A tarp survival shelter is one of the easiest, and fastest ways to build a survival shelter. It’s also a multipurpose item, and very light weight, making it easy to transport in a backpack, or bug out bag. If you have access to a tarp, and some paracord, and a little knowhow, you can build a survival shelter in very little time!
How to Build a Tarp Survival Shelter
Building a tarp shelter is one of the easiest outdoor survival shelters to build, but there are a few things you need to consider before starting the build. For a wilderness survival situation, having a tarp shelter and some paracord could actually save your life, it will provide some shade during the day, and shelter from the cold at night. A tarp survival shelter will also keep you dry… obviously. The handy thing is, it can be taken down in about 5 minutes, and packed away.
1. Find a Location
The most important part when building your tarp survival shelter, is selecting the right location. When looking for a spot to put up your tarp shelter, look for a place with some kind of pole, for example a tree that you can tie your paracord onto. The space between the trees needs to be big enough to accommodate your tarp setup, along with the length of ropes you have.
It’s also a good idea to make sure there are no dead standing trees near by, as these could fall on your shelter during a storm.
2. Clear the Area
After you find the sweet spot for building your tarp shelter, you will need to clear the ground of objects that might dig into you while sleeping, or otherwise just get in the way, this includes big branches, twigs and so on. You also should check for the general wind direction, and setup your tarp shelter so that the wind doesn’t blow right into it, you want the back of the shelter facing the wind. This is key to staying warm.
3. Setup the Ropes
Next up is tying the ropes to nearby trees to support your tarp shelter. First tie the ropes between two trees to form a hanging line. Take into consideration the size of your tarp when doing this, as you want it to be able to reach the ground, and also make sure the line is long enough to accommodate the tarp shelter. This hanging line will serve as the main framework of your tarp shelter. Make sure to tie the ropes tight enough so as they will withstand strong winds.
4. Setup the Tarp Shelter – Triangular Pattern
Now hang the tarp over the line you have tied between the two trees, and secure the sides to the ground with some stakes. You can make stakes with sticks, and your survival knife by carving them into a point, making them easier to push into the ground.
That’s it, your tarp survival shelter is now complete.
Here are some more designs you can think about!
Building a tarp shelter is pretty easy when you know the basic setup. Knowing these survival skills may come in handy some day if SHTF, or whatever else! Go out into the forest, practise building tarp shelters, and have some fun!