Are you trying to decide if you should get rid of your tent and move to a hammock for sleeping on your outdoor trips? Are your friends trying to convince you it is easier to sleep in suspended air? Well, they are right and here is why.
Let’s face it – it is hard to find flat ground to sleep on. Have a branch or root digging in your side? You won’t have that when you are suspended in the air. There is nothing to dig into your back or side. It’s just you and the hammock.
Also, you won’t have to worry about sleeping on a decline or an odd angle. You won’t need to worry about the ground below you. In addition, there is no need to worry about mud or snow either.
You can actually save time by not having to worry about the ground below you. Can’t find two perfectly spaced trees? There’s a kit for that! Try a hammock hanging kit.
2. You Get To Truly Enjoy Nature
If you think RV campers are missing the point of camping, think about a tent. You are not truly outside like you are in a hammock. You are actually in a more confined space with a tent. You don’t see the stars or get real good airflow. When that sun comes up, you are in a heat box.
Sleeping in a hammock, you see nature. The stars are shining above you, and you get consistent fresh air. You can watch the birds instead of just hearing them all from your “bed.” Watch the beautiful sunrise in bed without having to move. Sounds nice, doesn’t it? You can start your day right and the way you want to (not because you are trapped in a heated sauna of a tent).
3. Lightweight And Easy To Assemble
If you move to a hammock over a tent, you will lose so much more than that tent. Say goodbye to poles, sleeping pads and stakes. The hammock is light without all those extras. You may only need to bring a tarp for rain or a thermal blanket for colder weather. Your back will be so happy you made the switch.
Besides ditching all that gear, set up and take down will be a breeze.
Hammocks are simple shelters and are not new to the block. They have been used for centuries. You can spend as little as $20 for just a basic hammock. Even adding some gear like bug nets and tarps, will add around $30 each, which is still relatively reasonable. Tents will also need a sleeping pad along with the tent for comfort, which also increase costs.
A tent has basically one purpose – a place to sleep. A hammock can do so much more. You can use your hammock as a camp chair by the fire, a place to hang out or a quick set up for a nap spot after a long day of hiking.
If you have kids, they will be excited. A hammock is so much fun! They can use their hammock for a swing as well as a bed.
Hammocks are also better for heavy rain. While tent campers struggle to keep a dry spot and stay away from running water and puddles, you will be high above all that water in your hammock. Just be sure to get a tarp if the forecast calls for rain.
6. You Will Sleep Great
If you learn to sleep in a hammock properly, you will get a much better night sleep than in a tent. You will not have to worry about being extra hot in the morning or the little bumps under your sleeping pad that will give you a kink in your neck or back.
7. You Can Get Any Feature You Want
Worried about bugs or cold weather? Don’t be. A hammock has all the same features a tent has. All you need is tarp and a bug net.
There are several options available to help you thrive in a cold environment, including thermal blankets, under quilts, sleeping bags, closed cell-foam (CCF) pads and more!
What’s nice is that you don’t have to carry this gear with you at all times. It’s not part of the hammock, so you can pick and choose what to take on each trip. With all that said, why not purchase a hammock and take it with you on your next trip.
They are reasonably priced, and you can use it as a chair to start. If you don’t like it, you don’t have to use it again.
It may take a little getting used to, but you will find in the long run sleeping in a hammock may just make your camping trips easier and more fun!