Why let a little liquid from the sky put a damper on your next camping trip. Check out these 5 Important Tips for Successfully Camping in Rain.
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1. Start With Packing Smart
By protecting your clothes and gear from rain whether or not it is forecast, you put yourself in a good position out of the gate. We all know how the weather can turn on a dime.
- First, put your belongings in a bag(s) with at least some built in water resistance. A variety of such duffel and gear bags are available to choose from.
- Then, line the inside of your bag with a garbage bag for added protection.
- Third, place whatever you put inside the duffel (especially clothes) in large ziploc bags or dry sacks.
2. Be Vigilant In Monitoring The Weather
Know the weather before you go, so you don’t time your unpacking in the midst of a torrential downpour. Also, stay informed at the campsite where cell service allows. Some weather apps to consider include WeatherBug®, AccuWeather, and NOAA Radar Pro for Apple.
3. Bring Along Weather Gear For When You Find Yourself Camping In Rain
Camping in rain can be quite manageable when you bring the proper gear. Items to keep with you on your camping trips include:
- Lightweight, Easily Folded Ponchos (Consider an Ultra Lite Rain Suit and Joy Walker Backpack Rain Cover if will be hiking along with camping.
- A good pair of rain boots for tromping around the campsite.
- Moisture wicking clothes to pull the wet away from your skin should you get a soaking. Not straight cotton! Cotton fabric will absorb and hold moisture like a sponge.
Look for a campsite that is on level, flat ground. Do not camp in a site that lies in a dip or depression, or on the downward side of a slope. These types of locations tend to collect rainwater or allow rainwater to flow through causing greater potential for water in tents.
Also, try to camp at least 200 ft from any flowing body of water. It is amazing how quickly a small stream can turn into a raging river given the right rainfall conditions. Also, water attracts wildlife, who may take a liking to your tent if it is situated in the vicinity. Your safety is definitely worth seeking out a more suitable campsite.
5. Whip Out The Rain Flys And Tarps If Rain Is Coming
Many tents either come with attachable rain flys or they are available as added accessories. The flys provide a water resistant layer to go over your tent to help prevent water from seeping into it. Just be sure to follow the tent manufacturer’s directions on how to correctly attach.
Another vital item for rainy situations is a tarp. A well-placed tarp can provide extra protection for your tent, as well as, be used over an outdoor cooking area or gathering place. Check out this great step-by-step guide to tarp setup from REI Co-op Journal.
By following these 5 Valuable Tips for Camping in Rain, you can make the most out of your camp out no matter the conditions.
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