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Backpack Bed® Original (swag) – Buy your own

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Perfect for sleeping out under the stars

The most awarded single person ultra light weight camping tent in the world – which is also a Backpack.

  • Ultra-light approx 2.9kg (6.4lb)
  • Litetrex top cover fabric
  • Waterproof
  • Fire retardant
  • Mildew resistent
  • Ultra long built-in camp mat with ASI Protection™ (value $29.90 AUD)

See it in action

See shelter feature

Litetrex® fabric

The 600D oxford weave Litetrex fabric provides the perfect balance of light weight, yet rugged toughness that makes the Backpack Bed a world class award winning outdoor bedding solution. Why is it better than canvas?


Waterproof up to 4000+ mmH2O – thats against pressure of approximately 4 metres of water. Main seams are tape sealed to prevent leakage through needle holes. When you buy a Backpack Bed, its ready to go straight out of the box. Unlike canvas swags that require additional waterproofing and waiting for the canvas to shrink around the needle holes – what a drag!

Environmentally friendly

The Litetrex fabric and camp mat are made of environmentally friendly materials with no heavy metal or dangerous chemicals. Learn more

Fire retardant

The Litetrex Fabric and built-in camp mat are fire retardant and meet 2 international standards in fire safety. Whether its against a campfire or to protect against someone firebombing a homeless person, the Backpack Bed will provide some protection.

Quick drying

Ultra fast drying material and mildew resistant, so even if you have to pack it away wet there is no need to worry.


Provides exceptional protection against the winter chills.

Industrial strength

The base fabric used in the Backpack Bed is industrial strength, yet light weight. It is ready for rugged outdoor living, providing protection against the elements. The mosquito netting provides protection against the pests as well as being cut and tear resistant.

Double stitching

We have used double stitching to provides extra strength where it is most needed.

Non-rusting fittings

All fittings are rust proof to ensure the Backpack Bed provides years of outdoor service.

Heavy duty no. 10 & no. 8 zips

To cope with long term outdoor use we have used heavy duty No.10 and No. 8 zips and provided water resistant zips around windows.

Reinforced clips

Backpack straps are supported by reinforced heavy duty side clips. View ‘toughness test’ video on YouTube >



It was the desire to provide unparrallelled comfort and protection to street sleeping homeless that drove the design of the Backpack Bed. Five international design awards is a testament to the achievement of that goal.

Built-in fire retardant camp mat

The ultra long built-in camp mat has ASI backing (Advanced Silver Insulation) to protect against heat loss into the ground below. The camp mat is made of a unique custom formula that is mildew resistant and environmentally friendly; meeting strict European standards, with no heavy metals or dangerous chemicals.

Mosquito netting

Sleep in comfort knowing that the little biteys wont get you. The windows have fine mosquito mesh, as well as behind the head protection.

Adjustable padded backpack straps

Backpack straps are ergonomically designed, padded for extra comfort and adjustable with heavy duty reinforced side clips.

Easy assembly & disassembly

Conditions can change rapidly when sleeping outdoors so was important that the Backpack Bed was easy to put up and just as quick to take down and pack away.

3 built-in ropes

Ropes can be used to tie the Backpack Bed shelter to trees, poles or other structures. Each rope is connected to the bed and stored in an individual velcro sealed pocket.

Peg loops on all corners

Peg loops allow you to anchor the Backpack Bed to the ground.

Outdoor shelter feature

You can use the Backpack Bed as a shelter from wind or sun by creating an exposed shelter with ropes tied to high positions on poles or trees. Its great for the beach or an alternative configuration for daytime during your camping trip.  See it in action.


Original Backpack Bed

Vast Backpack Bed

Dimensions Backpack
60cm (23.5”) x 42cm (16.5”) x 22cm (8.5”)
Bed zone
63cm (23.5”) x 200cm (79”) Sizing Tip: 195cm or 6’5” is no problem
Extendable floor
63cm (23.5”) x 200cm (79”)

Top fabric
Length 265cm (104”)

Weight 2.9 kg (6.4 lb) 3.8 kg (8.4 lb)
Colour Rifle Green, Black trim Rifle Green, Orange Trim
Litetrex fabric on top & base Wind proof
Mildrew resistant
Fire retardant to 2 international standards
Environmentally friendly – no heavy metals
Ultra strong oxford weave
Super fast drying
Waterproofing 5500 + mmH2O
Pressure up to 4+ metres of water
No need for additional waterproofing like cavas swags
Camp mattress Built-in 10mm thick Advanced Silver Insulated (ASI™) backing

Fire retardant to international standards

Backpack features Standard features: Adjustable padded backpack straps

2 Carabiners

Drawstring closure

Large front storgage pocket – with velcro closure

Secret internal lockable pocket

Vast extras: Water resistant zipped side pockets

1 XL zipped pocket on backpack flap

Comfort slip resistant carry handle

Built-in pouch for mosquito net

2 x cleats attached to base

2 x adjustable nylon straps

Mosquito protection Behind head mosquito mesh: gravity drop behind head

non secure closure

All vents have water resistant zipped mesh covers

Behind head mosquito mesh: fully zipped entrance

secure closure just like a tent

All vents have water resistant zipped mesh covers


Tropical mosquito pack:

Full body loose mosquito net

use in hot weather

fluro hold down loops

highly visible black mesh

internal loop to hang a light

Additional features Standard features: Outdoor shelter protects from wind and sun

Extendable floor

3 Built-in ropes stored in indidvual velcro sealed pockets

Double stitched seams

Peg loops on all corners

Vast extras: Adjustable 80cm stainless steel super lightweight head pole

Built in foot pole

1 Pole holder to stop the pole sinking in soft surfaces

8 ultra lightweight aluminium tent pegs

Heavy duty fire retardant accessory bag

Camp mattress Built-in 10mm thickAdvanced Silver Insulated (ASI) backing

Fire retardant to international standards

Warranty 12 month Manufacturers warranty
Supports Homeless projects 100% of profits to charity Swags for HomelessProfits from your Backpack Bed™ purchase 100% go to homeless projects to help Australia’s street sleeping homeless.


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