Camping Gadgets -Tips for buying the right camping hammock

Once a wise man said : “An optimist is a man who plant two acorns and buy a hammock”.

Most outdoor activities are fun, but tiring! After a long day spent in mountain climbing, hiking, swimming, biking or camping your body needs a treat. Nothing compares to the moments spent in a hammock that makes the outing a worth experience. That little detail / accessory can add to your outdoor activity a special flavour.

There are several types of hammocks, poolside, quilted, rope, camping, etc. Today i will only give tips regarding “camping hammocks”. I will make this post short but precise, providing you with tips to buying the right camping hammock.

  • STRONG & DURABLE – Every camping hammock has a different weight capacity. When buying your hammock, it is crucial to make sure to look at this variable since falling out of a hammock unbalanced might cause serious injuries.  Also note that camping hammocks are mostly made of nylon and thats tricky. In such a case, make sure to take a look at the reviews to ensure durability of the product you intend to buy. The quality of the straps is equally important and i recommend 100% non-stretch polyester with triple power stitches.

  • FAST & EASY SETUP – The hammock you choose should come with straps. Straps, unlike ropes , provide more contact area on the tree, thus more friction and more safety. Most camping hammocks come in a nylon bag, which stays hanging to it while open. You can easily fold it back to the bag as shown in the image below. Hammocks shouldn’t take more than 5 minutes to set up. All you need is two poles/ trees with a 2-2.5 meters gap. Then follow the instructions to tighten the ropes / straps around the tree and connect the hammock from both sides. The hammock height should not exceed the height of your waist for ease of use and safety. 

  • CONVENIENT & ULTRALIGHT – Just like all camping accessories, ultra light compact hammocks are the most recommended. The whole hammock bag weight should be around 1 Kg.

I heard & read that several people use camping hammocks for overnight sleep to save the space of carrying a tent or to avoid sleeping on damp ground. I recommend that hammocks are strictly to be used for naps, reading time, and relaxation time but not for overnight sleep for 2 main reasons. First, in case of sudden emergency,  jumping out of a hammock might get you crippled. Second, sleeping in a very accessible place to wild animals wouldn’t be the best idea.

I hope this post was helpful. Looking forward to read your comments.

 

…but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. Isaiah 40:31

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