A hammock comes in handy whenever you fancy a lie down and there are two trees to hang it from. Once you get used to the idea, this turns out to be quite often.
Travel Essentials: Relax outdoors, but not on the ground, in a hammock
Eagles Nest Outfitters DoubleNest Hammock
Made from strong woven nylon and with tough steel carabiners, this hammock can support a maximum weight of more than 180kg. Yet it weighs 600g and rolls into a neat bundle that fits in the palm of your hand. It's easy to set up and has enough room for two or even three people. It comes in a range of colour combinations and a two-year warranty. Available from www.amazon.com from US$64.95 (Dh437), plus shipping.
Byer Moskito Traveller Hammock
Weighing 450g and measuring 10cm by 20cm when folded, this hammock is very lightweight and compact. It's a Brazilian style, meaning you lie in it diagonally, which can take time to become accustomed to. The hammock has a fine mesh cover supported by cords, keeping you safely cocooned and protected from insects. The storage bag is sewn to the hammock and serves as a pocket when the hammock is in use. The hammock does not come with rope or carabiners (they're sold separately). Available from www.amazon.com from $35 (Dh129), plus shipping.
Grand Trunk Nano-7 Hammock
This company has created an incredibly lightweight hammock (just 210g) without sacrificing size or quality. The body measures 2.7m by 1.2m and can take up to 136kg. It is made from rip-stock nylon which is very durable, smooth and comfortable. Most of the seams are triple stitched. The carabiners are lightweight and of a quality and standard used in rock climbing. Available from www.amazon.com from $59.99 (Dh220), plus shipping.
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