Hammock Camping in the Rain: How to Stay Warm and Dry-Panergy

by ZHAO JUN
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Hammock Camping in the Rain: How to Stay Warm and Dry-Panergy

It’s also nice that you can cook underneath your hammock tarp shelter – which you can’t exactly safely do inside of your tent.

The hammock can also double as a chair if you’re a truly minimal camper.

Stay Dryer In a Hammock

Now, let’s talk about the benefits of sleeping in a hammock while camping in the rain.

First and foremost, your hammock is suspended up off the ground – this keeps you out of puddles and wet mud.

It’s also easy to take off wet clothing or put on rain gear underneath your hammock tarp before entering the hammock and your sleeping bag. 

You can even take off your boots and leave them under the tarp without tracking mud into the hammock at night.

Finally, the fact that the rainfly isn’t attached to the hammock means that you can change its positioning based on the demands of the weather.

You can easily change the angle of the rainfly depending on which way the rain is falling or the wind is blowing.

How to Stay Dry Hammock Camping in Rain

The right gear is essential when hammock camping in the rain.

Not only do you need a quality hammock (here are the best camping hammocks available now), you also need the right accessories. 

A tarp or rainfly is chief among the most important hammock accessories for rainy weather camping.

Most camping-specific hammocks either come with a dedicated rainfly or one can be sold separately.

For those that don’t, almost any hammock rainfly will do the job on any hammock as long as its large enough to offer adequate protection. 

I personally like an extra-large rainfly for hammocking. This allows me to rig it up in a variety of different fashions to better block wind, rain, and snow. You can even create a full-coverage shelter of sorts with the right rainfly.

For camping in the rain, I typically bring a diamond-shaped tarp that extends several feet past each of the ends of my hammock.

For more serious conditions, like snow, however, full-coverage four-season tarps are available that even have storm doors for the utmost protection.

When it boils down to it, the most important component of hammock camping in the rain is a quality rainfly.

How to Stay Warm Hammock Camping in Rain

Staying dry is actually the most important part of staying warm while camping.

It’s far more difficult to warm up when wet – or even moist – than when you’re dry, leading to a much greater risk of hypothermia

In addition to a rainfly and a quality hammock, the right cold weather clothing will also help keep you warm around camp.

In particular, make sure to layer your clothing, so that it’s easy to remove a layer when you’re too warm or to add a layer when you’re too cold.

A warm sleeping bag is also a must. Make sure that yours is rated at least 10 to 15 degrees (Fahrenheit) below the coldest temperature you expect to encounter.

Or guide to the best winter sleeping bags will help point you in the right direction.

A hammock underquilt is another useful accessory for camping in the rain and the cold. It simply attaches to the underside of your hammock to promote insulation and therefore keep you warmer.

Finally, a portable heater (like, my favorite, the Mr. Heater Little Buddy) is a great addition if you’re hammock camping in seriously cold weather, although it’s a bit too heavy if you’re not camped near your vehicle.

Other Rainy Hammock Camping Tips

Here are 5 additional tips that will help you stay dry while hammock camping in the rain:

  • Large Tarp – The larger your tarp, the better. A larger, asymmetrical tarp provides the most coverage from rain and wind.
  • Covered Site – Look for a campsite with a lot of tree cover (avoid widow makers). This lets the trees do some of the work at shielding water from your hammock setup.
  • Twist Straps – Twist the ends of your hammock straps around the strap after hanging to prevent water for traveling down the strap into your hammock.
  • Drip Lines – Use guylines, paracord, or cotton shoelaces as a drip line to run from your hammock to the ground (keep away from your tent) to direct dripping water away from your sleep setup.
  • Hang Higher – Hang your hammock a little higher off the ground than normal to prevent rain from splashing water and mud up onto your hammock at night.

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by ZHAO JUN

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