Tent groundsheets or footprints are a handy bit of gear to add a protective layer under the floor of your tent. OK, but why get a groundsheet for your tent? Not essential but they have some benefits ...
greater waterproof protection on wet ground
reduces condensation buildup from ground moisture rising up from below
protect the tent floor fabric and extends lifespan of your tent
can often be used to help pitching tents fly first
can be used with tent fly to create a minimalist shelter setup