A BEGINNER’S GUIDE TO HAMMOCK CAMPING

March 10, 2022 50 Comments

A BEGINNER’S GUIDE TO HAMMOCK CAMPING

What is Hammock Camping

Hammock camping is a lot like tent camping. You still have to bring your food and cooking tools. The only real difference is that you will be bringing a hammock instead of camping tents for your sleeping arrangements.


This can make a big difference when it comes to hiking to your camping site. A hammock will generally weigh a lot less than even the best camping tents. It will also take up a lot less room.


Based on that alone, if hammock camping works, it is a far superior option compared to bringing a bulky tent.


On top of that, hammocks are a lot easier to set up than tents. That means that you will also save time and effort setting them up. A great camping hammock can create a better camping experience.

Common Misconceptions about Hammock Camping

1. It's Unsafe

Some people think of hammocks as flimsy things. To be frank, the technology necessary to create sturdy hammocks has been around for a long time. If you want a solid hammock, it is as simple as buying a quality item.


2. It Makes It Diffcult To Sleep

Between the warmth and comfort that hammocks can provide, they can often help you to get better sleep than you would in a tent on the ground. It can be incredibly soothing to go to sleep while enjoying the beautiful night sky. And they will save you a lot of stress because of how easy they are to transport and set up.

3. Hammocks Are Complicated To Set Up  

Setting up hammocks is actually far simpler than setting up tents. There are far fewer pieces to get in the right place. That also means that there are fewer pieces that can end up breaking and requiring replacement.

Setting up a hammock can be as simple as finding a couple of ropes around a couple of trees and attaching the ropes to holders on the hammock.


4. Hammocks Have A Limited Weight Capacity

If you are worried about hammock weight capacity,  don't worry, LOVE STORY's camping hammock has a maximum capacity of 500 lbs.

Install a Hammock Camping

When you get to your campsite, do a site check and investigate your area for where the trees are. You’re looking for a good location for your hammock, so watch for shade, sunlight, and clear ground beneath.


You need sturdy trees that will hold your weight. Don’t use saplings or dead trees; these will likely break under any sort of weight, no matter how light you might be.


Once you've selected a fully sturdy tree, wrap the tree strap around the tree, pass the strap through the large loop; Then according to your favored distance, wrap many times as you needed, and pull tightly; Finally unfold the hammock,and buckle the carabiner into the suitable loop of the strap.

Benefits of Hammock Camping

Once you've wrapped your head around trying out hammock camping, you'll begin to see the many advantages it brings to your outdoor experience.


  • Lightweight and Portable
  • Easy Set Up
  • Better Sleep & CAMPING EXPERIENCE


50 Responses

Andrea Logan
Andrea Logan

March 14, 2022

I love camping, but I have been using tents before and feel like I could buy a camping hammock and try it out.

Michelle Nua
Michelle Nua

March 14, 2022

It’s in very good quality and quite easy to use. This’ll be one of my favorite items for this summer.

matja21
matja21

March 14, 2022

Fabric is soft and adjustable strap is really useful. I use this with cats . They can’t easily jump out like they can if they are just in your arms.

Irene Harrell
Irene Harrell

March 14, 2022

It was so easy to set up and I cam take it down and move it to different spots in my yard!

Marta Valle
Marta Valle

March 14, 2022

I liked too much . Easy to use .

Crissy Fowler
Crissy Fowler

March 14, 2022

Used this hammock for a seven day camping trip. This was a 2 minute set up, and had some deep and refreshing sleeping.

Daria
Daria

March 14, 2022

great hiking small package

Karis Kirchgest
Karis Kirchgest

March 14, 2022

Awesome hammock. Netting is breathable. Dries fast after rain.

Michelle Nguyen
Michelle Nguyen

March 14, 2022

It is perfect it fits my bike and I don’t need to pack a tent or sleeping mat.

marissastewart
marissastewart

March 14, 2022

I am a bigger person, 6’1" 250lbs, but am able to sit comfortably in the hammock. Really easy to set up.

Stefani Belew
Stefani Belew

March 14, 2022

Love it. I am able to use this for lightweight camping. As long as I have two trees I ditch the tent pad and bag. It’s quite comfortable also. The net gives you that sense of peace and security.

Sarah Hope
Sarah Hope

March 14, 2022

Great light weight hammock. Comes with everything you would need.

