Rainy weather is a reality for many campers, but that doesn’t mean that hammock camping has to be off the table. In fact, hammock camping can be even more enjoyable when done right in the rain.
If you’re willing to put in a little extra effort and plan ahead, you can enjoy some of your most memorable evenings ever in a hammock during good rain.
1. Make Sure You Have the Right Gear
The key to staying comfortable while hammocking in the rain is to make sure you have the right gear. You will need an appropriate tarp or fly sheet that is both waterproof and large enough to cover the entire area around your hammock.
This will ensure that you are protected from wind-driven rain and keep any water from accumulating underneath your hammock.
Additionally, consider bringing a waterproof bivy sack or sleeping bag liner which will add an extra layer of protection against moisture if needed.
2. Stay Dry While Getting into Your Hammock
Getting into a wet hammock can be uncomfortable and cold, so it’s best to avoid it whenever possible. Wear clothing made of materials such as synthetic fabrics which are designed to wick away moisture before getting into your hammock.
Additionally, bring along two plastic bags—one for each foot—and slip them over each foot before entering your hammock so that they can act as makeshift booties and keep your feet dry throughout the night.
3. Plan Ahead for Comfort
Finally, plan ahead for comfort by bringing along items like pillows, blankets, and insulated clothing layers—all of which will help keep you warm and dry throughout the night no matter how bad the weather gets outside your tarp.
Additionally, if you have access to a stove or other heat source on your camping trip, consider bringing one with you as this will help make rainy nights much more enjoyable since you’ll have hot food and drinks available whenever necessary.
Hammocks may not be everyone’s first choice when it comes to camping in wet weather, but they don’t have to be off-limits either!
With some simple planning and preparation beforehand, anyone can enjoy comfortable nights spent under their trusty tarp even when the rain won’t let up outside their shelter.
As long as you remember to bring along the right gear and take steps like wearing moisture-wicking clothing while getting into your hammock or using plastic bags as makeshift booties, then there’s no limit as far as how enjoyable rainy nights under the stars can really be!