If the rain and temperatures are not extreme, camping in the rain can be a fun and memorable experience. However, it’s important to pack the right equipment and to know when it’s best to call a trip off. Here are some things to have in mind if there are clouds in your forecast:
Pack with rain in mind
Rainy weather calls for packing a few extra items. The most crucial one is a no-brainer, but we’re mentioning it anyway: having a waterproof tent. To protect your gear from the weather, you should also bring a rain fly and tarp.
Gear includes what you put on your body. Rain jackets, boots and waterproof clothing will ensure your experience is a good one. Don’t forget a drybag is key if you want to keep important items dry, like phones and cameras.
Choose a rain-friendly campsite
Although some campsites might be love at first sight, be prepared to change locations — not all of them get along with rain. Look for sites with natural drainage to prevent flooding, avoid low terrain areas and set up your tent on a slope or naturally elevated ground to ensure water flows away from the location of your tent.
Understand the implications of rainy conditions
Safety concerns will vary if it starts raining. Regardless of the temperature, wet clothes can lead to hypothermia or sickness. To avoid this, layer your clothes to keep your body warm and make sure you have at least one layer that is waterproof and protects you from the wind. If the temperatures are on the lower side, it’s always a good idea to pack a camping stove or portable heater with you.
Keep an eye out for rain-induced hazards
Camping in the rain means there are a couple of extra things you must have in mind to stay safe. The state of different bodies of water is affected by rain, so be cautious when crossing streams, avoid crossing them at all if you can’t see the bottom. Keep an eye out on water levels, you might have to move your tent to higher grounds.
Don’t be afraid to call things off
Rain offers you the chance to experience camping unlike ever before, but it’s also important to note how much rain is too much. If weather conditions go from enjoyable to hazardous, don’t be afraid to stay inside your tent, or call your trip off. When it comes to venturing into the wild, safety comes before all.
Respect the elements, but don’t be afraid to have fun!
When it comes to nature, it’s not about fearing it, but understanding the good and the risks that come when venturing into the wild. With this mindset, you will have a new approach when travelling in the rain.