Best 5 Tips For Camping In The Rain
Rain can happen on a camping trip, but if you know there is a good chance for rain while you’re camping maybe think about rescheduling the trip.
Camping is considered, by some, to be a year-round activity. However, the outdoors is definitely an unpredictable place, and unexpected weather can happen. With spring just around the corner, you’re certain to see just as many rain clouds as you’ll see sunshine rays, but don’t allow that to stop you if you’ve got the outdoor bug. A few useful tips can make camping in the rain a fun, exciting experience, rather than a dreary one.
Be selective about camping locations throughout a strong rain or thunderstorm. Keep in mind that lightning often accompanies these storms, so avoid water, which conducts electricity, and also avoid high elevations. When hiking throughout a shower, be careful about the footing from the terrain. Even gentle slopes can quickly become slippery. In addition, stay away from loose boulders or dirt that could slide, and also avoid large tree branches that could break and come crashing down. Here are 5 tips to prepare in the event you find yourself camping in the rain.
Every tent must be seam sealed.
It may say “waterproof” on the box, but most tents will fail in their seams. While some may come with taped seams, the majority of middle to lower end tents aren’t fully tapped and need you to do all of the work. Use McNett Seam Grip or Aquaseal anywhere the thing is exposed stitching. In a light drizzle, most big box store tents will be fine, however when the sky drops 10” during your trip, every pin sized hole will become a waterfall of wetness.
Canopies are the friend.
Having an area outside of your tent to cook under and dry in can be a comfort lifesaver. Also, if your tent gets a little leaky, putting the cover over the tent fly can produce a bomb proof shelter. Additionally, it gives you a dry place to take off rain gear before climbing to your tent. If you are backpacking, use tip number three instead.
You can never have too many tarps.
Setting up your tent on a footprint will dissuade water from pooling up under it and leaking with the floor. Another alternative would be to put a tarp on the inside involving the air mattress and the ground for added protection. Sheltering your tent having a tarp hung above from trees may take some of the pressure off of the rainfly. With enough tarps, you can turn a campsite into an apartment-like outdoor living space.
Don’t put up your tent inside a swimming pool.
Be careful not to pitch your tent in a small depression or lower side of the incline. Water can puddle and pool up quicker than it takes the ground to absorb it. There’s nothing worse than waking up a 2 am in a foot water. Hopefully, your airbed floats! Look for a flat area with good drainage.
Keep a set of dry clothes for sleeping.
The last thing you want to do after being drenched all day long is to climb into your sleeping bag all damp and clammy. Keeping an additional pair of socks and base layers could keep your sleeping bag clean and dry. Overnight, you can dry a number of your moist items by hanging them up or carefully while using heat trapped in your sleeping bag to dry them. If hypothermia takes hold, having a dry pair of clothes to alter into can literally be considered a lifesaver.