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.
Best tarp range we’ve found is at OutdoorGear by the way.
Latest update: January 2020
And here are a few tarps in real-life use!
Fishing umbrellas for shelter?
Decathlon’s fishing umbrellas come in a range of sizes, but don’t forget you’ll probably also want to buy the separate ‘awning’ – a sort of curtain that gives you more shelter. Caperlan brollies from around £25 and the awning bit around £15.
A few bits and pieces to make your tarp perfect
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.
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.
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!