As the weather gets colder and the holiday season gets near, most people want to stay inside by the fireplace. But we at Rallt still can’t get enough of the outdoors. Here are our tips for staying warm this winter and still enjoying the fresh crisp air - without hypothermia.
We recommend giving hammock camping a try as opposed to tent camping because it can actually be warmer since you aren’t making contact with the ground. It is important to keep in mind the location of where you are hanging your hammock. Heat rises, so choose a spot about halfway up a hill. Make sure you are out of a place with a lot of wind because that will make it feel even colder.
Underquilts and sleeping pads
The most vulnerable part of you when hammock camping in the cold is your behind. As funny as it sounds, your weight on the hammock means the insulation is compressed and it doesn’t work as well. Therefore, you need an underquilt and a sleeping pad to keep your backside warm. If you don’t have a sleeping pad, you can use a car window shade. For a DIY underquilt, check out our past blog!
Now that you are elevated and have a warm backside, don’t forget to protect the topside too. Tarps will prevent any snowfall or rain from getting on you and provide a slight blockage from the wind as well.
Hot Water Bottle
Don’t burn yourself! But this can really help keep you toasty warm. Boil some water and put it in a hot water bottle at the foot of your hammock. Imagine it like it’s a portable fireplace. You can also sleep with your shoes and extra clothes in the hammock with you which will provide extra insulation as well as keep them warm and toasty for when you put them on in the morning.