Hammock Safety 101 — A Beginner’s Guide to Staying Safe and Sound in a Hammock

April 15, 2021

Hammock Safety 101 — A Beginner’s Guide to Staying Safe and Sound in a Hammock

Recreational hammocks are fast becoming must-haves for camping and hiking trips. They’re comfortable to lounge in, lightweight and easy to carry, and quick to set up.

Whether you’re just starting out or consider yourself a veteran “hanger,” here’s everything you need to know about hammock safety.

Is Hammock Camping Safer Than Tent Camping?

Most people feel pretty safe camping with a roof over their heads, separating themselves from the elements and the animals. But picture this: You’re gently swinging between two trees, enjoying a slight breeze, looking over a stunning view as the sun sets for the day. This sort of experience is only accessible with a trusty hammock. And while many campers usually feel safe in a tent, hammock camping can be just as secure.

A hammock provides a comfortable place to sleep no matter where you set up your home base. There are countless types of top quilts, under quilts, and tarps you can use to keep yourself cozy and dry, no matter the weather conditions. Being raised off the ground avoids dozing off on rocks, tree roots, or damp soil. Plus, animals will have more difficulty reaching you when you’re a couple of feet off the ground. Regardless of your concerns with hammock camping, there’s sure to be a solution for a safe and sheltered experience.

Is Hammock Camping Safe From Animals?

While you should always try to find a campsite with lower levels of animal activity away from food or water sources, there’s always a possibility that raccoons, bears, coyotes, snakes, or squirrels could find their way into your things. Hammocks are often great since you’ll be off the ground between two trees. Pair this elevation with a capable bug net, and you’ll be on your way toward an enjoyable experience.

Being suspended helps prevent animals from wandering into your bed at night, allowing you to get a full night’s rest before the next day’s adventures. If you’re in a particularly active area and have durable tree straps, you can elevate your hammock higher than usual as long as you can comfortably get in and out.

7 Hammock Safety Tips

Are hammocks dangerous? How do I stay safe in a hammock? If you’re planning an outdoor trip and are asking yourself these questions, you’ve come to the right place. Follow these safety tips to ensure an enjoyable outing.

1. Have First Aid on Hand

Having first aid and medical supplies on hand will help you in case of any unexpected accidents. Look for a first aid kit explicitly made for camping. One with waterproof matches and a reflective blanket would be best.

2. Inspect Gear

Follow our hammock camping checklist to make sure your gear is in good shape. Before your trip, be sure to:

  • Ensure all seams are in place in your hammock.
  • Ensure your hammock does not have holes, UV fading, or weak areas.
  • Check all quilts and blankets for rips, tears, and punctures.

3. Prepare for Subpar Weather

Before you head out for a hammock camping trip, make sure you have everything you need to stay safe in bad weather. Bring a raincoat, even if no rain is forecasted. You should also be sure to wear layers and bring some warmer clothes just in case you need them in the winter.

4. Have a Means of Communication

Make sure you have a means of communication on hand. You’ll want to be able to get in touch with first responders as fast as possible in the case of an emergency. Examples of communication devices are whistles, satelight communication devices, and cell phones.

Always tell at least one person close to you where you are going before your trip. Travel with another person if possible.

5. Survey the Location

Avoid hanging your hammock over water, rocks, briars, or other sharp or unsafe objects and areas. You’ll want to look for signs of animals, too.

As for the height at which you hang your hammock, most hammocks have tags with recommendations. In general, we suggest positioning your hammock at a sitting height no more than 3 feet above the ground and sagging at a 30-degree angle.

6. Pack Food and Water

Always make sure you have clean, healthy food and water when planning a trip with your hammock in tow. You should never drink water found in nature without adequately treating it first. You can do so by using purification tablets or by boiling the water.

7. Practice Wild Animal Safety

Cook as far away as possible from your camping area to keep wild animals away from your hammock. Lighting a campfire at night can also help scare animals away. As for supplies, a bear bag can help conceal food smells and keep your camping site safe.

How Can I Make My Hammock More Comfortable?

DutchWare offers DIY hammock insulation you can use as padding to make your hammock more comfortable. We also include a 100% satisfaction guarantee with every purchase to ensure you have the best outdoor experience possible.

Buy Comfortable, Durable Hammocks From DutchWare

DutchWare has all the supplies you need to stay safe and sound in a hammock. Browse our inventory for a selection of comfortable, long-lasting equipment, from hammocks and tarps to camping stoves and tents.

Feel free to contact us if you have questions about the gear you need to stay safe on your next trip.

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Reviewed By: Dutch (Thom Ressler) - Dutch started Dutchware after thru-hiking the entire 2,200-miles of the Appalachian Trail with a hammock. During his journey, Dutch learned that there wasn’t high-quality hammocking gear available on the market so he began to create his own.

He began manufacturing the Dutch Clip, which he invented to connect the webbing suspension around the tree. Next was the Chameleon Hammock which offers superior flexibility for hammockers. Today Dutchware sells over 1,000 outdoor gear products to provide backpackers with high-quality equipment that allows them to enjoy the outdoors with a minimalist approach.

Dutch is passionate about providing the hammocking community with the highest quality gear along with the highest quality information to ensure they have the best outdoor experience possible.

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