Yes, we’ll talk about backyard hammock camping today and you’re about to find out we have strong reasons to do so.
As the days have stretched into weeks, those of us who look to nature as a sanctuary and count on our time outdoors for our renewal have felt that yearning to be outdoors.
But the world has been told the unthinkable: stay home! What?! In many areas, it was not a request; it was a mandate. Stay home.
Stay Home and Be Outdoors
So how do we observe the rule to stay home, which protects ourselves and others, and yet still be able to enjoy nature?
I’ll say look no farther than your backyard! If you have just a small space or several acres, you can set up your nature preserve out your backdoor.
Think seriously about creating an outdoor experience for yourself and those, if any, that are confined with you.
One of the ways to do so is to set up an outdoor area in which you can do some backyard hammock camping.
You might already have the typical recreational hammock swaying in your yard, and it might be one of the types of hammocks in this article.
A recreational hammock is a fun item to have for lounging, but if you want to take your time in nature to another level, a camping hammock is the way to go.
The beauty of having a “real” hammock is that once the signal is given and we can cautiously resume our lives, a camping hammock will hold you in good stead for those acutely missed forays into nature.
Now Is The Time For Backyard Hammock Camping
Social distancing has caused us to improvise in ways we had not thought possible. People are creative beings, and we rise to challenges that come our way.
While we might not have control over the mandates of the moment, we can control how we react to them. One of the ways is to make the best of a difficult situation.
Turn this into an opportunity and take advantage of a time that may (hopefully) never come again.
It Is The Safest Step To Take
While you are sequestered, either by yourself or with others, it is the best place to be. You are isolating to protect yourself and others, and you are a tremendous help to those in the medical field.
Again, you might be by yourself, or you might have others with you. We are going to assume that if you are by yourself, you have already taken a vote and put yourself in charge. That makes decisions easier.
If you are fortunate enough to have company, you have recruits, and everyone can play a part in creating a nature preserve in the backyard.
If you are an avid outdoors person, as I am, you may already have the items needed for your adventure.
If you lack some items, you may be able to improvise with things in your garage or attic.
If not, there is this magical place called Amazon, where dreams come true with just a click of a mouse.
You can adhere to the shelter in place advisory and have it delivered to your front porch, ready to carry into your backyard!
A Way To Stay Sane
Not everyone is going to automatically fall into a pattern where the social distancing and isolation is a welcome presence, especially when the days turn to weeks.
People tend to be creatures of habit, and this disruption has changed all of our patterns. Being out of doors can be good for your frame of mind and quite literally a breath of fresh air.
Being outside can refresh your spirit and make you feel better physically. You will get your daily dose of vitamin D, and it will also boost your energy after just 20 minutes of being outside.
Psychologists have found that backpackers scored 50% higher on creativity tests after they had spent a few days in nature, which also translates into less time on electronics.
So being outdoors at this time will be an excellent move to make sure that you will retain your grip on sanity!
It Will Be Great Practice For The Real Hammock Camping
If you are new to hammock camping, it will be a perfect time to practice setting up and to hone your skills.
It is a recommendation, always, that you try out new skills or new equipment before heading off into the great beyond.
The backyard can be your place to practice and experiment. If you are already a pro, hone those skills. Stretch what you already know to cover the circumstance of staying at home.
You Will Be Healthier For It
Here are a few of the benefits of being outside that will be great for this time of social distancing but will hold you in good stead when the world goes back to its usual pattern.
You will get a form of exercise by being outside and setting up a campsite. It will entail you moving and doing and using some of those muscle groups.
As I have said before, you will get much-needed vitamin D. This vitamin is essential for your bones, blood cells, and to keep your immune system healthy.
Being in nature, even if it is your backyard and not on a mountain, it will still lessen anxiety.
Sunlight raises your serotonin levels, increases your energy, and helps you to keep a calm, positive attitude.
If you have others with you at this time, remember that you have the opportunity to lead by example. It could be your time to shine and make this quarantine a learning experience.
Spending time outdoors will also help to set your sleep cycle. The cells that are in your eyes need enough light to be able to regulate your body’s internal clock.
Being outdoors will increase your focus. Again, through studies, it has been shown that it is the “greenness” of the outdoors that helps our powers of concentration.
It will also boost your creativity, which will be perfect for setting-up your backyard camping area.
Let your creative energy flow as you decide how to map out the territory you are developing in your backyard.
Prepare For From Now On
Here is a list of items that, if you don’t already have them, would be perfect for your outdoor adventure. Remember that this is not a “just for now” venture.
Being outside and in nature should be a lifelong activity no matter what situation you are in at the moment.
The benefits that nature offers us translate to all aspects of our lives that should be pursued lifelong.