Charlene Jones
Charlene Jones

March 14, 2022

I loved this thing!!! It setup so easily and held my weight so well(I’m a bigger person). It was my first time hammock camping and it really delivered. I was so comfortable in it and had plenty of room to keep my shoes near me and my flashlight without it interrupting my sleep. The multi loop straps worked so well and it was a breeze to pack up.

Hanna Look
Hanna Look

March 14, 2022

Got this as a gift for my friend and he loves it. He says that it relieves the stress from his back and the hammock itself is pretty sturdy. The net is perfect for when the bugs come out. It’s over all relaxing. I ended up getting one for myself and it is pretty amazing.

Allison K
Allison K

March 14, 2022

I’m 6’2 250 lbs. I bought an 2 person Hammock. And it is to small. So I gave it to my son.

Lauren Matherne
Lauren Matherne

March 14, 2022

My boyfriend LOVES this! I bought it for him as a gift and he has been using it everyday as the weather has started to cool down! 100% recommend!

Alexandrea
Alexandrea

March 14, 2022

Now the hammock is in back yard most the time and it works as intended. The product came without instruction and is easy to setup. But to setup properly (height, net hook, etc) takes several tries. Overall a good product. A few more hook at the side so allow extra string to keep net in sharp will make this product better.

katiemcveigh1
katiemcveigh1

March 14, 2022

Great hammock just wish the net was separate or zipped from both sides.

betseysetsy
betseysetsy

March 14, 2022

We used this hammock while camping with our sons Scouts BSA Troop. The camp had a set up for hammocks, so we didn’t need to use the tree straps. It worked as it should and didn’t feel like it would break easily. Quality fabric and well-done seams.

Kristen
Kristen

March 14, 2022

I’ve never used a hammock before and bought this one bc it came in a small bag with everything I thought I would need and it’s perfect! The net is a perfect addition and I highly recommend if you are a bug magnet and prone to lots of bug bites. Has an inside pouch for your phone, book, sunglasses, snacks, etc. which is super nice. Very durable.

Miss Mari
Miss Mari

March 14, 2022

Ordered two of these for my boys for a beach trip. All the kids slept outside under the house (stilts) for an entire week and they loved it!! The net kept bugs off and they were very comfortable…they even choose to hang out in them during the daytime too instead of regular furniture. I can’t speak for weight as the heaviest kid is 135 lbs. our tallest is 5’9. No one complained!

Elizabeth Caudill
Elizabeth Caudill

March 14, 2022

The Hammock is surprisingly lightweight. But works very well. My teen daughter took it to camp with her all summer and it’s working great. When we first got it all my nieces and nephews were over enjoying it. Although it’s designed for an adult it has never been empty long enough for an adult to get in it.

Jessica Galvin
Jessica Galvin

March 14, 2022

I’m an avid tent camper and wanted to check this hammock system out for consideration. For the money, I was impressed with the quality of the hammock construction and accessories. I decided to stick with my tents and returned this item, but having some experience in recognizing good camping gear, can recommend this for your consideration for the price point and quality

Hunter
Hunter

March 14, 2022

One thing to note is that I recommend spreading the hammock as far apart as possible, so it sees the most amount of slack as possible. This way, if you plan to sleep in it at night, you aren’t sleeping in a curved shaped (hurts your back).

kevimao7
kevimao7

March 14, 2022

Is it a hassle to move the netting out of the way when not in use?

Ciara Romine
Ciara Romine

March 14, 2022

How does the mosquito net attach to the hammock? How does the net attach to the tree?

Jennifer Chinch
Jennifer Chinch

March 14, 2022

Pro tip: Tighter the hammock, the more “stretched out” you’ll be, or the more horizontal. If you don’t keep the hammock tight, you’ll be scrunched up in a cocoon. Obvious to some, but took me a few nights to realize this.

samio
samio

March 14, 2022

I’m 6’3”/4” and it was long enough for me.

Brianna Crumpton
Brianna Crumpton

March 14, 2022

I’m 6ft 2" can I stretch out completely in this hammock ?

Kayla
Kayla

March 14, 2022

I needed a new hammock as the one we had broke and this is such a good find if you want something light and easy for travel. I put it on my apartment balcony but it’s easy to take off if I need to take it somewhere. I highly recommend if you’ve been looking for something nice, light and portable.

