Camping Tarps, Use or Not Use?

When we’re camping, we see everything: canvases on the floor, on top of sobreteto, sometimes almost covering the whole tent.The point is: they are always necessary? Learn why, how and when to use tarpaulins in the camp.

Po r to use
Tarps can have several functions in one camp, according to zipcodesexplorer. Can be used on the tent, to give an extra protection or to create an extra area on the outside. Can also be used on the floor, like a footprintto protect the floor of the tent or to create an area just outside the tent. But we often see camping tarps being used inappropriately and that could harm your equipment. And, depending on the type of camp, the duration and the quality of your tent, canvas can be exempted. Below is our intended use.
Which type to use
Basically there are three options of tarpaulins for use in camping:
1. sturdy Canvas with eyelets -great option to be used as awnings
There are two models easy to find: the Canvases of Carter and the Nautika. The Canvases of Carter are made of polypropylene, in blue or orange color, with plastic eyelets on the ends and the sides. Already the Nautika canvas is made in high-density polyethylene, in silver color, has various sizes and comes with aluminum eyelets on the ends and the sides.
If you look at hardware and building supply stores, you can find other models.
2. plastic tarps coil -good option to be used below the floor, like footprint
These tarps are sold per meter. Are made of a thinner and lighter plastic that mentioned above, usually in black or yellow. Are plastics that can be generally used for several purposes, including settlements.
3. ecological Floor – great choice for use in front of the tent, outside
Is a plastic screen that allows the water don’t get built up on canvas. The ecological issue is quite simple: to put a tarp on the floor, you knead the grass and prevents it receive sunlight or if your camp is longer you will end up damaging all the grass in the area where they camped. This ecological floor allows the passage of light and water to the grass, preventing her to be harmed. Currently we can’t find who sell this type of floor, but it’s pretty easy to be done. Gives here tip on the Blog Camping & Road.
We would like to give two other tips:
– Avoid black or dark tarps, because, when placed on the stand, they turn the camp into an oven and, when placed on the ground, attract animals looking for dark and damp spaces to hide.
-If you choose a canvas with eyelets, give preference to ply witheyelets in material that does not rust, mostly they camped on the beach.
How and when to use
Using the canvas like awning, above the sobreteto
If you are in a structured and seeking some comfort, it is quite interesting to put a tarp over the tent especially if you:
1. you want the comfort of having a larger area of camp around the tent;
2. are camping for a period of a week or more, or with children;
3. the place where your tent is not have shadow;
4. If there is a lot of rain forecast for the days of camp;
5. or if your tent does not have a good waterproofing (in this case, make sure that all the tent is under the awning area).
>>> Continue reading: Tips for using a canvas as tent AWNING.
Using the canvas on the floor, below the floor
Use a tarp under the tent can be useful to keep the rooms clean and to prevent water, if the floor does not have a good sealing.
However, to be useful in the matter of the moisture, the tent canvas must be the size or slightly smaller than the tent room, so it won’t happen to be empoçada water between the canvas and the floor of the room. It’s just that’s the most common mistake: many people have the habit of using huge tarps under the tent, leaving for sides, but this is not recommended. In a few days, the water between the canvas and tent can create Moss and fungi, and it deteriorates tissue treatment suffered to be resealed.
On the floor, in front of tent
Can often be useful to have a tarp in front of the tent, on the outside, to support something, let the footwear, serve as a mat.But we emphasize that it is important that that tarp is not the continuation of the canvas that is under the tent, or that they don’t stay connected, after all that canvas that is like a “mat” will be on the street and be able to catch rain.