People often ask me what kind of shelter is best for stealth camping. The answer varies depending on the type of stealth camping you want to do. If you’re out backpacking and decide to stay at a site where camping is uncommon due to heavy day use (be sure to check local regulations), then you’re going to want a shelter, like a hammock, tarp, or small tent that has a low profile and whose color blends with the local vegetation or geology.
Dark green, grey or camouflage colored shelters will usually ensure your privacy in these circumstances, particularly, if you pitch them at dusk when the light around you is poor. If you’re stealth camping because you want to get away from other loud campers or you are trying to avoid a bear encounter by camping in a virgin spot that does not have the lingering scent of human food, then any type of shelter or color should do.