Tree Camping Is a Real Thing and You Should Try It3 min read
Camping on the ground was so last year… and the thousands of years before then.
The latest camping style that’s all the rage?
Although there’s not much else to say about what it is (it’s literally camping in a tree), tree camping can be a fun and unique way to change up your usual travel experience this summer. All you need are a few trees, the right tent, and your usual camping gear—so you can camp almost anywhere in the world. And consider this: the higher you set up camp, the better the view you’ll have of your surrounding area and the further away you’ll be from those pesky bugs. While you might want to look for a spot that would provide some incredible landscape views, the choice is yours.
So, what do you need to go tree camping?
As you would imagine, special gear is needed to safely suspend between the trees.
Some of the tents from which you can choose include:
- Portaledges: A hanging tent system that is often used by rock climbers on multiple day climbs, a portaledge is a covered platform that’s supported by a metal frame and suspended from a single point. Some camping sites, such as Pfronten in Germany, offer these accommodations to their guests, so you don’t have to worry about bringing your own.
- Raindrop-Shaped TreeTents: Originally created as a place for nature-loving activists to sleep, the raindrop-shaped tree tent is exactly what it sounds like. It’s also one of the most popular styles for tree campers, especially in The Netherlands. The tree tent is 13 feet tall and made up of a steel frame wrapped in canvas. It includes a sturdy sleeping platform and a round mattress that can fit a family of four.
- Treepees: The Treepee is a hybrid of a tent and a trampoline. Since the maximum height you can set it up is 50 cm above ground, the treepee is often used as a fun space for kids to hang out and bounce around; a modernized version of the tree house. Similar to the portaledge, the treepee suspends from a single point on a tree branch, but is tethered to the ground by its four corners so you don’t have to worry about it swaying.
- Tree Tents: The spherical tree tent is made out of recycled materials and thermal liners, which means it provides plenty of warmth. It even includes a wood stove, water storage, and options for renewable electricity.
- Tentsile Tree Tents: What looks like a miniature UFO is actually a tent that’s tethered to any elevation on three trees. It’s easy to assemble, has a floor hatch or side door, and even a collapsible ladder so you can get in and out with ease. Their Stingray model features a reinforced floor, three large hammocks, cup holders, luggage nets, as well as pockets for phones and tablets.
Photo from Aether.