Tis the season of winter car camping and van camping. If you’re living the #vanlife or RV life, you know how important it can be to extend your outdoor space. A large, high-quality tarp is an item that can be invaluable in the colder winter months, allowing for year-round camping, and can extend your summer season, too, providing much-needed shade.

Deep Creek

We are loving the Big Agnes Deep Creek tarp, which comes in large or medium, because it’s so easy to set up. There are only two poles to erect, and the rest of the tarp is secured with guy out lines. This allows for multiple set up options. We have been setting up the Deep Creek adjacent to our van sliding door, so we can step directly out of the van and into our outdoor camp kitchen, which is shaded and protected from the elements.

You get stash pockets at corners for guy line storage, gear loops, reflective strips on the guy lines, and multiple interior loops for attaching accessories. The peak hight and covered area varies based on how you decide to configure it, with 275 square feet of space. The tarp is made of polyester taffeta with 1500mm waterproof polyurethane coating, and all the seamed are taped with waterproofing. The poles are aluminum, as are the stakes, and you get a carry bag to store it all.

The large is $229, and the medium is $199. Big Agnes has many other shelter and tarp options, but the Deep Creek is the most versatile. Pick one up and enjoy the chilly camping season.


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