Hikers appreciate camping hammocks. They provide a comfortable way to sleep outdoors and boast several other advantages as well.
Camp in peace. Tents often limit you to the designated, cleared sites in camp grounds, where you are shoulder to shoulder with other campers. Camping hammocks permit you to sleep in the trees, away from the crowd.
Avoid unaccommodating ground. In order to sleep comfortably on the ground (in a sleeping bag only or on an inflatable mattress) one tries to find a site that is flat and dry. No such worries with a camping hammock. Also, although a site may have been cleared of all visible rocks, often there seems to be that uneven spot that renders a good night’s sleep impossible…
Do no environmental damage. With environmental awareness on the rise, people want to enjoy nature without causing harm. A camping hammock permits you to leave the ground undisturbed and when it is hung with ratchet straps, a hammock has no negative impact on trees. The straps suspend the bed by securely wrapping around the tree trunks – no screws needed.
Leave the creepy crawlers below. Being suspended above ground in a camping hammock substantially reduces the possibility that you will awake to find a snake or centipede in bed with you. A shock of that kind can ruin an otherwise wonderful trip!
Put your feet up. Elevating the feet is beneficial after a long day of hiking. Feet can be raised properly with ease in a hammock and by doing so, ankle swelling is reduced.
Enjoy bedding that is lightweight but strong. When hiking, you try to minimize the weight in your pack. A camping hammock weighs less than two pounds and can be folded into a small, manageable size for packing. This bedding is lighter and much less bulky to carry than a rolled sleeping bag or equivalent. The best of these hammocks are made from durable parachute nylon.
Once you have decided to suspend your bed from the trees, a few precautions will ensure that you hang your camping hammock successfully:
- Inspect the condition of your hammock – the material, ropes and straps – before setting off on your trip.
- Avoid tying it to dead trees or under dead limbs.
- Set up the bed at waist height for safe entry and exit.