Camping Hammocks and Accessories for Backyard Hammock Camping
The Everest is a quality camping hammock that will be your go-to sleeping product for years to come. The hammock is made from durable 100% taffeta parachute material. It has a quick-dry diamond-weave nylon fabric that is breathable.
Light in weight, it will hang nicely in your backyard and be easy to pack on trails once you can get outside of the confines of your home.
The triple stitch seams will hold up to 400 pounds, and at ten feet long and six feet wide, the Everest Double hammock will hold two people. (at least if you are still talking to each other!)
While outside, the enclosed mosquito netting that is part of the hammock will protect you from annoying pests, including the No-See-Ums.
You can use the hammock with or without the netting by merely flipping the hammock over.
Lightweight, it can be easily stuffed into the attached compression sack, and with straps, the entire set up will weigh less than two pounds and be about the size of a grapefruit.
Some like a bit more room for themselves, so although the Everest Double hammock will hold two people, if you like lots of your own space this hammock will give you room to spare.
Everest Double camping hammock is also made without the mosquito netting. It is the same durable 100% taffeta parachute, breathable material.
Identical in all ways to the Everest Double hammock with netting, this hammock would be perfect for a lanai or other room indoor where you do not need to concern yourself with annoying bugs.
As we all know, in Florida we get frequent rain showers. Most of them are of short duration. An Everest rain fly is the go-to choice, as you can set it up and leave it up over your camping hammock.
The fabric is a quick dry polyurethane coated nylon that also is treated with a UV inhibitor. The “Z” stitched reinforced corners make pullout fast and easy.
At 142” by 98”, this rain fly is 30% larger than most other fly’s and will keep your hammock and gear dry.
The reflective guy lines enable you to see them in the night or by moonlight. The rain fly can be set up in a traditional Catenary shape or a Hex Cat-Cut. Step-by-step instructions are included.
If you want to go old-school and use a hammock stand, the Sunnydaze would fit the bill. It is made of tubular powder-coated steel 1.75 mm thick for resistance to rust.
Available from Amazon, this hammock stand can be delivered to your front door.
This stand does not come with a hammock but will hold hammocks that are from 9.5 feet up to 14 feet long.
The hanging hardware is included, and there are no tools required to set this stand up. Designed for either indoor or outdoor use, the Sunnydaze comes with a one year manufacturer’s warranty.
The stand would work well on an outdoor patio, around a pool or out in the yard, but purchasers of the Sunnydaze felt it was the best portable hammock stand for camping at campgrounds, too!
If you want to hang your hammock indoors, on a porch, or have a wooden structure, you would like to attach the hammock to, and this heavy-duty hanging kit will help you secure it to your structure.
Please know that it is NEVER a good idea to use any type of invasive hanging apparatus on our friends, the trees. It causes damage and stress to the very things that are scrubbing the air clean for us.
That being said, when this hanging kit is correctly installed to wall studs or posts, they will support 2400 pounds per total.
Create a cozy corner or a place of fun and entertainment in a child’s room that will make them eager to go when bedtime comes.
I am one of those people who has a rough go of it trying to sleep without a pillow. When camping on the trail, I would sometimes stuff my jacket with other clothing pieces and use that as a pillow.
It was not at all satisfactory, but I also did not want to lug a pillow, even for just one overnight stay.
The Trekology inflatable pillow solves those issues for me, and happily, it is about the size of a can of soda. Perfect for traveling too!
It takes anywhere from three to five breaths to fill the pillow; I tend to like mine less firm so I can inflate by Trekology in just seconds.
The backside of the pillow has rubber anti-slipping dots that increase the friction between the pillow and hammock or sleeping pad.
The Trekology does double duty as lumbar support for an office chair, or my favorite, sitting against a tree. The pillow has a strap that will wrap around a chair to hold the pillow in place.
The pillow comes in five colors and with a storage bag. This is a great pillow for any type of traveling.
As the popularity of camping hammocks has risen, so too has the number of handy accessories that makes the experience even more enjoyable.
The Odse hammock sleeve is one of those accessories that are well worth having. This is a great addition for the trail or for use with the hammock in your backyard.
As the name suggests, the “snakeskin” works like a second, protective skin for your hammock.
Made from a durable ripstop and waterproof nylon, the covering will keep your hammock sheltered from the rain, sun and keep it from getting dirty.
Just thread your hammock through the sleeve and pull it down over the hammock. The sleeve can be retracted, yet remain in place for the next use.
The Odse folds up into its small carrying case and will work with a single or double hammock and iron folding camp beds.
Last, but not least on our list, is the Sleepingo Camping Pad. This pad gives you the additional piece of comfort that makes being out of doors that much more pleasant.
Designed with mobility in mind, this inflatable camping pad weighs about 14 ounces and comes with a carry case.
