Forget about a tent, use a tarp. They’re lightweight, can pack easily, and cheap. Actually, get two tarps; one for the top as a shelter, one for the bottom so you don’t get wet from the ground. Using a tarp is easy. And you’re not going to need a lot of tools and equipment.
But there are some ways that you can set up a tarp that are simple and easy. Follow these and you’ll pack a tarp with you wherever you go and you’ll think about putting one in every location on your Homestead.
How to set up a tarp tent in 2 minutes…
You just need a tarp for a simple shelter. It’s not going to last you a very long time. Once you figure out how to set up a tarp, you won’t think about using a tent.
Here from our friends at Offgrid is an excerpt about setting up a tarp quickly.
How to set up a tarp tent in 2 minutes
1. Look for the perfect location. The ground should be comfortable enough if you plan to get some sleep. Pointy rocks and other hard objects will keep you awake.
2. The direction from which the wind is blowing should also be taken into account or your shelter will blow away with it if the wind gets under it.
3. The ground should slope slightly for the water to runoff. If there is no slope, you will have to dig some trenches around your shelter to aid drainage.
4. Don’t set up your tarp over ant nests or any type of burrows. Sounds obvious but you need to check.
5. Avoid building your shelter below the high tide mark of a shoreline, on top of a hill or ridge or on a river bank.
6. Don’t set up camp beneath a tree branch that is dead or partly broken. Overhead tree branches can provide shade but during a storm, there is a chance that a dead or broken tree branch could fall on your tarp shelter.
It is up to you what tarpaulin material you should use; the heavier the construction, the greater both the abrasion resistance and the tear strength. But keep in mind that you will be carrying it with you while hiking and having a heavy pack is not ideal. You will likely want to use a tarp that is lightweight for easier transport.
Setting up a tarp tent…
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