Camping isn’t free from bad weather like storms, rain, high wind, and so on. To deal with those camping tarps appear as a good protector. Now, you have a tarp but it flaps or billows frequently. And ultimately the result will be zero on the expected purpose. So, what should one do? Having it, one should aware of how to keep the tarp from flapping.

On my days, I didn’t face any errors like that. The reason is those tricky campers with whom I camped and they didn’t forget to do any prevention to keep the trip problem-free and smooth.

Alright, now on this write I will mention some tricks or ways whatever you think that can protect the tarp from billowing hopefully.

Why Does Tarp Become Flap?

The wind is the first thing that may become to your mind whenever you search for a reason. Yeah, that’s one of the major reasons for it. 

But only wind can’t billow the tarps. Some terms are associated with that. So what are those responsible factors?

Some tarp materials come with a stretchy character. And because of its little bit of stretchiness, the flap can happen.

Another thing is loose. The losing setup brings billowing on a small wind too. If the combination of corners setup, guy line, tie-outs, etc aren’t perfect, then obviously you have to prepare for the worst experience. Again, selecting the wrong campsite, you may be faced with the huge wind as well as flapping. 

So, those are major causes for that billowing can happen in the presence of high wind, night wind, storms, and more.

How to Keep Tarp from Flapping: Tricky Guides

No matter how quality a trap you have, billowing or flapping, is so normal whenever you are outdoor. And you have to search for the solution to keep it secure Okay now, move on to the effective and simple ways to survive the tarp shelter from wind or else.

1. Go for a Large Tarp Instead of a Small

The first trick that you should apply before hitting the camping is the tarp selection.

And in this point, a bigger one is an ideal solution. How? Well, if your tarp is large, then obviously it will hold more weight. As a result, the flapping process gets obstacles. Moreover, the big shelter will protect you from rain or storm. That’s how the bigger tarp will provide weather protection as well as enough room to stay.

But whenever you are under smaller, the wind will get more opportunities to play with it and gift you a wet and billow situation.

So, it will be a wise thing to do the calculation of size and shape before.

2. Be smart to Select the Perfect Camp Area

Seems weird? But it’s right that a perfect campsite can offer you a billow-free tarp experience.

So, what points one should remember to grab that opportunity? 

First, search for a spot where shade and trees both have existed plenty. More trees will protest the excess winds. Again, the trees also work as a natural windbreaker which is a plus point to keep the tarp stable.

Second, notice the movement of air and understand its direction. Then, placed the shelter in the opposite direction of the wind. And also make sure that it stays lower than the ground. Cause it slopes toward the river, lake, or others and controls the excess wind moving under the tarp.

3. Keep Tight Each Tie Points

While setting up, keep the ties enough tight. For the corners, the angle should at straight and tightened strongly. If you use any other medium to tie the trap without trees then it is obvious to check the strength level of the base and tie points. Because it can tell you whether it will strong against the flap or not. Anyways, poles can be a good option while thinking about stakes on the ground.

If your tarp has a tie-out then it will be super easy to give it a strong fit. Again, supporting the tarp corners with sticks bring effective result.

So, fixed the corners in acquire position tightly to cross the wind war and stay secure the tarp from blowing away.

4. Use the Tarp Tension

If your product has a middle tie then you can easily pull it to the outside. And look for the tight level and perfection. Furthermore, the guylines can be workable in this term to make a tensioning on tent or hammock. The line should be in a good tight stage. However, in both ways, one of the similar tasks is to maintain the angle. According to the expert, it is 45 degrees.

That’s how along with material the tension provides excellent service to prevent flapping.

5. Don’t Setup in High Height

To minimize the wind blowing, the tarp should place at a lower height. 

So, what will happen to place it high? Well, for the tall or larger member, it will be a good room for the head. But the con is, that the over height will welcome the air to blow through it highly and make the shelter excited.

As we don’t expect that, so setting up in a lower range, we can reduce the problem. 

Anyways, it is okay to use high when there is little air. But in terms of large wind or storms, you can’t rely on it. 

Another thing to remember that is, you need to make a height difference between the two parts. One should be quite higher than the other. The reason is it will work as water drainage. If there is any chance of rain then you can build the custom rain drainage. 

Flapping Free Hammock Tarp Setting

And lastly don’t place your tarp over a fire cause there is an example of burn.

So, those are the essential steps that you can follow and keep the fly away from billowing.


Survival trick against flap isn’t an instant process, it requires pre-planned. Some factors you should concern about before and at the time of setup are those I mentioned already.

So, aren’t the ways look simple? I think it’s so simple and worthy. If those are not, then are you not willing to do a few tasks to get better satisfaction? 

Alright. Now, I hope applying those guides on how to keep the tarp from flapping will give you an excellent output on your next camping tour.

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Noah Lam

Noah Lam, is passionate about outdoor recreations, bridging the gap between generations, and sharing his passion for hiking and camping. As an outdoor explorer, he has been to more than forty countries and hiked some of the most intangible trails in the world. His goal is to spread the endless benefits of being a camper and hiker, new challenges, always striving for better performance and ways to explore responsibly.