Hammock Camping – What to Pack to Keep You Happy on the Trail

When planning for a backpacking trip, for most people, a tent is at the top of the “what to pack” list.  However, there is a fast-growing population of hammock campers.  People are making the switch for their car camping trips, as well as their long-distance backpacking excursions. And now, with all the lightweight hammock accessories available, hammock camping has become even more of a no-brainer.   Here’s what we suggest you add to your packing list to make sure you stay dry and warm on your next hammock camping trip. 

Hammock and Suspension Straps

Finding the right hammock for your needs is essential!  Weighing in at only 9.8 ounces, the ENO SuperSub™ Hammock shaves weight without sacrificing comfort.  The SuperSub™ has the same spacious dimensions as the top selling DoubleNest™ Hammock and an impressive 300lb weight rating.  Designed with 30D ripstop nylon and aluminum toggles, this lightweight hammock combines with the Helios Suspension System to give you all the ENO creature comforts in a trail ready package.

Rain Protection

A hammock rainfly can provide just as much foul-weather protection as any tent fly can offer.  The other notable thing about some hammock tarps is that they can be mulit-purpose.  When not being used over a hammock they can be used to keep your kitchen area dry, or as a sunshade.  The ENO ProFly Sil has six guy points and sealed seams, giving it a streamlined shape ideal for weathering sudden downpours, or building a water-front basecamp.  It is perfect for campers looking for lightweight weather protection.

Bug Protection

Not only are insects annoying when settling in for the night of camping, but they can also be a health risk due to their ability to carry diseases.  You can protect yourself without adding a lot of extra weight to your pack.  The ENO Guardian SL is the perfect insect protection choice for the minimalist backpacker.  The Guardian SL features a streamlined construction, sleeve-like access, no-see-um netting, and conforms to all ENO Hammocks for an insect-free haven.

Insulation

If you have ever hammock camped, you know that it can get cold fast once the temperature drops.  Cold Butt Syndrome(CBS) is real!  While most campers think they can use their sleeping bag to fight the cold, it’s not very effective.  When sleeping, your body weight will compress the loft in the fill, making it lose its insulating qualities.  By hanging an underquilt around your hammock you will trap the warm air between yourself and the insulation, keeping you warm and cozy all night.  An underquilt will add weight to your pack, but you will quickly forget about these extra ounces after a warm nights sleep.  The ENO Blaze UnderQuilt is made with sustainably sourced Downtek® water repellent down, a ripstop nylon shell, and a moisture repelling DWR finish to guarantee that you’ll stay warm and dry.

These are just a few of our tips to help you get started in hammock camping.   Most importantly, have fun, stay safe, and relax!

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