Tarps, when used properly, are one of the ultimate tools out there. And wouldn't you know it, they make perfect makeshift shelters! They're very protective, portable, and lightweight, so it makes sense you'd want to start bringing one along with you. Here are some designs of various tarp shelters you should utilize, from our pals at Off Grid Survival.
Why a Tarp is a Better Shelter Choice.
- When hiking and camping out in the backcountry, tarp tents allow you to feel even closer to nature. There’s nothing quite like sleeping under a tarp out in the middle of the wilderness; that is why we go out there, right?
- In most cases, a tarp is going to be lighter than any tent on the market. Switching to the tarp allowed me to cut down on my pack weight.
- It’s a dual purpose system. Unlike a tent, I can get more than one use out of the tarp. Besides the obvious shelter related uses, I can use the tarp as a raincoat; as part of a rain catchment system; as an improvised first-aid sling or bandage wrap; to make repairs on my clothing, backpacks, and other gear that may become damaged; or a hundred other uses that a tent just wasn’t able to handle.
Building Different Types of Tarp Shelter
With little more than a bit of paracord and a tarp, you can quickly set up an improvised shelter that will keep you warm and dry.
Those are some pretty genius survival shelters. They're all very protective and many could be stealthy as well! It's impressive that all you need is some cord and a good ol' tarp to make any of these happen.
These shelters come in handy in all kinds of situations, so remember a few and you're set for a while! Additionally, if you manage to gather enough experience you could even come up with your own designs. Of course, that's for a different day.
To learn more about tarp shelters and other handy survival lessons, check out the folks at Off Grid Survival.
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