Being able to camp whenever you want is essential, and the rain shouldn't be a hindrance to having a lovely camping experience. Rain can destroy a well-planned camping trip as you get to deal with a waterlogged tent, wet gear, cold woods, making it difficult to light a campfire and other things that may frustrate your camping trip.
However, if you're adequately prepared for camping in the rain, it will be an unforgettable experience and rain will only be an additional fun. To ensure the rain doesn't spoil the fun for you while camping in the rain, follow the tips we'll be sharing below.
Choose the Ideal Camp Site
An ideal campsite should have a high altitude and far away from water bodies. You wouldn't want to get soaked during rainfall. Set up your tent away from trees to prevent rain from dropping on your tent long after the rainfall.
You could also get injuries from tree branches that may fall during heavy wind at night. It's also advisable to set up your tent facing where the sun rises as this will enable you to get up faster in the morning when it's drizzling. In addition, valleys are not usually advisable, but if you must set up your camp close to the valley, it must be far from the watermark to avoid being affected during flash floods.
Set Up an Outdoor Space outside the Tent
Setting up a lounging area outside by putting up one tarp overhead and another one below is great for waiting out the rain. Put up camp chairs and lights and enjoy a game or have a pleasant time with family and friends. Also, you can listen to music and take some coffee and snacks. This can also serve as protection for a kitchen area in case it starts to rain.
Take Some Food
To give yourself a tasty lunch treat on after a long rainy day outside the camp, take a cup of coffee and some nice meal for your comfort. Some meals are designed for camping purposes, and you should try them out at this time.
You need enough calories to keep the temperature of your body balanced when cold. Some vegetables also help some times, and you should get these ready and packed along for camping in the rain. Chopping vegetables in the rain isn't a pleasant experience.
Keep Your Water Bottle Upside Down
It's easy for your drinks to get frozen in cold weather, especially during the night. Before going to bed, place your water bottle in an upside down position to prevent the top of the content from freezing (since frozen of water begins from the top). If freezing ever occurs, only the bottom of your bottle will be affected, and you can easily sip some water at the top.
Use Bright Colours
A camp is not your home where you can put on what you like. You need to be watchful of what you wear to avoid being mistaken for an animal since hunting takes place here. Put on red, orange, yellow or other bright colors to show you're human and do away with clothing with wools.
Go With LED Lights
To keep your tent cozy and warm, pack some LED Lights to hang around your campsite, and some candles also help. Get enough batteries for these lights and don't forget your flashlights. Some cells aren't suitable for cold weather, but lithium batteries are perfect for it. This lights will help you find your way back to your tent if you'll be coming in late. So, you don't have to wander around in the dark.
Hang Up Your Wet Clothing
Having dry clothes with pleasant smell will enable you to have some excellent time. When you continuously put on clothes that smell bad, you wouldn't enjoy your camping. So, while packing for camping, go with a clothesline and hang your wet clothing on it. You can string the clothesline under your tent. As soon as your clothes are wet, don't just dump them anywhere, hang them up, and enjoy the dryness.
Get an Extra Layer
Adding a bivouac sack to the ground provides you with an extra layer, and this helps to prevent moisture from getting to your sleeping bag. Also, this is an excellent way of retaining some heat when the ground is cold.
You can also get a synthetic bag that serves as an insulator for wetness or keeps your sleeping pads thick enough to keep you warm. Avoid breathing into the bag when you're ready to sleep for the night by bringing out your head. This is to prevent it from getting cold and having a bad performance as a result of your breaths.
Preheat Your Clothes before Wearing
The best way to remain dry and avoid cold clothing is to preheat your cold clothes to over 98° before the next day. Any clothes you'll be using the next day should be packed in a small bag and added to your sleeping bag. There's nothing more comfortable than having warm, beautiful clothes to put on when camping in the rain.
Create a Campfire
It can be somewhat challenging to create a campfire in the rain, but you can achieve this nonetheless. The first thing to have is a very reliable match or a lighter that can be used to light a campfire, lamp, or a stove. The lighter or matches has to be waterproof to prevent wetness. Also, you need a quality tinder, kindling, and fuel wood to allow the wood to burn faster and efficiently.
You can get fuel from pine trees or fallen woods. You can also decide to take waterproof tinder along with you. Kindle burns faster and longer than tinder because it usually comes from branches and small twigs. Kindling is mostly found in dense bushes and under thick grasses and trees. Fuel wood is very important because it will last longer than your Kindle and tinder. Fuel woods are mostly gotten from dead and fallen trees.
With these tips, you'll enjoy camping in the rain without feeling frustrated or being caught unawares.