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: May 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…
Camping beds for ultimate comfort
Here are the lightest and most portable campbeds we’ve found from the carp fishing world.
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.
The Abode contoured mattress weighs around 2kg and costs £45. The straps keep it neatly in place on your bed. Width is 68cm and it’s 4.5cm deep
The KingCamp folding mattress is over £100 but gives you 70cm of width and 5cm depth. It has a removable cover and built-in pillow. It comes with a carry-bag.
Other comfy campbed options
Funnily enough, 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. These are the best we found.
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.
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!
Sturdy fishing chairs for camping
If you’re after a bed and a chair, it might make sense to combine them in one. However, you might not want to drag your bed outside to eat.
So, here are some lighter weight fishing seats that would make stable and comfortable camping chairs. Have a look at our favourite ‘normal’ camping chairs too.
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?
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 two tiers, a separable table and costs around £45.
Aluminium folding table that’s under a kilo in weight and has adjustable legs. Size: 40 x 24 x 17.5cm. Around £12.