Hammock vs Tent Camping: Which One Is Best For You?
Sleeping in a hammock isn’t the easiest thing to do, trust me on this, I’ve tried. They may not be best to sleep in, but they’re great for relaxation. Anyway, it really depends on the individual preference of comfort and convenience. So let’s take a look at what both a hammock and a tent have to offer you.
- Easy to transport
- Great for relaxation
- Can be hung on uneven terrain
- May not be ideal for sleeping
- Won’t keep you out of the rain
- May not be easy to set up for beginners
If you’re traveling lightly, these are the best option. They can be easily packed away in a duffle bag or even carried right on your shoulder. They are extremely lightweight and are set up in a matter of minutes.
They definitely are the best option if you are trying to be as minimal as possible. Not only are they minimal, but they are easy to set up and take down because you don’t have to worry about stakes or poles. They just tie around a tree and you can swing freely as the wind blows. Keep in mind, however, that some of the hammocks do require specialty knots that may not be easy to do for a beginner.
Hammocks can definitely be comfortable if you have the right size. If you are camping with your spouse and they want to cuddle with you or you decide to use the hammock as your bed, then a double would be the best option. You aren’t going to fit comfortably if you are trying to squeeze two people in a single.
Although, if you’re by yourself, the hammock is a comfortable way to sleep under the stars. It’s an extremely enjoyable experience. With tent camping, you can’t look up at the stars while you’re drifting off to sleep. The only positive thing I would have to say about tents is that they keep you dry from the rain and away from mosquitos.
Tents are they way to go if you’re camping in colder weather. They’re great for keeping you out of the elements and away from pesky critters. But do they stand up to the comfort and practicality of the hammock?
- Great for accommodating multiple people for sleeping
- Most are easy to set up
- Some are affordable
- Keeps you out of the rainy or cold weather
- They’re bulky
- They get too hot on the inside
- Some are pricey
Honestly, the only way a tent is comfortable is for warmth and bug protection. If you’re sleeping in a tent, you either have to invest in a really comfy mattress, go for the air mattress or sleep on the hard ground in a fluffy sleeping bag. In a hammock, you can swing under the stars and enjoy the great outdoors.
So Which One Is It?
If you’re looking for a real camping experience, I would have to say that hammock is the best option. It’s the best way to be comfortable and relaxed without spending a ton of money. Sure, it’s not your comfy bed, but there’s nothing better than snuggling up next to your partner or kids in a hammock and swinging under the stars until you’re fast asleep in your sleeping bag. I loved sleeping in my hammock, but the bugs ate me alive which is the only reason I would suggest the tent.