but the quality speaks for itself, having a weight capacity of up to 250lbs (even i could sleep on that)
Due to the elevated bed it has orthopedic benefits for your dog and will keep cool with the nice draft blowing from underneath.
It’s chew proof and majority of dogs will have a really tough time trying to get through this, given the heavy duty vinyl fabric used for the material. This is one of the toughest fabrics you will see in this list, next to the K9 model of course.
250lbs Weight Capacity
40oz Heavy Duty Vinyl
Not the best for hiking, backpacking. Not because of the weight, but because it is not compact.
Coolaroo Elevated Pet Bed with Knitted Fabric Review
This best seller comes in a variety of shapes and sizes, making it totally versatile for environment on pet size. Coolaroo’s elevated bed works to keep your pet off the ground floor and away from the damp or hot ground, depending on the weather.
The 7 inch elevation provides a smooth air current to pass from up underneath, giving a cool air circulation through the bed. A cool feature of using elevated beds such as this, is the alleviation of pressure on the dog’s joints as it rests on a suspended platform. The platform itself that contains the bed space covers around 9 square foot in size, which is plentiful for the average sized dog.
The fabric that the dog bed utilizes is HDPE which stands for High Density Polyethylene. This fabric is dense yet breathable and will help to stay cool in hot weather. Not only breathable but durable and offers great protection. The protection comes in the form of a resistance to natural dangers and annoyances, such as mold and mildew which occurs when damp. Then also some annoyances such as fleas and mites that can eat away at less durable fabric, it is not susceptible to these dangers.
Being able to cater for pets weighing up to 75 pounds, it has substantial strength and has a powder coated steel frame to boot. This will stop the frame from rusting or corroding with extensive usage. Although it has a steel frame it is still portable and can be assembled with ease in a few minutes, the assembly is neither challenging nor strenuous.
75 Pounds Weight Capacity
Coated Steel Frame
7 Inch Elevation
3 Sizes Available
For dogs with arthritis you should probably use a foam pad or at least a comfortable quilt on top of the bed
A great choice of dog bed is this cool bed from K&H. It provides a different method of use than the raised cot beds and can actually be used in unison with a cot bed, to lay on top, or it can be used to fill a dog tent.
It is a cooling dog bed and how it works is the bed will absorb the heat from your dog, cooling the animal while lying on the bed. It then works to change it to room temperature for a more comfortable sleeping environment. For example with a room temperature of 80 degrees Fahrenheit the cooling bed will be approximately 22 degrees cooler than this, being able to reduce your pets body temperature in the process.
With a few sizes it’s pretty versatile among pet sizes and can be used indoors and outdoors alike. However, bear in mind to keep out of direct sunlight to allow it to function effectively.
Can Cool Pet Temperature
3 Sizes 2 Colors
Simply Add Water
You will need to add GSE (Grape Seed Extract) to prevent bacterial growth from within
Our next choice is a real adventurer’s choice. RUFFWEAR’s new highlands sleeping bag is an excellent camping dog bed for the hikers among us. If you want to travel light and stay in isolated locations during your camping trip, this would be ideal due to the flexibility of using a sleeping bag as opposed to a fixed frame, like the camping cots or larger dog beds.
Perfect for when you’re out on the trail with doggo, you can keep him/her wrapped up and insulated with this sleeping bag style dog bed. It’s lightweight which will pack well into your hiking gear, weighing around 12.7 ounces. When packed away in its small carry bag its dimensions are 12 x 4 in inches. However, when out the stuff sack and unwrapped it will be around 35 x 26 inches with a 1 inch loft thickness.
It can be used in conjunction with another product that RUFFWEAR produce and that is the Highlands Pad. This is fully compatible with the sleeping bag, it slides in and provides and extra layer of insulation to offer further warmth and comfort to pup. The Polyester fabric used in the manufacturing is water resistant and is easy to maintain. Reason being it can be cleaned and shook then it will also dry out quickly due to the material.
Flexible and Versatile
Great for Hiking and Backpacking
Free Stuff Sack
May not be warm enough without the additional pad and this is an additional purchase.
As we discussed before regarding the Cooling Dog Bed from K&H they also have their own model of pet cot, which can be used independently or in conjunction with the cooling dog bed. There is already a coolant pad integrated into the cover, in the central area. This is effective for hours and will provide a comfortable sleep for bigger dogs.
The frame is also very sturdy, being a steel frame it’s stronger than the fiberglass models and can support up to 200 pounds of weight, so its perfectly suitable for larger dogs. This is much higher than any model we have seen yet, however with this it will be slightly heavier than other models. Usually the case when we have a strong framework, weight is always increased.
