Camping Hammocks Rule the Day

Altair Olympic National Park

A tent serves many purposes while camping beyond shelter (changing your clothes, hiding from the rain, and of course sleeping. But it is bulky, requires a lot of time to set up, and is limited to a flat area. Hammocks allow you the freedom to set up wherever your feet take you, as long as you have 2 trees 12-18 feet apart. It also doubles as a chair during the day. And kids love the idea of swinging back and forth for what feels like hours. Both tents and hammocks have their pros and cons, but when it comes to freedom, the hammock wins every time.