Maybe, like me, you’ve been wanting a hammock. But you’re questioning if you’ll use it enough, or if it’ll just sit around most of the time. I have the Grand Trunk OneMade Double Trunktech™ Hammock with yellow hammock straps
, but all of theirs are great. The straps have loops to allow for different lengths providing more flexibility with tree placement. The brand is also super cool. After sitting on the idea for months, I finally purchased a hammock. And I am so glad I did. In the past three months, I’ve used it. A lot. But not just in the ways you'd think I would. There's been lots of alternatives, too.
#1: As a hammock, of course. I’ve used it at the end of hikes, as a pit stop on a bike ride, and have even climbed in and cozied up with a book in my own backyard.
#2: As a picnic blanket since I didn't have a regular blanket. But hey, whatever works right? We also spread it out to watch the fireworks at a local spot one night.
#3: As a yoga mat. Impromptu yoga in the park, anyone?
#4: Instead of a tent. Who needs one when you have a hammock? We did a minimalist-packing trip to the catskills (bottom photo) in New York and we decided hammocks were easier than tents in this case. Aside from my sleeping bag, all my weekend gear fit in a small Burton backpack!
#5: As a sun-shield. No shade, No problem. (This works great on the beach).
#6: As a fort. The kids I babysat this summer LOVED it.
#7: As a grab-all hobo bag… Laundry. Groceries. Beach Towels. It holds up to 400 pounds. I always feel like Santa when I do this.
#8: I've taken aerial yoga and decided to mimic some of their hammock stretching techniques. Only the simple ones, though, not the inverted poses. Tucking the hammock under your shoulders and leaning back feels amazing, as well as putting one leg on top to stretch.
#9: You may call me crazy, but I have heard rumors of people using their hammocks as a kayak sail. If you manage to pull this off, please show us with #HammockSail on Instagram or facebook. Please tag us, too! (@buckmans). The first submission will receive a surprise.
Happy hammocking! (If you don't have one, find one.)