I’m sure many of you grew up camping in a tent like I did. A tent is as synonymous with camping as a rod is for fishing. Most of us have spent each of our camping moments within the safe enclosure of a tent. However, hammock camping is no less enjoyable once you discover its comforts.
But convincing yourself to embark upon an adventure with a completely different camping gear is a tough task. The two gears, even though poles apart in the way they are set up, provide an equally enthralling experience.
Hammock vs Tent- Features and Setup
Hammocks can be set up anywhere irrespective of the surface’s terrain. They come handy on rocky terrains dotted with trees. Tents, on the other hand, are the first thing that comes to an avid camper’s mind. This age-old option provides ample space and can survive harsh weather.
The main source of difference between the two remains in the mobility of their existence. While one, being minimalist, is easy to carry and set up the other needs a ground to root its strength. For a better understanding about the two gears, we have prepared a comprehensive guide to help you through the process.
What is a Hammock?
Hammocks are basically a minimalist form of camping. They are easy to set up as well as take down as there aren’t any poles you will have to deal with. They can simply be tied around a tree.
Apart from being low-maintenance, they are also easy to carry. If you are going solo then a hammock provides you a comfortable night under the stars. However, on rainy nights, they fail to serve their purpose.
A hammock keeps you at an arm’s distance from the bugs and worms frequenting the surface of the ground. These can be set up even on slopes or rocky terrain. Besides this, it keeps us dry during rains when the ground is wet. But they fail their purpose to save us from the droplets falling from above.
However, lately, hammocks have been enhanced with tarps. This completely protects us from rainwater.
The disadvantage comes in when you are traveling with your spouse or simply want to share it with someone. Hammocks are available only for one person. Also, they are quite uncomfortable on windy days due to their swaying. Also, setting up a hammock requires the presence of trees.
What is a Tent?
Tents are age-old camping gears that provide ample space and comfort. Tents have proven their mettle across all seasons. They are strong and sturdy and can sustain windy weathers.
A tent can fit in more than one person. It is a task to set up a tent and is not everyone’s cup of tea. Therefore, a tent is the best choice if you are going camping with your family.
When it comes to comfort, a tent always wins the debate over a hammock. This is simply because as humans we are not used to sleeping in mid-air. Besides this, a tent is quite spacious. Even after accommodating people, a tent still has room for keeping the luggage and other stuff, unlike hammocks.
However, a tent comes with its own set of disadvantages. Firstly, the poles take up a lot of space in the luggage. And lastly, these poles easily bend and break after which they can ruin the fabric of the tent.
Unlike hammocks, finding a proper site for a tent is a huge task as one has to take a number of things into account while finding a good site. A hammock only requires the presence of trees, while a tent pays a great deal of attention to the surface. The weight of the accessories takes up a toll on a person.
Which is better?
Having discussed the pros and cons of both the options, it doesn’t take a lot of thought to pick out the better among the two. While a hammock is a good choice for solo travelers, a tent is best suited if you are traveling in a group.
Not as comfortable as a tent, a hammock still manages to make your trip worth it. You can use an underquilt to provide for a soft bedding. There is nothing better than to snuggle up next to your spouse on a hammock. However, be prepared for the bugs to disturb the living daylight out of you.
It goes without saying that carrying a hammock isn’t as heavy as carrying a tent. How are you going to enjoy your trip, when all your energy is drained on carrying a heavy load? But then again, if you are not able to get proper rest after a long day’s journey, the excitement will vanish from the entire trip. It is thus wise to choose a tent over a hammock after considering these pros and cons.
Setting up a tent sure is a task, but with a little bit of help and the right tricks, what can’t be achieved! Besides, even some hammocks require being knotted in such a way that only an experienced man could do it.
What should my choice be?
Both these camping gears have their fair share of pros and cons. Thus, I am not going to hail one above the other. Both the options are equally enthralling. A hammock is an easy way out with a minimalist approach towards journeying. A tent is a more comfortable approach that seeks to provide the necessary luxuries.
Hammocks will be more suited to a solo traveler’s needs, while a tent will cater aptly to the needs of a group of travelers. They can also share the heavy weight of the tent.
If you have a thing for landscapes and sleeping under the stars, then a hammock is what you should choose. However, if you prefer a warm night’s sleep after a hectic day, then a tent is apt for you.
Even though a tent has been the talk of the hour since ages, but after a lot of research, hammocks have their own charm. Putting one above the other wouldn’t be justice to either. Each has its own purpose and are equally good at providing the facility they are meant to. A wise man’s choice would, therefore, be to weigh the pros and cons provided by the two, keeping his needs in mind.