Nothing is worse than planning a great camping trip only to find that Mother Nature is working against you. That’s why I wanted to share these 9 tips for camping in the rain hacks to help you stay dry.
- 1 9 Tips for Camping In The Rain Hacks
- 2 Camping In The Rain With Kids
- 3 Camping In The Rain Checklist
- 4 Final Tip
9 Tips for Camping In The Rain Hacks
Choose A Waterproof Tent
Invest in a waterproof tent and not some cheap $20 Walmart tent. Yes, you might save money, but most cheap camping tents won’t provide you with protection from the elements.
When it rains the water will pile up on the tent because it isn’t waterproof. which will eventually seep into your tent causing a giant puddle in your sleeping area.
Have Your Rain Gear Ready
If you’re an outdoor lover at one point or another, you’ll be caught in the rain. However, this doesn’t mean that you can’t still enjoy the great outdoors.
As long as it’s not raining cats and dogs, you can still enjoy some great camping activities.
Make sure you always keep your rain suit handy. I personally like to keep mine in my waterproof backpack which I keep close by whenever I am outdoors camping or hiking.
Keep Your Fires Hot
Hopefully, you’ve had time to set the fire and it is burning hot when it starts to rain. If not then you will want to try to find a dry of tinder or fibrous material. Keep it dry inside of your clothing while you’re collecting your wood.
As soon as you get it lit, make sure that you keep an eye on it to keep it going. Getting it lit is the hard part. Once you’ve managed to start it just make sure that it doesn’t go out.
Get Rid of the Moisture From Your Tent
Even though you’ve taken all the precautions to keep your tent dry, unfortunately, some water will still find it’s way into your camping tent. Every tent has tiny perforations that make it possible for the material to breathe.
When you look inside your tent after a good rain, it shouldn’t be surprising if you see droplets of rain that made their way inside. You’ll want to place a bucket under the specific perforation to catch any rain droplets. After the sun has dried up the campsite, you can pour the bucket out.
Air Dry the Wet Stuff
If you were caught off guard by the rain, you might have had some of your camping gear inside of the tent.
After the rain stops, you’ll want to make sure that you take it out of the tent and air dry it. When fabrics absorb excess moisture they can weaken over time. It’s not uncommon for some of them to develop mold or even cause a foul odor.
Hang your clothing, sleeping bags, hiking shoes or rain tarps out in the direct sunlight. That way they’ll be ready to be used the next time Mother Nature pours down on you.
Carry Plastic Bags
Plastic bags can help you protect your belongings and food on a rainy day. You don’t need to use Ziplock bags or any fancy like that. If you have some extra trash bags at home, make sure that you pack some with your camping gear.
I can’t tell you how many times we’ve managed to save some things from getting drenched.
Drain Adjacent Puddles
Everyone knows about draining the puddles near their camp because that’s where they sleep. Pay attention to the other areas around the tent.
Water can accumulate everywhere around your campsite. So pay attention to those small holes that you may not even notice on a dry warm day. Dig a trench that leads the water away from your campground.
There’s something about an afternoon rain in the wilderness that can cause the temperature to drop.
Make sure that you and your kids have plenty of warm clothing in case it gets chilly. I always make sure to pack polyester or wool socks when camping because they tend to dry faster.
Whatever you do, avoid packing cotton socks on a camping trip. They get soaked easily and take forever to dry.
Hand Warmers Are A Lifesaver
All camping gear should come with a good set of hand warmers. Nothing is more miserable than a rainy day camping than having to deal with cold hands.
They don’t cost much and they will definitely make everyone a little more tolerable when they get cold. Not to mention, they are perfect for those early morning hikes.
Camping In The Rain With Kids
If you happen to have your little ones with you then it’s important to keep them dry. Hopefully, you’ve brought some coloring books to entertain them with.
Keep them out of the rain as much as possible so you don’t have to worry about them jumping in puddles or dragging mud into your sleeping area.
Hopefully, the rain doesn’t last too long and you’ll all be able to enjoy some activities like hiking or just hanging out by the campfire. Check out our tips on how to buy the best cold weather tents.
Camping In The Rain Checklist
If you’re a huge outdoor person, then you probably already own waterproof camping gear, and you’re prepared for all the inclement weather.
As a new camper, there’s some camping gear that you just can’t do without. Here is a list of wet weather camping essentials you absolutely need to have fun in the outdoors:
- Waterproof jacket or poncho
- Waterproof pants
- Shoes that are waterproof
- Waterproof cover for your backpack
- Camping Rain Tarp Shelter (or a portable rain shelter)
- Waterproof bag to seal and protect your food (you can use a trash bag)
- Food that can be prepared without cooking
- Waterproof flashlight
- Extra socks preferably synthetic or wool which can dry fast
- Wet weather tent (or a tent rain tarp)
- Picnic table tarp
If you spend a lot of time camping, eventually you’ll get caught in the rain. However, you don’t have to let the weather interrupt your activities or enjoyment. Chances are you don’t get a lot of time to pull out the hiking gear and camping gear so you might as well enjoy it whenever you get the chance.
You now know what to do to help you stay dry. Hopefully, you found these wet weather camping tips helpful.