5 Essential Camping Fabrics You Must Have for Your Next Summer Trip

Summer is almost here and it’s time to start planning your next camping trip! When you’re packing, don’t forget the essentials like a tent, sleeping bag, food, water filter system – but before you pack up your car full of supplies, make sure you look into these 5 essential camping fabrics.

Shelter Tent Duck


If you are looking for a fabric that is easy to care for and durable, then it’s hard to find anything better than duck. This material can withstand the weather, including high winds and heavy rain. Duck also dries quickly so in most cases if your tent does get wet – just let it dry out before packing up again!

Camp in comfort with shelter tent duck fabric.

Mosquito Repellent Fabric

Mosquito repellent fabric, also known as no-see-um fabric, is one of our favorite essential camping fabrics. Why? This fabric is made of a tightly woven mesh that blocks out the pesky insects and other pests. Mosquito repellent fabrics come in different qualities, but we recommend looking for one with an insect proofing additive.

No-see-um mosquito netting provides protection against mosquitos and other bugs. No need to wear insect repellent! Just hang out beneath the shield of this useful camping fabric.

Camo Fabric


Camo fabric is one of those common fabrics found at campsites. Camouflage fabric is made from a dense weave that allows the camo pattern to blend with its surroundings, making it difficult for animals (or other people) to spot you. Camo fabric is usually used on clothes and equipment such as in hunting or military settings but can also be worn while camping.

Blend it with nature on your next summer camping trip!

Lightweight Tent Material


When you’re packing for your next trip, consider taking a lightweight tent material with you. The lightweight fabric will offer great ventilation and can also be used to make a shelter or tarp. This material is versatile for many purposes, making it an excellent choice for your next camping trip!

For backpackers, lightweight tent fabric is critical. Carrying a heavy pack on your back for many miles requires the use of lightweight fabrics that not only weigh less but also offer great ventilation.

So, do yourself a favor and pack light.

Heavy Duty Tarps


If you’re planning on driving into your campsite, heavy duty tarps are always a practical thing to carry. This material can be used for a ground cover, tent or even as an emergency shelter.

This fabric is made of durable material and offers excellent protection from UV rays, rain, wind, and much more–it’s truly one-of-a-kind when it comes to durability!

Heavy duty tarps are also ideal if you are bringing along motorized vehicles such as ATVs or snowmobiles. This fabric allows you to protect vehicles from the elements and is a great way to ensure that they stay clean.

Heavy duty tarps are also perfect for hunting trips when you’ll need protection from rain or snow while still being able to maneuver through heavy brush and foliage with ease.

This fabric can be found in various lengths–depending on what your needs may be–and are easily folded up and packed with your gear.

Here are some other great uses for heavy duty tarps:

  • Building a temporary shelter in the wilderness, whether it is for an emergency or just to keep out of the wind and rain.
  • Tying down gear that does not have stakes–such as your cooler or camping chairs–to avoid them blowing away during high winds.
  • Covering up bikes to keep them from rusting in the rain.

Canvas ETC has Camping Fabrics for All Seasons

Canvas ETC has a variety of fabrics for camping. From tent fabric to heavy duty tarps, we carry it all. Make the most of your summer camping trips with these 5 essential camping fabrics.

Planning a camping trip this summer? Take photos of how you use fabrics to take your experience to the next level and share it with us on social media!