Practical Advantages Hammocks Have Over Tents
Sleeping in a camping hammock as opposed to a tent offers a lot of advantages for in exchange for just a few drawbacks. You can get a good hammock and necessary accessories for about the same price as a comparable tent. However, you also open the door to enjoying a better overall camping experience. Let's take a look at a few reasons why hammocks are superior to tents under the right circumstances.
Tents are notorious for having poor air circulation, even if the design includes vent holes and flaps. Not only that, but to maximize air flow, you need to position the tent so that the wind blows through the front or back. Even at night, you need to keep the tent partially-open in many cases in order to let stale air vent. Poor air quality, along with associated smells from hiking or camping all day long can have an impact on your ability to have a good night's sleep.
On the other hand, since hammocks are more open, you get fresher air all night long. You can also enjoy nicer views of those beautiful starry nights that you would otherwise miss in a tent.
The other main benefit of having a camping hammock is that they are lightweight, especially compared to a decent-sized tent and all of its associated gear. You can easily take a few pounds off of your shoulders simply by switching out your tent for a hammock, and this can make all the difference in the world when hiking long distances with a backpack.
Easy to Set Up
Most camping hammocks are designed to be set up in just a few minutes. You also don't need to scout for a good campsite in order to pitch a tent. As long as you find two sturdy trees that are at least 10 feet apart, you can turn that spot into a campsite. Attach the straps, hook up the hammock, make a few adjustments, and you're good to go. Nothing could be easier.
Aside from being portable and lightweight, people tend to prefer hammocks because it improves their sleep quality. A good hammock that is properly set-up will distribute your weight evenly, give you enough room to stretch out a bit and form to the contours of your body. Sleeping on the ground, even with a good pad, causes many people to toss and turn as they try to find the perfect way to get comfortable. Not only that, but stiffness and aches and pains in the morning can have an impact on your overall well-being throughout the day.
Give a camping hammock a try the next time you're in the wilderness, and give yourself a little bit of time to adjust to the idiosyncrasies of sleeping above ground. Chances are that once you've adapted, you won't look at tent camping in the same way again.