What Is Tent Cot And What Is Cot Tent

The question ‘what is tent cot’ is frequently asked on the Internet, and the question ‘what is cot tent’ is also very popular.

So in view of such an interest, in this text I am going to say a few words about them, to explain what these tools are and how to use them.

Kamp Rite Compact Collapsible tent cot.
Kamp Rite Compact Collapsible tent cot.

What kinds of tent cots exist

First to say that the terms tent cot and cot tent are sometimes being used interchangeably for the same items.

I am by no means an expert in this language (not my native at all), but I notice that the former term (tent cot) is mostly used to describe a cot with the tent attached to it. On the other hand, it appears that the term cot tent mostly describes the tent that can be attached to the cot.

A. Size of tent cots

Regarding the size, those presently available on the market are:

You can see examples of both types here within the site.

B. Foldable & collapsible tent cots

Almost all models described in this site are foldable, but there are exceptions. This means that they are packed to a size that can easily be stored in the car, but they still occupy a relatively large space. In other words, you have a quite large object in two dimensions.

But some models are both foldable and collapsible, so what you have is a packed object which is relatively large in one dimension only.

Great foldable & collapsible models are:

See how a collapsible and foldable model looks like when packed:

Kamp Rite Compact Double tent cot.
Kamp Rite Compact Double tent cot. Only one large dimension.

C. Portable & non-portable

Almost all models available on the market belong to the second group. So these are tools that you normally transport by car, and you use them only in combination with the car. Those are relatively heavy and bulky, see the pictures above.

But there are great exceptions. The best possible example of a portable model is Thermarest tent cot. It comes in two separate packages, one for the tent and one for the cot, both together below 2.7 kg. Can you believe this? This is definitely portable in your backpack, and you can use it even for mountaineering and hiking, see the picture below.

Complete cot packed to such a small size: Thermarest cot.
A complete cot packed to such a small size: Thermarest cot.

D. Tent cots with 3-in-1 feature

This 3-in-1 means that the two main components, the tent and the cot, can be used both separately and together.

So you can have a proper tent cot when you are in the camping close to your car. Then you go for a hike or climb and plan to stay somewhere overnight, so you detach the tent and carry it in the pack. A great option, isn’t it? The picture below shows a tent from such a tool.

Tent only, from the Kamp Rite Compact collapsible solo tent cot.
Tent only, from the Kamp Rite Compact collapsible solo tent cot. This is the portable part of this 3-in-1 great tool.

Examples of this 3-in-1 type are:

As you realize, these all are in fact the collapsible tools mentioned in the item B above.


So I hope this text gives answers to questions what tent cot and cot tent are. Have a look around, in this site you will find described in detail the best models that are presently available on the market.

The site is work in progress and some models will be added in the course of time, so drop in from time to time to check for updates.

I hope the text has been useful, and if this is so, please share it with others.

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2 thoughts on “What Is Tent Cot And What Is Cot Tent”

  1. Albert Trotter says:

    I have ordered it online

    1. Hi Albert, great to hear from you. I am not sure which model you have ordered, but in any case good luck and enjoy your camping.

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