Awesome tips for camping in the rain
With all the best laid plans in the world, rain can still arrive during a camping trip. In fact, in the UK, rain is never far away and even if you plan ahead by looking at the weather forecast rain might strike during a camping trip. But it doesn’t have to matter. If you are prepared for a downpour while camping, you’ll survive – and you may even enjoy it!
Here are some awesome tips for an unforgettable camping time, even if it rains.
Ensure the tent is waterproof
If it’s a new tent, the outer fabric will be fully waterproof. But the waterproofing reduces over time and use. It’s worth re-proofing your tent every so often. You can treat it with fresh DWR (Durable Water Repellent) treatment to make sure the rain stays out and you stay dry inside.
Test the tent in the garden or home before you leave for your trip.
Pick the right spot for the tent
To avoid getting utterly soaked and prevent rain ruining your camping trip, you should choose the appropriate spot to set up your campsite. So, stay away from the river or lakes. If you want a spot near the river, just make sure that you find a campsite or camping spot with a little elevation.
If there is wind and it looks like rain, try to pitch the tent behind a wall or at least with the opening of the tent away from the worst of the weather.
Another tip is not to pitch the tent under a tree. One the rain has stopped, raindrops will continue to fall on the tent and can be noisy with the drip dripping through the night.
Keep kit away from the tent fabric
If items lie against the fabric of the tent it is far more likely to become wet through. The rain saturates the fabric when items press against the inside of the tent and this causes leaks to happen. Just aim to keep things inside the tent away from the walls of the tent and the corners as much as possible.
Pack the right clothes
Even if you try to stay in your tent when it’s raining you’ll still need to go out to get to a toilet or to cook. You might even need to pitch the tent in the rain.
So it’s important that you have the right clothes to keep you warm and dry including waterproof jacket and trousers, warming baselayers, an insulated jacket and make sure you find great rain boots, too. If your feet get wet and cold, your whole body will immediately start to chill.
Take a tarp
A tarp could provide cover from the rain when cooking or eating, or simply as a place to sit outdoors to socialise.
Pack plastic bags
One of the best tips for camping in the rain is to bring a few plastic bags. Believe it or not, covering all the camping possessions you have brought with plastic bags will certainly ensure all those things stay dry.
Plus, you can never be sure that your tent or backpack is 100% water-resistance, so better to be safe than sorry and pack some of the belongings like electronics, clothes, food and medical supplies in a safe and completely waterproof plastic bag.
These awesome tips will ensure you stay comfortable, dry and safe if rainy weather looks set to crash your camping trip. Besides everything, do your best to enjoy the rain by listening to its soothing even droppings for a mindful experience.