It’s cold, it’s damp, and you’re out in the woods. Whether you’re trying to challenge yourself in a survival situation or you’re stuck outdoors with only a tarp or a safety blanket for company, you’re not in a bad position at all. If you end up in the woods without a tent, it’s relatively simple to create a tent from a tarp.
As a child, I went to many a survival camp. I think I was still in grade school when I had the privilege of heading out with a small group of other children to create survival shelters for the night. I must confess that my first night in a tarp was somewhat less than comfortable, but I learned a lot from the experience, and I’ve gone on to create shelters with the children who attend my camps as well.
Make a Tent From a Tarp: Getting Ready
If you would like to learn how to create a shelter from a tarp, choose an easy and accessible place to experiment. Start it in the garden, and you can experiment all you’d like before you take your shelter camping. If you have the benefit of having access to all of the materials you’d like, get one tarp and a length of rope, the longer the better. Tent pegs or stakes are also very handy.
Why Do You Need a Tent?
There are different sorts of shelters for different purposes. Sometimes, you might be hiking and you’d like to sit down for a while. If the trees aren’t blocking the rain, hail, snow, or wind, it can be much more pleasant to have a bit of shelter set up. Other shelters are designed to block the wind while you cook, while others still are best for sleeping in.
Continue to page 2 for The Lean To Tent and The A-Frame Tent as well as tips for when you don’t have a rope!