Thinking of camping with a hammock this year? Excellent choice. There are numerous benefits of sleeping in a hammock.
But perhaps you’ve never camped with a hammock before and need a bit of convincing. Maybe the concept still seems a bit out there. Maybe you’ve always pitched up in a tent like your forefathers did before you. After all, it protects you from the elements.
But maybe you’ve seen others camp with a hammock and wondered how great it actually is.
But before you head out into the great outdoors with your awesome new hammock, there are a few things you need to know first.
In this article, we’re going to take a look at how to be a camping baller, arming you with enough knowledge to turn your first hammock camping trip into a legendary vacation.
As the summer swings around, what are the things you look forward to doing the most? For many of us, summer is a time to head outdoors, either by ourselves or with friends and family.
And the best way to make the most of our time outdoors is to go camping.
Lots of us went camping when we were younger, and you probably remember your first camping trip super vividly. Sleeping at night under the start-studded skies, listening to the morning birds coo from their nests, fishing for trout in the nearby stream, roasting marshmallows on an open fire and chasing fireflies … yep, camping creates many great memories.
But something I realised recently is that camping could – and should – be more convenient.
Especially when you go camping by yourself.
Last year, I went camping in north Australia. I had a new tent that I struggled to setup. It was large and different to the tents I’d used in the past. As the minutes passed, I was getting increasingly flustered underneath the burning sun.
And then I gazed at my camp neighbour to check if they were finding my situation funny. They weren’t. In fact, they weren’t reacting at all because they hadn’t even noticed me.
Why? Because they were fast asleep in their hammock.
No tent. Just a hammock.
And they were dozing like a baby.
A little later when he woke up and I’d finally pitched my tent, we had a chat. He explained to me how he’d been camping with a hammock for about five years by now. Myself, I had never seen someone camp with a hammock before. It was totally new to me.
But it looked awesome.
These days, whenever I go backpacking or camping, I always go with my hammock. Sometimes I take a tent along too, but sometimes I take just a hammock. I camp alone with my hammock, and I camp with friends and family. I camp for just a day or a whole week.
If you can’t wait to get outdoors this summer, here are a few reasons why camping with the lightweight portable nylon parachute travel hammock is an awesome idea:
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8 Benefits of Sleeping in a Hammock
If you’re still in two minds regarding whether or not to go hammock camping, here are a few reasons why you should ditch the tent:
1. You Get To Sleep Under The Stars
When I was a kid, my parents took me on my first camping trip and told me that I’d be sleeping under the stars at night. It sounded awesome. It would be just me, lying on my back, looking up at the bejewelled, diamond-studded darkness.
Only, it wasn’t like that at all. I was in a tent with a roof. I couldn’t see anything!
If you pitch up in a hammock, you really will be underneath the heavens. It’s awe inspiring.
2. The Hammock Is Light And Small
Backpacking with a tent was always something I wanted to do, but I dreaded lugging around a top-heavy tent on my back. It was the worst part of the experience, and it certainly soured my memories. Sometimes, it would make me regret heading outdoors in the first place.
Things are a LOT different if you head out with a lightweight hammock on your back. The lightweight portable nylon parachute travel hammock weighs just 1.74 pounds.
To put that into a prospective, a dozen or so donuts weigh more.
It’s lightweight, and it’s also seriously compact so that you can easily tuck it into your bag and get hiking.
Backpacking has never been so easy.
3. You Can Setup Anywhere
No longer will you be driving around for ages trying to find the right campsite. As long as you’ve got a pair of trees, you’re all sorted.
When you take a tent camping with you, a major headache is finding a suitable campsite. This can be a bit of a challenge, because you need somewhere flat, and with as few rocks, vegetation and bugs as possible. It’s not that you’re picky – it’s just that camping with a tent means you have to be a bit more selective about where you pitch up.
Not so with a hammock. All you need are two trees.
And how hard is it to find a pair of trees?
If you use the Dilly Outdoors Hammock. It literally doesn’t matter if the ground is uneven, rocky, or full of bumps, twigs and termites. It doesn’t matter, because you’re suspended in the air in a durably constructed hammock that is made from tough Military Grade 210t Ripstop Nylon.
It’s also capable of holding up to 440 pounds.
The lightweight portable nylon parachute travel hammock from Dilly Outdoors is a bit of a camping wonder that transforms the way you’ll look at camping forever. It’s durable, tough, and super easy to set up. No longer will you be hidden from the starlit sky – instead, you’ll really sleep under the magnificence of our universe without a roof to cover the view.
4. Camping With A Hammock Doesn’t Harm The Environment
If you’re green-minded, you’ll be pleased to learn that camping with a hammock doesn’t harm the environment. Unlike with a tent, there is no possibility of you disturbing or destroying fragile undergrowth.
Moreover, when you camp with a tent you also have to spend time clearing out the ground first. This means that you’re effectively disrupting the natural terrain and in your own way negatively impacting the environment.
In a hammock, you’re suspended in the air. You’re doing your bit for the environment
5. Set Up Is Effortless
Even a seasoned tent camper has the odd bad day when they struggle to set up their tent. I certainly had a few. But tents are like that – some are easy to set-up, but other’s aren’t.
And then there are the stakes and tent-poles. Setting up a tent can take time and effort. And when the sun is blazing, your stomach is rumbling and the kids are crying, the last thing you want is a tent that just will not go up.
Setting up a lightweight portable nylon parachute travel hammock is remarkably easy. It comes ready to use, with all the accessories included, and set-up should take no longer than a few minutes.
You don’t have to worry about pitching up at camp – all you have to think about is relaxing. With this hammock, there are zero complicated knots.
6. It’s Super Comfortable
I love camping with a tent, and I’m sure you do, too. But the one thing I never looked forward to was the discomfort.
You feel every pebble, branch or mound of dirt. You feel each bump, lump and tear in the ground.
After three or four nights, you’re as stiff as a board. It can really put a dampener on things.
Hammocks are super comfortable. There are no bumps, lumps and tears in the earth, no fallen twigs, no pebbles – and no bugs.
Just a comfortable groove.
7. A Hammock Is A Fab Lounger
You don’t have to hop onto your hammock just at night time when it’s time to go to sleep. Your hammock is there all day for you to chill out on, no matter if it’s bed time or not.
Hammock’s are ideal for just lazing around. You can catch a few zzz’s in the afternoon to recharge, or read a book while taking a break. It’s not hard to get comfortable, kick back and just enjoy life!
8. A Hammock Is Just Cooler
Spending a night on a hammock looking up at the painted universe, or sleeping on a cold floor with the bugs?
Okay, so camping with a tent is totally cool. But camping with a hammock is a new and rewarding experience. It should be tried at least once.
It’s important to point out that a hammock such as the lightweight portable nylon parachute travel hammock doesn’t have to replace your tent altogether. You can still take a tent along with you. A tent still has its advantages, and while you might sleep in your tent at night if things are a tad cold, you can chill in your hammock during the day.
But camping with a hammock is totally awesome, and especially useful for individuals who don’t wanna go backpacking with a huge bag on their back.