Camping in the Rain

Camping in the Rain


Picking Your Campsite. If it’s rainy or dry, choosing a good campsite follows the same rules extremely important in wet weather.

Try to set up at a high elevation, and avoid soft ground that will absorb lots of rain.

Don’t set up near lakes, rivers, streams, or other water sources that can flood into your site.

You’ll also need enough tree cover to set up your tarp.

When rain’s pouring down, you want to be able to set up as quickly as possible.

Beware of old dead trees that might be weak falling branches or entire trees could put you in extreme danger.

Hang your tarp, slant it away from your campsite and downhill so that instead of pooling up, water will drain away from your campsite.

A little rain – or even a torrential downpour -shouldn’t be enough to ruin your good time camping.

With preparation , you can stay dry and enjoy your time in the woods, be it in rain or in shine.

You’ll be ready for whatever wild weather nature can throw at you.  


Proper Rain Gear is a Camper’s Last Defense:

Rain Gear: This is some kind of hooded waterproof shell or a rain jacket.

Boots: Choose boots with good tread that rugged and waterproof.

Wool: & Synthetic Clothes: Pack wool tops, wool long johns, wool socks, etc.

Wool can keep you warm even when wet, avoid cotton at all costs.

Note that goose down loses much of its insulation ability after getting wet, beware.

Tarps: These are for the ground and to hang above your tent, this will also prevent the Sun from doing damage to tent material.The powerful sun weakens tent fabric and other materials over time, so the less time your tent is exposed to its blazing rays,or snow the better!

Clothesline:  “Para-Cord / Fire starter”

A clothesline will give you a better hope of being able to dry out your clothes.

Hang it under tarps so you have a “Drying area” out of the rain.

Plastic bags: Use high-grade bags or waterproof bags designed for camping or boating.

These can keep your dry stuff dry while also giving you a way to separate anything that has gotten wet.

Pack Towels:

Rainproof Fire-Starting Material: “Ever Strike Pro” Make sure to bring rain-resistant ways to start a fire. “Waterproof Match”

This includes dry tinder and waterproof matches, or a flint and steel.

Can’t collect wood because it’s soaked? You might have to forego a campfire until the rain stops. )^8}

As far as the very tempting idea to “Quick dry” clothes above the fire, I strongly advise against it.

Heading Home:

Before packing to head home, segregate wet clothes so they don’t get packed in with dry ones. Set up your tent and lay out the fly so they can dry out completely. Never store tents wet, or you’ll guarantee an invasion of mildew and mold growth.

When you’re drying out your tent, also don’t leave it out in the strong sun for longer than it takes to dry—as I mentioned previously, over time, the sun’s rays break down the material.

Happy Camping (^8} – Stay dry.

  Take Care be Safe, CJ.

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