Whether you're a van dweller, a camper, or just need to stop and snooze, there's a better option than sleeping in your car. Bring your trusty hammock with you on road trips and long drives so you can strap it up to a tree and your vehicle for extra convenience.
Not only is this a more comfortable way to rest, but it's the responsible choice ensuring your safety and the safety of those around you. When you need to get some much-needed shut-eye during a long trip, or you need to sleep off those one-too-many beers, simply hang your hammock from your vehicle and enjoy some z’s. Here’s how!
While you can probably hang your hammock from most vehicles, SUVs, trucks, and Jeeps are ideal for hanging hammocks.
But no matter what type of vehicle you have, you do need one stationary object to hang your hammock from beside your vehicle, such as a tree, pole, post, or another vehicle. And if you can’t find another stationary object to hang your hammock from, consider using a portable hammock stand instead.
Generally speaking, you can easily hang your hammock on your vehicle with the following options:
The following are the most reliable, sturdy, and safe ways to hang your hammock from any type of vehicle.
The vehicle end of the hammock will be pretty high, depending on the height of your roof rack. But with a long enough sling, you can make the hammock lower to the ground.
The door frame provides a solid anchor point that is not too low nor too high, making this a safer hanging option.
With an adjustable height and the weight evenly distributed across the top of your vehicle, this is the most secure and comfortable option for hanging a hammock on your car.
Whether you opt for the webbing strap sling or the tie-down strap method, adjust the length of the loops to find a comfortable elevation for you. An ideal height is about chair height with enough slack so you can easily sit in your hammock and not risk flipping over.
Always test everything before strapping your hammock in and sitting in your hammock. You want to make sure all anchor points are secure so you won’t fall flat on your behind while trying to get some rest.
Always make sure that your roof rack is strong enough to hold your hammock and weight. Check the weight capacity in your owner’s manual.
Along with knowing the weight limits of your hammock and roof rack, make sure the straps and carabiners are suited to hold the right amount of weight as well.
Note that the carabiner could scratch your car if it’s too close to the car. So try to hang it so it stays at a distance from your vehicle.
If you don’t have tree-friendly tree straps to secure your hammock to a tree, pole, or post, you can use secure ropes and knots. Here are some of the best knots to know.
If you know how to tie your shoelaces, then you know how to tie this knot. But to jog your memory here’s how to tie a shoelace knot:
To untie, simply pull out the free end and tug firmly.
While there are simple methods to hang hammocks on vehicles, easy does not always mean safe. So avoid the following methods to save your butt and your car from damage.
Simply tying a knot at the end of your hammock and closing the car door on the hammock end is a quick method for hanging a hammock. But it isn’t very safe.
First of all, the hammock will be too high above the ground, making it difficult to get into while posing a risk for injury from falling.
Another issue is the potential damage to your door. The weight of the hammock can flex the top of the door. And if flexed for too long, it can leave permanent damage to your door.
Although the added sling and handle provide extra slack for your hammock, placing it at a lower height, this method can also damage your car door. And all it takes is someone opening the car door to have you fall to the ground, ruining your peaceful hang time.
Sleeping in a hammock is by far much more comfortable than sleeping in a car. So whether you want to hang your hammock from a car, an SUV, or a truck, keep these tips in mind for a safe, relaxing hang any place, any time.