If you’re looking to spend more quality time in your hammock, these accessories will help make it a far more comfortable companion. Whether you’re into hammock reading, napping, or hammock camping, there are several helpful accessories you can add to your hammock kit to keep you warm, comfortable, and well organized with all your gear right at your fingertips.
The basic accessory categories are broken down into a few categories. Click on the links below to dive more into what these are and some of the best products in each category.
Hammock suspension is just a fancy way of saying how to hang a hammock. The basic options are tree straps and carabiners (or buckles) and hammock stands.
We cover these topics extensively and break down the different hammock strap options (are all hammock straps created equal? let’s find out), as well as go in-depth on the best free-standing hammock stands. Stands are great if you want to post up in a park or the beach or neighbor’s backyard—anywhere you may not have trees.
But let’s say you’re indoors and want to hang from your bedroom or dorm room? Yup, we’ve got a guide on how to hang a hammock indoors, too.
Hammock shelters—or insulation systems—are going to be very important accessories to have if the weather forecast calls for chilly temps or rain (or anything more extreme).
Shelter options can be primarily for warmth and comfort, such as underquilts and sleeping pads.
Meanwhile, rainflies and tarps become an essential component in wet conditions. While not specifically created to provide warmth, they happen to do a solid job of blocking wind, rain, and snow, while keeping in some of that valuable warmth your body is creating.
Another important addition for protection from the natural inhabitants (bugs), is a bug net. Several hammocks are sold with built-in nets, though you may prefer a system where you can detach a bug net for those times it’s not needed. There are pros and cons to both.
A lot of people skip this step, and we aren’t quite sure why. For hammock campers, a great hammock storage system can be the difference in having to get in and out of your hammock multiple times looking for something vs. having everything conveniently at your fingertips.
There are two main types of storage: above and below. The ridgeline organizers (which hang above you) have compartments and zippered pockets to hold small things like multi-tool, headlamp, water bottle, snacks, etc. Underbelly gear slings are like mini hammocks that hang under you to hold larger gear like extra clothing, your shoes, food, etc. This is essential if you want to keep clothes and shoes off the wet and dirty ground and free from critters overnight.
Check out our detailed review of these two types of hammock organizers and see what’s best for you and your needs.
Miscellaneous hammock accessories
While the essentials are considered more or less necessary for a safe and efficient hammock or hammock camping experience, there’s a whole bunch of other worthwhile items you can bring along to enhance your time in a hammock.
Hammock pillows can be a real game changer for some people, especially if you’re hammock camping. Pro tip: use a small clip or shock cord with knots to attach the pillow to the end of the hammock so it stays in place throughout the night. This will also keep it out of the way as you get in and out of the hammock, which is helpful if you have other stuff in your hands.
Hands down one of our favorite things to bring along on any hammock or camping trip. The twilight LED lights by ENO are just the right length to extend overhead on a hammock, or wrap around a nearby tree, illuminate the interior of your camper van, etc.
Some people are adamantly against bringing outside sounds into nature. They want to relax in peace in quiet, listening to animals, the river flowing, or whatever’s around. We fully support that, and sometimes we are those people.
Other times, we like to bring a little portable speaker along on hammock and camp adventures to enjoy some background music at a reasonable and respectful-to-our-neighbors volume level. For those occasions, this little speaker more than delivers. It’s sturdy and will stand up to rough use, and it’s waterproof.
It’s a simple idea that will save you a big headache if you’re hammocking in the rain. As rain hits your hammock straps, it travels down and will eventually end up on your head or feet, getting you soaking wet. These brilliant little DripsStrips are pieces of fabric that clip onto your strap to divert water to the ground instead of inside your hammock. Voila. And for just a couple bucks.
These handy strap extenders can add crucial length to your hang setup, which comes in handy not only when trees are far apart. Sometimes you find yourself around some big ass trees. Those wide trunks take up a lot of strap real estate and before you know it, you used your entire strap just to get around the tree and have nothing left to clip onto. Latch these extenders onto your straps to get even more length and flexibility while hanging.
Tree protectors are important to use especially with thin and narrow hammock straps, which is not ideal for our living, breathing forest friends. When all of the weight of the hammock is concentrated in a small area wrapping around the tree trunk, the strap can more easily dig into the bark and damage the tree. With the rise in popularity of hammocks, it’s important we’re all doing our part to protect the trees. They’re strong, but they’re not unbreakable beings.
ENO Fuse tandem hanging system
You can now—easily and safely—hang two hammocks side by side using the same two anchor points as you’d use if you were hanging solo. This tandem hanging system uses a lightweight shockcord pole system that quickly snaps into place and keeps the hammocks separated so two people can freely hang right next to each other.