Camping tarps are large sheets made of flexible, durable, and often waterproof materials used as alternatives to tents when camping or hiking. They can be made of fabric, nylon, or polyethylene that provides enough protection against environmental hazards and various weather conditions. Camping tarps usually have reinforced grommets along the sides and corners as attachment points for sticks, posts, or ropes, so they can be suspended or tied down.
Types of Camping Tarps
Kinds of Camping Tarps include the following:
Polyethylene camping tarps
Polyethylene camping tarps have high-density polyethylene center layers and coating. Most models are water- and weather-resistant. Most models have UV-resistant coating on both sides.
Parachute nylon camping tarps
Parachute nylon camping tarps are made of soft, light, and silky nylon fabric. They are compact enough to fit inside a bag or a daypack. They are not waterproof, but the nylon fabric makes water roll off. Most models have reinforced center suspension loops that allow them to be formed into different shapes.
Silicone fabric camping tarps
Silicone fabric camping tarps are versatile tarps made of reinforced nylon fabric with silicone coating on both sides. They are light, compact, and tear-resistant. Their fabric strands are locked, making them waterproof.
Choosing Camping Tarps (Buying tips)
Size: Choose a camping tarp large enough to cover your camping or sleeping area. If you intend to cover an ordinary camping hammock, get one that measures nine feet long and five feet wide.
Weight: Choose a lightweight camping tarp to make it easy to carry and transport when traveling. However, make sure that its weight does not compromise its durability.
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