There are a few pieces of camping equipment that are deemed to be useful in a variety of circumstances. A tarp is one of those items. It seems the more you camp, the more uses you’ll find for that tarp you have tucked away in the trunk.
If you camp in a tent you can lay a tarp between your tent and the ground. It will keep moisture from seeping up into the floor of your tent and also keep things warmer inside the tent. You can use a tarp as a rainfly over the tent. It will shed water before it can soak into the ceiling of the tent.
You can use a tarp to cover bikes, bundles of wood, or the picnic table at night. If you expect rain in the forecast or the morning dew is heavy, a tarp can protect the camping gear you aren’t currently using. A tarp can come in handy for hauling heavy items as you lay them on the tarp and pull them over the ground on the tarp.
Tarps can be made of canvas or a nylon/rayon blend. Each has its benefits for camping. Canvas is heavier and will mildew if not thoroughly dried before packing it away. Nylon can tear more easily but it light weight and water proof.
In the warmest months you can be quite comfortable sleeping under a tarp that you’ve pitched high enough to cover your head. There are a handful of campers who like to camp this way rather than bring a tent.
All in all, you’ll find plenty of uses for a tarp. So many, in fact, that you might consider bringing two. It is certain that when you need one, you’re very glad you have one. We hope all your camping experiences are good ones and we look forward to seeing you here this summer.