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Hammock Camping in Summer

Choosing your campsite

When searching for your campsite remember that with a hammock you are free from the constraints otherwise encountered with tents - no need for level surfaces, no ground chill, no concern for drainage!

One of the most important factors in the suitability of a hammock site is how exposed it is to the wind. Search for sites with natural windblocks like dense vegetation, boulders or cliffs.

In very warm weather, however, there is certainly an advantage to being exposed to the wind – remember that wind can help repel midges and flies - a common plight of the wild camper! Camping on the windward side (as opposed to the leeward side) of ridges and hills can make a substantial difference.

Keeping cool

camping in summer

Orientate your feet into the wind and angle your tarp to deflect the wind onto your hammock.

A site situated near a water source will be cooler - the temperature can be up to 4°C/10°F lower beside streams, lakes and rivers.

A site exposed to the wind will have far fewer insects than a sheltered site.


If you're planning on taking your hammock into tropical climates, we recommend reading our advice on camping in the jungle. We also have some top tips on camping in winter, and setting up your hammock.

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This month we have been working with John Ratcliffe of Sir Alexander Fleming Primary School's "Hazels" outdoor learning school. Take a look to see how John and the team are helping children learn and grow in the bounties of the outdoors!
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