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Whether you’re camping at an upcoming music festival or just looking for a new way to lounge at the beach, hammocks are a versatile — and arguably underrated — way of relaxing outdoors. And now, companies are making more portable hammocks that are easy to set up wherever you’re going, so long as you have access to trees or another support. Ready to take a nap, read a book, and wind down on your next trip outdoors? Here are the best, most portable hammocks to relax in this season.
Buying Guide: How to Choose the Most Portable Hammock
From weight to size, here are the most important features to look for in the most portable hammocks.
Weight and Size: Portable hammocks should be just that; invest in one that’s lightweight and easy to transport to avoid space or packing related stress.
Durability: The last thing anyone wants while they’re sleeping on their hammock is for it to fail or fall apart. Make sure your hammock isn’t just one that has the capacity to hold your weight, but also holds up after multiple uses and through multiple seasons.
Purpose: Though the service they provide is generally the same, all hammocks aren’t. For example, a hammock designed to be used for a more casual setting, such as the beach or a park, might not serve you well as well in the wilderness. For ease, we recommend selecting an all-in-one hammock to have your bases covered, but make sure to consider what you’ll use it for before making a decision. Additionally, if you aren’t going to be traveling alone, consider investing in a hammock that can fit two people.
Setup: While there are certain nuances to setting up hammocks, a good one should be relatively easy to put together. If it’s your first time using a hammock or assembling one, make sure you practice a few times, and consider whether or not you want one that includes a separate stand to use.
The Best Portable Hammocks for Camping
Below, we picked four of the most comfortable and durable portable hammocks for camping and lounging outdoors this season.
1. JBM All-Around Portable Hammock
This single hammock is made from a breathable cotton, canvas, and polyester material that feels incredibly soft on your skin while you’re lounging outdoors. Though it’s durable enough to sustain repeated use and can be used for camping, we recommend storing it away so it doesn’t get damaged over the years. Setting it up is a breeze and should only take around three minutes, thanks to the sturdy nylon straps and D ring. Make sure to secure these to the main branch of a strong tree. This hammock can support up to 264 pounds, and is available in a variety of colors.
2. Wise Owl Outfitters Camping Hammock
Though designed with campers in mind, this hammock is a comfortable option, whether you’re backpacking through the forest or relaxing underneath the stars in your backyard. Made from a durable, yet soft, parachute nylon, this hammock can hold up to 500 pounds and is built to last. Setup is simple; use the two tree straps and carabiners to secure the hammock. You can even make adjustments to the height to find a setup that’s perfect for you. Available in single or double options, as well as a wide variety of colors, from classic black to charcoal rose. Though this is machine washable, be sure to let it air dry afterwards.
3. MOSFiATA Portable Hammock
Take a rest in this two-person hammock. What we love about this hammock is its support rings are reinforced with metal to prevent friction between them and the ropes, ensuring they’ll last longer and won’t wear down over time. If that wasn’t enough, it’s also outfitted with wooden anti-roll balance beams on each side to keep the hammock even and comfortable. This hammock can support up to 550 pounds, allowing two people to fit comfortably inside with optimal amount of space. (One reviewer noted they were able to fit an adult and two children.) A compact bag is included, so you can pack the hammock away and easily carry or transport it when needed. Available in blue and red.
4. RedSwing Folding Portable Hammock
Unlike a traditional hammock, this foldable hammock from RedSwing isn’t dependent on trees or support structures. In fact, you can use it anywhere. The heavy-duty coated steel frame just needs to be unfolded after taking it out of the sleek carrying case. Then, you’ll need to just fix the bed cloth to the frame and you have a hammock that’s ready to go. It’s also super durable and can easily sustain up to 264 pounds. There’s a comfortable pillow outfitted on the bed cloth, a mesh pocket for storage, and even a cup holder in case you get thirsty.