Bug-proof Your Travel Hammock for Camping

An unfortunate reality of life is that everyone will inevitably have to deal with bugs intruding on many areas of their life. Hammock camping is no exception: a person laying between two trees is bound to encounter flies, mosquitoes, or gnats at some point. Such a reality occurs even more so when you’re hammock camping, where you’ll be outdoors in your makeshift bed all night long. Bugs can even intrude your hang time in the privacy of your own home, just as they would any other indoor endeavor. But don’t worry – this list of steps will ensure that you keep the crawlers away from your hammock.

1. Hang a Mosquito Net

Fortunately, the outdoor industry has caught on with how bugs can get in the way of enjoying a hammock, which is why mosquito nets specifically made for hammocks are now widely sold. You can find any number of homemade and DIY nets online. Getting one of these will save you the irritation of having to wave flies away while you’re trying to get a good night’s sleep. To set a hammock mosquito net up, simply slide it over your hammock once you’ve attached one end to a tree. Once it’s over your hammock, attach the other end of the hammock to the other tree and tie the net’s ring line tightly between the two trees above the hammock. Finally, hang the net from the line, unzip the net, and enjoy a mosquito-proof nap.

2. Spray Permethrin

If you want the bugs to not only keep out, but also stay away, bug spray is the way to go. And fortunately, if your hammock is a commonly used synthetic like nylon, you can use Permethrin and won’t have to worry about if the spray will damage the fabric. Permethrin not only keeps bugs away from your night of sleep – it also kills many of the bugs it comes in contact with. Also, there’s no catch: simply spray the exterior of your hammock well and say goodbye to the bugs.

3. Stay High and Dry

Especially when camping, it’s important to hang your hammock someplace that’s of a decent altitude and is away from water. This rule applies across the board – the more saturated the environment, both in terms of water and air – the more bugs will be there. The drier the atmosphere, the less you’ll have to worry about if the other measures you take will do their jobs. So pick some elevated ground that’s away from a body of water and have next to nothing to worry about to begin with.

4. Burn Sage

Sage is a North American shrub and a well-documented bug repellant This natural remedy for bugs is especially helpful for keeping bugs away indoors, where the appearance of a mosquito net and smell of Permethrin would not exactly be the most inviting things in the world. If you would like to keep the bugs away from your living room hammock, simply grab a Sage candle and light it someplace in close proximity to your hammock. But if camping is more what you have in mind, burning Sage leaves in your fire. Either way, Sage will not only leave a pleasant aroma, it will also protect you from the insect intruders.

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