What's the Best Waterproof Gear for Camping?

Just because the weather report says your camping trip should be nice, doesn't mean the weather will listen.  Eventually, we all end up getting wet.  The only difference is, some of us come prepared, others don't.

That being said... 

This is The Best Waterproof Gear for Camping

Fire Starter Flint

Matches and lighters are a "go to" choice for campers to get their fires and lanterns lit. But drop these in a puddle and you're screwed.  Get yourself a fire starter flint of any size. The good thing about a magnesium fire starter flint is that it's waterproof, and you can get thousands of uses from one flint. Even in wet conditions, you can use a fire steel to start a fire. The good news is, we add fire starters to a lot of our gear. Each of the following items comes fully stocked with a ferro rod inside.

Using one of these spark throwers is pretty easy.  Hold the steel in one hand, then strike downward with a scraper. Try different angles until you find your sweet spot. Be sure you find enough natural tinder before you start.

Waterproof Dry Bag

Roll Top Dry Bags are often associated with boating, kayaking, and other water sports because of the fact that they can float on water. People use them so that if their phone or wallet goes overboard, it won't be ruined. If you are taking cash, electronics, or anything that needs to stay dry, you should add one of these.

10 in 1 EDC Survival Keychain and Pill Holder

The 10 in 1 survival keychain was meant to be an upgraded paracord grenade, but we took it a step further and added a waterproof pill container. A lot of people are taking daily medications or supplements.  But taking these with you can be a pain if you're bringing the entire pill bottle due to how bulky the containers are. Furthermore, using bags or containers that aren't waterproof is a good way to ruin your meds if rain gets to them.

Keep cash, pills, and vitamins at your side and dry at all times.

 

Survival Folding Shovel

You can use any shovel or entrenching tool, I choose a folding shovel because it can fit in your pack if you need to hike out to your camp site.  Arriving at a water soaked camp is rough, even if you found high ground. Use your shovel to dig trenches directing the flow of water away from your camp.  If you can keep the ground from puddling, it will dry a lot faster. You can also use it to build up barriers to keep water out.

Outdoor Rain Tarp

A tarp can be used in two ways. If the ground is already wet before you have set up your camp, then you can use a tarp as your foundation. You can use a second tarp to cover the outside of your tent. If you get soaked on a hike, you can hang a close line inside your tarp allowing your gear to dry.

Know the difference between Waterproof vs. water-resistant

We call a jacket “waterproof” when its water resistance is sufficient to keep out driving rain. Though companies disagree on test standards, you can trust that any gear that a major brand designates as “waterproof” can stand up to a serious squall.

Waterproof/breathable: This type of performance rainwear keeps rain from getting through to your skin, while also moving sweat back through to the outside world. If you’re planning any activity that gets limbs and lungs pumping, this is your kind of gear because both precipitation and perspiration can soak you.

Water-resistant: Also breathable, this is gear that can handle light rain for a brief time—windbreakers and featherweight jackets, for example. If precipitation lingers or starts coming down sideways, these won’t be up to the task. This is what our pop up tent is made out of. While it can repel water for a short time, it's best to waterproof it and use a tarp.

Waterproof/nonbreathable: Think rain slicker or emergency poncho. If you simply need to keep the rain out while sitting or standing around, this gear does just fine—and costs very little money. If you do any exertion, though, your rain slicker will be slick inside, too. And it won’t take much wind to make a poncho largely ineffective.

Waterproof Spray Your Gear

"Almost any surface you can think of you can put the coating on and it will never get wet," Stinner explained. "We've tested it with so many different objects and a bunch of different fluids to show what it can do." 

Still, there are some objects that Rust-Oleum doesn't advise the solution be used on. Despite showing clothing in the videos, it doesn't recommend that people use the solution on clothing, though fabrics are fine. Additionally, while an iPhone is shown in a few user demonstration videos, the company doesn't suggest applying it to electronics right now. 

Portable Rain Poncho

Now that we know the difference between waterproof and water resistance, a poncho is a must-have for any camping trip or bug out bag for that matter. Like the drybag, and tarp, the rain poncho will never absorb water.

If you have any additional survival hacks on how to stay dry in the rain, let me know.

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