Once you have the basics right, hammock camping is easy as well as safe and fun. Just follow these simple instructions and you are well on your way to exploring the outdoors in comfort!
Note: If it is raining, it's a good idea to set up a tarp first! That will give you shelter while you rig your hammock.
IMPORTANT: The flatter the angle of your hang, the greater the force applied to the suspension - so make sure there is enough slack in the hang of the hammock to prevent any breakages. Check out this handy calculator on The Ultimate Hang which shows you how it all works.
For the flattest and most comfortable lie, we recommend placing yourself on the diagonal. This spreads the material out around you and creates greater width inside the hammock.
If you are using the Scout, Camping or Frontline hammocks, you have the option to cocoon yourself between the two base layers.
(Note that each hammock's respective weight limit should be halved when your weight is on one layer).
Depending on the time of year or the climate, you may wish to add insulation such as an underblanket, quilt or sleeping bag. Find out more about camping in winter, or simply browse our insulation range.
If you are going to be hammock camping in heavy rain, you may wish to think about upgrading your standard webbing to include a set of Hammock Rings, or even swapping it out for the Complete Whoopie Suspension System. Having an impermeable metal ring or karabiner in-line aids in water run-off, and prevents rainwater from wicking down the suspension into your hammock.