As if we needed an excuse to lounge away an afternoon, today is National Hammock Day, so put the electronics away, grab your sunscreen, and allow yourself some quiet time in the fresh air. If you have a hammock waiting for you … why are you still here? If you don’t have one, here are a few recommendations to have you prepared for next year.

Camping hammock 1

Learn the Ropes

A quintessential piece in the grand scheme of summer relaxation, the rope hammock is the most popular choice. It offers a classic look, hardwood spreader bars, and built-in ventilation. This one’s available in cotton or polyester to suit your environment.

Camping hammock 2

Fabric Hammocks

Somewhere between quilted and hand woven lies the fabric hammock. Most fabric hammocks with spreader bars are quick drying so they’re perfectly suited to life by the pool. Those without spreader bars are designed for a life between two trees. We’re particularly fond of the UltraLight Portable Travel Hammock. It folds up to practically pocket-size, dries quickly, and is made of breathable, flexible material.