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Fifteen Uses for Tarps
Whether it’s canvas or plastic, having a tarp available can be extremely beneficial in a survival situation. Of course, the canvas tarp is heavier, and much less likely to burn or melt from a small spark and according to most, far warmer in the winter. It could add too much weight if you’re on foot, but would be great in the trunk of the car. Plastic tarps are less expensive and you have a wide variety of choices, but many people appreciate the inexpensive nature of the polyethylene tarps and their light weight. Tarps with arctic flexibility won’t freeze up on you. If you’re carrying a tarp, make sure you have cordage, such as paracord, to maximize the uses.
1 Hunkering in, but the storm blew holes in your roof?
A tarp is a quick fix for a roof problem. Many contractors cover roofs with a tarp if they have to quit for a day and expect rain. It works and is quick and easy to do. You can also use it as a quick fix for broken windows to keep the elements out.
2 Need a tent for one or two and your gear?
Tarps are a great option for a tent. Depending on how you create it, it can be a perfect protection from a sudden snow storm or keep you out of the elements in rainy weather.
3 If a tent isn’t enough, use a second tarp for extra warmth.
Even if they’re polyethylene, you won’t care if you’re cold. Wrapping up in a tarp in your tent can provide extra warmth. Make sure you have the ones with arctic flexibility, particularly if you’re using the tarp to wrap in in freezing rain or as a poncho.
4 Use it for flooring or a ground cover.
If you have an extra tarp, you’ll appreciate having a floor for the tent. It also makes great ground cover so you won’t have to sit on damp ground or be bothered by insects.
5 If you just need a shady area or protection from the rain, a tarp is a quick solution.
Use paracord to tie the tarp to trees and create a quick roof to keep out the sun or rain.
6 Need a quick hammock?
Maybe you don’t need a tent, but the idea of sleeping on the ground just won’t make it. Use the paracord and a folded tarp for a hammock.
7 If you’ve set up a campsite, you’ll need a bathroom.
Whether you’re using it as a privacy curtain for a toilet or shower, it’s perfect for the job.
8 Keep your clothing, food and supplies dry by wrapping an extra layer with a tarp around them.
It’s even good for protecting survival food you’re growing.
9 Use a tarp to capture water.
Rainwater or morning dew could be important to your water supply. A tarp is large enough to make a great way to collect it.
10 You can carry heavy items with tarps.
Use it as a sleigh to pull a heavy load or even an emergency stretcher for injured people. It only takes a couple of branches and some paracord to create.
11 Add wind power to your boat.
A tarp makes an excellent temporary sail.
12 If you need an extra backpack, a tarp could double as one.
All it takes is a little paracord and you have a backpack any size you choose.
13 Hide your food and supplies under brown or darker colored tarp.
If you have to leave your supplies to hunt for food or any other reason, wrapping the supplies in a tarp matching the landscape can help camouflage them.
14 Use it as a pillow.
It can be quite comfortable, particularly if nothing else is available.
15 Use it as rope.
Tie knots in the end of the tarp to help grip and your tarp becomes a rope.