If you're a camper, you know there are different ways to "rough it." Some people like to camp in tents, some in RVs or campervans, and others choose to "go primitive" and sleep under the stars. Some even enjoy hammock camping, which has a growing number of adherents.
So what are the benefits of hammock camping? Let's take a look:
1) You can camp almost anywhere
Unlike a tent, which needs level ground, a hammock can be set up just about anywhere there are two trees (or other sturdy objects) to support it. That means you can camp in places that a tent simply couldn't go, like on a rocky outcropping or in a grove of trees.
Some people love the challenge of finding the perfect spot to set up their hammocks, and others enjoy its flexibility. You'll always be able to find a place to camp if you're willing to get a little creative.
2) Hammocks are lighter and easier to carry than tents
If you're planning on doing a lot of hiking or backpacking, every ounce counts. A hammock is typically much lighter than a tent, making it easier to carry around. Of course, you don't want to be lugging a heavy tent up a mountain, but a hammock is no problem.
You'll also have more space in your backpack for other things since a hammock doesn't take up as much room as a tent.
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3) Hammocks are more comfortable than sleeping on the ground
Anyone who's ever tried to sleep on the ground knows it's not always the most comfortable experience. Rocks and sticks can make it difficult to get comfortable, and the ground can be hard and cold.
In a hammock, on the other hand, you can sleep comfortably and wake up feeling refreshed. Hammocks conform to your body, so you'll be able to sleep soundly all night long.
4) Hammocks can be padded out with under quilts and other accessories
If you're worried about being cold in a hammock, you can always invest in an under quilt. This padded blanket goes under the hammock and provides extra insulation. You can also get a tarp to go over the top of the hammock, which will protect you from the rain.
That's important because, while hammocks are comfortable, they're not waterproof. So if you're expecting bad weather, you'll need to take some extra precautions.
5) Hammocks are a great way to relax
One of the best things about hammocks is that they're incredibly relaxing. There's something about being suspended in the air that just makes you feel good.
It's impossible not to feel your stress melting away when you're lying in a hammock, and that's why so many people love them. You'll never want to leave your hammock once you've climbed in.
Hammock camping is a great way to enjoy the outdoors, and it has a lot of advantages over traditional camping. If you haven't tried it yet, you should give it a go. You might find that you prefer it to sleeping in a tent.