Some food for thought and discussion, especially with Spring just around the corner.
Maybe one of the most under appreciated camping items is a tarp. The right tarp used with the right skills can be the centerpiece of almost any outdoor experience.
I personally tend not to separate the terms camping, survival and tactical. A lousy or useless item for camping is also not suited for survival or tactical purposes. The terms survival and tactical have evolved into trendy marketing buzzwords more than anything else.
Especially in America, we have been slow to embrace a tarp as an essential item of camping gear. A tarp provides multi-functionality along with light weight and simplicity. It is time to consider options other than tents. Tents are useful but do present issues with adaptability, weight, cost and size.
After a lifetime of tent camping in the Rockies and the North woods of Wisconsin, I have recently taken up hammock camping. This change has opened my eyes to the utility of tarps and especially the option of using a tarp as a tent if the terrain did allow me to use my hammock and forced me to return life as a ground dweller.
There are an amazing number of ways to use a tarp as a shelter or even as a tent.
Here are a couple of very interesting and useful "tarp tents" made from a standard 10' X 10' (3 meter X 3 meter) tarp. A little ingenuity, some cordage and stakes (pegs) allows one to create a myriad of shelter options.
How to set up your DD 3mx3m Tarp like a Tent