For most people, it’s not an option to leave the little furballs at home while camping for several days at a time. Well, we guess cats would probably be okay, but the same can’t be said about canines. Then again, bringing your four-legged best friends can sometimes make the entire camping experience even better.
That is, of course, assuming your dog or dogs have a comfortable place to sleep and rest. Indeed, that’s why we’re here and why you’re here today. At least, we hope so anyway. A camping dog bed is such a great item to tag along as it provides your dog with just that, a bed just for them.
With so many to choose from, though, which one do you possibly go with? Along with what we feel is the best camping dog bed on the market, we’ll also detail several others to cap the list off at 10. Sound exciting?
1. KUDES Sleeping Bag Bed
How cool would it be to get your dog its very own sleeping bag? While it may seem kind of silly, our number one choice is a camping dog bed, sleeping bag combo, if you will. With very few faults to speak of, we just really like the design.
Then again, it really comes down to how your dog likes the design, right? From its soft polyester outer and fleece inner to its ideal thickness to keep your dog warm during moderate temperatures, we feel your dog will probably like this sucker.
Let’s be real here, however, this isn’t dog-proof, so to speak. Make no mistake about it, it’s indeed well-made, but if a dog wants to destroy it, they will. That can be said about virtually anything, though, are we right?
- Good quality zipper
- Great price
- Soft material
- Pretty big even when rolled
- Not dog-proof
- Carrying case could be roomier
2. Kurgo Waterproof Dog Bed
As the name suggests, one of the standout features of this camping dog bed is the fact that it’s waterproof. Specifically, the bottom has a waterproof Rufftex build, while the top is ripstop and water-resistant. Being made for camping, it also rolls up and thanks to the straps, it’s pretty easy to transport.
Now, as for how much padding it has, it’s got a pretty decent amount. No, it’s probably not something that we would want to sleep on, but it certainly provides more comfort than sleeping on the bare ground.
Some people will also be scared off a little bit by the price and, admittedly, it’s a bit steep. Still, you know you’re getting an incredibly high-quality dog bed that your dog will most likely appreciate. You can’t put a price on that, right? Wow, that’s something a salesman would probably say.
- It can handle getting wet
- Rolls up nicely
- Pretty easy to clean
- Could use more padding
- A bit pricey
- Not immune to scratching
3. WeeH Elevated Dog Bed
Yeah, we know, why did we just suggest a trampoline as a really, really good camping dog bed? We’re just fibbing but come on now, we can’t be the only ones who thought this looked like a trampoline at first. Heck, it still does.
However, this is indeed a dog bed, and it’s an elevated one. Additionally, it’s equipped with mesh fabric, and this is nice when it gets a little warmer outside (as it will allow your dog to breathe a little better). Capping off the design is Oxford fabric and a stainless steel frame.
Speaking of the portability of this elevated model, it can easily be folded down for traveling and camping purposes. One thing, however, the holes on the sides can be problematic for dogs with smaller legs as they can accidentally slip inside of them.
- Very easy to fold down
- Won’t slide everywhere
- Well-built overall
- The holes on the sides
- It can tip over (though not likely)
- Not that easy to wash
4. Furhaven Cuddly Fur Shell
So, there’s something that needs to be addressed right away with this one. As you’ll see on the official product page on Amazon, there are actually many different styles of this camping dog bed available. We’re, in specific, talking about the Cuddly Fur Shell model (at least, we think that’s the official name).
When looking in the colors, you’ll see a few for this specific model. Yes, we know, it’s a bit confusing but the different styles are quite different. Alright, enough rambling, let’s talk about the Cuddly Fur Shell for a second. It’s about as comfortable as it’ll get for your pooch.
This sucker is filled with padding and even if you want more, the interior can be accessed via a zipper to add even more stuffing inside. Just know, however, that this is pretty massive. If you’re trying to save space or are backpacking with your dog, this most certainly won’t work.
- Super comfortable for your dog
- Ideal for many dog sizes
- More stuffing can be added
- Not easy to clean
- Could be too big for some
- Rather thin outer cover
5. Best Choice Products Elevated Dog Bed
The simple addition of the canopy makes this entry very unique, and we feel many people will like that addition very much so. Again, though, it all comes down to if your dog likes the addition. That’s all that matters, and that can be hard to predict.
Regardless, this elevated, canopy dog bed is such a great choice for summer camping. Yes, this would work fine as a fall camping dog bed, but it’s almost optimized for warmer weather. Outside of the canopy which provides ample shading, the mesh provides cooling and so does the elevated position.
As you’ll see, there are also a few sizing options to choose from. Based on past reviews, it’s recommended to buy a size larger than you think (or just the largest size). Don’t fret, though, each size can be broken down (not literally) into the travel bag that’s included.
- Multiple size options available
- Assembly is rather simple
- Quite easy to clean
- Canopy can be finicky to install
- Can’t be stored outside
- The frame can rust
6. Selkirk Designs Dog Travel Bed
While it’s not as if this is a foreign camping dog bed or anything like that (when compared to what you generally see on the market), it does come with a really cool addition that you don’t see everywhere.
Past the dog bed itself, a detachable blanket comes with your purchase. Now, while awesome in idea, the execution fails a little bit. No, the blanket isn’t terrible, but it sometimes won’t stay fastened down when dogs get up and move.
Both the bed and the blanket can be stuffed inside the included carrying sack. However, the entire system is a bit heavy. Just something to note if you’re a backpacker or anything like that. The shell is also waterproof, and the lining is fleece.
