Tarpaulins (Abdeckplane) are essential festival campsite gears in Germany because the locations are just fields that are uneven for comfort. Nevertheless, the idea of camping at German music festivals is not to set up a comfy place in which to sleep because it’s the last thing that a festival attendee would like to do in the midst of all the ongoing revelry and festivities.
That’s also why it isn’t practical to rent a hotel room because once you get too comfortable sleeping the hours away, half or nearly all of the festival concert performances would be over by the time you get back at the site. Actually, sleep is the least important activity when attending special events because the concerts and other activities are usually packed and scheduled on 1 or 2 weekend dates.
What Exactly are Tarpaulins and Why Is It Important as a Festival Gear?
The German brands of tarpaulins are popular because they provide water resistant protection for a broad range of purposes. Known as Abdeckplane in Germany, its valuable uses as camping gears include ground covering inside tents, or as canopy extensions outside tents. Take notice of the metal-reinforced eyelets appearing at the seams called grommets. The holes are where tarp ropes are tied to secure the tarpaulin in place or in suitable places, for making above ground hammocks.
Made in Germany Abdeckplane is reputed as a durable waterproof cover made from polyethylene, a tough but flexible synthetic resin woven into a strong and durable canvas. They are heavy duty waterproof materials built to withstand different environmental elements like rain, dust, sunlight and wind.
These versatile materials are considered essential survival gears since European weather has become unreliable. It could be bright and sunny one moment, but could turn dark and stormy the next. Tarps serve as canopy against direct sunlight; or as protection against heavy rains in the next hours.
The great thing about tarps is that they are easy to fold and store whilst not requiring a large space in which to keep them. Just make sure the tarpaulin is completely dry and kept in storage places not directly hit by sunlight; lest the UV rays cause some kind of reaction on the polyethylene or resin material.
When used as a camping gear, it would be best to choose campsites with good upkeep and sanitation facilities. While festivals are great business opportunities for site owners, festival goers don’t have to put up with sites that receive little attention and care. While revellers are not searching for well-manicured loans, they should not set up camp in an outdoor location that does not have basic facilities like wash areas and clean toilets. Tarps as camping gears can only offer privacy and not the bare necessities.