There is a pretty cool way to enjoy the great outdoors that does not involve hauling in a great deal of camping gear if you don’t want to. It also means not having to deal with a camper, a tent trailer or an RV.
The minimalist approach to getting back to nature and not disturbing much of it comes from something called hammock camping. Just as the term suggests, you’ll be spending time straddling two trees and hanging above ground. No, that’s not because you stepped into a hunter’s snare, it’s because you’ll be using a hammock for your primary campsite.
We know, you’re probably scratching your head trying to wrap your mind around the concept of a camping hammock. It’s okay. We can help you understand that in the next few minutes.
So if you are keen to step away from your major creature comforts to get comfortable with wildlife and the creatures that live in the woods, you’ll love camping with a hammock.
But don’t take our word for it. Read the following list of benefits and then make your mind up as to whether or not you are game for taking your next camping adventure a little more off-grid and slightly more hardcore by camping without a tent. That’s right – without a tent, in the woods. Overnight.
1 – When We Say This Is Easy Peasy, We Really Mean It
If you were to host a competition to see who could set up a camping hammock and a tent the fastest, what would you think would be the results? Yes, we know that it truly depends on the type of hammock and tent being pit against each other.
The skills of the contestant would also come into play. But generally speaking, the hammock would be the winner. Most every time. This means that in some cases, you could be hanging from a pair of trees in a matter of a few minutes. The faster you get your camp set up, the sooner you get to eat is our rule of thumb.
2 – When Packing In Your Gear Counts, Weight Is A Factor
We get it. Lightweight it the way to go if you intend to haul your camping gear a few miles off the pavement and onto a primo view spot. The last thing you want is to have to cart heavy bags of stuff so far from the vehicle that after you’ve finished your holiday, you have tempted to either fling the rest of it off the mountaintop or into the lake.
Camping hammocks are freakishly light. You can find models that include a rain fly and mosquito netting that will barely tip the scale at 3-pounds. Some are so comfy that you won’t need to pack that pillow with you, either.
3 – There’s Not A Lot Of Space Required For These Things
Speaking of the hassle of hauling a lot of heavy items to your super secret, secluded campsite, one of the major deterrents from packing a lot is the amount of room the gear eats up on the way to the pullout. Camping hammocks are portable and convertible.
That is to say, they essentially have three main components. Depending on your camping destination, you can just pack the parts you’ll need. Even if you load up the entire shooting match, the space your camping hammock will occupy will be far less than the average tent, even shrink-wrapped.
4 – As Odd As It Sounds, Hanging In A Hammock Is Comfortable
Let’s look at where you’ve been sleeping while camping. You’ve likely slept on the uneven ground, rocks, tree roots, mud and even had the opportunity to share your sleeping space with some of the locals – bugs and insects at the very least, maybe even a snake.
When you are hanging in a hammock, you are above ground. You may be a bit surprised as to how much better asleep you are going to get in the wilds while rocking gently in a camping hammock. It’s going to make the bed at home eventually slide down to Second Place as your favorite place to sleep.
5 – Here’s That Phrase You’ve Been Waiting For: It’s Versatile
It’s a fact. A camping hammock is going to change the way you view camping in the future completely. Not only can you set up your camp in places that an RV, camper or tent can’t normally go, but you’ll also be able to take advantage of the surroundings like never before.
Imagine sleeping in your hammock suspended above a small babbling brook. How about underneath a pier? You’ll find places you never ever considered possible for camping until now. And thanks to the lightweight and portable camping hammock, you can hang around almost anywhere.
6 – If You Are Seeking A Whole Lot More Openness, This Will Do It
Hammock camping is camping without a tent. So, if you can picture this, the tent would provide you with a thin roof over your head. You still had to crawl out of it to fully appreciate nature and gaze at the stars above. In a hammock, you have no roof – but you can always hang a rain cover if needed – so that you are actually out in the middle of the wilderness with the stars directly above with no obstruction.
No tent walls are blocking your view and messing with your perspective. A camping hammock puts you out there. Completely out there.
7 – We Can’t Forget To Throw In A Mention About Value
For those of you who like to do the Comparison Game, you’ll find this a bit intriguing. The average camping hammock is constructed out of the same materials as your standard camping tent. However, the hammock is going to cost you less and still be as durable, trustworthy, useful and effective in your camping pursuits as the tent would have been.
In some circles that are called value. Some hammocks are so well made that manufacturers have added lifetime warranties to those products to show you how serious they are about you having fun in the woods.
8 – Sleeping In A Camping Hammock Is Good For Your Health
If you are one of those queasy campers that can’t sleep in a tent because of all the unfamiliar sounds that are present after sunset, you may want to give camping hammocks a serious look. Yes, we know, you’ll be completely exposed to the sources of those scary nighttime sounds.
However, if you suffer from any type of sleeping disorder, gently rocking back and forth in a hammock is not only going to help you fall asleep, but you may discover that your sleeping patterns will change. Sleeping in a hammock can produce a great night’s sleep.
9 – You’ll Be Able To Catch Up On That Reading You’ve Been Putting Off
After a full day of fishing or telling tall tales in the campsite, you’ll be happy to learn that the hammock is waiting for you over there will also become your best reading spot. The position of your body in a hammock does wonders for your entire body. As a result, your mind will become sharper and more focused which gives you the energy to get back to reading.
You won’t go back to reading in a chair or on a couch ever again. A camping hammock is going to spoil you in many ways, and if you’ve missed a few good books, you’ll be able to catch up finally.
Get Out There And Start Hanging Between The Trees
We never even mentioned the environment, but we will now. The camping hammock is the only tool you can take into the woods and use for camping that won’t leave behind any evidence of its use. You just strap it between poles, trees, whatever you can find that’ll stretch and hold it in place.
Even if you resort to using hammock poles, you won’t be pounding holes into trees or cutting things down to get them to work. Yet, the camping hammock is going to be probably the simplest thing you have ever used at a campsite. Well, aside from waterproof matches.
So the next time someone yells that they are ready for a camping weekend but still have to clean out the camper, why not jump in and offer to bring the hammocks? Not only will it save time, but you won’t have to haul that camper, find space to park and carefully wedge your vehicle into place.
All you do with a camping hammock is tossing it into the trunk with the cooler of food, and you are starting your outdoor adventure immediately. Could you do better? Probably but why bother when you can truthfully say that you spent the weekend hanging around in the woods?