This bit of kit is by far my favourite, and it has been travelling with me all around the world.
My love affair started when I was somehow talked into camping in Norway using nothing but a tropical hammock and a jungle basha. Norway is not a tropical country!
Despite this, it was a fantastic camping trip and I was blown away by how versatile the hammock is for camping, especially in colder climates. As long as you bear in mind that you need a roll mat to go in between the two layers then it is the most comfortable night’s sleep you are going to get! We set the bashas up low and close to the hammock, and we never got wet despite the constant wind and rain.
I was worried about being exposed to the elements, how difficult it would be to set up and a whole load of other issues, but as long as you have a couple of trees to hang it between you won’t have a problem. It is also brilliant being out in the open rather than being shut away in a tent. Since this trip I have taken my hammock pretty much everywhere. When I go camping in this country I very rarely use a tent now and I have even used it in an airport when the flights were delayed. The looks of envy thrown my way were great!
I would recommend one of these to everyone, even if you are travelling casually. I have been saved from so many awful nights sleep from having this at the bottom of my rucksack.