66 Shelters You Can Make With A Tarp


If camping is among your hobbies, you probably know a lot of useful tips and tricks in this field. But what do you do when you go camping and you’re surprised by a sudden rainstorm? You can create a safe shelter from several materials, you just have to make a list before packing. The best way to make a shelter is to use a tarp, as this a resistant and waterproof material, that can be very helpful in survival situations. What you will be creating out of the tarp is in fact a tent that will keep you protected until the rain stops. There are so many variations for a shelter made from tarp, that the best way to learn about these is to consult the following list that has lots of cool and useful ideas. You’re welcome!

tarp-shelters-1 photo source: geekprepper.org


10 Responses to “66 Shelters You Can Make With A Tarp”

  1. Tammy says:

    Unlike most survival tip videos……I could watch this kid all day….he is just a natural! He is easy to understand and follow. And he’s not cocky nor smug…..going to look for more of him.

    • lola says:

      I enjoyed this too. I got a sweet survival pack (The Seventy two)for christmas that i’d love to take out for a run, make sure i had more things in it. i need a bigger tarp! 😀

  2. Greg says:

    Love this kid.

  3. Melody says:

    Serious question …Why would you wrap your wool blanket and stakes and strap it to the outside bottom of your pack and put your tarp inside your pack. Am I missing something? Otherwise thanks for the vid.

    • linda rand says:

      generally you strap your blanket or sleeping bag to the outside of your pack because it takes up to much valuable space inside your pack. The tarp folds flat and takes up little space. I like his idea to put the stakes and cords inside his bedroll.

  4. Jessica says:

    Thank you for a great how-to and challenge video! I admit, I’ve not tried it yet, and I don’t see being able to try this 2 minute setup in the near future, but it’s given me a good idea. I will try it, and when I do, I’ll try to get back here and give you my time. Good job!

  5. Gary says:

    12 X 12 Kelttey in Forester is the way to go.

  6. Melissa says:

    A tarp on the outside of your pack is more prone to receive abrasion, rips, tears etc. At that point it is no longer waterproof, providing the shelter you so need in a rainstorm.

    Personally, I would still try to fit the woolen blanket inside my pack. If not, at least wool still insulates when it’s wet.

  7. Matt says:

    I like his methods not bad for a young. However I give the video a B+ I hear the wild life and barely hear him with my volume turned up. But other than that no complaints

  8. Melody says:

    Also, I wouldn’t use a shelter like that. You don’t need so much area and if the wind is coming in heavy at least a foot and a half of that open side would get wet. The best I have found to use is an aframe that goes all the way to the ground. It takes up less area so you wouldn’t be worrying as much about little trees in the way. Also that way theirs only two small holes at the top and bottom that water can get into with wind, and if you tie off to big enough trees you have their protection aswell.

    It’s a good point with the bungee chords, I used to use them all the time because I was using them anyway to strap things to my bike.

    Another thing is if your making a structure don’t put your ground mat out before you have the tarp structure. Things are a lot less libel to get wet inside your pack.

    In ground that won’t peg like if you are on a mountain you can use rope to tie to the corner of the tarp and around a rock.

    Also it’s a good idea to carry a small tarp to put on the ground but not past the walls of the structure or it will allow water to pool. Putting a wool blanket on the leaves will make your blanket really annoyingly full of leaves. And if it’s been raining a lot the ground your setting up on will be wet, a waterproof tarp is pretty importiant.

    I lived in tarp structures for several years while travelling and these are some tips I’ve developed hope they keep you from waking up with soggy socks.

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