After a close call last summer with getting stuck outdoors in the wilderness, I’ve been slowly but surely piecing together an emergency survival kit. One item on my list of basic survival gear is a simple tarp to provide shelter.

I’ve found a number of options, from simple blue tarps to rain ponchos that unfold into shelters. Here’s my list so far, in case anyone else is in the market for tarp shelters.

Blue Tarp

Blue trap as emergency wilderness shelter

The duct tape of shelters. They aren’t light for their size, but you can’t beat the price of the good old blue tarp.
Cost: $3.50
Weight: 11 oz.
Area: 48 sq. ft.

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