Rain gives a cozy shower to nature and nature blooms like a flower. You don’t want to miss the updates the forest and mountain generate at rainy season. But when it comes to camping and hiking in the rain things get much harder in reality.
The muddy road and a heavy backpack for a tent is not a good match! So you just want to release the weight of your shoulder, and buy a hammock for getting the best experience of your rainy season camping.
why you should take a hammock for camping in the rain :
- Firstly, you will walk light.
- Hammocks are easy to set-up than tents.
- You will be more close to nature.
- The rain fly will keep you dry, warm and protected.
If you are smart enough, you have already understood a hammock will be the right choice for you for camping in the rain. Now, as you have set your mind to take a hammock to go camping in the rain, you must take these things with you. Unless you want to fail to fix your hammock and soak like a bird! So grab your pen and list up –
- Weather friendly Hammock: You must choose a hammock which is climate friendly. There are some hammocks which are made of materials which can get wet quickly in the rain. So choose hammock wisely. Take the ones which are made of polyester or similar materials. More clearly, check the feature of the hammock before buying. Buy it only if it says it is waterproof.
- Tent pole: This single pole will help you to support your hammock tarp.
- Strings and Rope: To set up your hammock in wildlife the essential things you will need are strings and rope. Not only setting your hammock string and rope will help you in so many other ways.
- Environment-Friendly Hammock straps: While enjoying your days in wild you don’t want to harm it right? So take environment-friendly hammock straps otherwise you will end up damaging the trees you tied your hammock.
- Tent Stakes: Hammock is a lightweight material, with a little wind it can blow around and that will be hard for you in the rain. You will get drenched. You can take lightweight tent stakes for supporting your tarp. The lightweight feature of tent stakes won’t hamper the quality.
- Rain Fly: Must take if you want to stay dry camping in the rain. Choose tarp wisely. The tarp should be the same length or a little longer than your hammock and made of waterproof resources.
Things to Consider before Hammock camping in the rain:
Are you ready to go? Not yet! Consider these things before hitting the trail-
- Try to get a comfortable hammock
- Take a sleeping bag
- Carry a Tarp or rain fly (obviously!)
- Wear wind and waterproof clothes.
- Protect your feet from the water. Wear long boots.
Selecting the spot:
- Choosing the right place for hammock camping plays a vital role in:
- Setting up the hammock.
- Finding the right distanced trees to tie the hammock straps.
- Enjoying the view.
- Providing maximum weather support.
All you need to know about The Tarp:
The most crucial element for camping in the rain is the tarp. Firstly let’s see what you should consider before buying the right tarp for you.
- Waterproof: Not to mention, your tarp should be weather friendly. Most of the tarps are made waterproof so you won’t have to face difficulties finding one for you.
- Made to measure: Your tarp should be 10 to 12 inches longer than your hammock. If not the water dripping will soak the hammock straps and as well as you.
- Not too long! Yes, if the tarp is too long the air flow will get restricted, and you will end up sweating badly overnight. Also the more prominent the tarp, the heavier it will be. So, choose tarp which allows enough airflow in your hammock and put less weight on your shoulder.
- Style Of the tarp: there are generally four types of tarp available in the market.
Choose your required style of tarp keeping these things in mind-
- Anchor points
- Set up simplicity
- Coverage (as the different shape of tarp provide separate coverage)
Your tarp will give you full weather coverage if it is raining, snowing or a storm with strong wind hit you on your camping. So buy a tarp which is easy to set up, require less room in your backpack yet gives you full rain coverage.
Setting up the hammock in the rain:
Here comes the most challenging part of your trip. All those preparation will go to vain if you fail in this segment. So follow the instruction carefully-
- Set up the tarp first then the hammock. So that your hammock can remain dry when you set it up.
- Create a ‘V’ Line in your rain fly to make enough room for you in the hammock.
- Keep enough room for ventilation.
- Secure the tarp stacking it in the ground by guy line.
- Make water drip lines in your rain fly. It will help the water flow down quickly without getting your hammock wet.
- Hang your hammock higher from the ground than regular. So that the water can flow smoothly under your hammock if it rains heavily.
- Check if the trees or barks are strong enough to take your weight. Try to go for the big ones in the rain.
- Double check the knots while setting up your tarp and hammock.
Here’s a video about Setting up the hammock in the rain:
People get quite concerned when it comes about camping in the rain. The massive tent does not allow exploring the desired places. Now as you know, you can smoothly go to camping with your hammock in the rain too, who will impede you?