You learn many lessons when you are still a wet-behind-the-ears camper. Through numerous camping fails, I have learned that packing a few extra multi-purpose items can turn a potential camping disaster into a weekend of camping success.
One of those items is the humble, plastic tarp. When you purchased your tent, you probably also purchased a tarp to put between the ground and your tent’s floor to protect it from rips and water seepage. Just one unexpected rainfall combined with a cheap tent will have you wishing you bought a spare tarp or two.
The number one use for cheap, plastic tarps is cover; cover your bags, food and other gear. A tarp also makes excellent makeshift rain fly for your tent and sunshades. Don’t forget rope! If the ground is wet from rain or dew, use the tarp as a picnic blanket. To keep bugs and critters away from your dining area, use a tarp as a tablecloth. Instead of food sticking to the table attracting bees, mosquitoes and flies, you can easily wipe down the tarp after eating. In an emergency, you can use a tarp to collect rainwater.
I have even used tarps to make a slip-n-slide.
When camping season is over, tarps have many uses at home as well. Tarps can be used to cover your firewood, protect your floors when you paint and protect vehicles that you don’t park in the garage. Further, throw a few in the truck. There are many times I have used tarps to cover furniture when moving.
With prices starting at around $7, a plastic tarp is one item you cannot afford to go without.
How many uses for tarps can you come with it? Share them with us in the comment section.