Tent Camping Advantages And Disadvantages

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What provides better shelter during a camping trip, a hammock or a tent? If you were to ask a casual camper, they’d probably tell you a tent. For experienced campers, however, it isn’t quite so easy to arrive at a decision. You see, both hammock and tent camping have their pros and their cons, so trying to declare one as absolutely better than the other is a fool’s game.

Today, we’re going to be playing the fool, so you don’t have to.

Tent Camping

Today tents are almost like transportable hotel rooms. Most feature walls that are simultaneously insulated and breathable, so they keep warmth in while allowing fresh air to continuously pass through. Some of the most high tech tents even boast electrical connections, so you can charge your phone
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Camping hammocks, however, rarely come in at more than a pound of two, which makes them ideal for adventurers who have to (or choose to) walk a couple of miles to their campsite. The typical camping hammock can be neatly folded and packed away in a stuff sack (included with most) and flung over your shoulder for easy transportation.

Easy Setup

Camping hammocks require very little effort to set up. Tents generally take half an hour or so to erect, especially if you don’t know what you’re doing, so a camping hammock is the way to go if you don’t want to eat into your trip. Most camping hammocks need only one pair of hands and two or three minutes to be properly hung.


If you’re trying to arrange a camping trip without spending a whole lot of money, hammock camping is the way to go. A camping hammock will rarely set you back more than $50 and most tend to go for $30 or so. If you shop around, you should be able to find a quality model for just under
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A quality camping hammock will last you for a couple of years and will be backed by a warranty of some sort, but time will eventually take its toll and it will succumb to wear and tear far sooner than a quality tent.


There are a significant number of reasons to purchase a tent instead of a camping hammock. The only problem is that there are also a significant number of reasons to purchase a camping instead of a tent. Both have their supporters and detractors, all of whom are capable of making excellent arguments to support their cause.

If you’re planning a camping trip with a couple of friends and are able to convince them all to chip in a couple of dollars towards shetler, there really isn’t any reason not to go with a tent. A decent tent will give you the space you need and will utilize superior ventilation to ensure things don’t get too stuffy. A tent remains a viable option if you’re camping alone or with one other person, but if you want to keep costs to a minimum or want to build a more personal relationship with Mother Nature, a camping hammock is the way to
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