Hammocks. The mere mention of the name can conjure images of chilling in the afternoon. When I was a child, I remember spending weekends in a hammock with my father. It was a relaxing and comfy way to chill in warm Florida.
God bless the soul of the person who came up with the idea of a hammock. There’s no written record who that guy is although it’s likely to be a Mayan Indian in Central America more than a thousand years ago.
When Christopher Columbus reached the Bahamas sometime in the 14th century, he found natives in the area lounging in hammocks. The hammock proved to be a practical sleeping material for an afternoon siesta. Columbus eventually brought home a load of hammocks, and soon the rest of the world would realize how useful this sling is.
Why do you need a lightweight hammock?
I know that tents are universally recognized as the symbol of camping; but why are some campers switching to tents?
Well, one reason is that people can sleep far better in a hammock than in a tent. Once you’ve set up a hammock, you will likely wake up refreshed and comfortable.
One of the disadvantages of sleeping in a tent is that the ground can be very unforgiving. I’m sure you’ve experienced that feeling of longing to sleep in your bed during a camping trip. But with a hammock, you don’t have to subject your body to rocks or tree roots. You can take the fresh air and won’t feel hot at all when you are sleeping on a hammock.
And I haven’t even mentioned how easy and fast it is to set up a hammock.
How to quickly set up the hammocks in your camp?
Setting up hammocks in a camp is relatively easy. First, you need to find two trees with a distance of at least 13 feet from each other. If you find span that’s too small, you can use a two-poled mounting stand. If the span is too wide, you can span the hammock with straps.
Use a pair of removable tree straps for hanging a hammock. I discourage you from using the rope because it’s not strong enough to hold your body.
Wrap the tree strap around the trunk then pass the end of the ring through the loop. Align the strap ring with the ring located on the end of the hammock. Connect the two rings with the S-hook for lifting. You can then adjust the straps for the proper height of the hammock.
To make things easier for you to understand, watch this YouTube video.
Required gear for hammock camping
Besides a hammock, there are other things that you should bring along with you if you are to go on a hammock camping. These include:
Best Hammocks for Camping Available On The Market Today
#1 Bear Butt Double Hammock
This hammock has a weight capacity of 500 pounds. It is about 10 feet long and six feet wide, so there’s extra space for your partner to sleep with you on it. With its space, it is also possible for three people to sit on this hammock.
Made of 75D nylon material, it comes with two carabiners and a couple of 10-feet long tactical grade ropes. It comes with reinforced extra strong nylon end straps designed for a more secure and durable hang.
Packing away is quick and hassle-free. There is an attached stuff sack in the hammock that you can turn to in packing and unpacking it.
#2 Honest Outfitters Single and Double Camping Hammock
This hammock will also be able to comfortably accommodate two people. It is super lightweight, easy to set up and portable.
This double hammock is made of strong 210T nylon. It is soft and breathable. It should also last for a long time as it is mildew-resistant. It has triple interlocked stitches to maximize the strength of the hammock. The hammock is nearly 10 feet long and 6 feet 6 inches wide, so there’s a lot of space for two people to fit in.
It also folds up nicely into an included sack. It is very lightweight and easy to carry around.
#3 MalloMe XL Double Parachute Camping Hammock
This extra large camping hammock can easily accommodate two large adults. It has a unique strap design that gives it a breaking strength of more than 1000 pounds. It is made of 210 nylon fabric.
Nylon may be getting a bad rep for being not the most durable material for the hammock but trust me, the nylon used in this product is different. It is very tear-resistant plus it is very breathable. You won’t wake up in the middle of the night sweaty when you sleep on this hammock. Moreover, it has enough room for you to stretch out and yes even to snuggle someone.
Like the other camping hammocks I’ve discussed, this one is also very lightweight and compact. It also has its integrated sack so packing it away should be easy. When fully compressed, this hammock is about the size of a ball.
#4 Winner Outfitters Double Camping Hammock
This hammock can also support up to 500 pounds which means you and your partner can lay down on it. It is made of 210T nylon parachute fabric that is also very strong but smooth and comfortable to sleep on.
The hammock is nearly 10 feet long and 6 feet wide. The ropes that go with it are long at more than 10 feet. There are also two tree-friendly straps and two carabiners made of solid steel included in the package.
#5 Wise Owl Outfitters Hammock
This is also made of heavy duty 210 nylon fabric which is super strong and soft. It can give you a comfy and sound sleep.
There are two sizes for this hammock. The SingleOwl is made for one person. It measures 9 feet long and 4 ½ feet wide. If you need a bigger one, you can get the DoubleOwl which is 10 feet long and 6 feet wide. Both hammocks have interlocking stitches so you can be assured that you won’t fall through when you buy any of them.
This hammock also comes with a set of nautical ropes, straps and steel carabiners.
It’s hard to pick just one hammock in this list because these are all top-rated products. But I will go with the MalloMe XL Double Parachute Camping Hammock. It has the highest weight capacity of 1000 pounds, plus the nylon from which it is made from is breathable and strong.