One of the topics I’ve heard from cyclists is how important it is to stay dry and warm while sleeping at night. Having camped many, many times throughout my life, I realize that the damp, cold, hard ground is not your friend. If you do not get a good night’s sleep, cycling performance will definitely be sacrificed the next day. I’ve heard about laying a tarp down first to limit moisture, using a thermal mat for insulation and a self-inflating mat for cushioning, but something told me there has to be a more comfortable option.
I started doing some research on lightweight cots and found a good deal on Amazon for a Petrous low level cot that assembles and breaks down quickly. The only downside was its weight of 5 lbs. I did find another one that weighs only 3 lbs. but at twice the price, I decided that carrying 2 lbs. more won’t kill me. I’ll just have to cut back on weight somewhere else, like carting a 32″ flat screen rather than a 65″!
So when I’m rolling through Alaska, Canada, Washington, Oregon and northern California, I think this little treasure will keep me dry and comfortable. I will be carrying a small tent as well, so other than flash floods, how bad can it be?