Find out why camping hammocks are trendy and how to get the best hammock camping experience.
Why Choose Hammock Camping?
If you think the American tent is essential for camping, think again. Now backpackers, adventurers, hikers, and casual campers can take their camping experience to the next level with a camping hammock. With a hammock, you will never have to worry about sleeping on the floor again, as it allows you to hang your tent above the ground, away from stones, roots, stumps, mud, or even soil.
- There is hardly anything as relaxing and universally loved as a hammock.
- Hammocks are incredibly light (lighter than most tents), so they’re super easy to transport.
- Remember that beautiful summer day when you were comfortably settled in a hammock with a good book, and you ended up falling asleep. You’ve never slept so peacefully, have you?
- By camping with a hammock, you will enjoy that sleep every night.
- By swapping your tent for a hammock, you will completely transform your camping experience.
The Right Accessories
Camping with a hammock requires the right accessories. Depending on where you’re going, and the time of year, you might want to consider some of these unique hammock accessories:
- A mosquito net.
- A tarp.
- A hanging organizer.
- A flysheet.
- A suspension kits.
You won’t need all of these accessories for hammock camping. Are there no insects where you are going? Leave the mosquito net at home. No risk of it raining? Drop your tarp and flysheet.
Hammock Camping Tips
If hammock camping interests you, be sure to follow these tips:
- Make sure you buy a hammock tent designed for camping and sleeping. Don’t just bring the standard hammock you have in your chalet.
- Decide whether you want to sleep flat or on a curve.
- If you want to sleep in a traditional hammock, choose an asymmetrical hammock.
- If you want to sleep on a flat surface, choose an asymmetric hammock.
- For winter nights or cooler nights, bring a camping mattress to keep you warm. With the hammock suspended, air passes under and over you, keeping your hammock cooler than a standard tent.
- For this same reason, bring a mummy sleeping bag, about 20-30 degrees warmer than a regular sleeping bag.
If you’re not convinced to want to sleep in a hammock, you can always take one for your camping trip so you can snuggle up in it whenever you want, then retreat to your regular tent when you’re ready to go.