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Five Best Camping Hammocks For Your Sleeping Pleasure in the Outdoors

Updated on November 7, 2010

Usually when people go camping they tend to sleep in tents. But did you know that some people prefer to sleep in camping hammocks rather than inside a tent? Sleeping on a hammock can have some surprising advantages over sleeping in a tent. Hammocks are easy to set up if there are trees around. And, because you're suspended, you won't bothered by the soggy ground if your hammock has a built-in tarp to protect you against rain. Some people prefer a hammock because they can never get comfortable on the hard ground, while others just like them because there are far fewer crawling insects to contend with.  

You may be asking yourself, "how could I possibly get a good nights sleep in a hammock?" You may be imagining yourself constricted or crimped in a hammock. But it's just a matter of getting used to the contour of the hammock. Most hammock lovers will tell you, you just have to spend 2 to 3 nights on a hammock and you will get the hang of it and you’ll love it too. You will be looking forward to sleeping in your hammock on your next camping trip.

When choosing your hammock, choose one with a tough long nylon rope, a durable fabric, a tarp, and a built-in mosquito net if you want to get the most out of it. Choose one that has pockets for your accessories like your flashlight, books and bottle of water. There are also hammocks that are large enough for two people so if you and your loved one are interested in escaping your tent which can get really hot during summer, try one. By removing the tarp when there is no chance of rain and leaving the mosquito net attached, you can have a great night of sleep in the open air, under the stars.

I also love sleeping on a hammock because I love the slight rocking and cradling feeling when the wind moves my hammock. So I will now give you 5 of my most favorite type and brand of hammocks and I hope you enjoy them.

Hammock Bliss No-See-Um No More - The Ultimate Bug Free Hammock
Hammock Bliss No-See-Um No More - The Ultimate Bug Free Hammock

Hammock Bliss No-See-Um No More - The Ultimate Bug Free Hammock

If you dread the pesky insects that crawl in the night, then better sleep on a hammock that can protect you from crawling insects and provide the comfort you need. The Hammock Bliss has very fine netting that even the tiniest insects cannot penetrate. Mosquitoes, gnats, sand flies, midges, and small ants cannot even get inside it once it is securely closed. This durable netting is connected to the whole structure of the hammock. Unlike the standard camping hammock, this one has double zippers which makes it easy to zip open and closed the wall of the hammock. There are 2 utility pockets on the inside of the netting and 4 utility loops for your camping gear.

People who use it rate this one 4 to 5 stars because it's strong and durable and incredibly weighs only 28 ounces. It has been tested to hold up to 350 pounds and it will provide firm support. Very breathable and cozy to sleep on, this may be the perfect camping hammock for the large person.

Mosquito Free Hammock Bliss - Portable Bug Free Hammock - 100" Rope Per Side Included - Ideal For Camping, Backpacking, Kayaking & Travel
Mosquito Free Hammock Bliss - Portable Bug Free Hammock - 100" Rope Per Side Included - Ideal For Camping, Backpacking, Kayaking & Travel

Mosquito Free Hammock Bliss - Portable Bug Free Hammock - 100" Rope Per Side Included - Ideal For Camping, Backpacking, Kayaking & Travel

This hammock has a great combination of high quality materials for comfort and durability, and modern technology to give you a pest-free sleep. As the name says, this really is a “mosquito free hammock”. It's also large so you have more room for moving around. It is constructed of super strong 100% nylon parachute material so it is soft and breathable. The mosquito netting is also made of quality nylon that is permanently attached along its entire length. It's pretty much perfect for camping, hunting, hiking, backpacking, canoeing, kayaking and all your wilderness travels. If you prefer to stay closer to home, you can also use it for lounging on your porch, patio or backyard. It has a long rope so you can tie it onto poles or trees that are wide apart. It's easy to hang and you will be amazed how comfy it is once you settle in. Amazingly this hammock only weight 25 ounces and has been tested to carry 350 pounds.

Grand Trunk Skeeter Beeter Hammock
Grand Trunk Skeeter Beeter Hammock

Grand Trunk Skeeter Beeter Hammock

Lightweight, this hammock is ideal to bring along on hiking trips. But don't let the lightweight part fool you. It's also durable, made from 100% parachute nylon and it has 3x stitching on all its stress points to keep out bugs. It can support anyone up to 400 pounds. It includes an overhead net suspension system and a free hammock hanging kit for a stress-free hanging. It comes with netting for a pest-free experience and is very breathable. It comes with the suspension system, hanging equipment and a travel pouch so it's great to take camping or to just hang out in the back yard. And, it weighs only 27 ounces. Campers, hikers and hunters love this Beeter hammock because it is more roomy, resistant to mildew and quick drying.

Lawson Hammock Blue Ridge Camping Hammock
Lawson Hammock Blue Ridge Camping Hammock

Lawson Hammock Blue Ridge Camping Hammock

How can I not recommend this one? This camping hammock was rated Number 1 Camping Hammock by the American Survival Guide and by Backpacker Magazine and Outside Magazine. It comes with a detachable rainfly and with permanent super-fine bug netting. Made of ripstop nylon, it has aluminum arch poles and spreader bars. It weighs 4 pounds but it can carry a 250 pound person. In addition to it being a hammock, it can do double duty as a tent. It's roomy, easy to set up and fold. Because of all of these features, campers, hikers, and hunters love this Lawson hammock.

Hammock Bliss All-Purpose Shelter
Hammock Bliss All-Purpose Shelter

Hammock Bliss All-Purpose Shelter

Ok, this isn't actually a hammock, but it's something you'll want to use with your hammock. This multifunctional waterproof hammock shelter protects you from rain and sunlight. Its shelter can be used in two ways: like a diagonal diamond for easy set up or, in a rectangular position for maximum protection against the elements. The shelter itself is what makes it multi-purpose because the blue side is for protection against the rain and the white side is for blocking the sun. You can use this shelter on pretty much any type and brand of hammock. This multipurpose hammock shelter is made from 75 denier polyurethane coated nylon and is about 120 inches long, 136 inches diagonal and just under 60 inches wide. It has its own storage bag and weighs a total of 17 ounces. So if you want more than a plain old tarp, this is it. (Please note that the hammock in the picture is sold separately).


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  • Mike Outdoors profile image

    Mike Outdoors 

    8 years ago from Somewhere in Canada

    Great hub! I've got to get me one of those hammocks!

  • Jennifer D. profile image

    Jennifer D. 

    8 years ago from Canada

    Nice hub on camping hammocks. I've been looking for one, and only knew of the Hennesy Hammock. Thanks for the info!

  • peeples profile image


    8 years ago from South Carolina

    Informing hub for campers, just wish the first 2 would have included their weight!!


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