How to Sleep Warm in a Camping Hammock: 5 Ways to Feel Cozy
September 10, 2018
No, you are not crazy to go camping when it’s freezing outside. In fact, it’s going to be fun and exciting. Don’t worry yourself on how to sleep warm in camping hammock. If you plan it right and come prepared, you’ll never regret it.
So this winter, get ready and pack your bag. Bring your hammock, and let’s go camping!
5 Ways to Sleep Warm in Camping Hammock:
I know that you’re concerned about how to sleep warm with just a hammock for shelter. You may be surprised what hammocks are capable of and how flexible they can become. Do you know that you can enjoy hammocks anywhere?
You can hang in the woods, desert and beaches. Yes, even to places without trees! If you want to give it a try, you can check this guide.
Let me show you how to be comfy while camping even in cold temperatures.
1. WEAR WARM CLOTHING
Of course, the first way is to wear clothing that will warm you up. I’m fond of wearing winter jackets, pants, and boots during cold hikes. I wear thick undergarments, socks, and gloves too.
A hooded jacket and bonnets are helpful to protect my head from cold.
2. CHOOSE THE RIGHT LOCATION
Before I do the set-up, I need to look for the perfect spot to hang. A place where there are no risk hazards like falling branches, landslides or open wind.
Pick a safe nook where there are natural windbreakers like within trees or behind boulders.
3. SET UP A SUITABLE HAMMOCK CAMPING SYSTEM
I am a hanger, but not an expert. Yet, I know enough that there are plenty of options for me to stay warm in winter. I write through experience, and this set-up made me enjoy my camping when outdoors was freezing.
HAMMOCK UNDER QUILTS
I chose hammock under quilts because they never fail me every camping. I hung it from both ends and made it cover underneath. I chose an under quilt that is full length, so if I pull it both sides, it thoroughly wraps my back, butt, and feet.
Know beforehand the temperature forecast on your camping and make sure to pick the underquilt that has the temperature rating suitable for the trip. Under quilt is a bit pricey than pads, but it is easy and light to pack. It functions as an insulation and wind barrier while you are sleeping.
I prefer sleeping pads because I simply place it in the hammock and sleep over it. It’s soft, warm and keeps my whole back under well protected even though I move about.
There are also available pads with built-in pillows too.
Like a mummy, I wrap myself up to keep warm. Sometimes, I find the sleeping bag troublesome since I need to unzip every time I need to get out.
As an alternative, top quilts are helpful since they don’t have full zippers and do not take up too much space inside.
You took care of the protection underneath, and the comfort inside. Now, make sure that your top is protected not only from the cold and wind but also from the rain. Placing a tarp on top of your hammock before you sleep,
Hammock tarps give you the best wind protection. Try setting up your hammock a bit lower to the ground to save the heat for you.
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4. EAT THE RIGHT FOOD FOR A GOOD SLEEP
Do you know that what you eat can increase your body warmth? Bring handy foods that are rich in calories. Sardines and dried meat with fat are super energy generators.
After that meal, you can make some hot chocolate milk to boost it up.
5. WARM BOTTLES CAN HELP/HEATING PADS
Before you call it a night, you can boil water and pour it inside a bottle. Place it at the bottom where near your feet. It would warm up your feet for a few hours. Make sure to put on your socks to keep you from getting burned.
If you have heating pads, it would be convenient too. It’s much less of a hassle compared to boiling water. There are plenty of heating pads for feet and hands that you can buy from stores.
Surely learning how to sleep warm in a camping hammock is easy. Knowing how to do it gives me freedom in the sense that I am no longer scared to enjoy camping even in extreme weather conditions. In fact, the excitement and the challenge make it double the fun.
If you decide to be a hanger, keep in mind that you must be prepared before going on a trip.
Take note that you must have enough provisions, safety gears, and emergency kits. Remember to check the weather forecast before you hit the trail. Most importantly, learn when you need to go back when it’s deemed too risky.
With all those tips, are you ready to hammock camping? Who knows, I’ll see you on the trail one day. Drop some comments, I’ll be happy to chat with you!
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About the Author
"Hey I'm Laura! I have a huge passion for hiking and camping. Lying under the star beside the tent and camping fire with my team is the ultimate nature getaway to me. "