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Quick Tip: Create a Simple Windbreak for Picnics

Posted by Gav Grayston.
First Published May 2013; updated May 2023.

Here's a simple way to create a windbreak for family picnics. No need for expensive gear. Quick and simple to put up.

***I love Spring. After a long Winter, you get days where the sun starts to warm things up. Unfortunately, in Spring, this sunshine often comes with a cold breeze. ***

Here's a simple solution for family picnics that lets you enjoy the sun without the breeze.

Creating a Tarp Windbreak

What you need

If you have a lot of camping gear, then you probably have all the bits needed. All items are relatively inexpensive and useful for several things, so there is no need to buy expensive gear.

  • Tarp
  • Tent Pegs (at least 4)
  • Guy Line / Paracord
  • Bungees (optional)

As you can see, this is very simple and can be thrown into a rucksack.

Creating a Tarp Windbreak

Attaching the tarp to the tree with a bungee cord

Attaching the tarp to the tree with a bungee cord

Attach the tarp between two trees using the guyline or paracord.

If you have bungee cords, you can make this process much quicker.

Make sure you position the tarp to block the breeze and face the sun.

Next, peg the remaining tarp into the ground. This part of the tarp will protect you from the wet ground.

Finally, put a picnic blanket on top if you don't want to sit on a tarp and enjoy your picnic. Simple.