A tarp tent is a wonderful addition to your bug out bag as it can be used in many different ways. A tarp tent is a tarpaulin, a plastic or nylon sheet, used in place of a tent. It is usually rigged with poles, tent pegs, and guy lines. Ultralight backpackers use tarp tents because they are easy to set up and lightweight compared to other backpacking shelters which makes for a more pleasant hike. Especially if you need a quick shelter when hit with a sudden downpour.
Recently I was looking for a good, reliable tarp/tent for my husband. We wanted something light, durable, and affordable. We decided, at the recommendation of others, on the UST Base Tube Tarp/tent 1.0. (Ultimate Survival Technologies) We have never been happier with a purchase.
UST Base Tube Tarp 1.0 Features and Specs:
• Ultra-light, compact, tubular tarp protects against foul weather • Multi-use tube tarp can be used as a ground cloth or sleeping tent • Reverses for reflective signaling surface • Flame-retardant • Sets up in minutes • Compact and easy to transport • Aluminized side provides thermal insulation and reflectivity for signaling • Hidden zipper transforms the tarp into a tube-shaped sleeping tent, providing protection from the damp ground below and the elements above • Can be used as a sleeping tent or all-weather tarp • Complete instructions are included and also conveniently located on the exterior of the stuff sack • Includes stuff sack, guy lines, and steel stakes • Erected HxWxD: 39” x 84” x 35” (99 x 213 x 89cm) • Packed HxWxD: 15” x 4” x 4” (381 x 102 x 102mm) • Weight: 1lb 12 oz. (794g)
We did a lot of shopping around and found the UST Tube Tarp to be one of the most affordable, reliable and used ones out there. Before this was shown to me the only recommended tarps I found were $80 or more. That can really hit your pocket if you have 4 bug out bags to supply for. that was a nice change from expensive basic gear. Below are some wonderful review videos for you to check out and decide for yourself if this will be an addition to your bug out or camping gear. A list of products in the videos will be posted at the end of the article.
Krik of Black Owl Outdoors shows you the basics of hanging a ridge-line. Whether you use it for a clothes line or for a tarp shelter, knowing how to set up a secure ridge-line is an important skill to know. Especially if you need to hang your shelter relatively fast because a storm is coming or dark crept up faster than you thought.
Tying knots to secure ropes and go fishing is one thing a lot of people tend to over look. Not knowing how to tie a good knot can mean the difference in dinner and hypothermia.
To hang this ridge-line you need to know how to do a Siberian Hitch Knot to secure one end of the para-cord to the tree. Krik also has another short video showing you exactly how to tie this sort of knot. Please feel free to view that video here.
Carrying a tarp for shelter is a very convenient and efficient way to travel when you’re camping, hunting or hiking for the day. It is also wonderful to add to your bug out or emergency bag that you carry with you and countless other uses. There are many different styles of tarps but the cheaper you go the more often you have to replace it. On the flimsy tarps the grommets can tear easily in the wind or it might get a tear in the actual nylon material. It is better to get a good one to start with even though you pay a little more than the average tarp. There are some things you just shouldn’t skimp on if you are going to survive in the woods.
My personal favorite tarp tent only weighs 1.9 ounces and compresses down to 6x6x3.5 inches. It is very well designed and will last for a substantial amount of time and in all types of weather. At 13x 9 it is 100 percent water proof and comes with 16 nylon hoops and 1 top center loop.
In this video Forest Walker Outdoors shows us four very easy ways you can set up your tarp tent quickly and efficiently for any situation. It is important to know how to protect yourself in all different types of weather. He also shows you how you can set up the tarp tent if you have no rope.