Also with non-skid rubber feet, it will stay steady while your pets are jumping up and down from it, alleviating the danger of any slips or falls while in use. Additionally with a simple set up and just as easy to put away, there are no tools required in the set up. Just fold the legs away and slide it back into the vehicle after use.
200 lbs. Weight Capacity
Non Skid Rubber Feet
Suitable for Larger Dogs
Additional purchases for comfort (pad) and shelter (canopy) are needed for this to be truly effective for camping purposes.
The Dog’s Bed, Premium Water Resistant Dog Bed Review
A premium choice for the kings and queens out there. This top quality outdoor dog bed from The Dogs Balls (lol) is a top notch dog bed that can also be used outdoors and for camping, due to its quality material and resistant features.
One impressive thing about this dog bed is the sheer variety. With a vast range of sizes and colors, over 6-7 for each, you have an unusually high amount of variations. Helping you to choose the perfect dimensions and color for your pet. This is very useful when we consider use with a camping cot or using it under a screened porch. You could use one that perfectly fits the cot or you could create a huge sleeping environment inside the tent, without the cot, with the xxl version.
The fabric is Oxford which is renowned and widely used among tents and tarps for its non-rip/tear features and additionally its waterproof properties. Not only this it has a natural resistance to scratches and abrasion, which is great for pups who aren’t quite passed that playful biting period or have long nails.
It also has a resistance to chemicals agents which makes it easier to clean. Most models will react badly to some cleaning chemicals and lose its color or protective coating, but not this model. Consisting of a sold mattress which is made of foam, this will support the dog’s body better than a soft and weak surface. There is also a removable pillow that has been designed in a tube shape, so you can wrap it around inside the beds frame, or in and around your dog for better comfort.
GigaTent have an excellent pet cot that is a decent choice for camping with your dog. This company also make pop up tents for dogs, which we have featured in out dog tent article, so they know what they are doing in this department, regarding outdoor gear for pets/dogs.
Its elevated so it will work well on rough ground or wet, additionally being 8 inches off the ground it has enough space between to provide a cool breeze for ventilation through the bed panel.
This cot is made of steel frame, tubular in design that can hold up to 100lbs in weight. Now, not as strong as the aircraft grade Kuranda model in the list (that holds 250lbs), but sturdy enough for average sized dogs and comes with a considerably lower price tag.
The feet are unique in design, as opposed to 4 pronged feet in each corner, it has U shaped legs, which provide a wider base to support the bed on, which also fold away nearly behind the panel when its time to pack away.
Storage is good too, the legs don’t just bend behind like some other models, infact the whole bed panel folds in half, so when storing its half the size. This makes is plausible for backpacking and hiking, given the compact folding size.
100lbs Weight Capacity
4 colors and 2 Sizes
Easy Folding and Set Up
Sturdy Steel Frame
Only the larger model has a center bar for support, a heavy dog (even short length) may need the largest size for better support
A familiar company in the camping world has released a dog sleeping bag that is definitely worth a look. This camping dog bed form Ozark Trail is a great economical choice for a quick trip or outdoor event.
Weighing only 2.6 pounds it’s a great choice for hiking and backpacking, because it also rolls up and packs into its stuff sack easily.
Extremely economical in price it’s probably the cheapest model we have in our list, of course it won’t be as durable as the premium options, but definitely a good choice for temporary shelter and warmth for doggo. A nice aesthetic cave like design in a solid green color, with a cool stitched patterned top, you can try this model in conjunction with a camping cot or in the annex of your tent.
Free Stuff Sack
Good for Hiking
Not weatherproof or particularly warm, additional quilt or pad would be wise
Lightspeed Outdoors Self Inflating Travel Dog Bed Review
The inflating travel dog bed from Lightspeed is ideal for camping trips and outdoor travel. Easily rolled up and secured with nylon buckle straps, it can be stored in the car or with your other gear easily. Inside the bed is an inner foam mattress that is 1.5 inches and can be inflated independently by just twisting the nozzle and the air will enter the foam padding. This can be helped manually by blowing air in on the set up and pushing the air out manually during storage.
Conveniently it is machine washable because it has a puncture resistant fabric used in the manufacturing. This makes it incredibly easy to maintain. Additionally the bottom of the bed is waterproof so will stop damp encroaching from a wet floor surface.
The top is of a fleece design which is very comfortable and doggo will appreciate this soft bed surface to sleep on. In one size only as far as we can see it is 32 x 42 inches and rolled up and packed it is around 32 x 6 inches, which is a decent, portable travel size.
1 Year Warranty
Comfortable Fleece Top
I wouldn’t rely on the self-inflation so much, a manual inflation will be more effective
Our penultimate addition for a dog bed will be this portable roll up model, courtesy of Coleman. This wouldn’t be a true camping article without Coleman and Ozark Trail making an appearance now would it. In Coleman style, not the most masterful doggy bed in our list, but definitely an economical option for small to average sized dogs. The main bonuses are that it can be easily rolled up and stored away, additionally its fully waterproof which is perfect for outside use.
