Tarps are most commonly known throughout the world as basic camping shelters of which there are several different ways in which you can set up. They are also widely used to keep objects and supplies dry in wet weather conditions. Always remember that you should buy a large enough tarp so that it not only covers you from above but from the sides as well. Heavy winds can cause rain to enter your structure horizontally. All depending on your specific needs and location, choosing the correct tarps is vital.
The more common tarp shapes that you will come across are rectangular, square and hex shapes. Catenary tarps are rectangular in shape which means that they have curved seams that reduce superfluous material and sag.
Rectangular tarps are often seen as the most suitable against strong winds for their size. This is because of the ridgepole that is places as a foundation. You will find these shapes in tarps for weddings and parties as they ensure safety for all personnel.
Square shaped tarps on the other hand are far lighter but give less protection from harsh weather conditions. Most temporary camping shelters are square in shape as they are easy to build and transport.