How to Camp Comfortably With a Hammock

Camping in a tent isn't always feasible, and sometimes using a hammock is preferable over a sleeping bag on the cold ground. If you're looking to set up a hammock on your text camping trip, make sure you're doing it the right way to as to maintain comfort throughout the night.

Steps

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    Purchase a hammock. When most people think of hammocks, they think the fishnet kind or the rug with wood poles at the end. Those hammocks are bad. If you want real comfort don't go for them. Look for flexible, blanket-like hammocks that are made of cotton or spandex that can wrap around you with a foot extra. You want it longer than you are, and wider is better. They can be expensive, but they are very comfortable and worth the money.
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    Set up the hammock. They should come with a rope, but if they don't, you should buy some. There are strap kits available for trees so that you don't damage them by drilling in screws or having ropes strip the bark.
    1. Figure out how high or low you want to be while laying in it. Then, because the hammock will stretch, put it up about two feet higher than you want.
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    2. Wrap the rope around the tree or attach it to the pole.
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    3. Bring the rope around the tree/pole to where the end is facing you.
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    4. Tie it in a sailor's knot, then come around the tree/pole again, and repeat the sailor's knot.
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    Learn how to sleep in a hammock. Don't put your head at one end and feet at the other -- it's not comfortable and often hard on your back. Instead, stretch out at a diagonal or across the middle.

Tips

  • If you're camping this way with cooler nights, you might want additional insulation under you, where a sleeping bag gets crushed. Foam sleeping pads are one option and can be cut to fit. Systems like the PeaPod, where insulation goes around the hammock, are also available.
  • Pillows are nice. Place it just below your neck, because of the spring and stretchiness.
  • Take a blanket just in case.
  • Mosquito nets should always accompany hammocks.

Warnings

  • Bugs are everywhere, so stay in your mosquito net.
  • Don't fall out
  • Be careful in the areas where you are hammocking.

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