A Beginner’s Guide To Camping Tarps
It can be difficult to know where to begin when you are preparing for a camping trip.
Camping equipment comes in many varieties, all designed to make your life easier in some way… But when it comes to camping equipment, the most useful item might just be the simplest.
If there’s any item of camping gear that is guaranteed to be useful, it’s a camping tarp. With dozens of uses around the campsite, it's one thing you can’t leave home without.
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What are camping tarps?
Camping tarps are large sheets made of flexible, durable, and often waterproof materials used as alternatives to tents when camping or hiking. They can be made of fabric, nylon, or polyethylene that provides enough protection against environmental hazards and various weather conditions. Camping tarps usually have reinforced grommets along the sides and corners as attachment points for sticks, posts, or ropes so that they can be suspended or tied down.
Tarpaulin is completely waterproof, sun proof and wind resistant. All super handy features to have on hand when camping! You just never know when Mother Nature is going to throw some curveballs into your camping trip, but it’s best to be prepared.
Camping Tarps are made from canvas, durable cloth, nylon and plastic blends. The most common type of tarp is the basic blue poly tarp that is waterproof, durable and strong. There are plenty of more advanced types of tarp available, but generally, these cost a whole lot more and offer only minimal advantages over the standard type of tarp for sale at most camping supply stores.
- Place tarp over your tent for supreme shelter from a rainstorm!
- In extreme space saving efforts, use your tarp as a tent!
- Use your tarp as groundcover
- Attach your tarp vertically and use it as a shelter from wind
- Drape your tarp over your food and protect it from insects
The many uses of your camping tarp are restricted only by your imagination. A tarp can be used in a hundred different ways, and on a hundred different trips. You can be sure your tarp will come in handy every time you decide to go camping.
Tarps are simple and inexpensive items of camping equipment. A relief if you’ve already spent a fortune on camping gear like tents and portable fridges! You can buy a simple tarp for as little as a few dollars; a fantastic investment if you consider the many possible uses it has!
There are some fantastically advanced tarps on the market today, and they don’t even cost that much. You can browse around online to see just how extensive the range of features is that a tarp can have; you might be surprised at just how many uses your $100 tarp can serve while camping!
Look for tarps that are durable, completely waterproof and sizeable. When it comes to tarps, size does matter, and it’s worthwhile investing in a large one! The more tarp you have, the more shelter, protection, and waterproofing you can create.
With a bit of research, you can find the perfect tarp to take along whenever the urge to go camping strikes. It will become your most often used item of equipment in your arsenal of camping gear. Once you’ve camped with a tarp, you will never be able to leave home without it!.
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