Camping is fun! People close to me know how big I’m on camping. Whenever I can find some time for myself, I am ready to leave everything to a stop, grab my hammock and march towards the wilderness. It is the best feeling in the world,if you ask me. But sometimes things don’t work out the way you would love to. The snowfall is just too much, and the cold just kills the vibe. And for a hammock camper, that’s the saddest part of life. Because there is nothing, you can do about the weather. However, camping shouldn’t stop for anyone. And that’s why I even want to go hammock camping in winter. I know it sounds crazy! But if you too want to join the madness and go out for hammock camping in cold weather, then check this out.
Tips for Winter hammock camping:
Those tent campers mock us for not being able to enjoy the snowfall. They sit inside their pretty tent in the cold and enjoy the white snow covering the entire place around them. Where else, hammock campers freeze in the middle of the snow. That’s what they believe to be true.
To be frank, they are not entirely wrong. In comparison to tent camping, hammocks do have their pitfalls. Being in the open is the one that really makes a good case for the tent people. But also, this is the same reason why people choose hammocks over tents in the first place.
So, you’ve got to live with your decision. And today, I’m going to help you to live with it as I’m going to show some neat tricks to avoid the cold and enjoy the hammock camping in winter.
Prepare for the trip:
In the movies, they say only the fittest survive the wild. Bullshit! The one who survives is the one who prepares for the journey. So, when you’re going out for winter camping, you’ve got to pack smart thinking about the weather. If you don’t then prepare for the sharp cold to freeze you to death. Maybe, it’s too extreme, but there is some bone-chilling punishment waiting for you.
Now, the million dollar question is what to pack? Let’s check out:
- First of all, pack the hammock. Make sure, everything you need to hang the hammock is there in the bag. Like the straps and carribenars.
- Next, a sleeping bag should make on the list. The mummy bag will provide warmth in the cold.
- What is the one thing that makes a tent better than the hammock? Simple, it gives a shelter over your head. So, the last thing I would suggest that every hammock camper should take is a tarp. That would solve a big issue.
Besides that, you can make sure to take other insulation systems to help you fight the cold. Like an underquilt or top quilt as well as a sleeping pad can come handy. But taking everything with you might seem too much. So, make sure what you need and just take them. Because while traveling, packing light is always important. And one of the reasons, why I prefer hammock over the tent, as they keep things lightweight.
Light up the camp:
The night gets cold. But sometimes, the temperature suddenly drops too low. Now, it’s freezing out there. You need to light up the fire in the campsite as the cozy hammock isn’t doing the trick for you. But you can’t do as the things you’re going to light up got dampened due to cold. It happens quite often. So, if you don’t want to find yourself in such a horrible situation then bring a gas burner or any system that doesn’t get affected due to cold.
However, fire accidents at campsite also is a significant concern. Especially, if you’re in the middle of the wild, it can lead up to wildfire. Therefore, make sure to use the types of equipment carefully. And always put out the fire after you’re done with it. In the winter with all the snow around you, that shouldn’t be an issue.
That’s my spot:
You’ve got the tarp. Nice. But finding the right spot that works as a natural windshield is always great. You can now go double down stopping the wind coming and make an excellent little paradise for hammock camping. So, the tip is quite obvious. Find a place that stops the cold winds reaching your campsite. Once you’ve found it, set the camp.
Wear the warm stuff:
As you’re going camping in the cold, shouldn’t you wear winter clothing? Isn’t it that obvious? Now, I personally believe in covering myself in three layers of clothing. You need to cover the top, the bottom and obviously the middle.
So, pack some hats that cover the ears. While make sure wear the coziest winter clothes covering the legs and the belly region. Wear gloves and socks too. If the temperature gets too low, the layers will help you to keep warm.
However, make sure to check the forecast before taking all these layers of clothing. If the weather isn’t too cold, then a jacket, a warm pant, and a comfortable boot will just do fine.
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Winter Hammock camping sounds fun, and it is. But if you’re not ready for the trip, then it can go wrong big time and be a haunting experience for the rest of your life.
So, make sure to follow the tips that I’ve shared with you. Don’t act like a fool saying I don’t need the things. I can have a great hammock camping in cold weather even without them. Those stubborn and immature decisions sometimes can be life-threatening. So, take your time, prepare for the trip and when you’re ready, go for it. It would be a life-changing experience; trust me.