Nothing ruins a camping trip faster than being soaked and cold after an unexpected storm rocks your weekend. The good news is this; with some basic preparations, wet weather won't put a damper on your outdoor fun.
Here are 5 Camping Tips For The Rain
Choose High Ground
Getting to high ground wasn't just Obi-Wan's advantage when he defeated Anakin Skywalker. High ground can save your life (or keep you dry at least) too. When pitching your tent, always try to find a spot more elevated than the rest so water flows away from you and won't puddle.
Use a Tarp
Putting a tarp over your tent might add time to your setup but it will save your butt in rainy conditions. Even your tent is water resistant, it won't be able to stand water submersion. Our pop up tent for example is made from 190D Waterproof Oxford and 170T Taffeta - 2 materials that can withstand wetness for a period of time, but they are not 100% waterproof like a tarp is.
Waterproof spray is good for an exterior coat on any shelter and can be used on your gloves and boots as well. The downside is, sometimes these sprays have an unpleasant scent, and there isn't really a way to know when you need more, other than the fact that you're starting to get wet.
Plastic Bags or Dry Bags
Your sleeping area isn't the only thing you'll need to keep dry. Remember, your pack is probably going to be damp after a weekend in the rain, so if you're carrying electronics around, there's a chance they could get damaged. Bring some extra sacks or invest in a waterproof dry bag for your electronics.
Make a Paracord Clothes Line to Dry Your Gear
If mother nature catches you unprepared, there's no reason to stay soaked. For starters, you'll almost certainly get sick. Secondly, you can dry your gear pretty easily if you've got some paracord. If the weather isn't warm enough, hang your line near the campfire and let the heat from the flames do the work.
Note: You'll want to keep an eye on how big you let your fire get and how close you hang your gear to the flames.
Conclusion: Take a few minutes to prepare for the rain and you'll thank yourself at the end of the day.