You can still enjoy your camping trip with these six tips from Blain’s Farm & Fleet.
Don’t let a little rain ruin your family camping trip! You can still enjoy the great outdoors even when Mother Nature throws rain your way. With some preparation and the right equipment, you can still go camping in the rain. Use these easy tips from Blain’s Farm & Fleet.
1. Find the Right Site for Your Tent
Rain or shine, it’s always important to find the right spot for your tent. Don’t pitch your tent on soft ground, in depressions or areas that slope. All of these are likely to flood if it rains – leaving your tent in a giant puddle. Look for an even area that will easily drain. For more tips on campsite selection, read through our tips on choosing the perfect campsite.
2. Bring Extra Tarps
While most tents have a tarp base layer, you’ll want to bring extra tarps for your campsite. Pitching a tarp over a picnic table, cooking area or dining area can help keep all your food and equipment dry from the rain. You can also pitch a tarp over your tent as extra protection from the rain. While it’s important to keep yourself dry, protecting your camping supplies and food makes for a better camping trip, too.
3. Pack Plastic Bags
If rain is in the forecast, you’ll want to bring plastic bags with. Line backpacks and duffel bags with garbage bags to keep everything inside nice and dry. You can also use a waterproof dry bag to keep equipment dry – these work especially well for electronics and equipment with batteries such as flashlights. Freezer and food storage bags also work well for keeping supplies dry and organized.
4. Keep the Inside of Your Tent Dry
Take off any shoes and outerwear that get wet and leave them outside the tent. You don’t want to bring wet gear into your warm, dry tent. Keep the tent well ventilated so condensation doesn’t build up inside.
5. Pack the Right Rain Gear
Prepare for wet weather with the right rain gear. Bring along rain jackets, rain boots and pants. A poncho also works well and can be easily packed in with your camping gear. If and when your clothing does get wet, make sure you hang it up to dry under a tarp. Aside from wet weather clothing, you’ll also want to bring some additional camping gear. Newspaper works well for starting fires even when everything is wet outside. A gas camping stove will still ignite even in the rain.
6. Air Out Your Gear When You Get Home
Mold and mildew can wreak havoc on wet clothes and gear, especially if you just throw them in the corner of your tent or in a camping bag. When you get home, make sure you air out all your clothing and camping gear. Metal parts (such as tent parts and utensils) can become corroded from rust, and fabric can suffer from mold and mildew.
Experiencing the great outdoors is one of the best parts of summer. At Blain’s Farm & Fleet, we understand. That’s why you’ll find everything you need for your next outdoor adventure. For more tips on outdoor activities for the whole family, visit our Camping blog.