One of the most underestimated, laughed at and overlooked item when thinking about and preparing for a zombie apocalypse.
If you have a safe location with a great deal of fortification or are planning to go mad max then the hammock isn’t on your priority list. However, once the the walls crumble down and the gas runs out… you’ll need a hammock.
The hammock originates from Central and South America where the native Indians used devices similar to fishnets to sleep safely, away from insects, snakes and other animals.
If you have to spend the night in the wilderness then the hammock is one of the safest, if not the safest place to rest. A cabin in the woods can be breached, a tent can easily be overrun, a vehicle can be swarmed but not one single zombie will climb a tree to get you. By carefully camouflaging your hammock nest you’ll avoid looters and other bad guys.
However, there is one problem: How to get down if there are zombies waiting for you?
This problem can easily be circumvented with thoughtful preparing and calm reactions. Here are some solutions, and if you think of any other please help us and comment below.
Choose a tree which can provide more exits; a larger tree with wide and strong branches leaving you room to find a loophole.
Arrange a system of ropes to help you propel yourself away from zombies (this is not the safest way obviously ).
You can setup diversions like cans attached to strings which you can pull or use items such as flares to get their attention where you want it to be. Just Be careful as good flares are expensive and cheap ones are not that reliable.
You can stay in the tree and slowly kill of zeds around you using a silent weapon. A spear is ideal for this situation and can be easily made on the spot.
You can set up a kind of fence on the ground using a long rope which could prevent walkers from entering your perimeter.
Set upa few wind chimes around to group possible zombies where you want them.
There are a lot of things to consider when getting a hammock; your height, weight, are you alone or you plan on sleeping with someone in a hammock.
Heat insulation is really important cause we don’t want you to freeze during the cold nights. Choose the color carefully… it is not the best of ideas to have a bright red-yellow hammock now is it :D.
Hennessy Explorer Deluxe Hammock – One of the best if not THE BEST hammock.
Eagles Nest Outfitters Single Nest Hammock – A definite best buy hammock.
If you’d like to learn more about “hammocking”, check out this really cool book titled “The Ultimate Hang: An Illustrated Guide To Hammock Camping”:
Stay safe out there! We need you!