Take one tarp…make 66 camping shelters

We love a space-age tent, a bit of glamping canvas or an all-mod-cons campervan, but we like simplicity too. 

Thanks to fat dragon for this lovely guide to making shelters. 

Tarp and VW Campervan
Our Quechua Fresh tarp is simple and super!

 

Tarp shelters


And here are a few tarps in real-life use!

A few bits and pieces to make your tarp perfect

Clips and bungees

These bits and pieces will cost you under a tenner and will change your (camping) life! Use the bungee cords to secure tarps, awnings, bits of flapping tent or for 101 other uses. The green clips fasten on to canvas taps, tents and so on without damaging the fabric and give you more options for securing. We’ve used a combination to make sun shelters, to keep the rain off, to create a market stall backdrop, to cover stuff in a trailer…..and more.

Smart Looprope

The clever Looprope is great for hanging tools, kitchen kit and more when you’re camping. It’s also strong enough to tie down bikes, tarps and disobedient children (following strict safety guidelines, of course). Comes with strong carabiner clips.

Bungee cords for guylines

Thanks to ex-para and now car-camper Tommy Graham for his tip on using stretch rope or bungee cords when tying down tarps and other shelters. Go for reflective or bright-coloured.

Tarp poles

Providing you have the tarp clips, guyline and trees, it’s pretty easy to make yourself a shelter. But for extra versatility, add a few tarp poles to your kit. The telescopic ones are easiest to adjust. Go for as light as possible and don’t forget to check how many eyelets your tarp has to accommodate the pole ends.

The best bivvies

Sleep under your tarp in our favourite bivvy tents. The Lawson Blue Ridge can be used on the ground or in the trees as a virtually flat-bed hammock. It’s really comfy. It does, in fact, come with its own rainfly, but it can be a bit claustrophobic so a tarp gives you cover and air.

Or go for stargazing in a simple and airy Aquaquest West Coast.

Have a look at our feature on bivvy camping – for which, a tarp is a VERY good idea. You can also see some more ‘constructed’ tent-like things in our feature on multipurpose shelters. Lots to read, eh!

 

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  1. tommy graham

    tommy here…[ex para]….if you’re ever putting up a canopy…..please please,,use bungee cords. As the winds pick up,it will go with the flow if ties are tight..well imagine…more survival…if wanted…happy campers.

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