We always bring them, but knowing how to use tarps while camping can make your trip much better.
A tent, a sleeping bag, and a tarp. They’re three of the essential items on a camping checklist, but oftentimes the tarps get misused or ignored altogether.
Find out how to put them to great use with these diagrams and suggestions in an infographic from CanopiesandTarps.com. It shows three reliable tent structures that can easily be made at a campsite, and also includes some general tips and reminders.
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The next time you plan a camping trip, think about how a tarp can create a structure, a shaded hangout or even a safety zone when needed.
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Some other ideas we can add: use a tarp underneath your tent for increased water protection and tent floor preservation; hang one over your tent for a rainproof cover; or spread one out underneath a food prep or game processing area to keep scraps from attracting wildlife scavengers.
If you know of other great uses for tarps while camping, let us know in the comments.