Ashley Stahl
Ashley Stahl

March 14, 2022

It is a great quality hammock for the price. Lightweight but durable nylon material. The trees straps and carbiners are really nice. Normally at this price point you’d get rope, the straps make a much better fit. I am going to get alot of use out of this, it will be in my Jeep full time for breaks out on the trail!

chadjess
chadjess

March 14, 2022

My teenage daughter is using this for “hammocking” in the backyard. It’s working great. It’s lightweight, super easy to put up (she did it by herself in 5 minutes), stays in place, super comfortable and secure. It packs away easily into a small bag (attached) and is easy to carry around. Also, it’s pretty. I don’t mind that she leaves it out in the yard for days.

Heather Paaverud
Heather Paaverud

March 14, 2022

We put this in the gazebo in our front yard. It’s a cozy place to curl up with a book, relax and listen to the wind chimes, or watch the birds fight the squirrels for dominance at the nearby feeders. It’s durable, comfortable, and it looks great. Five stars and I wish I’d bought more than one when they were on sale because now I have to buy another.

Hannah Richard
Hannah Richard

March 14, 2022

I wished that the mesquito net had a zipper or velcro to keep it closed.

Rachel Murrell
Rachel Murrell

March 14, 2022

If you are a larger than average person this is the hammock for you. Very easy to hang

emilybecton8
emilybecton8

March 14, 2022

So easy, comfortable, great size. Love the breathability, compactness and hanging straps. Excellent value.

Taylor Rutledge
Taylor Rutledge

March 14, 2022

Easy to attach.

Carlene DeScalo
Carlene DeScalo

March 14, 2022

This hammock was not only affordable, but huge and easy to set up! It took me a total of 10 minutes to unpackage and hang. It is extremely comfortable and lightweight. This hammock is perfect!

Amy Sulikyan
Amy Sulikyan

March 14, 2022

Love this hammock. Big enough to snuggle with my sweetie.

Yoona Kang
Yoona Kang

March 14, 2022

Parachute-like material is lightweight and easy to pack in the small bag that is included. Straps have many loops which is helpful for set-up. Great for camping or backyard.

jaymoo333
jaymoo333

March 14, 2022

Easy set up, easy storage (small), great color, & comfortable. Already planning on getting some as Christmas gifts for the campers in my family.

robertsvma
robertsvma

March 14, 2022

Took it to the lakefront the very next day I have received it. Took me 5 minutes to set up. Very comfortable and fits two people with ease. Love the idea of the straps with loops, you can adjust the length without tying the straps. Highly recommended seller!

Suzanne Marie
Suzanne Marie

March 14, 2022

I loved how easy the setup of this hammock was. The lightweight and durability play a big role in this, creating a portable, and easy-to-handle hammock. This hammock can easily fit 2 people if you order the bigger version as I did. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a camping hammock.

Eden Prime
Eden Prime

March 11, 2022

Wife had a blast, buying another!

Abby
Abby

March 11, 2022

The camping hammock with mosquito net, can the net be removed?

Erin Price
Erin Price

March 11, 2022

What are the dimensions of the carry sack?

Shelby Koos
Shelby Koos

March 11, 2022

Can just one person lie in this hammock or does it only work for two?

Dani Dahlman
Dani Dahlman

March 11, 2022

Initially, I was looking for a light weight good/fair quality hammock to take into camping trips, and or hang around my place, I run into these LOVE STORY hammocks and started my homework reading the reviews; I was sold by the reviews and comments and I can tell why, I received my hammock recently and set it up, tested it and the materials are pretty good, solid but at the same time soft to the touch and the feel it provides.

Heidi
Heidi

March 11, 2022

I’ve never liked sleeping in a tent. I’m always too hot, and it’s stuffy in there, and all the nylon, plus the weight and the setup… no thanks. So, for a recent two night hike I thought I’d try a hammock.

shenry8412
shenry8412

March 11, 2022

I finally went hammock camping and can’t believe I’ve missed out of the practicality and comfort of it! I bought the single owl almost 2 years ago and only had tried it once for a few hours last year. I purchased the rain tarp and bug net as well which I would consider a necessity for any camping trip. I was advised to bring an airpad which I couldn’t get in time for my trip, so I substituted using a yoga mat. I definitely recommend using something for a bottom layer. It will flatten out the hammock and even though the night temps did not fall below 74F with 90% humidity, it can still get a bit chilly in the hammock.

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