How to set up an outdoor hammock for camping

Whilst you may be living a life of luxury and indulgence, there is something about getting back into the bush that fills the soul. So it’s no surprise that camping with hammocks is a new trend sweeping the country as more couples explore all the wonders that the Australian bushland has to offer.

Before you head out on your camping trip, you may be asking yourself: how do you hang a hammock?

Here we’ll give you a step-by-step guide to installing your hammock amongst trees.

  • Firstly, you will need to find the perfect spot to hang your hammock. When choosing the two trees to connect your hammock to, ensure that the distance between the two trees is 60cm or longer than the actual length of your hanging hammock (ring to ring). If the trees are closer than this, the arc of your hammock may be too great and cause discomfort.
  • Next, use rope, or a hammock tree strap to securely wrap around the two tree trunks – this is your suspension. For security, we recommend using a hammock strap. These long flat straps have a loop on one end, designed to be gentle on tree trunks.  You will wrap the single loop rope end around the first tree and then insert the long end of the strap through the loop and pull it tight. Repeat on the other tree.
  • Using a knot or a carabiner attach the suspension to the ring or loop ends of the hammock. Repeat on the other end of the hammock. The hammock should be about 60cm off the ground. Be patient; it can take a few tries to get it just right.
  • Complete a safety check. Check each of your connection points to the tree are secure before climbing into your hammock. Pull-on the connection points to ensure that they are sturdy and inspect your hammock for any wear and tear issues.

Now, that has been completed, what are you waiting for? Sink into your hammock and enjoy that camping life.