When you think of your camping day, do you expect sunny weather, blue skies and a day without any worries? Well, nature is unpredictable and you can’t have the optimal weather conditions whenever you go outdoors.
Today I am going to show you how to have a good camping trip in unpleasant weather conditions. This article is for those who will be camping and will be surprised by the rain and for those who know that it will be raining and still going to camp. Safety is crucial when being outdoors so let’s take a look at how to stay warm and dry, and what can you do in the rain during camping.
I will cover some of the camping equipment that you need to bring with you when it is raining. Consider these items so you won’t regret your adventure.
No matter if you will camp alone or not you need a reliable shelter to spend the night and to be secure. Which tent is appropriate to bring with you when it will be raining? You need a reliable and durable tent to withstand the rain and possible wind.
This kind of tent can be made of synthetic material or it can be made of canvas that has been coated with PVC. Synthetic fabric doesn’t absorb the water so most tent manufacturers produce these kinds of tents. Still, cotton tents are also appropriate to have when it rains since they are very durable.
It is always good to choose a tent that has poles over the pop-up tents. Pop up tents are light and are ideal for hikers and backpackers who will just spend the night in the shelter. However, tents with poles will give you more security. You can choose tents with aluminum or fiberglass poles. I recommend using aluminum poles since they are stronger than fiberglass and should withstand the wind with no problem.
There is also one thing that you should consider if you want to have a pleasant rainy day in the woods. A hydrostatic head (HH) of the tent is a measure that will tell you a tent’s water resistant level. The higher is this value, the more water pressure a tent will withstand.
Use A Tarp
Using a tarp above your tent is an additional help to stop rain from coming inside the tent and to keep the space near the shelter dry. Why is this important? If you place your tent without a tarp above it, the raindrops can gather on the tent’s roof and weight down the tent.
The second thing a tarp does is to keep your space around the shelter as dry as possible. Place it above the tent and in front of it. This way you will have a dry place in front of the tent for storing your camping equipment and hanging out ( alone or with other campers) .
As you won’t be inside the tent all the time it is great to place a tarp so you can set a campfire, cook a meal and hang out with friends. This easy and cheap solution will make your camping more comfortable and happy.
Tent stakes are also necessary for harsh weather conditions. Sometimes a wind accompanies the heavy rain so it is recommendable for you to place stakes to secure the shelter to the ground. I am sure that you don’t want to wake up in the middle of the night because your tent was blown away due to the wind so use the stakes.
Placing Your Tent
When you come to the campground, you should look for the ideal place to pitch up your tent. This is important in case of the heavy rain so you won’t face any water inside the tent. Set up a tent on the higher ground to avoid water gatherings and place it side away from the wind (if there is any).
Do At Home
You should do some homework before going to the wild; take a look at the next tasks.
Getting a waterproof tent is a wise thing to get if you expect a rainy day outdoors. It is also a good idea to have a waterproof rain jacket. Nevertheless, you can still waterproof it additionally with a waterproof spray. First, you should wash the tent so you will put the spray on the clean tent surface. Spray the shelter evenly. Wait for a few minutes and wipe the tent with a soft piece of cloth.
Pitch A Tent At Home
Pitching a tent at home isn’t something you should not do since you may find some damages of the tent or its parts. This task is also recommendable; as you will see if any parts are missing, need repair or a replacement.
When you think of rain, you also think of how to stay warm. Clothes are important as they should keep you warm and prevent hypothermia. However, not every material is appropriate for outdoors. Maybe you have heard that cotton isn’t the best option in the case of rain. It is true since cotton gets wet soon and dries slowly. Think of synthetic clothes like a rain jacket, hat, shirt, and trousers. It is always best to bring double clothes so you can change if you need it. Also, don’t forget to bring a good pair of shoes and warm socks.
You should adapt to any kind of weather if you are an avid camper. Camping in rain gives you opportunities that you wouldn’t think of on a sunny day. You can set a tarp in front of the tent and cook a warm meal for yourself and friends, play some games and sing beside a campfire. I am sure this way rain won’t spoil your mood.
Consider my tips above and stick to them. Don’t forget on a trip organization to have a comfortable adventure as you can have. You can also bring a tent heater to stay warm inside the tent and some lanterns to explore the wildness. Have a great outdoor adventure.