Dust And Dirt No more! The 5 Best Camping Rugs Of 2018

Indoor/outdoor rugs have become famous in the past years as companies have found ways to incorporate weatherproof materials into gorgeous, useful rugs - especially for camping rugs.

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Now you can dress up your tent with pattern and color, as well as using these outside for campfires, picnics, or just resting. No need to worry about it getting torn or ripped off because of the elements in the environment!

Here is our 5 best camping rugs for 2018.

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An Overview of the 5 Best Camping Rugs of 2018

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The Camping Rug Buyer’s Guide

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I suggest adding a sleek outdoor rug for your camping trip because it gives style inside your tent and you can walk around comfortably without the rocks and uneven surface hurting your foot. It’s like you're camping at home but it’s actually outdoors!

There are a lot of outdoor rugs to choose from -- there is sure to be one that approves your needs and tastes perfectly. Below is a comprehensive guide that will help you choose the best one for camping.


Size and shape

Make sure you measure the outdoor area and the tent’s interior that you’re going to cover with a rug. Fortunately, you don’t have to worry about having difficulties in finding different dimensions because outdoor rugs nowadays come in many dimensions and shapes.

You may want to use different rugs to represent spaces, such as under a dining set, or sitting area. If you’re placing the rug under grass, rocks, or uneven land, I suggest choosing a tough and comfortable rug.


Consider the materials

Outdoor rugs have natural fibers such as seagrass, jute, hemp, and sisal that are very sustainable, strong, absorbent, and adds lots of texture in any space. Synthetic coverings, such as plastic rugs or polypropylene, often come in wider range of vivid colors and can be easily cleaned down and dries quickly.

Additionally, rugs nowadays are lightweight so you can easily roll them up to move from place to place or for storage. Synthetic rugs are often cheaper than those made with natural materials

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Pick a pattern

Gone are the days of old, muted down, brown outdoor rugs. These rugs are now available in geometric shapes, stripes, brightly-colored solid patterns, and more. To know which is right for you camping trip, consider what will complement your tent and how much of the rug will be visible. A crazy pattern may be fun to look at, but maybe too overwhelming to some.


Ease of maintenance

You should choose rugs that are easy to maintain. Dirt buildup on rugs is unavoidable. The good news is that there are several braid and style options that allow for easy cleaning and maintenance.

Moreover, stain-resistant rugs are tough to elements and can easily be cleaned down to remove loose debris, while hard fibers such as bamboo and jute are naturally resistant to dirt, which permits minimal clean up. On the other hand, flat weave rugs are easy to clean in spots with either mild detergent, water, or moistened wipes. It can also be treated with fabric spray to prevent smudge from absorbing into the fibers.

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Look for rugs with gripping power

Gripping power is important when purchasing a outdoor rug -- it keeps out dirt and dust away. Woven outdoor rugs made with sisal or jute typically cling to debris on shoes and boots, so you don’t have to worry about a messy clean up.

Additionally sisa and jute materials are extra durable, which makes the inside or outside of your tent or any high-traffic areas clean, where incoming people can wipe their feet clean.



Consider element-resistant rugs

Weather or element resistant rugs are fitting if you plan to keep your rug outside your tent if you're camping in a place that’s prone to moisture and dirt. To avoid mold and mildew buildup, choose a rug that has moisture-proof features that prevent rainwater or melted snow from clinging.

If you’re going to camp in warmer conditions, rugs with UV-resistant coating work perfectly to protect the material from fading when exposed to excessive sun exposure.

Camping Rug Material Choices

Synthetic

  • Examples: Acrylic or Polypropylene
  • Benefits: Inexpensive, lightweight, can get but dries quickly, vibrant colors
  • Facts: Synthetic rugs are not as soft and lavish as indoor area rugs
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Natural

  • Examples: Sisal or Bamboo
  • Benefits: Durable, excellent texture
  • Facts: Natural rugs can blight or be destroyed when exposed to too much moisture
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Camping Rug Maintenance and Care

  • Always keep your rug looking new by discarding algae and moss with diluted bleach and vinegar.
  • If you lack space to store your rug in a dry, indoor place, roll it up and cover with plastic under your bed or in the garage.
  • If you’re goinga to store your rug, roll it up --- never fold it.
  • When you’re not using your rug and you live in a cold climate, it’s important to store your rugs during these conditions to avoid moisture buildup.
  • Clean your rug regularly as needed. I suggest doing it monthly and at the start and end of the season.
  • After cleaning your rug, hang it to dry under the sun.
  • Clean both sides!
  • Usually, you can clean your rug with a diluted soap, scrub brush, or a hose.
  • Ask your manufacturer for specific cleaning recommendations.

