Sleeping in a Hammock When It’s Cold Outside

Winter hammockWhen temperatures start to drop, so does the enthusiasm for stringing up a hammock. You may be the most avid hammocker around during the summer (because hammocking is a verb now), but when late fall and winter roll around, you choose to seek refuge in a tent rather than freeze in the trees.

Sleeping in a hammock when it’s cold outside can certainly be challenging, but it’s not impossible. As long as you know what you’re doing, it’s easy to stay warm in a hammock during the winter. So here are a few things that you should know.

You should have a sleeping pad when sleeping in a hammock. A sleeping pad isn’t necessary during the summer, but when temperatures drop in the fall and winter, you need something to help provide insulation. If you choose to forego an inflatable sleeping pad, there’s nothing between you and the cold night air to keep you warm.

Underquilts are a good way to provide a little extra warmth when sleeping in a hammock. These fit underneath your hammock and are designed to help retain heat and block the cold. Underquilts can be made of down or synthetic material, and add an extra barrier between your hammock and the cold air.

Set up a tarp above your hammock. Stringing a guy line above your hammock to make an A-frame with a tar is a good way to add a little warmth and protection to your hammock set up. A tarp will trap body heat, and add protection from wind and moisture.

Make sure that your sleeping bag is warm enough. If the forecast calls for a low of 32 degrees, don’t assume that your 32 degree bag will get the job done. That bag may be adequate for sleeping in a tent, but a tent will typically provide more warmth than a hammock, even if you have an underquilt, pad, and a tarp.

Camping in a hammock during the winter isn’t impossible, it just takes a little more set up than normal. We have everything you need here at Uncle Sam’s to build the perfect hammock camping set up. Stop by and see us today!

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  1. […] You can still sleep in a hammock when it’s cold outside. In general, hammocks will not provide as much warmth as a tent, but that doesn’t meanĀ  a hammock can’t be a toasty option for fall and winter camping. If you’re going to sleeping in a hammock, check out our post about hammock camping in cold weather. […]

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