Tyvek Tents: 3 Ways To Improve Your Tyvek Tent

Have you ever thought about a Tyvek tent?  Does anyone use Tyvek home sheeting for tent material? Yeah! If you are wondering how to make a DIY Tyvek tent or Tyvek emergency shelters, then there are a few things you’ll want to know first.

But before I share, imagine bugging out in the middle of a natural disaster with a perfectly waterproof shelter on your back that weighs almost nothing.


If you could carry only one thing for shelter, what would it be? Hands down, for me.. the winner is Tyvek. People are making wallets, clothing and bivvy sacks out of this materials. Tyvek is a cool way to make a quick, light tent when you’re in a bind. And it fits into your survival kit too!

In another article I give you four reasons why Tyvek tent build plans make sense as an essential shelter for your survival kit. In this article, I want to show you 4 ways of improving on the basic house wrap tent to make it work even better for you in a survival situation.

The four improvement tips are how to 1) add additional waterproofing 2) shape your Tyvek tent using patterns and other existing gear 3) using it for other things like bivvy and Groundsheet.

At first I thought Tyvek might be a last minute solution, but the more I look into it, the more serious as an emergency Survival Kit material this stuff really is. So let me jump right to it, and show you what I’m talking about when it comes to making a Tyvek tent. There are plenty of Tyvek tent ideas.

First – Tyvek Emergency Shelters Are Waterproof, But Can Be Improved. Here’s How.

You cant ever have enough waterproofing. Its essential in a survival situation. But don’t think you’re at the mercy of the manufacturers when it comes to waterproofing. Even thought Tyvek is “somewhat” waterproof….and in my article on why Tyvek tents make sense…I explain how waterproofing gets measured, you can improve it. You can actually improve on the characteristic by adding a little something extra to your Tyvek sheets.

What you want to do is get some stuff called Nikwax. You can get it off of Amazon and for a spray bottle runs about $10-$15. There are people who have ridden through many a Japanese typhoons and the rain didn’t penetrate their clothing.

Spray it on the Tyvek (don’t do this indoors), and you will have a solid waterproof barrier. If you want to avoid wasting it on spraying it in thin air get a sponge you’re never going to use again and use that to spread the Nikwax on your Tyvek.

Second – A Tyvek Tent Build Can Be Shaped From Patterns And Other Gear

A Tyvek tarp shelter can actually be shaped from patterns just like a cloth or fabric. As a tent material, it is fantastic. This is important because it allows you to make all kinds of different gear. Let me share with you what I’m talking about…..

Here’s a link to Henry Shire’s Tarp Tent where they have designs and dimensions for how to cut your Tyvek. As I mentioned before Tyvek makes a lot of sense from a weight perspective. Its 20% the weight of a conventional tent.

Plus, if you combine a couple of trekking poles with your Tyvek emergency shelter, then you have a basic frame for your tent. A good example is the Hexamid Solo tent from Zpacks.

By combining trekking poles with Tyvek and the designs at Henry’s TarpTent, you have a simple, lightweight, waterproof tent. And if you don’t want to carry trekking poles, then parachord combined with the nearest trees will work to build your Tyvek Tent.

Alot of preppers are finding that the common “sheet bend” knot works great for holding Tyvek firmly and not losing grip.

So we’ve covered waterproofing and shaping Tyvek. Let me share just a few last tips on how to make Tyvek work even better for you as a key element of your survival kit.

Third – Your Tyvek Tent Can Include Ground Cover, Bivvy And Back Pack

TARP/GROUND COVER – As a quick shelter, Tyvek can prove very valuable. Again, use the parachord with sheetbend knots on the corners, tied to the nearest trees. Slightly angle the tarp so that water will roll off the handmade Tyvek tent.

As a ground cover, Tyvek works great too. Watch out though. It can get slippery and its waterproof characteristics can begin to break down if you put too much wear and tear on the material as a ground sheet.

BIVVY – As a bivvy material, there’s nothing better. check out this page that tells you how to make your own bivvy using Tyvek

BACKPACK. – here’s a link to someone who built a Tyvek backpack.

There’s no end to what you can do with this material. I think Tyvek could even be used to make your survival kit itself if you put a little thought into it. It just makes alot of sense because of its 1) waterproofing 2) shaping and 3) variety of uses like bivvy and tarps.

This week check out your own DIY Tyvek emergency shelter tent. Go visit a construction site and see if you can pick up some Tyvek. Even a small piece and play with it. Or better yet, find a sheet and go to Amazon and pick up some Nikwax and do some waterproofing tests with it.

Just throw it in the washer and test its waterproofing afterwards. I think that once you see how well it performs, it might just get you t0 include Tyvek as a key part of your survival kit.


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