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