The most comfortable campbeds? We’ve found them

Have you seen those fabulously comfy-looking khaki campbeds when you stroll past the fishing section in outdoor stores?

Carp anglers have to stay in one place for hours, so they demand comfort. Why can’t campers have squishy beds and chairs too? Here’s our guide to what might work for all of us – fish or no fish.

Latest update: October 2020

Campbeds, chairs, shelters and camping storage – and all in stealthy khaki

You’ll already have spotted the downside maybe? Can you really have camping comfort with portability and packability?


Fishing beds, chairs and shelters aren’t as lightweight as some camping gear. So, they won’t work unless you have a vehicle. Carp anglers park nearby or use a trolley to cart all their fishing equipment to the waterside.

And these beds and chairs are probably not going to work for a family, because carrying more than one or two of these beasts isn’t usually feasible. Having said that, she who pitches the tent or threads the awning into the rail deserves the best chair! The rest can sit on the ground!

We’ve left no riverbank uncombed in our bid to find the lightest and foldiest campbeds, chairs and more. So, read on…

This Redcamp folding bed sets up quickly and weighs around 6.6kg.

But this NGT fishing bed is REALLY comfy. The trade-off is weight and packability.

Camping beds for ultimate comfort

Here are the lightest and most portable campbeds we’ve found from the carp fishing world and beyond. 

A good camping bed

JRC Contact Lite campbed

At under £80, this is a good buy. Adjustable, stable legs and adjustable recliner.

  • Folded: 84 x 74 x 20cm (approx.)
  • Size: Height adjustable L195cm W75cm
  • Weight: 9kg

Best for

NGT bedchair

A nice, easy reclining mechanism and a good padded mattress on this NGT campbed for around £95. Plus it folds fairly flat.

  • Folded: 60 x 60 x 20cm (approx.)
  • Size: H37cm (adjustable) L2m W80cm
  • Weight: 8.3kg

The fishing campbed

Caperlan bedchair from Decathlon

At just 5kg, this one is a fantastic option for camping. The Caperlan isn’t a recliner, but it has five options for leg height. It costs around £70.

  • Folded: 90 x 70 x 20 cm
  • Size: H25cm-35cm L200cm W65cm
  • Weight: 5kg

Simple folding bedchair

If you have a bit of room, then this is an easy option. A waterproof, folding bedchair. No back support, of course, but 10cm deep!

Around £40, 2m long and 80cm wide.

Add to comfort with a topper

If you choose a less padded bed to keep weight down, then consider a memory foam topper. These can make almost any campbed comfy, but watch the width as many are made for single beds rather than narrower campbeds.

They work well for camping in your car!


An inflatable camping mat?

If you’d be just as happy with a super-comfy, deep self-inflating camping mattress, we have just the thing!

Have a look at our guide to the best camping mats that feel like your bed at home (sort of).

Some of the cheaper campbeds will be much comfier with a blow-up camping mat on top, of course! 

Other comfy campbed options

Funnily enough, many of the ‘normal’ camping beds we looked at weren’t all that much lighter (heavier in some cases) than these carp beds and nowhere near as sturdy or comfortable. 

But there are some good lightweight options that need a mattress on top for proper comfort. These are the best we found.

camping bed

Kingcamp lightweight campbed

You’ll probably want something to soften this ultra lightweight cot, but it doesn’t sag (even with a HEAVY sleeper on it…no what I mean, you 120kg guys?).

It’s sturdy and quick to put up (once you get the hang of the instructions. Plus it packs small. Around £70 (in a choice of colours).

  • Folded: 36 x 13 x 13cm
  • Size: H12cm L190m W64cm
  • Weight: 2.2kg

Best for

Redcamp camping bed

There are lots of campbeds with a simple stretched fabric design. The thing to look for, apart from sturdiness, is width. If they’re too narrow, you’ll find yourself lying on the uncomfortable side ‘rails’.

This Redcamp campbed comes in a choice of sizes from around £45. The 70cm width one weighs under 7kg. Rated to take a crazy 200kg in weight. Now that’s one heavy sleeper!

Set-up is fast and folded size is 105x23cm.

Kampa Utopia campbed

Kampa Utopia. Around £40. Steel frame. Size: 192 x 60 x 34cm. Folded: 96.5 x 60.5 x 10cm. Weight 5.5kg

Vango Dormir Grande campbed

 Vango Dormir for around £50. Straps keep your mattress in place. Size: 183 x 64 x 31cm. Folded: 91 x 64 x 6.5 cm. Weight: 6.75kg

Outdoor Revolution Premium campbed

Outdoor Revolution steel-framed bed (heavier than most, but folds well) Size: 213 x 79 x 31cm. Weight: 10kg. Folded: 85 x 25 x 25cm. See below

And how’s this for comfort?

Personally, this is a step too far for us for camping, but we spoke to someone using one this summer and they loved it. Basically, it’s a blow-up base for your camping mattress, which is held in place by straps.

Weighs just under 4kg and packs down into a neatish size. You need a decent pump with it because it needs to be fully inflated.

Costs around £50.

Add a mosquito net

If the weather’s fine, you’ll get to see the stars if you lie back on your comfy bedchair with a simple mosquito net for protection. You might need to add some straps/hooks to keep it in place, and you’ll definitely need a tree to hang it from. 


Or a rather fantastic bivvy tent?

Alternatively, have a look at a ground-based bivvy tent with integrated mosquito net like the Aqua Quest West Coast we use all the time. Light, up in seconds, but no BIG campbed, of course!

Lots more like this in our wild camping article.

Clever fishing-inspired kit that works for camping

If you don’t have to design any colour choices into your kit (would you like that in khaki or khaki, madam?), perhaps you can spend more time designing clever and useful gear. How about these?

Vango Transit Trolley for all that outdoor gear

If you don’t need a heavyweight all-terrain barrow, Vango’s Transit is fab. Folds completely flat and weighs just 3kg. Around £30. It can take up to 70kg and comes with an elastic tie-round.

A fully adjustable camping gear wagon

Overkill for some camping trips, but we’d have loved one of these Casart trollies when we stayed at Blinkbonny Wood, where you park your car and then walk into the woods with your gear. Great for the beach too.

It’s totally adjustable, folds relatively small and the cover comes off. Pockets, rain hood, rugged wheels…Around £90.

All-in-one workstations…for camping kitchens?

These might be designed to carry bait and tackle, but imagine this neat storage pack filled with kitchen supplies, herbs and spices or other camping bits and pieces? 

This NGT Deluxe has compartments for storage and a separable table. It costs around £45.


Small bivvy table

Aluminium folding table that’s under a kilo in weight and has folding legs. Around £15.

Fishing umbrellas for shelter?

One of our readers told us they used a fishing brolly instead of a tarp. It’s a great tip. 

We like the Zebco storm brolly as it’s very tall (around £65 with side panels)

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One Comment

  1. Mary McGrory

    Several years ago now we spent a considerable amount of money buying four carp fishing chairs and four of the TF Gear campbeds. There is no doubt they were comfortable but they were so heavy and bulky it quickly became clear that they were not really suitable for our style of camping. We sold the chairs on eBay but we kept the camping beds for overnight guests at home and for lounging in the garden (for which they are brilliant). These are seriously heavy and bulky bits of kit that will take up a lot of room in a vehicle so I would just say please make sure they will actually do what you want them to before parting with your cash.

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