Tip! When you’re not using your rug, always cover it with plastic to avoid molds.

For more tips on how to clean a rug, watch the video below.

A Detailed Review of the 5 Best Camping Rugs

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Redwood mats is reversible. The dimensions of this rug measures at 9’ x 12’. It’s very durable and lightweight, weighing only 9 lbs. It also folds easily for storage and transportation which includes a carry bag upon purchase.

Made with 100% virgin polypropylene, it has a plastic-like texture. The surface material improves traction and prevents slipping. The edges are trimmed and sealed so that it doesn't easily wear and tear. Colorful bands are sewn around the edges as well -- perfect for tent aesthetics!

Moreover, it’s very easy to clean and breathable when placed in grass! The materials used in this rug is non-absorbent, allowing water to flow right through it.


PROS

  • Reversible
  • Durable and lightweight
  • Folds easily for storage and transportation
  • Made with the surable virgin polypropylene material
  • Easy to clean

CONS

  • Slippery
  • Has an awful plastic smell

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PROS

  • Reversible
  • Durable and lightweight
  • Folds easily for storage and transportation
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    Has a UV-Protection feature
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    Fade-resistant
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    Easy to clean

CONS

  • Cheap looking plastic
  • The rug may wore down in a short time

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This gorgeous mat has UV-protection just like the other Balajee’s on this list and fade resistant as well. It looks very beautiful with its red, black, yellow and sky-blue colors.

It’s lightweight, easy to fold up and store away. Water goes right through it so it’s never a hassle to clean it. Dirt, smudge leaves, grime, etc shakes off easily. I’m so happy I purchased this rug!

It’s large enough area can accommodate 3 dogs and 4 adults. The area where we camped was very windy and dusty, the rug only bunched up at one of the folds and was still in the same place when we used it.

PROS

  • Reversible
  • Durable and lightweight
  • Folds easily for storage and transportation
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    Has a UV-Protection feature
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    Fade-resistant
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    Easy to clean
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    Water-resistant

CONS

  • The fabric is quite flimsy
  • Colors may fade instantly
  • Smelled like chemicals

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PROS

  • Reversible
  • Durable and lightweight
  • Folds easily for storage and transportation
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    Has a UV-Protection feature
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    Fade-resistant
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    Easy to clean
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    Water-resistant

CONS

  • The fabric is quite flimsy
  • Smelled like chemicals

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The Balajees USA Indoor Outdoor Camping Rug is reversible, hence it doesn't easily fade. It also is very colorful with dark blue and white finish.

Jute rugs generally soil, gets easily gets ruined, heavy, and wet -- not with this rug! This rug is  water-resistant, just hose it down with water, brush with soap, and let it dry in the sun then you’re good to go. In a nutshell, it’s easy to clean and maintain.

The rug’s color is very vibrant. I like the material (almost plastic-like, I think it also has polypropylene) because it’s easy to clean. I brought this rug on my monthly camping adventure. It’s so lightweight, you can roll it or fold it, and storing it is a breeze.

PROS

  • Reversible
  • Durable and lightweight
  • Folds easily for storage and transportation
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    Has a UV-Protection feature
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    Fade-resistant
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    Easy to clean
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    Water-resistant

CONS

  • The color is not as advertised

Conclusion

Our top pick for the best camping rug in 2018 is the Redwood Mats simply because it’s constructed with high quality material, very durable, and lightweight -- weighing only 9 lbs. It includes a carry bag upon purchase, making it easy to transport and store.

I also like the virgin polypropylene material because of its plastic like texture which is cool and useful because you can easily clean it without worrying about water absorption that can cause ugly molds to form on the mat.

The edges are sealed and trimmed so that it keeps its shape through time. A colorful band is sewn around the edges as well for aesthetic purposes.

You can use this handy inside your tent, outside, at home, in the garage, etc -- name any place and this mat will accommodate you comfortably.

Did you find this article useful? Have you had any experience with other brands of camping rugs? If you can recommend other camping rug brands, feel free to comment below. Don’t forget to share this post. Thank you! And enjoy camping!

Cindy Herrera
 

I’m Cindy, a free-spirited outdoor enthusiast. Since childhood, I was very much exposed to the outdoor environment. Our family frequently goes on weekend camps and my father, who was a skilled hunter, used to teach me and my siblings valuable things about wildlife survival. Now that I’m a married woman with two wonderful kids, it’s hard to keep up with outdoor activities while parenting at the same time… so I made this blog to share the best of my knowledge, experiences, and tips from other bloggers to you, my fellow outdoor enthusiast because merely talking about the outdoors makes me feel closer to it.

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