4 Reasons you need a hammock while lakeside camping

We all know hammocks are great. But there are certain times, certain places, where their greatness is amplified.

One such magical place is on the shore of a lake.

If you’ve never hammocked lakeside, here are 4 reasons you should add a visit to a local lake to your calendar. Bring a tent, stay the night, and, with a hammock, you will have an experience for the memory book.

1. Catch a breeze
Rocking in a breeze is one of the main reasons people like to hammock. Breezes are much more common on the shore of a body of water thanks to the difference in temperature on shore versus over the water.

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Hammocking on a lake, you’ll not only catch a breeze, you’ll be able to ride it all afternoon. Try NOT to be relaxed with a constant gentle breeze pushing at your hammocks straps…

2. Air Dry
Of course, if you’re camping on a lake you’re probably going to go swimming.

Rather than toweling off immediately, set your hammock up in a sunny spot beforehand. Then, when you’re ready to dry off, hop in your hammock and relax in the sun’s rays.

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You’ll warm up, dry off, get some vitamin D, and feel great.

3. Relax in the Water AND on Land
There are few things more relaxing than being gently suspended in a lake’s water. One thing that is more relaxing? Being suspended between two trees after spending the day in the water.

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Without a hammock, your post-swim seating options are rigid and rather un-relaxing.

With a hammock, though, you can keep the relaxation train going from lake to land.

4. Lakeside Sunsets From a Hammock
Sunsets are nature’s daily gift.

Watching the sun set over a calm lake is one of the best ways to receive that gift.

Perhaps the only way to watch a sunset that’s better than watching it set over a calm lake is to watch it set over a calm lake from a hammock.

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It’s the perfect way to end a relaxing day, and the perfect way to end our list of reasons you need to bring a hammock with you the next time you go to a lake.

Reminder – September is the last month to win a La Siesta Travel Hammock through our contest on The Dyrt!

There are many ways to sit in a hammock. How many of them do you know?

4 Reasons You Should Camp With a Hammock

According to a poll from our friends at REI, a comfy hammock is the number 1 must-have piece of gear for every backpacking trip.

To hammock-ers around the world, this fact is self-evident.

But for those who haven’t yet converted to the Church of the Swaying Hammock, we want to make it clear why backpackers are in love with their hammocks. So, we worked with our partners at The Dyrt to put together this list of 4 reasons you should pack a hammock next time you go camping.
1. Add another dimension to your campsite
There’s something uniquely exciting about sitting several feet off the ground enveloped in a strip of fabric. You aren’t on a log, you aren’t on a tiny folding camp chair, and you’re not crammed into a cross-legged position in your tent. Hammocks let you experience your campsite in a completely different way from other camp seating options.
2. Don’t settle for a picnic bench weekend
Sitting on a picnic bench all weekend gets old fast. Give yourself another option by bringing your hammock with you. You can change where it’s set up and switch off between picnic bench and hammock, making your camping getaway all the more enjoyable.
3. Relaxing moments are even more relaxing in a hammock
When you’re camping and the temperature is just right, the sun’s out, and there’s a light breeze… it doesn’t get much better. Unless you have a hammock, then it does get better. Enjoying ideal conditions from a hammock means your whole body can relax, allowing you to really soak in your environment. And, let’s face it, perfect conditions are few and far between. However, whether conditions are ideal of poor, hammocks set you up for maximum relaxation.
4. Surrender to the flow of a hammock
There’s a carefree je ne sais quoi that goes along with rocking in the breeze, book in hand, hearing leaves rustle overhead. For a brief moment, you feel like another leaf yourself, lost in nature (our, more accurately, found). Unlike other seating options, hammocks are not rigid. They move and flow, both with your movements and with those of the world around you. Letting go of the control that comes with rigid seating can help you relax even more than you would otherwise.

So, next time you go camping, consider bringing a hammock. You won’t regret it.

Don’t have a hammock? You can win one of our Travel Hammocks through our contest on The Dyrt. If you’ve ever camped in Michigan, you can enter our contest by submitting your campground review to the thedyrt.com.

There are many ways to sit in a hammock. How many of them do you know?