As part of my #GetOutdoors and #MicroAdventure ambitions I slept outside in my hammock. This also helped me escape some of the heat of the house in the heatwave. OK, so I didn’t travel far, just in my garden, but what a nice way to spend the night – quiet evening, stars, warm but not too hot.
I did learn two things though which will come in handy to adjust for next time:
- without some form of protection between sleeping bag and hammock you tend to feel a bit cold around 3/4 a.m. – this is due to the bottom of sleeping bag being compressed and the heat escaping to the cool morning air.
- a thermarest in the hammock certainly helps heat loss, but becomes a bit uncomfortable and hard to sleep. I might try deflating the thermarest a bit. So as opposed to fully blown up as you would on the ground (to avoid lumps etc) I may just pump it up a little so it still flex’s with the hammocks shape whilst providing some air insulation.
Have you tried sleeping in a hammock? What are your experiences and top tips?