You’re probably wondering why would anyone want to camp in a less than ideal season. Winter, for once. While the temperature and the climate are just far from ideal, the colder months do possess their very own charm. This would be the general setup on hammocking in the colder months.
Set up a four-season hammock tarp
Asymmetric tarps for one, would not be able to provide sufficient protection against the wind.
A full-coverage hammock tarp would be ideal for winter camping. The 4-season tarp would provide protection against the wind. It would look as if you have a flying fortress above the ground. Or a tent that is suspended mid-air.
Hammock camping in cold: Insulate!
Even in a warmer climate, during the night, without a layer of under quilt, your backside is likely going to get the chill. So get all of the necessary insulation optimum for your winter camping trip. Get a top quilt as well, then a sleeping bag, you’re going to need the layers.
Add sleeping pad to your setup
Sleeping pads are not quite necessary in hammock camping especially since it’s comfy as it is without the pad. However, during the colder months, you’re going to have a use of the sleeping pad beyond just comfort. Sleeping pads add a layer of insulation to help your body heat from escaping. A sleeping pad is a solid addition to your sleeping bag for your overall hammock setup.
Dress sufficiently for the weather
It may be uncomfortable to wear so many layers during your sleep. But aside from the insulation of your hammock, the protection for your body is crucial. Don’t forgo a good winter setup to keep your body warm. Wear thermal clothes for a good wicking layer. Then a comfortable sweater on top as an insulation layer. Afterwards, get an overcoat for a layer of protection against water, wind and other elements of the nature.
Setup your camp strategically
Even the slightest wind can be very chilly. Make sure that you have surveyed the spot for your hammock camping well. Look for spots that would prevent the wind from chilling you to the bone. Camp where the wind is unlikely to blow so strong. It’s an excellent if you can find spot that has a natural barrier that discourages wind. Setup a camp near a boulder, choose a rather dense part of the forests—dense trees mean wind won’t be as strong—as well as avoid areas that are particularly damp.
The extra bits of good, warm things
The little things such as having hot water ready before you go to sleep made a difference. Prepare a hot water to wash your hand and face before you go to sleep. Have a warm cup of lemon or hot chocolate before you decided to call it a day. The warmth from the hot water and the beverage would help a lot. Consider bringing hand warmers as well. They provide an added comfort in chilly weathers. And they could feel particularly good during a camp out.