Originally Posted by superslow
Well I'm new to this board and don't know a thing about hammocks but I have been around the world in a backpack and I'd suggest this one thing- Avoid camo, and in a matter of opinion I would suggest avoiding anything military/paramilitary in appearance.
The world is a wonderful place full off fascinating people and sights but it is not always a nice place. Camo and military paraphernalia can cause consternation in people in foreign lands. The military is often seen as oppressive and the US military outside of this country is often not held in high esteem.
While it might seem contrary, camo gear will actually make you stand out while you're abroad. You'll be judged as a "Rambo" and that can be off-putting to locals and even lead to unwanted attention from more militant denizens.
I suggest gear and clothes that are civilian in appearance and rather nondescript . When you get somewhere new look at local fashion and get a hat, shirt or sandals, something that indicates that you belong there. It will show respect for the local peoples and may even open doors that you never expected. It's happened for me many times.
He speaks what my overall concern was. Being military I have seen a lot of different countries. Of course I blended in till I spoke to the locals though. Stay away from the camo. If you don't survive your journey due to someone's ignorance or beliefs, you won't be able to enjoy your hobby for long. If you made that group hang, I hope you found something you liked and your gear and journey all works out for you.
"We do not go to the green woods and crystal waters to rough it, we go to smooth it."- G. W. Sears
My forum name is Fish<><; I'm in the navy; and I hate sleeping on the ground. If I didn't need ground to walk on or measure resistance to, I think I could happily give it up.