Losing the little poles is a definite worry. One idea I came up with that seems like it might work well is to sew a little sack just wide enough for the poles to fit into, and with enough extra length to be able to fold over the open end and secure. I used a little loop of shock cord, but I don't think it will hold in the stitching for very long. I would suggest elastic strap, simple ties, or velcro for the next mod. I have a string tying the sack to the handle of the built-in stuff sack. When I'm pitching the hammock, the sack with the poles in it simply hangs beneath the hammock out of the way but secure. When I'm ready, I remove the poles, install, and stow the pole sack in the hammock stuff sack and put the stuff sack back in the pocket. When breaking camp, simply do the exact reverse, placing the three poles from each end of the hammock into the pole sack as they are removed. You never have to lay them down and risk losing them. When the hammock is in its stuff sack, simply slide the pole sack under the flap. Even if it should happen to work out of the flap, it is still tied to the handle of the stuff sack. I have pictures but haven't figured out how to post them yet. I'm working on it!