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Our Tarps are designed to be multifunctional and can be used as Shelters, Picnic Mats, Tent Footprints and any other uses you may think of. These tarps are perfect for those who prefer to sleep in the open air without the walls of a traditional tent or for UV Protection from sunny days. These waterproof tarp shelters can keep your tent and gear protected from the elements. Taking out the rods and ropes, these tarpaulin shades can be used as picnic mats or ground sheets.
What Size Should My Tarp Be?
Ideally, you want an 8-by-10 tarp for two people and a 6-by-8 for one. You really want to ensure that you leave adequate surface area to cover your person. This is especially important in harsh weather conditions, where you might need to allocate more material to walls.
Ways to Use A Tarp in A Campsite
Protect the bottom of your tent: A tarp/footprint is highly recommended to make your precious lightweight hiking tent last longer - Among a variety of uses, it protects your lightweight hiking tent from damage by sticks & stones on the ground where you are pitching your tent.
- Protect your tent in rain: A groundsheet is critical for staying dry. If you don’t use one, and it rains even a bit, you will most likely wake up wet and profoundly unhappy. However, a solid tent plus a groundsheet can keep you dry in light rains or even moderate drizzles.
- Wind shed setup: As the name implies, this is really good for protection when the prevailing wind is coming from a particular direction. It’s also good if you’re backpacking somewhere warm and you want to maximize your view of a nearby lake or mountain.
- Bathroom setup: If there are no restrooms nearby, this is an easy way to make a private bathroom space. This is especially valuable for primitive and backcountry campers.
- Small kitchen setup: If you are looking for somewhere to cook, a camping tarp is an answer. Remember you should cooking outside, not in your tent.
- Keeping your woodpile & gear dry: Don't risk losing dry firewood to a surprise shower. Cover your pile with a small tarp to ensure you have a fire regardless of the forecast. Put your favorite gear under this tarp separately from your tent area to maximize the area inside the tent for sleeping or resting after a long tiring day.
Check out our camping equipment collections for more camping gear you might want to bring along such as camping chairs or camping tables.