The dimensions are 34 x 27 x 2.8 in inches for length, width and height respectively and when folded its 27 x 10 x 9 in inches for L, W and H. The fabric is strong and durable and benefits from an anti-wear resistance. Being Oxford material it has other advantages such as being waterproof, durable and anti UV. The filling is a polypropylene cotton fabric which is soft and comfortable to lay on, easily compressed and folded too.
This is a multipurpose camping dog bed, it can be laid out in the car and kennel, as well as in the screened room or annex of your tent. You can lay it on top of a camping cot additionally to create a soft sleeping environment for your dog.
Waterproof Oxford Polyester Fabric
Ready Roll Up
It’s not the thickest bed available but will be serve well on top of a camping cot
Buyers Guide: How to Choose an Outdoor Dog Bed?
An important yet basic requirement is the correct measurement of size. If your dog is fully grown, then being careful not to choose an oversized bed is just as important as buying an outdoor dog bed that is too small. When camping, space is limited and an important factor to a comfortable camping experience. A bed too large than necessary will just waste space, also a bed that is too small will discomfort your dog during sleep and rest time. Measure accordingly and plan the set-up, especially if you are using a tent with an Annex.
If your dog is getting on a bit or it suffers from arthritis and joint pains, you may already have an orthopedic dog bed at home, you may be pleased to know they do have these available in travel form as well, so it is possible for them to get out and enjoy nature once again. Our next factor is also a great option for dogs with joint pains.
-Camping Pet Cot-
These are great for so many reasons and to be honest a necessity for dogs with joint pains. The elevation is known to provide a respite to the joints, as the dog is off the hard floor and on a soft and supportive, weightless surface.
Another important factor is they are off the floor altogether. This is even more crucial when we consider what the ground surface is. Whether it’s hot, cold or wet, you can be up and away from the dangers of coldness setting in, wetness or burnt paws if you are beach camping and suffering hot weather conditions.
If you are camping in hot weather and the dog bed may be in a position to catch some light, make sure you cover any metal frame showing. This is to stop the metal absorbing heat and burning poor doggo when he/she jumps up to sleep.
Make sure the fabric is a breathable fabric like polyester for example or polyethylene. This will stop the bed absorbing too much heat and also provide a cool surface for the dog to rest on. The camping pet cots do a great job with this as they are off the floor and often have a meshed panel on the bed, this allows cool air to circulate up through the cot from the ground up.
-Foam Pad and Pad Liner-
A pad can often be slid onto the outdoor dog bed and also into a pet sleeping bad alike. They are quite good, especially with the thinner models that aren’t offering enough warmth. Especially useful if you plan to camp in colder elements, it would be wise to reinforce and insulate the bag or bed. A few dog tents actually come with a free foam pad and some companies also have a compatible dog pad that is meant to be used in conjunction with their tent, sleeping bag or cot, so look out for those.
-Pet Sleeping Bag or Dog Bed?-
This is really down to how you plan to camp. If you are a hiker, backpacker and like to trek with your dog and get into isolated locations, then a sleeping bag for dogs is the best way to go. Significantly more lightweight than the traditional outdoor dog beds and much easier to use and carry. Usually just unraveling on the spot and your good to go, then when done, roll up, tie or buckle, then stuff it into its stuff sack and off you go. A light load on your trail weight, you won’t notice it as much. However the issue can be warmth, again if you are camping in cold weathers, utilize the foam pads or some form of extra insulation.
If you’re going to be setting up at a location or campsite for a few days/weeks then a proper outdoor dog bed or camping pet cot with foam /pad will be more ideal, creating a much more comfortable and personal experience for the dog. Perfect for sliding into the annex of your tent or setting up in the screened room, providing top quality protection to your dog for the duration of your trip.
The outdoor dog beds are also an additional feature you can implement at your own free will. Yes a thick, comfortable quilt and pillow may suffice for a makeshift bed, but in camping conditions it wont last 5 minutes. You need something that has been designed specifically for these occasions and will stand the test of time outdoors on the trail, not only this but for your dogs benefit as well.
Being breathable, elevated, off the ground and meshed for circulation are things that won’t come with a makeshift bed. Also a material that won’t absorb the damp like a cotton quilt is a serious bonus. Dogs that suffer from joint pains and arthritis will seriously benefit from a camping cot as we discussed above.
You may also be interested in creating a sheltered area for your dog, this can be done with a pop up canopy or pop up gazebo for example, whether your camping or on the beach. If you want a personal tent for your dog to put the bed in you can have a look here for some great ideas in our dog tent article.