For all the joy of sleeping in the great outdoors, campers sometimes want a little space between themselves and Mother Earth - or Father Tarp. The Sleeprite Cot provides a humble but helpful alternative to lying on the ground. The 70-by-30-inch polyester sleeping surface is elevated about 6 inches through a system of shock- corded cross supports and an anodized aluminum frame that collapse into an 18-by-8-by-6-inch package. Stashed in the included stuff sack, the whole kit and caboodle weighs in at a backpack-friendly 6 pounds. Add a lightweight air mattress, and you're lying in the lap of luxury (roughing-it edition).

Sleeprite Cot is $229.99 at www.travelchair.com.