Hammocks are swiftly growing in popularity, and it’s easy to see why. They are fantastic for recreational use while camping, as a comfy reading seat in the forest, or as your bed for the night. They’re comfortable, easy to set up, and much drier than sleeping on the rain-soaked floor. To help you get the most out of your hammock, we’ve collated a couple of top tips to help you nap more comfortably.
1. Choose the right hammock
The first step is choosing the right hammock for your needs. As the average stay for a camping trip is four nights, you need something that will keep you comfortable night after night and well protected. Most hammocks designed for the outdoors are compact and lightweight, making them ideal for hiking, as well as coming with mosquito nets in some cases. If you’re unsure on which hammocks best suit your needs, contact the manufacture or ask the expert team at Wood and Water.
2. Let it sag a little
A tight hammock can leave you with an uncomfortable night’s sleep. Ideally, you want it to sit above the ground at around 30 degrees from horizontal. This deeper sag lowers your centre of gravity and makes it harder to fall out of the hammock. Picking two well-spaced trees can aid you in achieving comfort while camping, so keep this in mind when setting it up.
3. Stay dry
In 2019, there were roughly 165 rain days, meaning your priority when camping is staying dry. Using a drip line is a fantastic first step, tying a knot on your straps with the threads hanging down to draw the water away from the hammock. If you’re setting up camp during a particularly rainy period, consider using a piece of tarp to hang overhead to act as a weather shield.
At Wood to Water, we offer a range of hammocks and camping gear to make your outdoor adventures wild and free. We handpick our stock from a selection of leading brands, ensuring the highest quality products for bushcraft and camping. For more information or to get in touch, head to our website.