Don't let rain, snow, or wet ground ruin your next camping adventure...

The best way to protect yourself and keep dry is with a good tarp. In fact, you may need a few high quality, lightweight camping tarps to ensure that both you and your belongings stay clean and dry. And when you're dry and have no worries about your gear, then you're going to have a much better time.

Camping tarps are also great for shielding you from the hot sun, preventing you from getting sunburn or heat stroke. Not only that, they are a great and inexpensive way to keep you and your gear covered from the elements over a large area.

We've done extensive real-world testing of many camping tarps to find those that perform the best for coverage and ease of use, and are waterproof as well. We've also made sure that the products we recommend are both lightweight and of the highest quality. Our findings are below. These are the best camping tarps we have found.

#1 - Our Top Overall Pick

The Eagles Nest Outfitters ENO ProFly XL Rain Tarp, Ultralight Camping Tarp

It's easy to see why this is our top recommendation. First of all, it only weighs 34 ounces, making it the most lightweight camping tarp that we tested. And the quality is fantastic. It's made of polyurethane-treated 210D ripstop nylon, the ProFly XL offers long-lasting wear and features the best water-shedding capabilities. We experienced no rain penetration whatsoever.

And this tarp really holds up to wind. It features six points to connect, so you can feel secure lounging underneath without having to worry about it blowing away. We found it ideal for weathering sudden downpours or building a waterfront basecamp.

We also found it to be very convenient to carry and it includes a stuff sack which makes it convenient to carry or store when not in use. You can't go wrong with this well-designed camping tarp.

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#2 - The Best for Privacy and High Winds

CHILL GORILLA Fortress Waterproof Camping Tarp with 4 Doors, made of ULTRALIGHT SILNYLON

This was almost our first choice, and you'll see why. Unlike the other camping tarps we tested, this one features enclosures at each end, giving you 2 doors for added protection and privacy. We thought that was awesome and very ingenious.

Just as importantly, this tarp is designed to withstand extremely harsh winds. The side pull ties are doubled-up on this tarp, which gives you that added reinforcement for fierce winds to prevent ripping or tearing. And the fabric is made of ripstop sinylon, so it holds up to winds and bad weather just as well as they claim.

The other really cool thing about this tarp is that it can be folded from underneath, so if you're caught in the rain and need to break down your camp, you can stay dry while doing it!

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