Where To Hang Your Camping Hammock
With a portable camping hammock the world is your oyster. Camping hammocks are generally lightweight and have a small pack size so they won’t be a cumbersome addition to your day bag or if you are backpacking on a longer expedition. Camping hammocks make a great bed for the night and a comfy hangout spot for daytime lounging.
Camping with a hammock in good weather can be as simple as setting up between two trees with no other accessories needed. In this guide we’ll look at where the best locations are for hammock camping and what you need to look out for to make sure you choose a site where you will feel safe and secure.
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What do I need to consider before hanging my hammock?
When selecting a spot for your daytime hang, basecamp or room for the night, bear in mind your surroundings and some environmental factors and location-specific considerations that might disrupt your chill time.
The type of hammock you have will inform where you set up and how many anchor points you’ll need to suspend your tent. You’ll likely need two or three sturdy trees or columns to attach to–more on how to select strong healthy trees later!
Think about whether you want to be in the sun or in the shade or if you need to create your own shade with a tarp or any other covering set up over the hammock. Is it likely to rain? In this case you will want to set up a rainfly or tarp to keep you dry. In the cooler months be sure to pack a sleeping bag, sleeping pad, blankets and extra layers.
Don’t hang your hammock too close to water. As tempting as it may be for the relaxing sounds or picturesque views, consider whether it attracts bugs and mosquitos or if it is in danger of flooding. If you’ve come prepared for these conditions then a bug net will keep you free from bites.
If you are wild camping, make sure you have your bearings and ideally check before you go that you are permitted to camp in the area.
Take note of the ground beneath you. Soft grass is ideal but, unlike ground tent camping, you don’t need to worry if it’s not flat.
You may want to position yourself within walking distance of a good toilet area and have a designated area (off the ground) for any trash so you can take it with you when you leave.
Be respectful of wildlife, stay clear of any animal habitats and if you are camping in bear country remember to follow the correct precautions.
This is an important step. Check out this handy video that will show you how to pick out suitable trees for your Tentsile hammock.
To help you visually assess trees for a hammock camp, we’ve put together this guide of what to look for, what to avoid and how to know your trees are going to be a safe choice for your set-up. Click here to see the Visual Tree Assessment and Anchor Selection Guide.
For a traditional hammock, the same assessment applies-the trees will need to be approximately 15ft apart. For multiple occupancy Tree Tents and hammocks the trees will need to be able to take a greater load.
In order to protect the trees as much as possible, use protector straps which will protect the bark from the abrasive ropes. Where possible, opt for straps instead of ropes. Every Tentsile comes with protector wraps.
No trees, no problem
Our preference is always to hang out in the trees, but sometimes you’ll need to get a bit creative with how to hang your hammock in an area that’s tree-free. You have several options:
- A hammock stand. These come in different styles for a range of set ups from backyard lounging to car camping. They can be set up anywhere but are not so easy to transport without a vehicle.
- Poles and posts work just as well as trees. You may find these to be more ideally situated or you can make your own, ensuring they are carefully fixed to the ground, bolted or with cement.
- Only got one tree? Attach the other end to your vehicle and this will do the job just as well.
If you are setting up your hammock indoors then solid columns or wall attachments will work, but first check that the materials and strength of the walls will be able to support your weight in the hammock.
Where is the best place to hang a camping hammock?
Well if you ask us, we’d say up in the trees with our friends and loved ones, somewhere peaceful and awe-inspiring and off the beaten track. For others, it might be on the front porch or in the backyard so they never have to go very far to kick back. Whether you prefer a sea view, the jungle or anything in between, if you are prepared then just pick a spot and create your ultimate hang.
How easy is it to hang a hammock?
We’re one step ahead of you. Check our ‘How to Hang a Hammock’ guide for tips, advice and a crash course in useful knots not only for hanging your hammock but also for other outdoor pursuits.