There are some college essentials out there that are a bit more "essential" than others. In my opinion, hammocks are up there with bedding and clothes. Everybody needs a hammock. They are essential. They can sometimes be pricey, but if you take care of them, they will last for a long time and can bring you substantial joy. Honestly, you won't feel like you need a hammock until you have a hammock, and then you'll wonder how you ever survived so long without one. Ironically, I am writing this from my hammock, so maybe I'm biased.

1. It's something to do with your friends.

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If you are trying to make friends in college, hammocking is a great place to start. Invite your friends to hammock with you so you have something to do and maybe it will become a tradition! It's more fun to hammock with others anyway.

2. It's great when you need to do homework.

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Your hammock is the perfect place to do homework. It's calming and once you're all set up, it's easy to stay focused and get stuff done.

3. It's relaxing.

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Sitting in a hammock will really help you to de-stress. Rocking back and forth suspended over the ground can be somewhat therapeutic and help you to stress less about school. School can get overwhelming, but hammocking can give you a much-needed break.

4. It's a chance to get some fresh air.

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Yay! Fresh air is fantastic! College students don't get nearly enough fresh air. With a hammock, you will be sure to spend more time outside and soak up all the vitamin D you need to stay healthy.

5. It's somewhere to sit.

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College campuses can get crowded and it can be hard to find a place to sit. If you have a hammock, you don't need a chair! Just find a couple trees and you're set! Just make sure the trees are close enough together for your hammock straps to reach.

6. You can take it camping.

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Many college students like to go camping together and with a hammock, you'll be prepared. You might not even need to bring a tent. You can sleep in your hammock! Hammocks are perfect for camping and you'll fit right in with your fellow college students.

7. It can become a hobby.

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If you are looking for a new hobby, here you go! Finding the best new places to hammock on campus can become your new thing. It gives you something to do in your free time and it's something you can share with your friends.

8. It's fun.

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It's just downright fun. Hammocks are easy to hang and fun to sit in. They can help you make friends and can become a new hobby. No matter where you take your hammock, you won't regret it.

So go get yourself a hammock! There are lots of different kinds to choose from on Amazon. It's never a bad time to go hammocking and your college career won't be the same without it!