I don’t have a tent with me, instead I’m using a bivy and a tarp. It’s my first trip using this combo and I didn’t actually try it out before leaving.
So far the benefits over a tent are:
- flexible structure that can suit the situation – low and discrete / high and spacious
- can safely cook inside it
- space to sit up and read or get changed
- very lightweight (400g for a large tarp)
my first ever tarp, erm, erection – a classic A-frame shape between two trees