How to Make a Quick Shade Tent

How to Make a Quick Shade Tent
If you are backpacking, hiking or find yourself stranded in the heat of the day, you will need to be able to make a quick shade tent. Otherwise, you run the chance of becoming dehydrated, sunburned or even having a heat stroke. Making a quick and simple shade tent is relatively easy and you should already have all the supplies needed in your backpack.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Rope Trees Tent stakes Hammer Tarp Cotton sheet Rocks
  • Rope
  • Trees
  • Tent stakes
  • Hammer
  • Tarp
  • Cotton sheet
  • Rocks
Step 1
Find an area that has two trees to which you'll be able to tie off. If there are none available, you can use two tent stakes. Face your entrance to the shade tent away from the direction of the wind.
Step 2
Tie a rope around each tree a little taller than you are, if you desire to stand upright inside of the shade tent. Allow enough rope to be able to reach the covering, on one end. Make sure the rope is tied securely to the tree.
Step 3
Hammer your two tent stakes, spaced evenly apart, into the ground to a depth where they stand sturdy. Tie a rope around the top portion of each, leaving one end long enough to reach the covering.
Step 4
Tie the end of the rope around one corner of the sheet or tarp and pull it tight to where it does not sag. Repeat this step on the other side, pulling the rope tight to stretch the roof section firmly in place.
Step 5
Place rocks on the portion of the sheet or tarp that is lying on the ground to keep it in place. If the wind is blowing hard, it may lift the bottom up and blow the tent around. The rocks will make the tent sturdier.

Tips & Warnings

If you do not have a sheet or tarp, use any large piece of clothing or poncho to create a shelter from the sun.

Article Written By Joyce Starr

Joyce Starr is a professional writer from Florida and owns a landscaping company and garden center. She has published articles about camping in Florida, lawn care and gardening and writes for a local gardening newsletter. She shares her love and knowledge of the outdoors and nature through her writing.

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