Camping in a traditional tent creates all kinds of problems that are avoided with camping hammocks. However, some people have an interest in sticking to the more conventional form of shelter. Here are some things to consider when deciding if you want to try a hammock.
New campsites are possible
Anyone who has set up a tent in the wilderness knows the challenge of finding the right land. Even relatively small stones and sticks can cause a lot of discomfort to someone in a sleeping bag. However, those who use a tree shelter do not have to worry about rocky or rough terrain. The new challenge, of course, is to find two trees at an appropriate distance. The trees must also be large enough to support your weight.
Not everyone is able to handle swing
If your shelter is suspended between two points, there is a lot of swaying during the night. When you turn around or a breeze rises, insecurity can be a problem for some people. Sleeping outdoors makes many people very vulnerable, and sleeping with just a thin layer of fabric between you and the outside air naturally increases this concern. It is a good idea to try taking a nap in a hammock before going on a camping trip.
There will not be many options for lying positions
Those who can only sleep on their stomachs should probably avoid this way of enjoying the outdoors. Since the weight of an occupant tends to lean down in the middle of a hammock, people inside are more comfortable on their backs. Some models have an asymmetrical shape that allows the feet to protrude on one side. If you prefer to sleep on your side, make sure your choice of make and model fits this position.
Mosquito nets are only effective if they are sealed around the edges
Inexperienced adventurers might think that it is possible to get a separate bug network. Unfortunately, this approach is far from being as effective as the net integrated into your shelter. Some versions will allow you to zip the net all around the edge, a bit like closing a tent. The safest option is a net permanently attached to the nylon. Since you cannot slide under the net, you enter this type of hammock through a seam in the bottom. When properly designed, the occupant’s weight can keep the entrance seam closed.
Rain cover is always vital
Back yard hammocks rarely include rain blankets since they are not suitable for extended camping. A tarpaulin can be hung over a rope for a strong and functional cover, but the tarpaulins can be too heavy for hikers who give high priority to weight. Even with the best system, storms with a combination of wind and rain can be annoying. Even if the wind doesn’t bother you, it’s more likely that there will be rain in your bedroom.
In the end, this type of shelter is not for everyone, but it can be an excellent option for good weather in wooded areas. Have a good trip!