Homemade Portable Camp Shelter

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Homemade Portable Camp Shelter
Natural materials can be used to create a basic shelter. (camping image by ska from Fotolia.com)

A portable camp shelter allows you to stand and work outside during wet conditions. It also provides shade during hot weather. The shelter must be easy to erect and it should also be easily packed into a small space for transportation. You can build the shelter using natural materials in the surrounding area or you can transport all of the necessary materials. The more basic the shelter, the easier it will be to use. It is important that you place the shelter on high ground to prevent water from running into the floor area.

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Things you need

  • Tarp
  • Rope
  • Hiking sticks
  • Stakes

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  1. 1

    Set-up your campsite with a tent, cooking area and work area. You can leave the tent behind and use the portable shelter if desired.

  2. 2

    Unroll the tarp and use a rock to pound stakes through the grommets on one end of the tarp. Pull the fabric tight to create a smooth base connection.

  3. 3

    Tie a piece of rope to the corner grommets on the free side of the shelter. Place a hiking pole under each side and firmly push the tip of each pole into the ground.

  4. 4

    Wrap the rope around the top of the hiking pole then tie the end of the rope to a tree or rock. You can also skip the hiking poles and connect the rope to a branch or skip the branch and only use the hiking poles. This will depend on your location and the materials available.

  5. 5

    Place a second tarp on the ground for extra protection from the elements. Use a rock to pound stakes through the grommets to secure the ground tarp.

Tips and warnings

  • Set the tarp at a moderate angle to provide shelter and to allow moisture runoff. A 45 degree angle is usually ideal.
  • Face the opening in the shelter away from the prevailing wind to prevent damage to the tarp. This will also maximise the efficiency of the shelter.

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