Whether you’re brand new to camping or a camping enthusiast looking to try something new, a camping hammock makes a fun and practical addition to your camping gear. There are also a lot of benefits to a camping on a hammock versus a tent. This makes them a great choice for backpack campers who enjoy striking out into the wilderness to enjoy the solitude.
Choosing the Right Camping Hammock for You
Camping hammocks come in a wide variety of sizes and even temperature ratings, so it’s important to choose the right hammock in order to ensure you get the maximum amount of comfort and long term usability out of your hammock.
Here are a few things to consider when choosing your camping hammock:
- Size. Hammock sizes range from four feet wide to about eight and a half feet wide. What size you choose will depend upon your own comfort levels and if you plan on sharing your hammock space with a partner -human or furry is up to you!
- Temperature Rating. Hammocks are designed to keep you comfortably warm while sleeping without a sleeping bag, which allows you to carry less gear. But, it does mean you need to take into account how the weather will be. Do you prefer winter camping? Better get a hammock with a colder temperature rating and maybe opt for an enclosed hammock if weather conditions could get sever.
- Insect Protection. If you’re concerned about keeping mosquitoes and other biting insects at bay, there are some convenient features to look for. Some hammocks come with an attached screen to keep out bugs, while others have a screen that is detachable -allowing for extra versatility. There are also hammocks that are treated with permethrin, which keeps away insects without having to rely on a screen.
- Suspension System. This is an important consideration if you plan on camping in a variety of locations (versus the same campground once every summer or setting it up in your backyard for your kids to play with.) Longer suspension straps with multiple attachment points will make it easier to correctly attach your hammock to a variety of tree sizes, increasing your camping safety. Wider straps are also reduce how much the straps “bite” into the bark of trees, reducing the likelihood of causing damage to the trees and also affording you a surer grip due to the increased surface space.
- Additional Features and Considerations. Other things to keep in mind is weight capacity and the material from which it’s constructed. While a heavier-weight material does provide extra durability, it can be bulky and cumbersome on backpack trips. One extra feature that can really help you to get the most out of your hammock is the number of pockets and compartments underneath that allow you to store your gear while you sleep. This is great to keep in mind if you will be setting up your hammock and leaving it up for the duration of your camping trip.
In keeping these factors in mind, you’ll be able to select the perfect camping hammock for your camping needs. Now, get out there and enjoy everything the great outdoors has to offer!