In our first home together, hubby and I had one of those large white hammocks on a big green stand in our backyard. The two of us would lay in the double-sized hammock and just relax side by side staring up at the tree branches and the clouds. It was absolutely relaxing in our little quiet sanctuary of a backyard. Fast forward a number of years and now we have our little blessings. However, the peace and quiet of the hammock now became a swing and something for the kids to climb all over. The mere thought of relaxing in the hammock would quickly be interrupted by the sounds of someone needing a drink or crying because one had gotten sand in his eyes.
Now that my kids are a little older, well they still use the hammock as a swing, however there can actually be time to rest in a hammock now as they don’t need me at their side hovering over them 24/7 like they did when they were toddlers and more apt to eat the dirt and not just play trucks or dig in it. When my sister got a hammock from her husband for her birthday, the one pictured below with my boys in it, I actually got a few minutes in it without any kids and it was blissful.
What is it about laying in a cocoon type bed; swaying in a light breeze while feeling the warm sun on your skin. Listening to the sounds of kids playing or even the sounds of a chainsaw buzzing. The sounds of camping.
Brining a hammock camping for either resting or sleeping in it all night is definitely a fun idea to bring the next time you head out to camp whether it’s a car camping trip or a backpacking trip.
Things to inquire about before purchasing a hammock for camping.
- Maximum amount of weight it holds
- Weight of Hammock itself
- Ease of set up and hanging up
- Does it come with a rain shield?
- Is it water-resistant?
- Is there an insect shield to keep bugs out?
- Do I need to buy a hanging kit separately or does it come with the purchase of a hammock?
Here are some hammock ideas that look completely relaxing! (Well, for me, perhaps the one between two cliffs is not really my cup of tea, but definitely inspiring!)
Need more convincing to sleep in a hammock? Check out Trek Life Gear’s webpage to learn more about hammocks, purchasing and why you should be camping in a hammock instead of a tent!
It’s a saying I’ve been using since Trek Light Gear began. I grew up camping in a tent. So did just about every one of you reading this right now – if you went camping and it wasn’t in a cabin or an RV, you slept in a tent.
This post is part of the #AtoZChallenge where I will be posting 26 posts throughout the month of April for the theme Family Camping. If you love your hammock or are thinking of getting one, please comment below.