Lightweight, portable dog beds are an essential travel item for adventure dogs. It seems that just about every outdoor company is coming out with a dog travel bed, some more travel-friendly than others.
We have used a variety of dog camping beds in our travels, whether we’re in the van, backpacking, bike touring, car camping, or just meeting friends for dinner. We bring a dog bed with us nearly everywhere we go so that our pups have a comfortable place to chill.
The best beds are waterproof, lightweight, compact, fold easily, and keep your dog warm and comfortable. Some are better suited for backpacking, while others are great for everyday use. Check out our picks below.
The 5 Best Dog Camping Beds
Ruffwear Highlands Bed Sleeping System
Ruffwear recently came out with the Highlands Bag sleeping system, a series of three different beds that can be used alone or together to keep your dog comfortable, depending on the weather.
The system consists of the:
Highlands Bed, a super lightweight dog bed that fits into a compact stuff sack and the Ruffwear Palisades Pack. For warm summer backpacking trips, you could use this on its own to give your dog a cozy place to lie at camp.
The bed also features tie downs so you can stake it to the ground if it’s windy, as it would blow away due to the feather light weight.
This is our go-to bed for backpacking trips.
Flat: 35×26 in; 1″ loft (89x66x2.5cm)
Stuffed: 12×4″ (30x10cm)
Weight: 12.7 oz (360 g)
Highlands Sleeping Bag, which offers additional warmth and functions as a traditional sleeping bag. The zipper opens wide to allow your dog easy access in and out and closes enough to retain heat.
Like the Highlands Bed, the Sleeping Bag compresses into a stuff sack that can easily fit into the Palisades Pack.
Flat: 35 x 26 in”; 1″ loft (89 x 66 x 2.5 cm)
Stuffed: 12 x 7″ (30 x 18 cm)
Weight: 1 lb 10.8 oz (760 g)
Highlands Pad is a closed-cell foam core sleeping pad with an accordion-fold design that can either attach to the top of your dog’s pack or fit inside your own backpack. The pad fits into both the Highlands Sleeping Bag and the Highlands Bed to give your dog extra padding and warmth on cooler nights.
Flat: 34 x 25″; 0.4″ loft (86.5 x 64 x 1 cm)
Folded: 13 x 6 x 4.5″ (33 x 15 x 11.5 cm)
Weight: 7.4 oz (210 g)
Machine washable (pad is hand wash)
Beds fits in all sizes of the Palisades
Only comes in one size, so will not accommodate all breeds.
Ruffwear Mt. Bachelor Pad
The Mt. Bachelor Pad is one of our favorite go-anywhere dog travel beds. It’s a nice size to carry around to give your dog a place to lie during happy hour, a cozy spot in the car on road trips, and is durable enough to bring camping.
It stores easily by folding in half, rolling and securing shut with velcro straps. The base layer is made from a non-slip waterproof material that keeps it dry and warm. As someone always looking for eco-friendly dog gear, I love that the polyfill is made from recycled materials.
Despite the thin profile, the bed still provides plenty of cushion for comfort. The microsuede material used for the bed is soft, easy to clean, and durable for all kinds of adventures.
Unrolled: 26×34″; ” loft (66x86x2.5 cm)
Rolled: 7×13″ (18x33cm)
Weight: 1.65 lbz (.75 kg)
Unrolled: 36×48″; 1″ loft (91x122x2.5 cm)
Rolled: 8×18″ (20.5×45.5 cm)
Weight: 2.9 lbs (1.32 kg)
500 g recycled polyfill
Kurgo Wander Loft Bed
We brought the Kurgo Wander Loft Bed on our bicycle tour and it proved its durability and comfort for two years of use. This bed is so plush, we often forced Sora to make room for all of us to sit on for picnic lunches!
Similar to the Mt. Bachelor Pad, this bed is a go-anywhere travel dog bed. It folds in a similar fashion in seconds and the handle makes it comfortable to carry around.
The ripstop material keeps the bed super clean and hair and dirt easily fly off with a couple of shakes. There is a zippered corner pocket to store small items, like a portable water bowl or light for night time.
You can read our full review of the bed here.
Rolled up: 12.5×8″
Rolled up: 17×9.5″
Water resistant material for bed
140g polytech fill
Whyld River Doggy Bag
Designed as the ultimate adventure dog bed, the Whyld River Doggy Bag is very thoughtfully designed. This is probably our go-to go-anywhere bag. It folds up into a compact size in its stuff sack and is super portable from restaurant to car to camp to tent.
The bag comes with a detachable top and bottom bed, which can be used alone or together. Toggles keep the top and bottom together when your dog is curled up inside and the top can fold back to allow your pup to stay warm, while still keeping an eye on the action going on at camp.
A pad sleeve along the bottom accommodates a sleeping pad up to 20” wide and 1” thick. The bed also features a draft sleeve to keep your pup warm, even in windy conditions and acts as a bolster when used alone as a travel bed.
With a temperature rating of 30°F, the Doggy Bag can be used most of the year and keep your dog plenty warm.
Stuff sack: 6.5×11″
Weight: 24.7 oz/700 g
Stuff sack: 7×12″
Weight: 35 oz / 980 g
Stuff sack: 7.5×14″
Weight: 43 oz / 1220 g
Durable ripstop nylon
Designed for canine sleeping positions
Carlson Products Portable Cot
We haven’t actually tried using a cot yet, but I see many friends using them, especially for “place” training and see the appeal. One benefit is that the elevated stance keeps your pup off the ground and thus warmer if it’s cold.
Carlson portable pet beds are easy to set up and store away. The included carrying case makes portability a breeze, and even the large size can fit into a standard-sized suitcase for traveling. The cots fold up in a similar way to camping chairs. A huge benefit is that they are super affordable.
Weight: 3 lbs
Weight limit: 45 lbs
Weight limit: 95 lbs
Sets up and folds down in seconds
Sturdy metal frame
Cleans easily with a damp cloth