I’ll be the first to admit that most of our camping essentials are just essential for enjoyment, not survival.
But hey, if there’s a bourbon or breakfast burrito emergency, we’ve got you covered! You will never go sober or hungry with our gang. If you are, you’re doing it wrong.
Let me talk about one very essential essential, though: Comfort. If you’re like us, you do a lot of lying around while you’re camping. You’re going to want a place to park your butt for hours and hours and hours on end.
I have found just the place for you and your butt: A hammock. Specifically, Hammock Bliss.
The hunt for a hammock began last year as we were planning a week-long trip to Kings Canyon National Park. That’s a lot of lying around time, and our Home Depot fold-up chairs weren’t going to cut it. The ENO Hammocks are nice, but way too spendy. Other hammocks seemed too cheap, too fug or just didn’t pack down very small.
Although the Hammock Bliss isn’t perfect, it has almost everything I was looking for:
- A reasonable $35 price tag.
- A range of pretty shades to choose from.
- Lightweight fabric that somehow manages to know when you’re too hot or too cold.
- The hammock packs into a little bag that is attached, so while it’s not packed up, you can use the bag to hold your lip gloss. Or whatever.
- It packs down to about the size of a grapefruit. I love it when new camping toys are space-neutral!
- Look at how it swings! Wheee!
My only dislike of the hammock is that you have to purchase a separate tree strap, and I am just way too cheap for that nonsense. I already dropped $35 on your hammock, and it costs extra to actually use it? No way.
There’s an easy solution for that: Go to the hardware store and pick up some rope. Not pretty, but cheap. You can’t have it all.
When I get around to it, I plan to buy some carabiners to attach to the hammock rope so that setup and take down are easier. I already know this is a good idea, so I’ll recommend it to you. If you get around to it before I do, though, let me know how it goes.
One last thing: If you’re a chronic worrier/researcher like me, you’re probably going to fret about tying knots and worry about crashing to the ground as soon as you try to sit in your new hammock. Do not worry about this (as obsessively as I did)! You will be fine. It’s a lot harder to get the hammock to collapse than it looks.
Just tie lots of knots, get them nice and secure and you’re good to go.
Have I convinced you? Get one here!
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