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shelters for camping - tents, swags, vans, hammocks


  • there is no one type of shelter that is perfect for every occasion
  • there are always compromises to be made depending upon your needs
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  • for those constantly on the road and for convenience and security some may prefer the campervan approach
  • when security is critical as for some solo women or those who prefer the van style approach, they may opt for some type of trailer shelters and vans for camping
  • for hikers, low weight and storm proofing become the prime importance and they will look at overnight ultralight bushwalking shelters and equipment, and these may include:
    • ultralight tents - some of these may use hiking poles as the support poles to keep the weight down
    • hammock +/- mesh tent cover +/- tarp rain cover if you don't mind sleeping in weird positions all night and there are trees around to hook it up to
    • bivy - although these do not provide much amenity and are generally reserved only as an emergency shelter
  • for families who are camping near their car, then a touring tent is probably the best way as you can stand up in these
  • for a single person or couple camping near their car, there are a range of options:
    • 4 person touring tent - if you want to stand up
    • standard hiking tents:
    • swags +/- stretcher bed to get it off the wet ground
      • these are favoured by those with 4WDs who have an awning to provide some rain protection and don't mind the weight and bulk
    • hammocks +/- mesh tent cover +/- tarp rain cover
      • if you want to be off the ground and can sleep in that position - you need to lie asymmetrically on your back to get yourself as flat as possible - NOT in banana curve
      • hammocks are normally set up at 30deg angles with centre height so you can sit with feet on ground
      • for nights below 20degC, you will need insulation under you such as:
        • foam mattress
        • “under quilt” which attaches under the hammock
      • for warm or humid nights with insects (mosquitoes, sand flies) you need a mesh tent attached to the hammock (you will want one if ants climb the trees too)
      • for rain, you need a tarp over the hammock
    • hammock tents - these are hammocks designed to allow you to lie flat and on your side but current designs are not great as they are heavy and imperfect
    • vehicle roof top tents (RTT)
  • for hot humid sand fly-prone conditions such as the tropics
    • consider some type of no-see-um mesh (require at least 1200 holes per square inch or 190 holes/cm²) tent / hammock (the larger and the more mesh the better) such as:
australia/shelters.txt · Last modified: 2022/10/14 21:12 by gary1

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