BLOG [SURVIVAL] 10 Different Tarp Setups for the Outdoors

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#1
The most common and easiest setup that allows the setup of a hammock or tent within.
Step 1. Find a good spot and make sure the trees for the setup are distanced in an ideal way for accommodating the tent/hammock and tarp.
Step 2. First fix up the tent/hammock and make sure a) Guylines and carabiners are properly fastened b) Hammock is hanging at the ideal height.
Step 3. Set up the tarp 4'' (10cm) above the tent/hammock and make sure at least all 4 corners of the tarp are staked to the ground, to maintain its shape and offer good wind and rain protection.
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#2
Similar to setup #1, but a simple shelter with or without a tent, that works in not only forests but bush-camping and on plains too.
Setup A. Find two trees and setup up the tarp with guylines and staked corners, either with proper tent pegs or wooden stakes, for good wind and rain protection.
Setup B. Not suitable for rainy and/or windy weather conditions. Use two alpenstocks or wooden stakes 3.9-4.9ft (1.2-1.5m) instead of trees. Same setup as above.
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#3
A temporary shelter that is near identical to #2 but offers more light.
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#4
This setup and #5 and #6 are similar and suitable for forest environments and autumn/winter seasons when there are fewer insects on the ground. This setup is ideal for sitting on the tarp floor with a campfire in front of you for warmth.
Step 1. Divide your tarp into three portions and use guylines to fix up the "roof". Make sure the "wall" is leeward, opposite the wind.
Step 2. Peg or spread out the bottom section on the ground, so that the tarp forms a C-shaped shelter.
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#5
This setup and #6 are the same but the former is fixed to the ground with stakes and the the latter is with tent pegs. It is a very simple temporary shelter for the wind or sun and is NOT recommended for when you camp overnight.
Step 1. Spread out your tarp and fix the top two corners with guylines to two trees.
Step 2. Tilt the tarp at a 45° and fix the remaining two corners on the ground with wooden stakes.

#6
This setup and #5 are the same but the former is fixed to the ground with tent pegs and the the latter is with stakes. It is a very simple temporary shelter for the wind or sun and is NOT recommended for when you camp overnight.
Step 1. Spread out your tarp and fix the top two corners with guylines to two trees.
Step 2. Tilt the tarp at a 45° and fix the remaining two corners on the ground with tent pegs.
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#7
This setup and #8 and #9 are similar in method but serve different purposes. The simplest of the three using tent pegs or stakes for pinning the tarp to the ground. It's a temporarly shelter for one night max; take care to build the walls on the lee side for good wind and rain shelter.

#8
This setup and #7 and #9 are similar in method but takes the longest to complete. It is suitable for winter and colder weather conditions, including snowy environments, and is ideal for lengthier stays.

#9
An advanced version of #8, using your own tent poles or sturdy branches onsite. This setup offers the best wind protection.

#10
The pyramid setup that is highly popular among outdoorsmen and women. Setup methods differ but the most common is by using a long hiking cane to form the tip of the structure while pinning the corners to the ground. Opt for a slanted doorway pulling the flapped entrance to the opposite direction (see picture on the right below) with guylines.
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THINGS TO NOTE IN THE WILDNESS
  • Check the weather
  • Respect all wildlife
  • Leave no trash behind
  • Put down your phone
  • Let others know you are heading out
  • Know the nearest place to get help in case of an emergency
  • Bring items for self-protection if roaming in the wilderness
THING TO PACK FOR A WEEKEND CAMPING TRIP
  1. SHELTER
    Tent, poles and stakes
    Ground cover
    Tarp
    Sleeping bag
    Collapsible chairs
    Picnic mat

  2. FOOD
    Food for cooking
    Stove
    Matches
    Firewood
    Pot/pan
    Eco-friendly kitchen utensils
    Instant coffee
    Snacks (marshmallows, hot dogs, potato chips, etc.)
    Waste bags
    Cooler (with drinks!)
    Water
    Thermos/cups/mugs
    Soap and sponge
    Napkins

  3. CLOTHES
    Swimsuit
    Pajamas
    Rainwear
    Flip-flops
    Hats
    Extra clothes in case it gets cold

  4. OTHER ITEMS
    Sunblock
    Bug repellent
    Bear spray
    First-aid kit
    Toothbrush & toothpaste
    Soap/shampoo
    Towels
    Cards and games
    Flashlight
    Binoculars
    Bikes
    Pet supplies
    Extra batteries
    Compass
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