Most people will advise you to stay comfortable while camping and that’s true. While being comfortable is essential but apparels for the weather is a must. In the certain region, the climate might go from notably hot to freezing, while in some tropical regions is always scorching and humid. It’s vital to pack your bags according to the weather, no matter what type of camping you’re doing.
In the tent, you are well shielded from the winds and the rain but the same cannot be stated for the hammock camping. While hammock camping is fun and less nuisance, it has its own sets of shortcomings. A hammock is great for camping in the summertime, but in winter keeping yourself warm is a task. Camping in the bitterness is very risky whether you’re camping in the tent or hammock. But since we are talking about the hammock, we’ll discuss how to keep yourself-warm in cold.
The first line of defense in the cold weather is the type of clothing you’re wearing. Always dress according to the weather. If you have prior knowledge about the weather condition being cold, wear a thermal cloth inside, or carry one in your backpack. Wearing full pants, preferably jeans would help in keeping your legs warm. This is especially important when camping in a lightweight camping hammock.
Hiking boots with compression socks would help in a big way in keeping your feet warm. Using gloves would be an added benefit for your hands. try wearing winter hiking gloves, it should keep your hands away from freezing and also assist you in working in the cold. Keeping some extra pairs of t-shirts and pants are recommended. Also wearing a thermal headgear is advisable.
Choosing the right type of camping hammock is important. Just like clothing, having weather specific hammock is a must. For the tropical region, you can use net type hammock but the same cannot be used in cold regions. So if planning to camp in the cold region or the climate is going to be cold in the night try using ripstop nylon fabric hammocks such as a parachute hammock. They will provide insulation from cold wind underneath and also you’ll be more comfortable sleeping in them as you will be cocooned inside the hammock.
You need to regularly carry a sleeping bag for every camping trip. Not only they are lightweight and easy to carry, they can be used in multiple ways. Using sleeping bags has advantages such as it keeps you warm in the cold, it provides insulation from the wind and it also covers your full body keeping nothing exposed.
A sleeping pad is vital in a camping hammock in the cold. The body compresses insulation and you will have cold spots on your back without a pad. The best pads for sleeping in a hammock are a combination of insulation and air. You can also hunt for a hammock quilt, they are resistant to compression and specifically designed for hammock camping.
An emergency thermal blanket is a lightweight solution to sleeping bags in the cold region. It’s not that comfortable opposed to sleeping bags but can keep you warm in temperature as low as -10 C. It has a reflective thermal lining and can be used for flagging in case of emergency. it is made of polyester and is very compact and lightweight.
Nothing will keep you as warm as the heat from a bonfire. The most important tool to carry in any camping is a cigarette lighter or a box of matchsticks. Always pack some dry tree twigs and branches in the cold region, they are life savers.
Most import of all is to consult with peoples who have already camped in the region and seek their advice and important things to carry, Do’s and Don’ts in the camping area, details of the wildlife in the area etc. Carrying a multipurpose tool is a great idea. And most Importantly share your camping location details and return time with minimum 2 persons.