Hammocks. They’re so much more than just the latest trendy item to own. I bought my hammock five years ago when I spent a summer in Colorado, and every year since then, I count down the days until I can take it back out for the season. I love my hammock because its nostalgic, comfortable, versatile, durable, lightweight, simple, restful… Just think about it- who wouldn’t want to hang outside between a couple of trees, swaying gently with the wind on a warm summer day? If that picture alone isn’t enough to convince you of the joy that comes from owning a hammock, then keep reading for five reasons you too should get hung up on hammocks this summer.
1. Hammocks are Cheap
As I mentioned before, I bought my hammock five years ago and it’s still going strong! I bought my single nest hammock from Grand Truck for $59.99, which is so cheap in the outdoor goods world. And the best part? It has a lifetime warranty. So really, for an extra $20, Grand Trunk will repair or replace my hammock, no questions asked, no matter what I or mother nature did to it. That’s a pretty sweet deal if you ask me.
2. Hammocks are a Great Tent Alternative
Can’t afford an ultralight tent? Get a hammock. Mine is just 20 oz, making it ideal for camping and backpacking. Taking both my hammock and rainfly (in case it rains while I’m outside at night) amounts to a little more than just 2 pounds in a pack. The only drawback is you’ll have to pick a campsite with a couple trees. But I prefer camping in the woods, so it’s rarely been an issue for me.
3. Hammocks are Easy
In addition their lightweight nature, hammocks are also super simple to set up. Wrap a strap around a tree, clip your hammock in with a carabiner and viola! Packing up is easy too- you just stuff the parachute material into itself, and it packs away in a nice stuff sack style.
4. Hammocks are Relaxing
Instead of laying on the couch, you could lay outside in a hammock. Bring a book to read, a blanket to curl up in, music to listen to, a drink to enjoy… there’s so many ways to relax in a hammock! For me, I love to set up in the backyard and read my Bible or let the wind rock me to sleep for an afternoon nap.
5. Hammocks are Social
And the final reason to get a hammock- they’re super socialable. Rarely do I see a single hammock strung up all alone. Instead, a typical hammock sighting in Kent involves friends stacking their hammocks, making them a cozy, creative way to chill outdoors together.
What’s holding you back from living the hammock life? Share your hammock stories and photos with me on Instagram by tagging your post with #venturelocal.