Must-Have Hammock Accessories

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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 napping or hammock camping, there are several useful accessories you can add to your hammock setup to keep you warm, comfortable, fashionable, and well organized with all your gear right at your fingertips.

Hammock suspension

First and foremost, how you gonna hang it? 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 (or trees). We cover this topic extensively and break down the different hammock strap options. Are all hammock straps created equal? Not quite.

Then there are free-standing hammock stands, which are great if you want to post up in a park or the beach or neighbor’s backyard—anywhere you may not have trees.

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.

ENO Atlas Hammock Suspension System

The new model of the tried-and-true Atlas strap has a tapered design with a slightly wider strap to hug the tree, offering a bit of extra protection by helping to disperse the weight of the hammocks.

Amazon Basics Lightweight Hammock Straps

The new model of the tried-and-true Atlas strap has a tapered design with a slightly wider strap to hug the tree, offering a bit of extra protection by helping to disperse the weight of the hammocks.

ENO SoloPod Hammock Stand

ENO makes several great portable hammock stands, including this other solo version with a different design. It takes up less space once it’s set up but weighs significantly more at 58 lbs. This hammock stand can hold up to 400 lbs, so it’s slightly more sturdy than the previous model.

Hammock shelter/insulation

Hammock shelters—or insulation systems—are important if the weather forecast calls for chilly temps or rain (or anything more extreme). Whether you’re hammock camping or just looking to enjoy an afternoon hang, shelter comes in handy.

For warmth and comfort, consider hammock underquilts and sleeping pads. Meanwhile, rainflies and tarps become an essential component in wet conditions. While not specifically created to provide warmth, they also do a solid job of blocking wind, rain, and snow, keeping in some of that valuable warmth your body is creating. 

Another important addition for protection from the natural inhabitants 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.

MORE: How to Stay Warm Camping in the Winter

ENO Blaze Underquilt

Double down with your sleeping bag and this quilt made to protect the underbelly of your hammock. Even if your sleeping bag does have insulation on the backside, there’s an added benefit to using an underquilt when cold weather hammock camping. That is the quilt is made to hang outside the hammock, freely below it, which means your body won’t compress the down or filling inside, therefore letting the quilt better do its job of keeping you warm.

Klymit Insulated Hammock V Sleeping Pad

This thick sleeping pad is designed to fit in the nook of a hammock and provide a little cushion and a lot of warmth through the night.

Klymit Traverse Shelter

This large tarp spans the length of a hammock to provide coverage from the elements with attachment points for your trekking poles and six guylines. It’s made of durable waterproof fabric with taped seams and includes four aluminum stakes.

Wise Owl Outfitters Hammock Bug Net

Compatible with most size hammocks, this bug net covers you completely and stays afloat by hanging from a ridgeline, so the net isn’t in your face and the bugs stay outside.

Hammock storage

For hammock campers, a great hammock storage system can be the difference in having to get in and out of your hammock multiple times vs. having everything conveniently at your fingertips. This is also helpful in keeping your clothes and shoes off the wet and dirty ground and free from critters overnight. 

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 a 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. 

Check out our detailed review of these two types of hammock organizers and see what’s best for you and your needs. 

Kammok Ridge Line + Organizer

This organizer easily slides from side to side with tensioners and hooks, and it’s held in place with a cinch. Two storage pockets allow you to organize all your stuff within reach. The center opens up into a pocket to hold water bottles for easy hydration or a portable speaker for some nice hammock jams.

Sea to Summit Hammock Gear Sling

This hammock gear sling holds up to 48 lbs and can be adjusted with a nylon cam-hook. The cord is reflective for more visibility at night.

Even more 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 pillow

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.

LED lights

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. 

Strap extenders

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

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.

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