When people think of hammocks, their minds instinctively drift toward sandy beaches, summertime and palm trees. The beach seems to be exactly what hammocks were made for. The truth is, there are tons of uses for hammocks you might not have thought of—here are just a few people who could find a hammock useful.
Who says you need a tent and sleeping bag to go camping? Not only does a hammock keep you off the ground away from bugs, they’re also infinitely more comfortable than a sleeping bag lying atop dirt and rocks. Next time you decide to spend a night in the woods, leave the tent at home and tie up to a couple of sturdy branches instead.
Standing on your feet or even sitting in a boat all day is tasking on your legs and feet. Why not lie out instead? Fishing is an endurance sport, at least for the mind, and sometimes you just need to have a little rest while you’re waiting for a bite. You might as well wait in style: a hammock hooked up next to a lake or river is a great alternative to standing on your toes for hours on end.
Squatting in a hunting perch or tree stand for hours while waiting for a deer to walk by is just torturous, especially when you could bide your time stretching your muscles and resting your head instead. Hammocks are easily hidden among the trees if you’ve got enough foliage around to keep you covered. Heck, you might even be able to find one that comes in camouflage. Regardless, it certainly saves you from having to sit on your butt for an entire day.
Try telling us that skiing isn’t exhausting. Exhilarating, definitely, but it’s also tiring weaving through all that snow and making your way back up the mountain. Sometimes you just need a break, so why not break out a hammock and rest your arms and legs for a bit off the ground? A hammock can help keep your tush a tad warmer by keeping it out of the frigid, frozen snow.
Anyone With Kids
Having a hammock on hand is almost as good as having a nanny. Your kids are tired but you’ve got another two hours before the family reunion is over? No problem. Hang up a hammock and let them take a nap outside where you can keep an eye on them. There’s no swing set around and you child can’t sit still? A hammock can often double as a swing. Maybe you could even use one to simply play a game of tug-o-war. Point being, hammocks offer endless possibilities for anyone whose kids just need to be kids.
Have you ever found yourself in an airport terminal with an overnight layover and no comfortable places to sleep? The floor is too hard and the chairs usually aren’t meant for lying down. A hammock would certainly come in handy. You could easily tie it up between signage, seats or really, whatever’s handy. They’re easy to pack away, too, so they won’t take up too much room in your carry-on.
What are some other uses for hammocks that you’ve come up with? Let us know in the comments!There are many ways to sit in a hammock. How many of them do you know?