So you have your hammock and you’re off out for your first big adventure outdoors! It’s truly liberating knowing that you can travel anywhere and far from the beaten path and still have a good place to sleep no matter what happens.
But before you set out into the wide open world, it’s worth stopping to think about how you’re going to get the very most from your hammock, ensure the comfiest night and enjoy a truly memorable adventure. These top tips for hammock camping beginners will see you straight!
Rope is an incredibly useful thing to carry that isn’t too big or heavy and that will provide you with a ton of great options.
For starters, a rope can be used to help bridge a wider gap. If you’re not sure that your hammock will fit without being pulled too taut, then you can attach rope to one end of the hammock straps and to the hammock itself, thereby extending the length. Just make sure it’s strong enough!
Likewise, rope can also be used as a line that will hang between the two trees next to you. You can then hang items you need off of here, such as your clothes, a towel, an eye mask… maybe even a carrier bag that can hold food and snacks!
Sleeping in a hammock doesn’t have to mean sleeping between two trees over a boring bit of ground… There’s no reason that you can’t get a little more creative and do things like hanging higher up in the trees, hanging over a river or finding the edge of some trees to give yourself a great view.
This can create some really memorable moments and really take full advantage of having a hammock!
This is a torch that works like any other, except it can be extended to reveal a glass or transparent plastic body. You can then turn it upside down and stand it on its end, thereby turning it into a lantern that will provide light while you do other things.
This is ideal for adding light to your hammock, because you can then kick back and read, eat or just get ready for bed without being in complete pitch blackness!
It’s always worth doing a little scout of the area before you choose your spot and doze off. This way you can avoid some rather costly mistakes – like setting up right near a wasps’ nest or a large pile of manure! There’s no hurry and there should be plenty of trees that are a suitable distance apart, so spend a little time choosing your spot and don’t rush into it!
The correct way to get into your hammock is to sit on the edge, then swivel in order to lie down on it. This can save a few nasty accidents with you being slung out onto the ground! If you struggle with that though, it is possible to buy hammocks that have an entrance slit along the bottom. Using this, you can climb in from underneath and thereby avoid a fall!
Before you set out on your adventure, it’s always a good idea to first try the hammock at home. Find a nearby wooded area and see if you can attach the hammock between two trees that are the appropriate distance apart.
This will make sure that there are no problems with your hammock and that you know how to use it before you get out into the wilderness. You don’t want to be stranded in the middle of nowhere when you learn that you need an S-hook in order to continue…
Different areas are going to be warmer than others and this is an important consideration when choosing your spot for camping. For example, you’ll want to avoid being on the top of an exposed cliff if you’re going to be staying somewhere with a cold climate! In this case, heading into denser wood in a valley could be a better option.
Whatever you do, don’t leave your food accessible (or rubbish). Otherwise, you can find yourself waking up in the middle of the night to find a bear rummaging through your belongings!
This might sound obvious but it’s something a lot of people overlook. It’s much easier to set up while it’s light, so aim to make base before sundown.