- Comes with a cover blanket
- The blanket attaches easily
- made with quality materials
- Kind of heavy altogether
- Blanket doesn’t stay fastened
- Dog may not care for the blanket
7. Chuckit! Travel Bed
Let’s just be honest here for a second, this travel bed isn’t going to make your dog feel as if they’re sleeping in a memory foam mattress. However, without question, this provides a better rest or sleep than on the ground or floor.
Quite frankly, there really is a lot to like about this design. For starters, it’s well-made. Sure, your dog still could destroy it if they really wanted to, but it’s still well-made. It also comes with a built-in loop for easier air-drying, and that’s really nice.
However, as alluded to, it doesn’t provide a ton of insulation or padding. Additionally, it doesn’t roll up very compactly. It’s easy to roll up, but backpackers will find this will probably take up too much space. Still, for the price and purpose, this is a good buy.
- Washes very easily
- Quite strong
- Packs up with ease
- Not a ton of padding
- Not much insulation provided
- Could be more compact
8. YEP HHO Elevated Bed
During summertime camping, traditional dog beds that don’t offer much ventilation will probably not be best. On top of the elevated design, the mesh surface of this camping dog bed makes it ideal for such conditions. While this doesn’t make this any different from most elevated beds on the market, it doesn’t make it any less important.
It’s not just the coolness that this allows for your pooch, it’s also pretty convenient for you as it folds and clips into place rather easily. It’s still got a decent amount of heft to it, but that’s to be expected with the steel frame.
Of course, not all is great with this design. We’d be remiss not to mention the issue of the included hardware. The bolts that hold the corners to the frame are just not very good. It may be best to improvise and use custom hardware to boost this sucker’s quality.
- Great for breathability
- Folds up nicely
- Requires almost no assembly
- Included carrying bag is cheap
- Not great for really big dogs
- The hardware isn’t good
9. Love’s Cabin Dog Bed
Alright, so this is for sure something different. It’s also not going to be something that everyone likes as it’s essentially a dog bed kennel. For some owners, they train their dogs to know that being in a kennel means they’re in trouble. That reason alone could deter some buyers from this option.
Yet, seeing how this is collapsible, portable, spacious, and able to accommodate other types of dog bedding that you may already have, it really is a nice option. All that being said, this wasn’t built as strong as the Great Wall of China.
Admittedly, it could’ve used some beefier materials. However, on the flip side, the lighter weight makes it better for portability. Sure, it still could’ve been built a little stronger but for the price, you get such a great value with this.
- A very portable crate
- Easy to unfold and pack
- Pretty much a dog condo
- Could use stronger materials
- Not for really large dogs
- Not ideal for outdoor use
10. Cheerhunting Outdoor Dog Bed
Some have described this bed as more of a mat than a bed, and we have to say that’s a fair criticism. After all, this camping dog bed is definitely on the thinner side of the spectrum. For a very affordable price, however, it’s still much better than the plain ground.
The physical construction of this bad boy is pretty impressive with Oxford fabric and a weather-resistant design. In fact, it can be used both indoors and outdoors. When traveling, it also rolls up very small and can be stuffed in its storage bag.
Oh, and one more thing, several different color options are available. Not that your dog is really going to give two you know what’s, but we digress.
- Several colors are available
- Rolls up very small
- Quite easy to clean
- Too small for bigger dogs
- Not much padding
- Could be seen as more of a mat
Frequently asked questions
Are dog beds bad for dogs?
Wait a second here. Why would this question ever need to be asked? You’ve come here searching for the best camping dog bed that money can buy, and, yet we’re now asking if the things are even safe for dogs. Look, this is a common question that people have regarding dog beds. So, let’s take a look.
Not only are they not bad for dogs, but they can actually be very beneficial for them. Some dogs feel a sense of security when they’re sleeping or resting in their own bed. Also, when dogs spend too long on really hard surfaces they can suffer from chafing and sores.
Are dog beds machine washable?
The best answer we can give here is to double-check with the manufacturer. Even if that means sending out an email to them, we recommend that. After all, if you go out and assume that your camping dog bed can be machine-washed, you may end up finding out that the seller advised against it.
Speaking for dog beds that come with outer covers, though, most should be fine in washing machines. Elevated, mesh beds will probably be as easy as hosing them down. Again, though, just check with the seller as that’s your best call.
Can dog beds get bed bugs?
Is there anything nastier than bed bugs? Alright, we could probably name a lot of stuff that’s either as nasty or nastier, but those suckers are not pleasant. Yet, can they be an issue with dog beds? The fact is that bed bugs tend to prefer human blood and aren’t bioengineered (big word there) to move through fur.
Now, if the infestation is bad enough, bed bugs may seek a dog’s bed for another source of food. Let’s be honest, though, if the infestation is that bad, that’ll probably be the least of your concerns.
Why choose elevated dog beds?
The best camping dog bed for you may just end up being an elevated one. On our list, we had quite a few of those, in fact. But why would you want to go with an elevated model? The main advantage to this style is that they help keep a dog cool thanks to the ventilation from underneath. Elevated dog beds can also offer some of the benefits that orthopedic beds offer at a fraction of the price.
That was it for the best camping dog beds. They’re extremely useful if you want a little silence when drinking your morning coffee or enjoying the sound of the waterfalls.
Just pop out your dog’s camping bed and you’ll see it fall asleep within seconds 🙂
For those of you who’re going on longer hikes with your smaller dogs, I’ve written another post on the best sling carriers for dogs.