If you live in a wet area and are afraid of camping because of the risk of rain, it’s not actually as bad as you expect. Even in good weather, it’s wise to pack for and prepare for the possibility of an unexpected rain storm. Particularly for car camping, this will not take much additional effort. Everyone should make sure to bring waterproof rain jackets, umbrellas and perhaps rain pants as well. It’s also wise to make sure that your tent comes with a waterproof rain fly: most do. With a dry place to store your gear in the car, a dry place to sleep in the tent, and the ability to walk around in the rain without getting drenched, you are set to at least survive a rain storm.
You can increase your comfort in the rain by bringing a tarp or large rain fly that can stretch over and protect your campsite from rain. For example, it can be great to have a cover over your picnic table so that you can eat meals without getting wet.
It’s also wise to be careful when setting up your tent when expecting rain. Though you of course want a flat place to sleep, try to make sure that you are not choosing somewhere where the water will pool since this is a great way to get wet, even in a tent that is supposed to be waterproof! By taking a few extra seconds when setting up your tent, you can prevent the late night misery of waking up in a mud puddle!
5 Useful Tips For Camping In The Rain
Even if you know the weather forecast during your camping trip, there’s always a chance that it will rain so you always have to come prepared. If it does, the fun doesn’t end there. In fact, there are plenty of ways you can make your stay comfortable and even more fun even though it’s pouring outside. Remember, don’t think of it as an inconvenience, think of it as a challenge!
Try these awesome tips for camping in wet weather:
Invest in the right tent
The outdoors are unpredictable so you always have to be prepared no matter what the weather is. If you plan to go camping during the rainy season, buying a good quality tent with built-in vents. The vents will help prevent condensation inside. If purchasing a new one is out of the question, you can opt to re-proof your old one. Use a tent proofer spray to restore your tent’s ability to repel water.
Bring a gazebo
A gazebo will help greatly when you’re camping in wet weather. It will shelter and protect you, your tent and your gear from the rain. This means that you can still enjoy being outside of your tent without getting wet.
Think about storage
Resealable plastic bags will be useful for storing clothes, toiletries and other small items when you’re outdoors. They are waterproof, too, that’s why they’re ideal for the rainy season. Don’t forget to store wet and dry items separately and make sure you have dry clothes to keep you warm when you’re inside the tent. Seal food items tightly to keep them fresh and to avoid water from getting in.
Don’t forget to protect yourself
Your gear is all set, but you also need the right clothing and accessories for yourself – nobody wants to catch a cold and be unable to enjoy while out on an outdoor trip. Arm yourself with a waterproof jacket, trousers and boots. Keep bug repellants ready (many tend to come out in wet weather) and pack a microfiber towel – they’re compact, absorbent and dries quickly.
Plan fun activities
There are still some fun outdoor activities you can do even when it’s pouring. Play board games, bring out the guitar or tell ghost stories with kids to keep them entertained.
Camping in the Rain – How to Stay Comfortable and Dry When Everything Around You Isn’t
When most people hear they might end up camping in the rain they change their mind about their camping trip. But part of going camping is experiencing nature. And part of experiencing nature is going to be camping in the rain at some point in your camping life.
While many things about the rainfall are beautiful….the sound…the smell…the knowledge that the environment requires it, many things about camping in the rain are not so beautiful either. There is nothing fun about having a wet sleeping bag, wet clothing, or a puddle in your tent. Add some cool temperatures into the mix and you have a recipe for camping disaster….and a spouse or family that never wants to go camping again.
Rather than packing up and going home, or staying cold, wet, and miserable, let’s talk about some camping tips to help you be prepared the next time you are going camping and it rains.
Always Pack A Few Items In Case Of Rain
Since we are usually car camping, it is easy for us to throw in a few extra items to help us stay dry in the event of rain:
- Rain Ponchos – A rain poncho will be invaluable to help you move around in comfort in the rain, and in case you end up setting up your campsite in the rain.
- Tarps and Ropes – Extra tarps and ropes are a lifesaver when you are camping in the rain. Use these to cover your gear, put a rain fly up, or to put a rain fly over your tent.
- Extra Large, Heavy-Duty Plastic Trash Bags – Many times I have the kids actually pack their clothes in these. Place the empty trash bag right into the duffle bag or suitcase, open it up, and push sides all the way out to the sides of the bag, using the trash bag as a liner inside your duffle bag. Now pack all of your clothes inside the bag as you normally would. Don’t forget to twist closed the top of the bag to make sure it is thoroughly closed. Now if your duffle bag or suitcase should get wet, you still have dry clothes.
- Extra Large Ziplock Bags – I love those jumbo-sized ziplock bags. Again, these are perfect for clothes. Pack your clothes by outfit (one complete outfit for each day per bag) or by clothing type (all socks in one bag, shirts in another bag, etc.) Also great for keeping your phones, cameras, and papers dry.
- Umbrella – I don’t think I have to explain this one!
When setting up your tent it pays to be prepared just in case the weather takes a turn for the worse. It is much easier to take a few extra minutes to set it up properly in beautiful dry weather, then to have to move it or set it up in wet weather. Make sure you don’t set your tent up in a spot that will puddle if it does rain. Using a tarp, set up a rain fly right over your tent for added protection. Don’t let your gear or air mattress touch the sides of the tent or water will start to leak in.