Hammock Camping VS Tent: the Never-ending Debate

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Hammock camping compared to the more conventional tent camping has been gaining popularity—and even a fanatic cult following—among outdoors enthusiasts.

And with good reasons.

Never ending debate between hammock and tent camping

Whether you’re a hardcore hammock camper or an occasional hammock user, these are some of the points that often resonate with people in the hammock community when it comes to the hammock vs tent comparison. 

The comfort of a hammock is nothing short of life-changing 

Hammock camping has long been referred to as the revolutionary means of camping.

In the recent decade, it has gained massive popularity and even gained its very own fanbase. For those who had committed themselves to hammocks, they would tell you that hammocks have changed their lives.

And it was through a myriad of ways.

Thanks to the avid community, hammock camping has also allowed people who share the same interests to meet each other and share their passion for nature and outdoor.

This sense of belonging is what made hammocking special for those who are members of the community, that is, aside from a number of technical advantages hammocks have over tents, such as:

You will be able to set up your hammock regardless of ground surface 

Whether it’s rocky hills or wet terrains, as long as there are trees that are decently spaced you will be able to setup your hammock everywhere.

Ground surfaces with a lot of sharp rocks is one of those places that make tent camping next to impossible. However, hammocks made all of this irrelevant. 

Extremely lightweight compared to tents 

Hammocks even with all of the accessories you can possibly imagine with a full-coverage, 4-season tarps, are likely to be so much lighter compared to a full setup tent.

Even the lightest setup tent is going to set you back quite a lot on weight compared to a fully equipped hammock setup.

This is also very beneficial for saving money on luggage when you’re backpacking and camping to other countries. In the long run, having the super lightweight setup is going to save you a lot of money. 

Changing to hammocks from tent is a learning experience 

The change to hammock from the conventional tent is always menacing.

It’s exciting to many, but there’s always that trickle of uncertainty; am I going to fail my hammock camping? Will I survive it? To succeed in hammocking, you need to be willing to go through trial and error 

Just like any other learning experience, including the experience of camping itself! Camping in a hammock is giving up the familiarity of a tent-camping.

And more often than not, giving up that familiarity is the issue to so many people.

And that’s okay. If you’re willing to give hammock camping a go, then be sure to.

If you’re thinking that everyone says hammock camping is so comfortable and therefore your first time hammocking is going to be stellar, then you’re gravely mistaken.

You need to take the time to get along with your hammock. Your first night sleeping in a hammock is probably going to suck.