Don’t you just hate carrying a couple kilos of metal rods and fabric on your back whenever you’re about to camp outdoors? I know I did. I dreaded carrying a tent on my pack everytime I went trekking and camping.
So much that I ditched my whole tent setup for a hammock. Hammocks are way lighter and more convenient.
I used to think that I wouldn’t be able to get enough shelter from a hammock because it’s only a fraction of a small tent.
But boy was I surprised, especially when I learned how to stay warm in a hammock outdoors.
Not only did my hammock give me great sleep at nights, it took out a huge dent out of my pack’s total weight as well. I honestly don’t think I’ll ever come back to using tents.
Perhaps the main thing that adds hassle to hammock use, it setting it up properly to keep yourself warm enough at night.
Over a couple of years using a hammock during my camping trips, I was able to try out all sorts of ways to set my hammock up into a warm nest that I can comfortably snuggle myself in at night.
Take a look at my short guide below and see how you can stay warm in your hammock the next time you go camping!
- Setting Up A Cozy Hammock
- 9 Things You Can Try To Stay Warm In A Hammock
- Things To Remember
Setting Up A Cozy Hammock
So what should you do to achieve a perfectly cozy hammock?
Like I’ve said, you can try a lot of things to stay warm in a hammock.
But before you start trying out any kind of tactic to keep your hammock as warm as it can be, remember these three important factors that will determine how you should set up your hammock.
One common misconception about hammocks is that they’re only good for long summer days where the sun’s always out.
In reality, hammocks can be quite versatile. I’ve used my hammocks during the rainy and winter seasons.
And let me tell you, It feels just as comfortable as when I used it during warmer seasons.
The key here is bringing accessories that can help give you shelter against the weather. If you’re camping during the winter or rainy season, you better get a rainfly for coverage.
Try to get the largest rainfly you can with as many anchor points as they come for ideal coverage during any weather situation.
A rainfly that completely covers the hammock can do wonders for you. It can offer shade during hot sunny days and it can act as a great wind barrier during chilly nights.
Simply put, a rainfly and hammock put together is basically as good as a tent.
Next thing you have to identify is how much insulation you will actually need. If you’re camping with a hammock during the winter season, you can’t go wrong on not holding back on the insulation.
Otherwise, you may want to choose a few pieces that would provide you with sufficient warmth for your camping trip.
When it comes to insulation, keep in mind that all you really need to keep insulated is the top part of your hammock and the bottom part. You’re basically going to be sandwiched in between insulators.
This is where top quilts, sleeping bags, and sleeping pads come in.
If I could make a suggestion, I recommend you get pieces of insulation that does not lead to condensation build up.
Try going for down sleeping bags instead of synthetic ones instead of sleeping pads that can leave you waking up all wet and full of sweat.
Third thing you need to check out is the area where you’re actually going to hang your tent up in. The key to being adaptable to most kinds of locations is bringing enough straps for your hammock.
One thing that can be quite frustrating when it comes to setting up hammocks is finding a nice spot filled with sturdy anchor points.
Make sure to pick out trees that don’t look dead or sickly. During the winter, stay extra wary of widowmakers, dead branches that can fall on your hammock when too much ice or snow has piled up on it.
Make sure that your spot isn’t under a lot of dead branches that can snap and fall on you.
9 Things You Can Try To Stay Warm In A Hammock
Now that you know about the three important factors for determining how warm your hammock should and could be, let us now dive into the different tips that you can try to stay warm in a hammock as you camp outdoors.
1. Protect yourself from the wind
Cool winds are what makes nights extra cold. The best way for you to stay warm in a hammock is by setting it up behind a natural windbreaker like a boulder, huge line of trees, or near a rockface.
2. Get a multipurpose liner
A sleeping bag liner may cost you a little extra, but it can do your whole body wonders when you’re all cold in your hammock since it can be used to fill spaces around your hips, feet, shoulders, and legs. You can even fold it up into a pillow if you want something to hug.
3. Get a pillow protector
Pillow protectors are often taken for granted if you ask me. If you decide to get one, you will immediately feel the difference as it covers the cool nylon fibers of your pillow. Your head will definitely feel more snug and it will be easier for your body to increase its overall temperature.
4. Cover your hammock with a rainfly
Try using a rainflu or a tarp for cover the top part of your hammock. When doing so, make sure to place the rain fly as close as possible to the hammock. This is a neat trick that you should never skip out especially if you can’t set up camp behind a natural windbreaker.
5. Use sleeping pads
Sleeping pads are great for adding extra layers and heat to your backside. All the way starting from your upper back down to your tooshie. However, I don’t really recommend using this during non-winter seasons since sleeping pads can cause condensation build ups. This means you could end up being all sweaty unless it’s really cold.
6. Wrap yourself up
This tip you should never skip out. This is a sure fire way to keep warm in a hammock. Try to use a pod style sleeping bag that you can place inside your hammock. Place your sleeping bag just above your sleeping bag and fill it with a sleeping bag liner for maximum warmth.
7. Wrap your sleeping bag up
Did you know that you can actually wrap your hammock in its own sleeping bag? It may count as an extra investment, but trust me, it will make your hammock feel like a warm cocoon that’s ultra soft and cozy.
8. Use an underquilt
If you don’t have a sleeping bag pod, you can always try covering the outer side of your hammock with an underquilt. Just make sure that the underquilt is tightly snug around the underside of your hammock for the utmost comfort.
9. Don’t forget the top quilt!
Just like the underquilt, the top quilt is used to cover the outsides of your hammock. You can place your top quilt just under the rainfly for an extra layer against the cool winds.
Things To Remember
There you go! A complete set of tips on how to stay warm in a hammock outdoors. Remember, if you ever find yourself in a situation where the weather has turned unstable and too much to bear, please do not push through. You can always come back and camp next time.
Otherwise, just keep a lookout for the best location to set your hammock up.
Make sure that you set your hammock up in an area that’s behind a windbreaker and away from widowmakers or dead branches hanging on trees.
Don’t forget to bring enough layers in the form of sleeping bags, sleeping pads, top quilts, and underquilts to keep your hammock all cozy. Most importantly, don’t skip out on the rainfly. You never know when there could be rainfall or snowfall.
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