Creating Shade While Camping
January 20, 2023 POSTED BY Retreat Caravans

8 Must Haves For Creating Shade While Camping

Camping with your off-road caravan is a great way to enjoy the outdoors and connect with nature. However, anyone planning to go camping needs to be prepared to deal with some discomforts like the sun and rain. With that said, it’s essential to bring all the necessary camping materials for protection from bad weather and the sun. 

The good news is, there are a number of options to create shade and offer protection from the elements on your next camping trip. In this article, we share all the ‘must-haves’ you need to create shade while camping. 

Considerations Before Setting Something Up

Before you set up your shaded area, there are a number of things you need to think about. The following are a few things to remember while thinking about shade options for your campsite.

The Material Being Used

Whatever canopy or shade covering you use, it needs to be made of solid material that can withstand any weather. The covering should be durable and the fabric needs to be waterproof. The material should also be able to block out the sun’s intense rays while allowing enough light into the space.


While keeping your caravan cool during summer is important, you also want enough shade to keep you cool when you relax outside your caravan. A covering that’s big enough for everyone is essential for the most comfortable experience. 

Ease Of Assembly

No one wants to spend hours trying to set up some shade. The best camping canopies and coverings only require two people to put them together fully. It’s best to check for ease of assembly before purchasing something.

8 Must-haves For Creating Shade While Camping

With all the above in mind, let’s take a look now at the 8 must-haves for creating shade while camping. Some of these options are applicable to those with caravans and some are applicable to those who are simply camping. So here goes!

1). Tarp or Canopy

A tarp can be set up just outside of your caravan to provide shade and shelter from the sun. Canopies come in different sizes, so you can choose one that will fit your camping area accordingly.

Creating Shade While Camping

2). Portable Gazebo or Pop-up Tent

These are easy to set up and can provide a large shaded area for you and your family to relax in. They typically come with a roof and mesh walls that provide protection from the sun while also allowing for a breeze to flow through on a hot summer’s day. They can be set up on a variety of surfaces, including grass, sand and pavement.

3). Shade Cloths

These are lightweight and easy to set up, making them perfect for camping trips. They can be used to create a shaded area for you and your family to relax in. They come in different sizes and can be easily attached to trees or poles to create a shaded area. Just make sure the anchors don’t rip through the edges of the shade cloth.

4). Hammocks

Hammocks are a great way to relax and enjoy the outdoors while staying cool and shaded. They can be hung between two trees to provide a shaded area to relax in. Some hammocks even come with a frame to anchor them. While not ideal for an entire family, they are great for couples.

5). Umbrellas

Umbrellas can be used to create a shaded area for you and your family to relax in. They are easy to set up and come in different sizes. They can also be used to protect you from the sun while you’re at the beach in particular.

6). Tarps with Poles

Tarps with poles can be used to create a shaded area for you and your family to relax in. This option can be a bit trickier to set up but it can provide a large shaded area and can be set up in various ways such as a tent, awning or a canopy. You can set it up to create a shaded area right outside your caravan, or camping spot or even to protect your gear.

7). Sun Shelter or Beach Tent

These are great options for camping trips that involve spending time at the beach. They provide a shaded area to relax in, and many also come with UV protection. They are also lightweight and easy to set up, making them perfect for beach trips.

8). A Good Quality Tent

Depending on the size of your caravan, and the size of your family, you may even need to bring a text. If so, look for a tent with a large rainfly that can be extended to provide shade over the windows and door. A tent with a built-in awning or vestibule can also be a great option for creating additional shade.

The Bottom Line  

Make sure to consider your needs and preferences when selecting the right gear for your camping trip. With the right equipment, you’ll be able to enjoy your camping trip and make the most of your time outdoors while staying cool and comfortable. However, going one step further and investing in your very own caravan can make your camping experience even more enjoyable.

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