We all love rain in the pleasant outdoors. But sometimes, it can be the unwelcomed relative you are forced to meet at a family event. Rain can brighten your day in the right place but at the wrong time, it can kill your mood.
To help you plan, we have listed the top seven tips to camp safely in wet conditions. Keep reading!
1. Be particular with your rainy-camping equipment
Keeping a check on the weather before you set out on a camping adventure can save you a lot of hassle. While you can’t deny the beauty of natural views when it is raining, not having the right equipment can ruin your camping adventure.
To minimize the impact of weather and to ensure you have maximum fun camping outdoors, make sure you are well-equipped. Some of the most important items you should pack include raincoats, beanies, gloves, gumboots, and warm clothing. Also, pack an additional change of clothes in a waterproof bag in case the weather gets worse, and you don’t get time to dry wet clothes.
Pack with you several tarpaulins as they can be helpful and against the rain, wind and even the sun. Waterproof sleeping bags can be great equipment to carry so you can have enough time to rest without worrying about the weather.
Having a backup for food is also essential in case the weather ruins what you already have, and there’s no way to cook food. Be more careful with your wet-weather equipment if you are camping with children.
2. Pitch your tent smartly
Before you adjust your tent, explore the area and inspect the surrounding. The ideal location for a tent is where the ground is high, and there’s no chance of water puddles to build around. If you can’t find high spots, look for the flattest part of the ground.
Next thing you need to consider is the ground’s ability to support and hold the tent. If the ground is wet and doubtful, use waterproof tarps before setting the tent pegs.
A great tent location will also ensure adequate ventilation. This helps keep condensation from building inside. Consider placing a tarp on the tent to keep the rain from entering inside through windows.
When it rains, fold your bedding and other important items and place them away from the tent walls. This simple action can keep your essentials from becoming too damp and uncomfortable.
3. Pick a waterproof tent
Another crucial pick is a waterproof tent. If you are a frequent camper, investing in a waterproof tent is a great idea. It ensures you continue to have fun and adventure despite the conditions.
If you are not sure about this feature of the tent, test it before you carry it to the campsite. There are other ways to make your tent rain-proof. You can find waterproof tent covers made of thick plastic that you can use to cover your regular tent. This, however, does not always provide 100% safety in the rain because the size of the cover and tent may not be the same and does not provide full coverage.
4. Plan indoor activities
While you can always enjoy the rain by indulging in activities outside the tent, sometimes the weather can become too harsh for outdoor activities.
To keep yourself entertained, you and your family can enjoy indoor activities when it is raining. Card games, board games, magazines, music, and books are great options to carry with you for rainy-day camping.
Just use your imagination and be creative with your approach and have fun while the weather becomes adventurous.
5. The right lighting equipment
You can’t risk going totally dark during rain. Having the right lighting equipment that doesn’t betray you when the weather becomes harsh can be your savior.
Carry lighting equipment that boosts not only the ambiance but also provideS you enough light to survive. LED string lights can be a great option. These can be draped around the tree canopy, campsite, and can be even placed in mason jars to give you the perfect indoor ambiance.
Other than that, carry flashlights and camp lanterns. To avoid running out of the battery, don’t forget to carry extra batteries, specifically lithium ones that are more reliable in wet, rainy conditions.
6. Carry plastic bags
Carry lots of plastic bags with you as they can be the lifesavers when the weather becomes wet. Plastic bags will not only keep your essentials safe and dry but are also a great way to pack smart. Carry plastic bags in different sizes to accommodate a variety of items.
Plastic bags are naturally waterproof and can keep various stuff dry and safe. Use them to segregate clothes and secure your belongings, especially your food.
It’s best to use the reusable plastic bags to avoid pollution. In case you are using the cheap plastic bags, make sure you dispose of them properly.
7. Dry out camping equipment right away
All of your camping equipment, including tents, clothing, and other items, must be vented. Whenever you get a break from the rain, make sure you dry out all your wet camping equipment before storing them.
If you pack without drying the equipment, it will develop mildew molds and unpleasant odor. It can also corrode and ruin items. Avoid hanging your equipment to dry at night. It may rain in the middle of the night and can ruin all the effort.
Rain is natural and can happen anytime. It is best to do your research and pack according to the weather. If you invest in the best family camping tent, your outdoor adventure won’t be ruined. Use these tips mentioned above to plan your next camping trip.
Judy Robinson is a passionate health and lifestyle blogger. She loves to write on healthy lifestyle, travel, fitness 101 and DIY related topics. Follow @judyrobinson for more updates.