How to choose a tarp for bivouacking

How to choose a tarp for bivouacking 

When bivouacking and camping, a tarp is a good and easy way to quickly set up a shelter. There are different types of tarp, each with their own specific characteristics. Below we're going to look at the different types of tarp and their uses to ensure they meet your exact requirements!

We are going to examine each of the tarps in turn so we can understand their different uses. The important thing here is to understand the advantages offered by each type of shelter and how they can be adapted to suit your needs.

What is a tarp?

1. What is a tarp?

A tarp is a light tarpaulin or canvas that can be easily configured to create a protective shelter. Depending on its specific characteristics, the tarp can offer protection from wind, rain and UV rays. Tarps come in different shapes and weights and can be arranged in different configurations, depending on your activity, using their various attachment points.

trekking tarp

2. Check out our different tarpaulins for bivouacking

Trekking & hiking tarp

A tarp used for bivouacking can be hung high up, over a hammock, or lower to the ground for a more traditional style camp. With some models, you can use hiking poles as tent poles to configure your tarp. It's a good option if you're intending to carry all your equipment and want to reduce the load. We also recommend that you have an overbag, as well as a sleeping bag, to protect you from the wind and rain.

Bushcraft tarp

Bushcraft tarp - Survival

The camouflaged canvas will help your camp blend in with its surroundings. Some people use them for survival and others for hunting. The bushcraft tarp can be suspended over a hammock or just above the ground with the option of adding a mosquito net.

Additional info: "If your tarp blends in with its surroundings, it may take longer for you to get help if something happens.Remember visible equipment or a visible tarp will help you survive if you are in danger."

3. How to choose your bivouac shelter: tent or tarp?

You're kitting yourself out for a bivouac excursion and want to choose your shelter but can't decide between a tent or a bivouac tarp. Below we set out the advantages and disadvantages of tarps and tents. This will help you decide which shelter will best meet your requirements.

The ultralight trekking TARP

  • The advantages

    Weight is one advantage of the tarp as it's a lightweight canvas with few components. If you're looking for ultralight equipment, it's a super bit of kit. It's a versatile product as it can be configured in a variety of ways and adapted to suit your surroundings. Some people also use them in more unorthodox ways. Its price! Buying a tarp is much cheaper than buying a tent. A tarp offers a much more immersive experience. You will be in direct contact with your environment. It will be better suited to a forest environment, offering lots of possible configurations.

  • Disadvantages

    Exposure to wind and rain are the weak points of a tarp. You will need to investigate how to configure it to suit different weather conditions and ensure you get a good night's sleep. You should also consider taking an overbag to protect you from bad weather and help prevent discomfort. Depending on the configuration, you'll need a basic knowledge of knots. A tarp doesn't offer much privacy. If you're near a path or road, you will be clearly visible even when under your shelter.

The trekking TENT

  • The advantages

    The trekking tent is designed for bivouacking in bad weather, all year round. You'll have a private place, hidden from view, and an enclosed shelter where you'll feel safer. A tent will also allow you to camp at higher altitudes.

  • Disadvantages

    Tents are designed to be light and compact but will always be heavier and bulkier than a tarp. A tent is a more complex product and will require a more significant financial outlay. Finally, you can't change the interior layout of the tent and adapt it to suit the surroundings.

How to choose a tent for bivouacking

4. Check out our Tent tarp

The perfect combination if you're looking for an ultralight bit of kit

The tent tarp is a great solution for trekkers looking for ultra lightweight equipment for bivouacking in the mountains. This model is a cross between a tent and a tarp and uses 2 hiking poles for structural support. It combines the advantages of both a tarp and a tent.

5. Also check out our Camping tarps

When it comes to increasing the surface area of your camping shelter, the tarp is your best friend. You can set up a table and eat outside or relax in your camping chair, using your tarp to protect you from the sun's rays. As the weight of your tarp is not an issue, you can focus on choosing the size and functions that best suit your needs. Whether you want to configure it with a tent, table, car or van, you'll find a model that suits you.

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