How To Hammock Camping In The Rain; Stay Dry Stay Happy

Camping in rainy seasons is very popular as nature and vegetation get their full beauty. Every camper who loves nature knows how green and beautiful nature could be in rainy weather. Imagine camping near a waterfall with nature, what a delighting experience that could be!

Well in this tutorial content, we will show you the way to camp with a hammock during rain and help you set up with the equipment needed for a rainy camping trip. We can assure you of not getting soaked in rain during a hammock camping as long as you read and follow our article.

The best protection against rain for a hammock is a Tarp (also known as Rainfly that comes with least difference). You’ll find many varieties among tarps. Today, we will try to teach you the way to set it up and to choose the right one based on your preferences.

What is a rain tarp?

The tarp is the short form of Tarpaulin. It’s a cover for a hammock to make it protected from rain, snow and sun rays. Most of the tarp requires a ridgeline in the center to make it a flipped V-shaped cover for the hammock. A tarp basically needs 4 support ropes both side of it to be shaped. To get the maximum coverage from rain make sure there is enough tension in the tarp.

We’ve already mentioned that you’ll many types of hammock tarps and rainflies relying on their features, colors, and shapes. You can find from a simple shade above your head to a complete storm protecting survival tarps. However, choosing the right tarp is another fact as it depends on your personal preference and how the weather is. Of course, we expect you to choose the right one judging the best.

Things to know about hammock tarp

There are certain things to consider before buying a hammock tarp or rainfly. We’re about to mention some of these to make you understand which one would come handy for you. Those things include the materials that your tarp is made of and even the shape and that it is featured with. Let’s briefly describe all these to help you know more thoroughly.


Determining the correct material for your tarp is very important as it holds the life span of the tarp. A typical tarp always holds satisfying durability. Moreover, if you need complete protection from rain then it is also important to select the correct material for a tarp so you don’t have to face any water leakage in the future. There are many types of materials available for a tarp. These are,


Silnylon is combined with silicon and nylon. You’ll also find differences in silnylon tarp based on their thickness. However, facts about silnylon tarp are that they are super lightweight and very popular among backpackers.

Silnylon tarps are comparatively stronger than its weight. You’ll get extra water resistance than other plastic or polyethylene based tarp too. But one drag about this material is its price. It is a bit expensive than other materials.


A woven polyethylene plastic used tarp is a durable and cheap option for backpackers. But it certainly has some disadvantages too. Polyethylene is heavier than other materials. Polyethylene tarp roughly surfs in wind. It can’t withstand stronger wind let alone storm. One thing you can’t disagree about polyethylene is they are generally thick and bulk.  

So if you want simple protection from rain without costing too much, polyethylene is a perfect budget-friendly choice for you.

PU Coated Nylon:

The PU Coated Nylon is a perfect substitution for Silnylon. In comparison between these two, PU Coated Nylon outstands Silnylon in my personal opinion. Because PU coated nylon is cheaper than silnylon and has the same elements just like silnylon. Silnylon is coated before weaving and PU coated Nylon is coated after weaving. That’s the only difference between these two materials.

Cuben Fiber:

Cuben fiber is extremely strong component and usually used in producing many heavy-duty things. You’ll find tarps made of this component as well. Cuben Fiber is just firm sheets of polyethylene that comes with dense molecules. It is very difficult to rip and much more expensive if compared with others.

Shapes & Styles

Every tarp comes with different shape, size, design, and color. Common shapes are rectangular, diamond (also called squire), hexagonal and catenary. There are also some unique shapes available for tarps. Different shape provides different coverage facility. These shapes are described below,


Rectangular tarps are the most common and basic design of a tarp. 4 stakes are needed to set a rectangular tarp. It is relatively easy to set a rectangular shaped tarp. This kind of tarps are typical and provides satisfying coverage from the rain. Visually it is like a flipped V-shaped tarp.


Diamond (squire) shaped tarps are among the lightest. This shape basically needs 2 stakes to hang on. The main drawback about this shape is it doesn’t provide full coverage like the rectangular shape. But the ease of setting this shape is easier than others.


Catenary tarps are similar to hexagonal tarps except for some unique curves and cuts. The curvy design also makes it lightweight. However, this shape can perfectly maintain its position and has a great power to deal with wind.


Hexagonal and rectangular tarps are almost the same. The main difference is with the inward angled corners. They are lightweight and comes with better ventilation. But they are expensive than normal rectangular tarps as it is featured with additional benefits.

How to pitch a rain tarp

If we start describing pitching a tarp it would get shabby as it requires a lot of discussions. Instead of doing so we are referring you to our content about how to pitch a hammock tarp where you’ll get complete guidance about it.

Conclusion: If you follow this content completely we hope that you’ll be able to learn about all the pieces of stuff needed for an outdoor adventure in rainy weather. Don’t let bad weather stop you from an adventure. Don’t hesitate to cost on a hammock tarp as it ensures essential protection from the weather.