Hammock camping can be an exciting adventure. You never have to worry about lugging around a lot of tenting gear, and you don’t have to search for hours for the perfect camp ground. However, there are a few things that you must keep in mind when packing your gear.
Without the proper equipment, you will not be able to take full advantage of your trip. If you’re wondering what you need for hammock camping, then take a look at the list below.
You’ve chosen the perfect day to go hammock camping. The sun is out and there isn’t a cloud in the sky. But it’s best to remember that the climate can change rather quickly, depending on what area you’re in. And this means you need to be prepared with extra layers of clothing.
You never know when you’ll need more webbing or rope to help tie up your hammock. And in some cases, you may even need to cut your hammock down. That’s why it’s a good idea to carry a pocket knife along with you.
In fact, some of the best knives have locking blades and extra features like wire cutters, self-sharpening scissors, reamers and can openers. But don’t go overboard and choose a knife that has more features than you actually need, because it can easily way your gear down—even if only half a pound. Every bit of weight counts.
Bug repellent and insect clothing
Though hammocks are great, they also expose you to outside conditions. And part of the outside experience are bugs. Insect clothing or repellents help you deal with flies, gnats, mosquitoes, and other pests.
It’s best to look for repellents that are DEET based. The best repellents are not too oily, don’t have to be reapplied all of the time, and offer at least 12 hours of protection.
The best insect clothing is ultra-lightweight and offers maximum coverage, no matter what activity you’re doing. Just make sure that your clothing is extremely baggy because a lot of bugs have long stingers which can penetrate tight clothing.
Though it’s ideal to hang your hammock in the shade, there are times you may be exposed to the sun. In these cases, you need to ensure that you have the proper protection. The higher up you are, the more intense the sun will be so you need to plan accordingly.
Research which SPF ratings are most appropriate for your skin. In most cases, 15 is a good start. However, even with the highest rated sunscreen, you need to remember to wear garments that cover both your ears and neck. Also, don’t forget to protect your lips with a little SPF-enhanced lip-balm.
Hammock camping can be fun, but if you do not bring the proper equipment with you, your trip may be less than ideal. Remember to take the type of clothing you wear, cutting equipment, bug repellent and sun protection into consideration. All these supplies can make the experience go much more smoothly, and keep you more comfortable.