So you are thinking about trying hammock camping?
Maybe you have heard about it, but not really sure if its for you?
That’s OK, because we were just like you too. (and you can see more about our first time here) Not sure where or how the interest came about for us. It sort of just happened. I know my partner spent a lot of time researching (ie. lots of YouTube videos) to see what would work, and then the expenditure began (he's known as Gadget Boy for a reason).
Hammock camping is a different way to go camping. It’s not really huge in Australia, but is a very popular way for hikers to camp.
And we are newbies at it – there are LOADS of forums/posts/stories from the experts and more experienced, so if you read on, you are not going to get something technical and tricky because we are just learners.
What you will get are some (not too serious) lessons we have learned thus far!!
Our top 7 hammock camping tips are:
1) If you haven’t secured your hammock correctly to the tree, it hurts when you go crashing to the ground plus can be slightly embarrassing (note: very amusing to the rest of the family). Check your straps/webbing before you plonk yourself down in the hammock.
2) On a cool night, you need to be prepared. Failure to have the right sleeping gear, can result in a bad nights sleep (just like a tent). Cold air underneath you gives you the medical condition of “cold buttock syndrome”.
3) Not having enough hammocks for the whole family to relax around camp during the day, causes hammock-envy and no one wants to get out of them in case they “lose their spot”.
4) Camping at a populated campsite with hammocks, causes other campers to be intrigued by your sleeping choice. You may get a lot of questions and some odd looks. Be prepared to explain how cool the hammock is to camp in.
5) Kangaroos stampeding through your campsite at night can nearly run into the hammock, so unprepared is the Aussie icon for this way to sleep amongst the trees. Maybe reflectors needed? Try to have the hammock at least half a metre off the ground, as those wombats are big when they waddle underneath you.
6) If you can’t find a second tree to tie the hammock to, your car’s roof rack works a treat. (see below)
7) Enjoy this new experience. It doesn’t mean that you will always camp like that, but its an option (and takes up hardly any room in your vehicle or pack) that you may want to try.
What do you think of this way to camp (or just relax) in? Would you try it? Or maybe you have another tip to share. Please comment below!