How to Put a Tarp Over a Tent

Setting up a tent can be tricky enough on its own. But when you add in the threat of inclement weather, it can be downright daunting.

Thankfully, there’s an easy way to ensure your tent is protected from the elements – you just need to know how to put a tarp over a tent.

Here’s what you should know if you plan on using a tarp for your tent.

What You Need for Your Tarp Setup

The most important thing you need for setting up a tarp over your tent is…a tarp! Make sure the one you choose is large enough to cover your tent and any gear stored nearby.

Additionally, it should be made from a durable material that won’t tear easily and will repel water (like polyethylene).

Once you have your tarp, here are some other items you’ll need:

  • Tent stakes or sandbags
  • Rope or bungee cords
  • A hammer or mallet
  • Cable ties (optional)

Setting Up Your Tarp

Now that you have all of your supplies, let’s get started on setting up the tarp! First, make sure that all of the stakes are securely in place around your tent. This will give your tarp something to hold onto while also providing added protection against wind and rain.

Next, lay out your tarp and drape it over the top of the tent so that it covers as much area as possible without touching the ground. Use rope or bungee cords to secure it in place at each stake point. If necessary, use cable ties to further secure any spots where there may be extra slack in the fabric.

Finally, check all of your connections one more time and adjust as needed so that everything is tight and secure before bad weather hits! And remember — always double-check that everything is tight and secure before heading off into inclement weather with a poorly secured tarp setup!

Now that you know how to put a tarp over a tent, rest assured knowing that no matter what Mother Nature throws at you during camping trips this summer, your gear will stay dry!


Putting together a good quality tarp setup can help protect both yourself and your gear when camping in inclement weather conditions.

All it takes is some simple preparation work with some basic supplies – namely rope/bungee cords and tent stakes/sandbags – plus an appropriately sized tarp tailored specifically for tent protection (such as polyethylene).

With these supplies ready ahead of time plus an understanding of how they all come together in order to effectively keep out rainwater or snowfall, campers can rest easy knowing their gear will stay dry no matter what nature throws their way this summer! Happy camping!

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