Don’t let bugs ruin all the fun. Follow these fool-proof tips for bug proofing your backpacking hammock.
If you’re anything like us you love gaining experiences over gaining things. And one of our favorite ways to experience the great outdoors is to hang a hammock and make the most of a beautiful night under the stars.
Packing a backpacking hammock and heading to one of our amazing National Parks is a surefire way to travel light and make some memories to last a lifetime.
If you haven’t traveled Going to the Sun Road in Glacier National Park or camped close enough to see Old Faithful in Yellowstone erupt by the light of the full moon there’s never been a better time to start exploring.
But you do want to keep your hammock bug free on your next adventure. Here’s how:
Know The Dangers
First off, every location is different. Before you pack up your backpacking hammock a little bit of advanced research should be a priority.
Part of any great hike is great preparation. Get acquainted with the wildlife and surroundings before you head out.
In many parts of the United States, a mild winter means more mosquitoes. This means ticks, fleas, and other creatures can make sleeping a chore.
In addition, without protection and precautions against certain types of bugs, you aren’t just risking a good night’s sleep. You could also be risking your health.
A local guide to trails and terrain should fill you in on the dangers. While you are packing water, taking safety precautions, and getting your gear ready study your destinations.
Preparing for the environment will help you prepare for and avoid bugs along the way.
Look For Integration
Our integrated bug net hammocks can be a lifesaver if you are headed to a place with lots of mosquitoes and flying bugs. Depending on where you are staying– especially if you are on the banks of a marsh or a damp location–this piece of equipment could be essential.
For any backpackers who are set on sleeping next to the beach or prepping for a fishing trip make sure you plan for protection. At times, the only way to protect against the flying critters is a net that is integrated into your hammock and we have the answer with our range.
Go Scent Free
Have you ever traveled with someone who was more susceptible to bug bites and mosquito bites than the rest of the crowd? There are just some people who seem to attract the creepy crawly things. It can be a miserable experience to sleep outdoors.
But there are additional precautions you can take beyond a bug net that will help your backpacking hammock experience. Rather than using deodorants, colognes, shampoos, perfumes, and soaps with heavy scents you can opt for the neutral kind.
Those sweet scents may be attracted more bugs to you and yours. It’s one thing to put up a bug net, but you want to keep the bugs away as much as you can.
Opt for High and Dry
There are times you may need to stay near water’s edge to enhance your backpacking experience. But if you want to experience life under the stars without a net in the way it’s best to head for high and dry ground.
One of the easiest big protection strategies is staying where the bugs aren’t. You may find that setting your backpacking hammock up a few hundred yards away offers all the big protection you need at night.
Smudging is a Native American ritual that involves burning Sage. This ceremony is a purification ritual that is said to carry prayers to heaven.
But if you are looking for a bug-free camping experience there is another application for burning sage at your campsite. While sage may purify the ground it also drives away bugs.
Sage is lightweight and easy to transport. You may want to pack some bundles of sage and place them in your campfire each night as you make camp.
Burning Sage and its smoke will help keep bugs from the perimeter of your campsite. Many backpacking enthusiasts prefer sage over other methods because of the sweet smell and the natural properties of the sage.
Plus, all of us can stand some more spiritual rituals when camping outdoors. Sage offers another connection to nature and a practical application at the same time.
Sip Some Apple Cider Vinegar
Another natural treatment for those pesky mosquitoes is sipping some apple cider vinegar. While it won’t repel the mosquitoes entirely, apple cider vinegar will cut down on the severity of the bites if you get any.
Apple cider vinegar is a homeopathic remedy for a number of ailments as well so you will be getting other health benefits at the same time.
Wear Bug Repellent
While there are other natural remedies for mosquitoes and other bugs, another option is packing some chemical bug spray. You can wear the bug repellent and also spray the product in your hammock at night.
Citronella offers a natural alternative to the bug spray route. But you will find best results if you combine more than one of these methods.
Packing spray, burning Sage, and picking your spots will create a great sleeping environment for you and your hammock.
Pack the Best Backpacking Hammock
Once you know how to pack in and out and keep your hammock nice and comfortable and bug-free the only question is where the next trail will take you.
Backpacking hammock enthusiasts swear by the best products because they are durable and comfortable. Plus, with a hammock, you can get off the main trail and have a great night’s sleep along the way.
If you haven’t picked out the right hammock for you yet we can help. At Everest Adventure Gear nature is our therapy so we make great products to help others experience the adventure of the great outdoors.
We carry hammocks, suspension products, rain tarps, and all the gear you need for your next trip. Shop our selection of products now and find the perfect hammock for you.