A camp bed, or cot in North America, is a small portable, lightweight bed used in situations where larger permanent beds cannot be used. The main advantage of this bed is its portability and compactness. Camp beds are generally used by armies or organizations, in tourism, and in emergency situations when there is a need to quickly provide accommodation for victims.
The first camp beds were probably used by the Roman army. During the Soviet period, the lack of housing caused a massive use of camp beds that made them irreplaceable, iconic elements of the Soviet life.
American Army Folding Bed, used in World War II
French portable field bed with mosquito net
An aluminum folding bed, typical for many Eastern Bloc countries
Cots for potential evacuees from the 2007 California wildfires
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