Why Hammock Camping is a Great Family Activity

by Luiz Cent November 10, 2017 0 Comments

"This is a guest post by Heather Adams a keen camper, hiker and writer for Not Quite Wild."

Camping is great fun for all the family. It lets you explore somewhere new and different, while getting closer to nature and having an overdue break from the stresses of modern life. In recent years hammock camping has started to become far more popular, and it’s no surprise- it’s much more fun than sleeping in a tent and is much more of an adventure for the kids. In this article we will be explaining why hammock camping is a great family activity and the benefits it brings over regular camping.

How Does Hammock Camping Differ from Traditional Camping?

Most of us have camped at some point in our lives. The freedom you get when youpack a few hammock camping essentials,and being able to put up a tent in virtually any environment is unparalleled- giving you the chance to explore new areas or simply live a more peaceful existence for the duration of your trip. With such variety in the types of tent available you can usually have it up and ready to go within 20 minutes.

Hammock Camping

Camping is, itself, a great family activity, but there are a few problems with camping in a tent:

  • It can get a bit cramped inside the tent, and not everyone wants the same temperature as others.
  • Kids will be going to sleep at different times to the adults, which can be annoying if you are all sleeping inside one tent.
  • Animals like small mammals or insects can become a problem on the ground.

Hammock Camping

Hammock Camping is very similar to traditional camping but helps to avoid these problems. It all revolves around the hammock, which is suspended between two trees and, as a result, keeps you off the ground at all times. It’s also possible to attach a rain tarp above the hammock to protect against rainfall, but most people’s reason for preferring hammock camping is because of the increased comfort while sleeping, increased space that each person gets, and it’s more fun for the kids than simply having their own sleeping bag.

Why Hammock Camping is Great for Families

When you’re camping with the whole family, you don’t want to be spending too much time with setting up your equipment so you are able to keep an eye on the kids, and get to relaxing as soon as possible. Hammock camping is ideal for this, and is also far more fun for children than regular camping because they each get their own hammock!

Hammock Camping

Kids love hammocks, and as soon as you have put them up they will be jumping in them and playing about. You don’t get that with a tent because the cramped conditions usually end with boredom in no time. It’s also much easier to ensure everyone is comfortable because you aren’t all sharing the same environment inside the tent. Someone may require extra padding, and others might need less, and changing one won’t affect the other. You can even sleep with more than one person in a hammock to keep the kids close and warm if they get scared or cold overnight.

Things to Keep in Mind When Hammock Camping with the Family

When camping with the family it’s far more important to ensure you are prepared when setting up the hammocks than if you were on your own or with friends. Here’s some tips that I’ve found useful when organizing my own holidays:

  • Set the hammocks up in clear areas with flat ground, and make sure all the hammocks are at the same level and close to each other. This makes it easy to talk to each other, helps them feel safe, and when people inevitably fall out of their hammock they will land on safe ground.
  • Ensure you have hammocks made from tough materials that can withstand the wear of kids playing.
  • Sleeping bags are usually enough to keep everyone warm, but you may need some extra padding to keep comfortable. Top Quilts and Under Quilts can be difficult for kids to use because they can’t always fit in to them properly and can find it difficult to be fully surrounded.
  • Don’t surround the kids’ hammocks with nets that are difficult to get in and out of, it can be scary for them. Instead use zippered nets that they fully understand.
  • High visibility zippers are a great way to easily see where the zips are.
  • Large tarps will make all the difference. There’s a chance you can cover a number of hammocks, which makes it a fun experience, and you’ll be able to provide areas of privacy to allow people to change. These can also help reassure kids that they are safe from the outdoors.
  • You can buy equipment that makes hammock camping much more fun for the kids. Things like battery powered lights, bright colored quilts and blankets, maybe with their favorite cartoons on them will all help them acclimatize a lot sooner.

When you go on holiday the last thing you want to worry about is the comfort and quality of where you’ll be staying, especially with the whole family. While camping in a tent can be great fun, it may not be as comfortable and versatile as you need, which is why hammock camping is a great family activity. You don’t need as much equipment, it’s much easier to set up, and you’ll find you get a much more comfortable night sleep as a result. It’s a lot more fun than regular camping, too, and once you’ve taken the whole family with you, they’ll be constantly asking to go again!

About The Author
Heather Adams is a keen camper, hiker and writer for Not Quite Wild a resource blog for those who may not always get the opportunity to get into the wild everyday but who are wild adventurers at heart! She loves taking her family on weekend adventures, and the whole family loves camping under the stars!

Luiz Cent
Luiz Cent

Luiz Cent is an avid hammocker, hiker, and adventurer. He's traveled across 3 continents surfing and hanging hammocks, including Thailand, Colombia, Brazil, Singapore, Indonesia and all across the United States.

You can check out more of Luiz's pictures on Instagram @LuizCent or visit his eCommerce Blog.

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