How to Stay Warm While Hammock Camping
As a father of three kids and an experienced camper, I know the importance of staying warm on the mountainside. Whether you’re a beginner or veteran camper, you may have experienced the difficulties of staying warm while hammock camping. Without the comfort of a campfire, sleeping in a hammock can be chilly and uncomfortable– but not impossible! With the right supplies and a little know-how, you can ensure a warm and cozy camping experience. Today, I’m here to show you how to stay warm while hammock camping, even in extreme temperatures.
When choosing a hammock, opt for one with a tight weave and insulation. A tightly woven fabric traps your warmth while the insulation adds a layer of protection from the cold air. Make sure your hammock is also large enough to fit your body comfortably. Nothing traps cold air like excess fabric! For an extra layer of comfort, add a sleeping pad or inflatable hammock mattress for added cushion and warmth.
To stay even warmer, consider layering your hammock camping gear. Fleece and warm fabrics work best for trapping air and retaining warmth. Layering blankets adds even more insulation and can help you stay cozy through the night. Make sure to bring lightweight items so you’re not weighed down and uncomfortable.
A sleeping bag is another essential item you need to stay warm. Bring a mummy-style sleeping bag designed for extreme weather conditions. This will keep your body insulated and secure. Make sure the sleeping bag is light enough to easily transport, yet warm enough for any temperature. To avoid drafts, secure the ends of the sleeping bag before entering the hammock.
To keep out the cold air, consider adding a rainfly or tarp to your hammock set up. Select one that’s designed to keep out moisture, but also keep heat in. Adding the drip lines and tie-outs are also necessary for a solid and secure set up. When setting up your rainfly, make sure it’s taut and leave enough of a gap between the hammock and the rainfly. This will help you avoid condensation and keep warm air in.
When hammock camping, also consider the location and time of day. If possible, choose a spot that’s near a natural heat source, like the sun. Not only does it provide comfort, the sun can also dry any damp items, like rainflys. If you’re forced to hammock camp in an area with more shade, light a fire to keep the air warm. Make sure you practice safe campfire procedures and avoid setting fires too close to your hammock.
If you’re camping in extreme temperatures, a chimney tent can provide a beneficial heat source. These tents are designed to trap heat while keeping out chillier air from the outside. This is a good idea if you’re camping during cold winters in the backcountry or other harsh weather conditions.
If you’re hammock camping on cooler nights, investing in a pair of warm clothes can make a big difference. Make sure your clothes are made of breathable materials and have moisture wicking capabilities. Check the temperature rating for the items you choose to get an idea of what level of warmth it will provide. Fleece-lined jackets, thick socks, and insulated pants are all great for layering up and keeping warm at night.
Another helpful way to stay warm is using heat packs. These help your body heat up and maintain warmth for a longer period. Place them strategically to help trap warmth throughout your hammock or sleeping bag.
Hammock camping can be challenging, especially when the cold strikes. Although the night might feel colder, the payoff is more than worth it. Spending the night in a hammock brings many benefits, like better sleep, reduced stress and even an improved posture. Don’t let the cold stop you from enjoying the wilderness; stay warm and safe with these tips and tricks.