Whether you are moving, gathering leaves from your backyard or going on a road trip, a tarp is always going to be a valuable piece of equipment you will want to have on you. Depending on the situation, you may choose between the regular and the heavy duty tarps. Keep in mind that the latter should only be used in dire situations, where extreme protection is required.
When do I need a heavy duty tarp?
The regular tarp is still going to offer sufficient protection against water. In fact, you may even choose to get a special sort of a tarp which is going to protect you from sunlight. However, these are light covers and won’t provide much protection in really tough situations. They can be used in many different ways and you should consider buying one, even if you won’t use it at once.
Where can I find them?
A heavy duty tarp is characteristically found in almost every camping equipment store. The reason it is so different from the regular tarp is because they are further reinforced to offer better protection against water and wind as well. Even though you can primarily use them to cover a vehicle, or something you do not want wet, you can also use it to make a tent or cover the cargo in your truck.
Finding a tarp this sort is going to be the least of your worries. You will have a lot of different choices to make, starting with the size and the color of the tarp. Furthermore, in some cases, you will be able to choose different patterns, or different materials which may make this tarp. They all have a characteristic in common. They are extremely easy to store for any occasion.
Which one would be the best for me?
Depending on your needs, you may get a smaller, a medium-sized or a large tarp. Typically, the smaller ones are used for covering items, medium ones can be used to make a tent, while the large ones cover vehicles and larger objects. You don’t have to obsess over the size you choose to get. If at any point you realize that the tarp you have chosen may be too large for this purpose, you can easily cut it down and shorten it to the appropriate size.
Even though they are built to last, keep in mind that tarps can get damaged as well. Leaving them exposed to the sun for too long can dramatically decrease their utility value. The best advice would be to store them in a dark, dry place, such as a garage or a tool shed.