It’s finally here—your big end-of-summer camping trip you’ve been looking forward to all year. You’ve prepped all the gear, food, and fun for the next few days. One last weather check and you’ll be ready to go. Then you see it—a big black storm cloud in the forecast. Thunderstorms can put a damper on any adventure, but with these tips for camping in the rain, you can still salvage your outdoor adventure.
- Acknowledge your surroundings when setting up camp.
Don’t camp near rotten trees or right next to a body of water. Dead trees attract lightning and rivers can quickly turn into flash floods when camping in the rain. Rather, set up camp on higher ground away from potential danger.
- Bring lots of plastic bags.
Everyone has a drawer full of used grocery bags. These make for a great inexpensive way to keep your personal belongings safe and dry.
- Keep your wood dry.
Wet wood can take hours to light. Be proactive and keep your fire wood or tinder dry before the rain hits.
- Line your tent with a tarp.
As opposed to setting your tent on a tarp, bring your tarp inside your tent. This will help keep the ground moisture from entering your makeshift abode.
- Let your gear dry before stowing.
Once you return home, make sure all equipment and gear has had ample time to dry and air out before stowing it. This will help prevent mildew and funky smells from growing.