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Why And How To Choose Tarpaulin?

Sep. 29, 2022

Travelling abroad still faces constant restrictions and uncertainty. However, whether you are new to camping or a seasoned professional, it is important to have the best equipment for your trip. In this article, we'll show you why tarpaulins are essential camping gear for your next adventure.


Why choose tarpaulin?

You may not think tarpaulin is the best choice when it comes to camping. But seasoned outdoor enthusiasts understand that it is a versatile kit for different trips. Tarpaulins are perfect for waterproof ground coverings, shelters, equipment coverings and more. Contrary to popular belief, they are light to carry and easy to set up.


So, how can you use tarpaulin on your next camping trip? Let's take a look at the benefits and uses of tarpaulins.

Tarpaulin shelters

Tarpaulin shelters are a great option if you want to get closer to nature and have a more authentic camping experience. Tents are enclosed and often difficult to set up, and also keep you isolated from nature. Tarpaulins can be set up in almost any configuration and provide shelter while allowing you to enjoy your surroundings.


UN PE Tarpaulin

UN PE Tarpaulin

Many people turn to wild camping and wilderness camping for a more authentic, less sanitised experience and tarpaulin is just what you need.


Lightweight and space-saving

Modern tents are big and bulky and take up a lot of space when packed. Tarpaulins are very lightweight but strong and waterproof. They take up less space in a camping bag and require fewer accessories to set up.


Extra shelter

Tarpaulin tents can be pitched in a number of ways to provide sleeping shelter. But they are also perfect as an extra shelter space for cooking and relaxing. When camping you can never rely on the British weather, so having a sheltered area to sit in means you can enjoy your trip whatever the weather.


Equipment protection

Tarpaulin is also the perfect cover for your equipment. If you are a photographer, you will need good quality tarpaulins to protect your gear from the rain and dirt. Campers also use it to protect their backpacks and supplies when they are out exploring.

Uses of PVC Tarpaulin

 Uses of PVC Tarpaulin

Tarpaulins Direct - Size and Type Guide

Getting the right tarpaulin can be a tricky business. It's important to get the right size tarpaulin for the job (big enough to cover basically anything you need). Then you need to know what grade or type is appropriate for the particular task. Advice is always available for all your questions, but check out the tarpaulin guide below for basic information.


Size Matters

You may need tarpaulin because you want to cover something. Perhaps you just need to hang tarpaulin to cover or conceal a specific area, or as a floor or wall covering. In this case, there is no problem, you just need to measure the length x width of the area to be covered. Often, however, you will need tarpaulin to cover a 3-dimensional object (e.g. a haystack). In this case, measure the length and width of the top of the object you need to cover (if it is not a flat-topped object, you may need to estimate slightly). Next, you need to consider how far down the object you want the tarp to cover.

 PE Tarpaulin

 PE Tarpaulin

For example, if you need the tarpaulin to cover 1 metre on all sides, then simply add 2 metres to your length and width measurements so that the tarpaulin will hang down 1 metre on all four sides. If you need to cover the whole object, measure from the top of the object to the ground, multiply by 2 and add this to the length and width measurements at the top.


Factors for cutting dimensions

Another important thing to consider is that tarpaulins are supplied in what is known as "cut size". Cut size is an industry-standard term that indicates the size of tarpaulin before it is stitched, hemmed and perforated. This means that the final size of any tarpaulin may be up to 30 cm shorter than the specified size. You will need to take this into account when ordering your tarpaulin. Of course, it is always best to err on the side of caution, so if you think things might be tight, it is best to order a slightly larger tarpaulin to avoid dealing with shortages.


Looking for high quality camping tarpaulins?

Whether you are planning a camping trip or want a high-quality tarpaulin for your home, our team at Jincang Plastic can help. Contact us today for a free quote.