December 16, 2017

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Ever thought that backpacking would be a lot more fun without having to lug a tent everywhere and sleep on some ridiculously-priced, flimsy mat?  A hammock is the answer you’ve been looking for.  Mine is practically weightless and sets up between two trees in a snap.
 
I know you are thinking “that sounds great, but I sleep on my side and could never be comfortable all curved in a hammock.”  I thought the same thing until I found on the internet that you are supposed to sleep diagonally in the hammock, and then you’ll be able to lay flat.  Here’s how I do it:
 
How to Sleep On Your Side in a Hammock
First, roll over on your side as close as you can get to one edge of the hammock. Then back your head up until you are lying diagonally in the hammock. By positioning yourself diagonally, you will be able to lie flat in the hammock which is very comfortable.
 
Tribe Provisions Adventure Hammock
My Tribe Provisions Adventure Hammock sets up easily using the included ropes. When my family went camping recently with some other families, some of  the dads took a turn in the hammock for a few minutes. They all said it was very comfortable. When the  dark crept into our camp, I went to sleep in the hammock with a friend’s tent almost right underneath me to keep me company. I had a good night’s sleep. For my birthday, my parents bough me the Adventure Hammock Mosquito Net to go with my hammock, so now I can sleep in it even in the middle of the summer when bugs are the worst.
 
I usually sleep in the top bunk of a bunk bed. Since my brother has a hammock, too, I think it would be fun to try sleeping between the same trees in our hammocks so it would be kind of like being in our bunk beds.
 
Advantages

  • Long rope makes it easy to attach to all different tree configurations
  • Instructions and stuff bag are attached to the hammock so I don’t lose anything
  • Packs up small and lightweight
  • More comfortable than any backpacking pad I’ve tried
  • Can be used without a pillow

 
Disadvantages

  • Hard to get the hammock back into stuff bag. It can be done, but it takes some work. 

Keep Hiking Forward!

Trent
​Jr. Hiking Forward Correspondent 

Asia , Australia