White and silver are too conspicuous. Blend in with the surrounding woodlands by using camo tarps. From camping and backpacking to hunting trips, a lack of visibility is necessary. The next time you decide to go out in the woods, bring along a few camo tarps to throw on top of your packs or to protect your campsite.
Camo tarps are made from medium-duty polyethylene. Designed for temporary protection, camo tarps have a 10 by eight weave and a thickness of eight mil. When you need quick and effective protection, medium-duty tarps of any color are ideal. For protection, all tarps are treated to be waterproof, UV resistant, mildew resistant, and rot proof. Once the material is placed over your gear or tent, it keeps out water and UV rays.
As rain can damage your packs and ruin your overall trip, coming prepared with a few camo tarps is the difference of being dry in the morning – or waking up in a damp tent with soaked packs, food, and clothing. When this basic level of protection needs to blend in with the surrounding, choose camouflage. In addition to the standard green, brown, and black pattern on top, all camo tarps are green on the bottom.
Although camo tarps allow your gear to blend in and protect it from the rain, knowing how to apply the material is necessary. While a basic tarp can simply be thrown over a stack of packs, your tent and campsite should also be covered by one or more tarps. To cover your campsite, attach all four ends of a camo tarp to trees with rope and make sure that the material slopes downward to allow precipitation to run off. Make sure that the material covers your tent and the ground in front to keep your fire area dry.
Additionally, bring a smaller tarp to cover the bottom of the tent. Most tents are only water-repellant, and moisture from rain will seep up through the floor. Covering the bottom of a tent with a tarp not too large or too small keeps the full structure dry.