6 Tips for Winter Hammock Camping (video)

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In north woods, we don't let a little thing like winter get in the way of camping enjoyment. We just adapt, gear up and conquer.

Hammock camping is the rage right now for a lot of good reasons. A quick search of "hammock" on the Bass Pro Shops or Cabela's websites will amaze you in how much gear is out there for year round hammock enjoyment.

Grand Trunk Double Parachute Hammock
Grand Trunk Double Parachute Hammock

Yes -- YEAR ROUND! There's no reason to put away the hammock because temperatures are chilly or there's snow on the ground. In fact, you can comfortably sleep in a hammock at 0 degrees or colder without any problems. Camping in a hammock in the winter means you don't have to hassle with digging out a site for your tent or trying to get stakes into frozen ground.

Tip: Click here to view video of Winter Hammocking in Cold Weather

Here are 6 Tips to Enjoy Hammock Camping no Matter How Cold it Gets

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Klymit Hammock V Air Pad

1. The same hammock you use all summer will work just fine, but you must have an insulated under blanket or pad for winter hammocking. Check out the Klymit Hammock V Air Pad. It perfectly fits a standard-size hammock and its body-mapped V-shaped design offers support and comfort. These deep ridges in the pad create lots of dead air space once you and your sleeping bag are on it and that equals great insulation.

Tip: Find the Klymit Hammock V Air Pad at Cabela's here

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Klymit Cush Seat/Pillow

2. Almost as important for comfort as the insulating pad is a good hammock camping pillow like the Klymit Cush Seat/Pillow. Our advice, go big. You can always adjust and move it as necessary, but with a tiny little pillow, you've got nothing to work with.

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Sea to Summit Aeros Premium Pillow

Tip: Find Klymit Cush Seat/Pillow at Cabela's here.

Tip: Find the Sea to Summit Aeros Premium Pillow at Bass Pro Shops here.

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Cabela's Instinct  0°F Sleeping Bag

3. You'll generally want a sleeping bag rated for colder temps like the Cabela's Instinct Scout 0°F Mummy Sleeping Bag or perhaps super cold weather the Ascend Whammy -20º Mummy Sleeping Bag. These sleeping bags are different than you would use for sleeping on a cot or even a ground pad. Look for a model with baffles designed to prevent the fill from shifting and clumping. You want nice, even insulation all the way around your body all night long.

Tip: Find Cabela's Instinct Scout 0°F Mummy Sleeping Bag at Cabela's here.

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Ascend Whammy -20º Sleeping Bag

Tip: Find Ascend Whammy -20º Mummy Sleeping Bag at Bass Pro Shops here

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King's Camo Men's XKG Merino Wool Bottoms

4. Just as in cold weather tent camping, don't wear anything to bed that's wet. It may seem like the wrong thing to do, but you're best off stripping down to a single layer of Merino wool long johns and Merino wool socks before you climb in. Keep a face mask like Carhartt Face Mask handy. Always use cold weather base layers with a good sleeping bag in the winter, you'll be toasty warm all night long.

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RedHead Ultra 2.0 Merino Wool Socks

Tip: Find King's Camo Men's XKG Merino Wool Bottoms at Cabela's here.

Tip: Find RedHead Ultra 2.0 Merino Wool Socks for Adults at Bass Pro Shops here.

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Little John Portable Men's Urinal

5. Snuggled up in your bag, the only areas that will be exposed directly to the cold air will be your head and face. Few items do more to promote overall warmth than a Merino wool stocking cap worn to sleep. In extreme conditions, add a facemask.

go girl urination device
GoGirl Feminine Urination

 6. Once you get into your sleeping bag and hammock, you aren't going to want to get out until morning. The key is a *** bottle or portable urinal. There are lots of convenient, sanitary options for portable urination devices for men like the Little John Portable Urinal. For women, the GoGirl Feminine Urination Device makes camping and the outdoors easier to go when a clean restroom is not an option. You may consider it "gross" at first, but once you've used one in the hammock on a single-digit night under the stars you will consider it the NUMBER ONE hammock camping accessory.

Tip: Find the Little John Portable Urinal at Cabela's here

Tip: Find the GoGirl Feminine Urination Device at Bass Pro Shops here

Now, just build yourself a big campfire and enjoy a winter night under the stars.

Watch Winter Hammocking in Really Cold Weather video below

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