Cover Story: The 5 Best Camping Tarp Shelter Options for Outdoor Comfort

Best Outdoor Tarps
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* Smart tarps to help make your camping experience extra comfy
* Choose from folding designs, waterproof options and more
* UV protection helps prevent sun damage

With spring (finally) in full bloom, now’s the perfect time to brush the dust off your old camping gear and start planning a weekend getaway. Whether you prefer beach camping, mountain camping or even backyard campouts, the right tarp can make all the difference. Not sure your tent’s waterproof? No problem. With these tarps, you can keep the rain out, protect against sun damage and more.

1. Sanctuary SilTarp

With a sleek PU coating, fully tapered seams and durable ripstop nylon, this waterproof tarp was designed to withstand the elements. Able to expand up to 11×4 feet, this handy troll can be packed to fit a 9×4-inch sack. Talk about portability.

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2. The Outdoors Way Hammock Tarp

With a 12-foot ridge, this extra-long tarp is able to fold down and fit into a teeny tiny bag. And unlike other tarp sets, this one comes with all the essentials, including tent stakes and guy lines. In fact, it has everything you need.

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3. Unigear Hammock Rain Fly Waterproof Tent Tar

This waterproof tarp is made for camping. With eight fix points, it’s designed to help capture and keep out rain and water, so you can stay dry even when it’s wet. Plus, a coated PU layer helps offer UV protection.

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4. Kelty Noah’s Tarp

Simple yet effective, this mini tarp comes in a four-point shape that can be configured to best meet your needs. With a simple construction and even easier setup, it’s a great choice for casual campers. It also comes with its own stakes and carry sack.

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5. RAIN Fly Tent TARP

This decked out camping tarp comes with six heavy duty stakes, six carabiners for extra fast setup, seven adjustable ropes and a handy carrying pouch. Made for more serious outdoors people, it blocks rain, dust and even UV rays.

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