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How do I start hammock camping?

I recently got a hammock for a birthday and am looking at taking it out on a short backpacking trip instead of a tent. What else do I need to sleep comfortably?

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Jeff Garmire (475 Hub Points) - Hiking & Backpacking Expert
An under quilt is a must, especially for fall camping. Enjoy!
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George Wright (131 Hub Points) - Hiking & Backpacking Intermediate
It is getting towards the end of the hammock camping season, but for starters: a foam pad or some form of insulation under you and your usual sleeping bag. If you like the system, it is worth investing in netting to keep the mosquitos away and fine-tuning your system for a tarp to cover your setup in the rain.
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Candace Reed (83 Hub Points) - Hiking & Backpacking Expert
I always use an under-quilt with my hammock since hanging in the air is colder than sleeping in a tent. I also had to get a warmer mummy sleeping bag for my hammock. But now I love my setup.
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Daniel Milligan (379 Hub Points) - Hiking & Backpacking Amateur
@Candace Reed completely agree with you! It's funny how tough it can be to figure out the right hammock system but it's worth it when you do!
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Philip Peterson (91 Hub Points) - Hiking & Backpacking Amateur
A warm sleeping bag this time of year will really help you enjoy. A hammock is inherently colder than sleeping in a tent, so go with a little warmer sleeping bag.
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Josh Reutzel (345 Hub Points) - Hiking & Backpacking Expert
Getting a sleeping bag like Northface's Cats Meow, that can hold your pad in place can help you stay warm also.
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David Walker (45 Hub Points) - Hiking & Backpacking Intermediate
Going with something like the NeoAir by Thermarest is a great idea. Just keep it deflated. Lay on that, it'll keep the warm bouncing right at you!
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David Walker (45 Hub Points) - Hiking & Backpacking Intermediate
Make sure your trees are big enough to hold you. I know that sounds silly but I've seen to many people fall in the middle of the night, it really ruins the trip.
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