Hammock camping is surging in popularity due to their ease of use and lightweight portability, which are significant advantages to backpackers and other minimalist travelers. They’re surprisingly comfortable, and a full setup that will comfortably house you and protect you from the bugs and elements is not expensive at all. If you’ve been dying to camp hammock style, check out SunnySports’ great selection of hammocks and accessories to get you hanging out on your next camping trip.
If you’re just looking for a basic hammock with no frills, look no further than this ultralight travel hammock from Grand Trunk. Constructed from durable polyester taffeta, which is machine washable and mildew-resistant, as well as triple-stitched at the seams for extra strength. It packs down to just 12 oz into its own attached stuff sack, but extends to 9.5 feet in length and will support up to 250 pounds with the included sturdy iron S-hooks. It will even accommodate a sleeping pad along with your bag, making for seriously comfortable sleeping quarters on your camping trips. Available in green or blue.
On the other hand, if you want to your hammock to pull out all the stops, the Crazy Crib Lex hammock from Crazy Creek is for you. You may never go back to tent camping again once you use this all-inclusive camping hammock. The main hammock is constructed from 210 denier coated ripstop nylon for strength and durability, and it includes a zippered canopy with no-see-um netting on both sides and a center panel that is lofted over the hammock with the use of two aluminum poles, giving you plenty of room to move around and even sit up when inside. An internal sleeve in the hammock will accommodate a sleeping pad, and internal side pockets allow safekeeping for small valuables and accessories. To ice the cake, the Crazy Crib even comes with a 70 denier coated ripstop nylon tarp, complete with guy lines and stakes for a fully weatherproof habitat. This hammock setup takes camping in the trees to a whole new level.
Any hammock you buy should come with the essential equipment for installation, but you may want to upgrade or add on to your hammock. The Atlas hammock suspension system from Eagles Nest Outfitters simplifies your hammock’s hanging apparatus with 30 combined adjustment points on the sturdy poly-filament webbing straps, and will cause no stress or damage to trees. Grand Trunk produces a handy set of tree slings that help extend the length of your hammock with a 400 lb weight capacity. And if you want to add that all-important mosquito netting to a simple hammock, check out this mosquito net from Exped that slips easily over your hammock for bug-free slumber under the stars.