The Ultimate Tarp Survival Shelter/Backpacking Tent





Introduction: The Ultimate Tarp Survival Shelter/Backpacking Tent

Utilizing just 6 tent stakes, an 8 by 12 cheapo tarp, and a 4 and 1/2 foot long stick, this shelter offers protection from the elements and super simple set up.

Step 1: Materials

All that's needed is an 8 by 12 tarp, a 4 and 1/2 foot stick, and 6 tent stakes.

Step 2: Staking Back

Stake the inner 2 grommets on the twelve foot side down. Make sure the tarp is pulled tight between them.

Step 3: Add 2 More Stakes

Diagonally, across from the stakes you just put in, stake the tarp down. Leave the corners unstaked. Do this on the 2 back corners only.

Step 4: Folding

Fold those loose corners down underneath the tarp.

Step 5: Tying Up Loose Ends

Now the remember the whole other side that has not been staked? Stake one corner down, place the stake in the middle, holding it up, then stake the other corner done when the stick will stay up from the tension.(look in pictures for help)

Step 6: It's Done

It will take a little adjusting, but eventually you will get it right. Enjoy the sheltery goodness.



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    Well done. An excellent example of doing something using the KISS principle.

    looks pretty nice!

    there are other ways to make a 1 person tent with a 3x3 tarp, with or without a pole inside the tent(suspended on a line). then you have a possible door so you can close the tent.

    havent tried it myself, cant find a decent english instruction, but this is how it will look.
    the loose flap can be closed as a door.

    That looks pretty complicated. And when you said 3 by 3, is that in meters?

    yes its in meters.

    i found a image of the folding lines, perhaps that can help. its in dutch but i think you can figure it out pretty much.
    green lines are outside folds, purple lines are inside folds. the dots are connection points(you need 19 for the tent) the yellow line is a guy line for the opening.

    if you print the image you can fold it in small, to get a bit of the touch for building it.

    Excellent image. It helps a lot. An 8'x8' tarp would make about a 26 square foot floorspace.

    I wonder if it will work with an 8 foot by 8 foot tarp. Just so you know my measurements are in feet. I will attempt this shelter. What part of the world are you from?

    i think it might work, but it would be smaller. the dimensions are still the same.
    im from holland, europe

    I do this all the time I put a guy line on the pole so I can close it up. Nice instructable

    Very nice tarp set up, I may use this in the near future. Best Regards. :)

    Wow, this is one of the best tarp shelters I've seen! 5 stars!