A tarpaulin is a waterproof covering that serves a variety of purposes. Tarpaulins are usually made of canvas or flexible plastic and can be used as a covering or protective surface for many crafts and activities. Tarpaulins are usually available at home and garden stores or camping supply centers.
Many people believe that a tarpaulin is a canvas or canvas used on boats that is coated with tar to provide water resistance. By wrapping or covering cargo in tarpaulins, sailors can protect cargo from wind, rain and storm damage. Some believe the reason sailors are called "tars" has to do with this practice.
These days, tarps are made from more user-friendly materials that are useful in a variety of projects. If you're painting a room or interior, a tarpaulin can prevent paint spills and splashes from damaging the floor. To hold the tarpaulin in place, tape it in place or weigh it with an object. Furniture in the room can also be covered with a tarpaulin for protection, but it is usually easier to remove them.
Tarps are endlessly useful for campers and backpackers. As well as providing an inexpensive alternative to more expensive lichens, they can also be strapped to tents for extra protection from rain. If hiking in the rain, tie a tarpaulin to backpacks and camping equipment to prevent water from seeping in and soaking food, clothing, and equipment. Tarpaulins also make an excellent backyard tent for young explorers, especially when supported on sticks.