Comparing The Sleeping Pad And The Hammock

Comparing The Sleeping Pad And The Hammock

The equipment and supplies that you bring with you while camping is one of the most important considerations to make before you end up going on your trip. Everything from your sleeping arrangements to your shelter will have to be considered carefully in terms of portability and capability.

While some types of camping will allow you to bring more with you when you camp, you will find that this is no reason to bring too many pieces of equipment with you. Overloading your group with gear has a few disadvantages. Primarily, you will be spending too much money on things that will end up being of little use.

Aside from the monetary aspect of bringing unnecessary goods with you, packing and unpacking all of your gear will take much longer if you are overburdened. No one wants to start off a camping trip by spending an hour packing the car or the RV before the journey even begins.

Checklist for Packing

If you don't want your camping trip to get off to a sour start, you have to be prepared. It is a wise decision to make a checklist in which you decide what is needed and what is superfluous. Sometimes, you will find it difficult to choose between two pieces of gear, and that is what we will be looking at today.

Over the course of this guide, we will be helping you decide the best choice for where to sleep while you are camping. There are two main options available when it comes to this. The first of your options is the ever-reliable sleeping pad and the second option is a camping hammock.

Let’s take a look at these two options and compare their pros and cons so you can find the best way to sleep while you are camping.


A camping hammock can range anywhere from a typical hammock to one that is purpose-built for the harsh conditions that you may encounter while you are out in the wild. Camping hammocks that are made specifically for the campsite will typically be made of hardier material like ripstop nylon which has the added advantage of being waterproof.

A hammock provides a perfect place for you to lounge in the sun before dark, but there are a few issues if you want to use your hammock as a primary sleeping area while you are camping. The first problem is that hammocks require a suitable area to be set up correctly.

Seting Up Hammock

By its very nature, a hammock is a little more complicated to set up than some of the other options you have when it comes time to go camping. A hammock will typically require two points of attachment that are relatively close to each other and accommodating enough for your hammock to hold on to.

While a hammock can be difficult or even impossible to set up without proper supporting structures, you will find that some camping hammocks will come with lightweight supports of their own. These are usually durable, collapsible stakes that can be driven into the ground to support the weight of the hammock.

The main issue with using a hammock while you are camping is that you will have difficulty sheltering yourself from the elements and keeping warm while you sleep on it. While you can string a tarp over your hammock, you will find few ways to insulate yourself thermally besides a pocket camping blanket.

Sleeping Pad

Sleeping pads, like the type that are sold by us here at Kamui, are the second option that you have when it comes time to choose a form of bedding for your campsite. Sleeping pads have the advantage of being more portable than hammocks, at least the type of hammock that comes with its own support stakes.

A sleeping pad will also be able to fit into most tents, which is our favorite advantage, as it makes it easier for you to endure stormy weather, snow, and other whether conditions. Since sleeping pads are set on the ground, they have none of the issues of instability that are often associated with hammocks.

man and child inside tent on kamui sleeping pad

Since sleeping pads are easier to shelter yourself with and more comfortable for those who are not used to sleeping in hammocks, you will find that they are ideal for less seasoned campers. There is no chance of being dumped on the ground by your sleeping pad, but it is quite possible when you are using a hammock.

A sleeping pad will also have the advantage of a faster and easier setup than a hammock, as you will not have to string it up. All you have to do with a sleeping pad is unroll it or unfold it, and it will be ready for use. You can choose to place your sleeping pad either inside of your tent or outside, depending on the weather.

Some sleeping pads will even come included with a camping blanket that is meant to be used with them. This allows you to save money on a separate blanket. If you prefer convenience, you will find that sleeping pads are the best option for sleeping when you are camping.

Which One Is The Best Option?

You may have guessed by this point that the best choice you have when choosing somewhere to sleep while you camp is the sleeping pad. The sheer versatility and user-friendliness offered by a sleeping pad are far superior to a camping hammock.

While hammocks may be more relaxing for use during the day, they cannot rival sleeping pads as an actual area to get some good rest. Many people find it difficult to get a good night’s rest while they are swinging around on a hammock, especially during windy nights.


We hope that this article has helped you choose your ideal sleeping area for your next camping trip. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to leave them down in the comments below.

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