A day of fun turns into a disaster and now you're caught in the rain wondering how to make a tent from scratch. Remember that tarp and rope you never thought would come in handy? You're in luck because you don't have to be MacGyver to make a tent from those two items! Before you become a soggy mess, bust out your tarp, rope and blonde mullet and read on to find out how to make a makeshift tent.
Things you'll need:
- Fold your tarp into thirds. The best way to make a tent from a single tarp is to go for a triangular design. This means your tarp has to first be folded into thirds to keep you dry from the top and bottom (as no one likes sleeping in a puddle of water). Start by folding over the left third and folding the right third over on top of it. Once the left third is under the right third, flip the tarp over so the folded side is on the ground.
- Make holes for your support. To make your folded tarp into a tent, poke a hole in the two corners of one side of the fold along the seam. If you're prepared and have a knife, you're in luck and ahead of the game. If not, find a branch or a twig sharp enough to punch through the tarp.
- Tie up your tent. The final step to making a tent is tying the rope through the holes you made on either side. Find a couple trees, some sturdy bushes, you name it. Aim at tying the rope tight enough to actually support the tarp with as little sagging as possible. If all has gone well, you should have a small triangular tent with covering on both sides (plus the ground).
Making a tent in a pitch is relatively easy. Keep in mind that there is still one relatively large opening exposed where the two ends of the tarp meet, so position this away from the rain for maximum effect.