The Ultimate Beginner’s Guide to Hammock Camping-Panergy

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The Ultimate Beginner’s Guide to Hammock Camping-Panergy

Hammocks vs Tents for Camping

Both hammock camping and tent camping have their own benefits.

Tents, of course, are the more traditional option. They are deeply rooted in nostalgia for many campers. A tent can feel more secure than a hammock since it’s rooted securely to the ground. Chances are you have a tent of your own at home.

Hammocks, on the other hand, are just as lightweight and portable as tents, if not more so. They are just as quick and easy to set up and take down. With the right accessories, such as a bug net and rainfly, a hammock offers just as much protection from the elements as a tent.

The only real downside is that hammocks are much less spacious than tents. They really only serve one purpose: as a place to sleep at night. They aren’t an ideal place to hunker down in bad weather during the daytime because of their small size.

On top of that, a hammock is best for one user only. Although two-person hammocks are available, sleeping two people for a full night of sleep isn’t very comfortable. The same goes for camping with dogs. A small dog might be able to sleep comfortably in your hammock with you, but a tent is a much better option for large dogs.

Although hammock camping does have a few negatives compared to tent camping, it’s still a very comfortable option, especially when camping during the summer months.

How to Start Hammock Camping

Hammock camping can feel overwhelming as a beginner. To really enjoy the experience, it’s important that you bring the right hammock, set it up correctly, and create a comfortable camp. Here are the top beginner hammock camping tips to keep in mind:

Buy the Right Hammock

Although some backyard hammocks are quite versatile, it’s important to buy a camping or backpacking hammock if you plan to sleep in it overnight. These hammocks are specially designed for sleeping and often boast asymmetrical designs for a flatter sleeping position. They are also made from the highest quality materials for the utmost in durability as well as to reduce overall weight.

Our guide to the best camping hammocks for 2020 breaks down our favorite picks for a variety of different styles of camping.

Hang Your Hammock

The easiest way to hang a hammock is between two trees. Start by selecting two sturdy trees about 10 feet apart. Make sure there are no loose or dead branches overhead which can be very dangerous. Attach your hammock straps to each tree about head high and adjust so the hammock sits at about waist height. It should sag down to about 18 inches off the ground when your bodyweight is added. The ideal hammock hang angle is around 30° which creates a flat (rather than banana-shaped) lay position.

For more info on how to hang a hammock the right way, check out our hammock gear setup and checklist for step-by-step directions.

Bring the Right Accessories

Never go hammock camping without a bug net and rainfly. These two essential hammock accessories keep bugs away and keep you dry if it rains. For hammock camping in winter, you might want to add in an underquilt for extra insulation in addition to your winter sleeping bag. I also like to use a sleeping pad in my hammock for even more comfort and a little boost of insulation.

Stay Safe

Hammocks can, by their very nature, be dangerous. Because they’re suspended off the ground, there’s always some risk of a falling accident. Make sure to inspect your hammock and hammock straps before every trip. Never attempt to sleep inside of a damaged hammock. Make sure your hammock is strongly secured to two sturdy trees before use. Always test the hammock before placing your full body

Summer essential equipment:

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