Hiking and sleeping: three ways to set up your tarp

Tent and tarp on a beach

There are very many ways you can set a up a tarp. In this blog post we're going to demonstrate just three of them - the classic A-frame, the more open version of the A-frame and using your tart as a tent raincover.

How to use your tarp on the beach as a sun shade?

Tarp on a beach

I recently hiked to a lovely stretch of isolated beach and made these photos to show you how you can easily use your tarp as a sun shade on the beach. The day I made these images was very windy. It takes a bit of time (10-15 minutes perhaps) to set it up but a large or a small tarp provides excellent protection from the sun in case you need it.

Hiking and sleeping: How to set up an A-frame tarp with hiking poles (with pictures, step-by-step instructions and video)

Tarp campsite sleeping bag water bottle backpack

Setting up a tarp using hiking poles can seem a bit complicated in the beginning but it actually quite easy when you get the hang of it. Here are step-by-step instructions with pictures and some videos to help you manage guidelines and stakes.

3 day-trips from Tokyo that are totally worth it (Izu Peninsula, Kamakura, Nikko)

Daibutsu Giant Buddha in Kamakura

Here’s three ideas for when you have time for a day-trip near Tokyo. As always the trains are super efficient in getting you where you need to go and back. All these destinations were easy to reach from the Tokyo station.

Practical advice for travellers to Tokyo: transport, safety etc

Meiji Jingu Shrine Tokyo

Tokyo is a huge metropolitan city but it is fairly easy to navigate and the public transport network is one of the best in the world. Here are some tips and advice for travellers to Tokyo.

How to stay safe while hiking?

Hiking Trail Marking

Hiking is generally a safe activity. But there are some risks that you should be aware of to stay safe and comfortable.