Once inflated, which takes about 14 breaths, you will have over two inches of support underneath you. A generous 75 X 23, it is perfect for slipping inside a hammock or using on the ground.
Made of heavy-duty ripstop fabric, this pad has an R-value of 2.1, so it will also keep you warm on those cooler nights.
Hammock Safety Tips
How To Prevent Hammock Injuries
Getting injured would put a damper on your backyard adventure, or when you are out in the wilderness.
The first rule of thumb is to use your common sense, prepare for contingencies, and don’t take a “let’s try it and see” approach to setting up your camping hammock.
Always check to see if the supports that you are using to hang the hammock are in good repair. If hanging between trees, choose healthy trees that are at least eight inches in diameter.
Look up! Are there any dead or broken branches above? If so, choose a different location.
Hang your hammock about 18 inches above the ground. A fall from that height will only hurt your feelings.
Here is where common sense comes in play…the view over a ravine, river, or boulders may be spectacular, but so would the fall on them be.
If your hammock has wear or a tear, replace it. Check the suspension straps for frayed edges and get new ones. I guarantee that an injury will cost you more than the replacement price of equipment.
How To Hang A Hammock From The Walls
Again, we recommend safety first, no matter where you hang your hammock. If you want to hang it from the wall, it must be anchored into a load-bearing beam or joist.
These beams are made of solid wood and make up your home’s framework. They are designed to bear heavy weights.
A load-bearing beam helps to hold the house together. When you have decided which room of the house you want to place your hammock in, follow these steps:
- Use a stud finder to locate the wall stud and mark the center of the joist.
- Measure and mark the distance between the two anchor points you have chosen. The points could be anywhere from 10 to 15 feet apart. It will depend on the length or your hammock and how much curve you want in the hang. When you are in the hammock, the ideal height from the floor would be 18 inches, which is roughly the height of the seat of a chair.
- Drill the first hole into the joist using a small bit. The bit should be smaller in diameter than the anchors you will be used to hang the hammock from.
- Drill the second hole into the joist.
- Choose heavy-duty eye bolts that have a length that will allow for a least two inches to be screwed into the joists.
- Screw the eye bolts in place.
- Attach chains, ropes, or cords to the end loops of the hammock. Hook these suspensions to the eyebolts with the proper knots or with carabiners.
- Adjust the suspension length to the desired height.
- Test it out. You might want to put a weight in the hammock, or your least favorite friend to see if it is sturdy.
The world finds itself in an unprecedented situation. For the first time in history, the President of the United States has declared a major disaster in all 50 states.
While it might be an unsettling time, we are resilient, creative, and self-sustaining people.
You will be able to use this time of social distancing as an opportunity to hone a skill or acquire new ones.
Setting up a backyard hammock camping site will open up all types of possibilities. It includes mental and physical health benefits and gets you out in the sun and fresh air.
If you already have the basic equipment, it is a good time to add to your stash with the perfect accessories.
If you are new to camping hammocks, it is an even more ideal time to acquire hammocks that you will be able to use once you can get out on the trails.
Discover a new passion that will help to guide you through this period of time and continue to renew your spirit in the years to come.
Can you set up more than one hammock in the backyard?
Yes, you can. The setup and the number of hammocks will be limited only by your imagination and possibly your wallet.
Is backyard hammock camping suited for all age groups?
Backyard hammock camping is suitable for most ages. It is generally recommended that young children not be left unattended in a hammock.
When very young, children tend to move around quite a bit, and they also don’t have the cognitive ability to understand how to enter or exit a hammock safely.
Until your child is of the age that they would be able to understand and maneuver getting in and out safely on their own, it is best not to let them sleep alone.
With older adults, the only thing that would preclude them from using a hammock is their inclination and ability.
As we age, our joints don’t work the way they used to, and we are also not as limber as we used to be.
Other than a physical condition that would preclude it, age will not matter when it comes to enjoying a hammock.
Can I Go Hammock Camping With My Dog?
You sure can. There are some tips for doing so in this article: Gearing Up For Hammock Camping With Your Dog in Our National and State Parks.
Is sleeping in a hammock comfortable?
Yes, sleeping in a hammock is very comfortable. The key to that comfort is getting a flat lay.
It will seem counterintuitive, but the best way to lay in a hammock is on an angle. If you lay straight, the sides of a hammock will curve around you, and it will feel much like you are in a cocoon.
Lying at a 30-degree angle will flatten out the hammock. If you are a side sleeper like me, this is still the perfect angle in which to get a great night’s sleep.
How many people are allowed to sit on a hammock?
Both the Everest Double and the Everest Single camping hammocks can hold up to 400 pounds. So, two or three average-size people could sit on one of those hammocks.