Tips for camping in the rain, and still have fun
Don’t let rain get in the way of your camping trip, by the end of this epic guide for camping in the rain you won’t even miss the sun anymore!
Raining is normal, but it should not let you postpone that camping activity you have been waiting for long. Indeed, camping in the rain is not as pleasing as camping when the weather is calm and sunny, but that doesn’t mean that one must wait for the right weather to enjoy the camping fun.
With the right gear and a little knowledge, it is easy to turn camping in the rain from misfortune to joy. With the right tent and proper campsite planning, you can still enjoy the warmth in your tent and still enjoy watching the lightning and thunderstorm.
Let’s see some of the tips on how you can go camping in the rain and stay happy and dry!
Choose the right camping site
Sometimes rain can surprise us, but it is wise to choose a campsite with a little elevation no matter whether the weatherman predicted rain or not. The camping site should also be away from river banks and lakeshores to avoid the dangers of flash floods. Another place to forget when camping in the rainy seasons is beneath trees since falling branches can find their way on your tent and injure you. You may stay dry all through your camping trip if you have a waterproof canvas and the site you choose has minimal possibility of flooding.
Pack Ready-to-Eat Food
Cooking is part of the fun during camping, but it would be advisable to avoid foods that require cooking when camping in the rain. The rain can sometimes be heavy to the point that you can’t make a fire. Having ready food will also give you time to focus on how to use fire for heating rather than cooking. It will be cold, and you can’t go hiking or biking in the rain, but you can pass the time with some card games, board games or some interesting books.
Carry a lot of Plastic Bags
The big garbage bags and ziplock bags are inexpensive and can be of great help when it rains when camping. You can use the plastic bags to protect your pack from moisture or to pack all the stuff that is already wet to prevent everything else from getting wet. It may not rain for the entire camping period, but the effect of the rain can haunt you for the remaining days. A good example is when your firewood gets wet meaning you cannot make fire even when the storm is over. To avoid all these, you can wrap a big plastic bag around your firewood to keep them dry even when it rains. The zip-lock bag will also keep your food, medicine, fire-starting materials and other important stuff protected from the rain.
Choose Your Clothing Wisely
It is advisable to carry rain friendly clothing and equipment if you are lucky to go camping with the information that there is a high raining possibility. One clothing material to avoid is cotton as it stays wet for very long. You should carry lightweight clothes, most preferably nylon materials and other synthetic materials designed to dry quickly and are waterproof. Waterproof jacket and trousers should be part of your pack plus plenty of socks pairs to change. It is also important to carry waterproof shoes or rain boots to avoid the discomfort of cold feet.
Lay a Tarp Down Inside the Tent
Carrying an extra tarp will save you from the misery of wet sleeping bags and sleepless nights. Placing a tarp under your tent will prevent the moisture in the ground from getting its way into the tent and ruining your night. Tarps are also good to prevent fallen twigs from piercing the tent bottom. For complete protection, you can place an extra waterproof tarp inside the tent to keep away the water that seeps in through the tent’s sides, keeping your gear and sleeping bag dry all through.
So, there you go! with these tips you’ll turn camping in the rain into singing in the rain in no time! For more camping hacks and autumn destinations visit our blog, CampstarTrends. And follow us on social media for daily updates and fun information.