With so much rain around and only seemingly when your camping our Wet Weather Camping Tips will help you sill enjoy your camping trip. School holidays have now officially started so sit back relax and share some of your tips on wet weather camping and entertaining the kids.
To help you out, we’ve put together a series of great tips for camping in wet weather.
If it does rain when you’re camping, it’s important to have the right equipment to minimize the weather’s impact.
Some items that you’ll need to pack are obvious: warm clothing, including raincoats, gumboots, beanies, and gloves. In addition, pack a spare set of clothes in a waterproof bag to insure against a worst-case scenario. Rain ponchos may well be your best friend, and old towels are great for mopping up any water.
Take several tarpaulins, as the trusty tarp not only protects against the rain but also shields wind (and the sun if you manage to catch a glimpse of it).
Be armed with loads of plastic bags and zip lock bags – you’ll always find a use for these when it rains. As a bonus, they are cheap, take up minimal room, and are extremely lightweight.
Some backup food options are also essential if the weather ruins your plans to cook a hearty winter meal.
Another item you’ll absolutely require is a waterproof tent, complete with a rain fly. But it’s no good realizing after the fact that your tent isn’t waterproof. Test it out before you head away – this may mean simply setting it up in the backyard and giving it a quick spray with the garden hose. This small task will you save you plenty of grief if it turns out your tent is damaged.
Is the tent placed on the flattest part of the ground? Will the ground ably support your tent pegs? Be sure to put a waterproof tarp underneath the tent as well as over it.
Having ventilation in your tent is important for avoiding condensation, so placing a tarp over the tent should help to prevent rain sneaking in through the tent ‘windows’.
If there is a downpour, keep your bedding and other items away from the tent walls, as this will avoid water leaking inside. There is a science behind this tip, but all you really need to know is that this simple action could avoid putting a huge dampener on your camping trip. Literally.
If you are at a wet campsite, it’s important that you and the family are kept entertained. Books, magazines, a pack of cards, and board games are great items to have with you for wet-weather camping. You just need to use your imagination!
Don’t let a rainy campsite get the better of your mood. If the rain arrives, be in a positive frame of mind and embrace the challenges it presents. After all, it is only rain. Sure, it’s a nuisance, but so was Uncle Ken when he decided to make an impromptu speech at your wedding. And if you survived that experience, you can survive a few drops of water.
What’s more, you’ll likely find that camping in the rain will make for great stories and brilliant memories, even if you don’t appreciate it at the time.
However, if Mother Nature is releasing a fury of epic proportions, don’t be afraid to call it quits. There are no prizes for attempting to withstand the harshest of elements, other than a potential trip to hospital for hypothermia or something equally drastic.
Once home, be sure to dry out your tent and any other damp equipment. This will avoid these items becoming smelly or damaged and should ensure they are ready to use the next time you take a camping trip.