Why should you opt for a camping hammock? Is it really better than sleeping on the ground in a tent? The short answer is an unequivocal yes. A hammock slashes the amount of bedding-related space you need to lug with you when compared to an air mattress, and it also allows for much less time spent trying to pump up and maintain firmness throughout the night. (Because let’s be honest, most entry level air mattresses aren’t exactly the most reliable.)
The term “hammock” can be traced back nearly 1,000 years to an Arawak word that translates into “fish net.” These early hammocks were not designed for leisure but for serving as protection from dangerous Caribbean creatures and insects. Read more…
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BEST CAMPING HAMMOCK OVERALL
Super comfortable and extra roomy, plus it’s a breeze to set up.
$22.09 from Amazon
BEST BUDGET-FRIENDLY HAMMOCK
Honest Outfitters camping hammock
Comfortable, lightweight, and about the same price as a few cases of campsite beers.
$29.99 from Amazon
BEST HAMMOCK FOR TWO PEOPLE
Wise Owl Outfitters camping hammock
Super lightweight but strong, it packs down to about the size of a grapefruit.
$37.95 from Amazon
BEST HAMMOCK FOR MOSQUITO-HEAVY AREAS
Grand Trunk Skeeter Beeter Pro
If the only thing holding you back from experiencing the wilderness is the idea of bugs, get this.
$49.99 from Amazon
EASIEST TO SET UP
Gold Armour Camping Hammock
Ideal for novice users, its assembly kit is extremely straightforward and intuitive.
$26.99 from Amazon
BEST HAMMOCK FOR HIKING
Bear Butt Camping Hammock
It’s soft, lightweight, and packs down to a super small size.
$69.99 from Amazon
BEST HAMMOCK FOR COLD TEMPERATURES
Snugpak Hammock Cocoon
This ultra warm (and super heavy) hammock is ideally suited for colder climates.
$79 from Amazon