2014-05-20_0805Tarps are incredibly useful pieces of equipment to take on any given camping trip as well as to keep in your emergency preparedness supplies.  Their uses range from simple structure to get out of the elements, an item to create a litter to carry a wounded person out, and even a water catcher.  

Spend any time outdoors and you will find how useful a tarp is.  However, setting them up and utilizing them can be the tricky part.   We have several videos for you here that will help take you from a novice to a not-so-novice position.  They key is you need to practice setting them up.  As in all things the key to being able to use a piece of equipment correctly is to practice with it.  In this first video we are going to show you some easy to setup uses as a means of structure building for tarps.

 

One of the key things that is often missed when setting up a tarp is not paying attention to the prevailing winds.  If you setup a classic pup tent structure (sometimes referred to as a “V” setup, or a boy scout setup) and the openings are facing the prevailing winds you will have created a wind tunnel.  In this video we talk about those, and other, consideration.

 

More often than not we consider tarps as tools to keep us out of the wind and rain.  We typically only consider using reflective blankets in a manner by which we can help retain body heat in cold conditions.  However, a tarp and reflective blanket are very useful when used in tandem to keep sunlight and hot temps away from you in hot, sunny conditions as well.  This will aid you or someone you care about if they are experiencing heat exhaustion and finding a shady spot is a no go.  In this video I lashed the tarp to two trees, you could easily use trekking poles or similar to accomplish the same thing.

 

But where do you get a good tarp?  Well, take a look at his website my new friend.  Dan’s Depot carries the tarp in this video.  I helped design the thing so I am a tad bit biased when it comes to this one.  Materials, size, and much more is discussed in several various tarp models here.  

 

That is a pretty good look at the basics of some tarp ideas.  They are too versatile of an equipment piece for you to not have them in your kit.  Thanks for checking us out, please take the time to subscribe to the Dan’s Depot Youtube Channel and the Nature Reliance School channel for all the up-to-date information and gear giveaways!

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