Are you planning a thrilling camping adventure, but scared you’d get caught in a downpour? In this camping in the rain guide we offer 12 handy tips and rainy camping hacks!
Camping can be a great adventure and experience for both young and old. Sleeping in the stars under the great outdoors brings out the inner child in all of us!
Of course, whilst planning your next camping quest, it’s advisable to keep any and all eventually in mind. This includes being caught in stormy weather and having to ensure both your campsite and you stay dry whilst it’s pouring out.
In this guide we’ll be sharing 12 best camping in the rain tips to help you make the most of your trip and avoid being caught soaking in the wet!
- 12 Top Tips for Camping in the Rain
- Check The Forecast
- Waterproof Your Tent – Camping Hacks For Rain Weather
- Positioning Your Tent
- Kit Organization Tips For Camping In The Rain
- Use A Waterproof Drybag
- Invest In A Waterproof Sleeping Bag
- Use Tarps To Cover Your Tent
- Keep Clothes Dry With Handy Camping Hooks & Clips
- Quick Dry Towels – Camping In The Rain Hacks
- Catch And Reuse Rainwater
- Create A Seperate Cooking Space – Waterproof Camping Canopy
- Remember to Pack Mosquito Repellent
12 Top Tips for Camping in the Rain
Check The Forecast
By Marco from The Avid Campers
Perhaps this goes without saying, but whenever you plan an exciting camping or hiking trip, it’s always advisable to check the weather forecast in the days leading up to your trip.
Given that weather can change without notice, it’s good to keep an eye out on the forecast both before you travel and also during your actual camping trip. And, even if you’re anticipating gorgeous sunny weather, rather be over prepared than under, and be sure to pack your rainy camping gear for the off chance that you get caught in an unexpected downpour!
Some popular weather apps you can download ahead of your trip include AccuWeather, Dark Sky, Weather Underground, and Radarscope to name a few.
Waterproof Your Tent – Camping Hacks For Rain Weather
One of the most important things is to plan ahead with good organization, even before camping in the rain. Your tent should be waterproof BEFORE the rain.
Don’t forget that you have to make your tent waterproof. So that no water can penetrate, you must pay attention to “durable water-repellent” when buying. The seams must also be well-made and waterproof. If your tent is older, then you should impregnate it afterward. If there are tears or holes, you can seal them with seam glue. Also, a rain tarp should not be missing on your camping trip in the rain.
Moisture can come not only from above but also from the wet ground! A good idea is to lay out a tarp on the ground before you pitch your tent. But be careful, your campsite should not have any holes, because water could easily collect here as well.
Positioning Your Tent
By Marco from Travel-Boo
When arriving at your proposed campsite, take into careful consideration the positioning of your tent as this may be crucial down the line should you be caught in a sudden cloudburst!
Whilst it may be tempting to seek out a flat, open space to pitch your tent, it may not be so ideal when caught in a rainstorm. Instead, aim to set your tent on a higher elevation that allows water to drain downwards and not into your tent. Even better if you manage to find an elevated spot that also offers some shelter too.
If you are caught in a storm, consider the direction of the wind and aim to set your tent entrance away from the wind to avoid any unnecessary water spray into the tent should you wish to keep the main tent entrance open for aeration.
Kit Organization Tips For Camping In The Rain
By Julia from Ipse Wilderness
Unless your tent is top tier and brand new, any time the inner walls touch the outer, the surface becomes permeable. If the two become stuck together, the rain will start to drip straight through.
Therefore, when camping in the rain, make sure nothing pushes the inner tent against the outer.
This means you need to use tent space carefully. Store boots, waterproofs, and any wet kit in between the inner and outer. Put bulky items at the wide end of the sleeping compartment and roll your sleeping bag up to keep it away from the sides.
You also want to reduce movement in and out of the tent as much as possible by being organized with your kit. Keep your torch & wash kit near the door. Use the porch area for commonly used items such as mugs, water, and cooking equipment. Food storage boxes and fuel, if secure, can happily sit outside the tent to save space inside.
Make the rule of no shoes inside the tent. Keep a pair of flip-flops by the door to slip on if necessary. A poncho can make a useful doormat, with a small towel handy to wipe up any puddles.
Use A Waterproof Drybag
By Una from Wandernity
One of the best ways to make sure that your valuables aren’t damaged by water during a camping trip is using a waterproof drybag. When you go camping, rain might surprise you even if it wasn’t forecasted, so it’s good to be well-prepared.
Even though most tents are quite water-resistant, there always is a chance that you’ll encounter a sneaky hole or the rain is just too much for the tent to handle. That’s why you should consider putting your phone, camera, cash, power bank, and any other valuable items that might easily be damaged by moisture in a dry bag.
If you are hiking to your camping place, consider packing your nightclothes or a change of clothes for the next day in a separate dry bag as well. On a dry camp, a dry bag can serve as a packing cube, but in rain, it can save your clothes from getting unnecessarily wet.
Invest In A Waterproof Sleeping Bag
By Marco from The Avid Campers
It may be tempting to pack your favorite fluffy feather duvet so you can snuggle up and feel cozy for a good night’s sleep. But during rainy weather, and especially if your tent is not 100% rainproof, you’ll certainly not be enjoying a wet night’s sleep.
Instead, consider investing in a reliable Waterproof Sleeping Bag that will ensure you stay warm and dry and get some decent shuteye on your rainy camping expedition!
Use Tarps To Cover Your Tent
By Noel from This Hawaii Life
Here in Hawaii where it rains a lot during the rainy season in wintertime, camping is messy and muddy. But the typical thing that everyone does to keep the tent and surrounding areas nice and dry is to place a large tarp above the tent, hung from various lines, tied to trees or poles. Even with stormy skies, you’ll keep relatively dry in and around the surrounding areas.
Tarps are used a lot for the picnic areas, tents, and other social areas to keep try or better yet, many bring larger carport-type plastic and tarp setups for protecting larger spaces.
Nothing spoils the camping experience more than wet, mud, and rain but with tarps, this is easy and flexible to set up and protect your campsite and surrounding picnic areas to keep things nice and dry and away from moisture and dampness.
Also consider getting a durable and heavy-duty tarp that you can easily slot underneath your tent too, to keep your tent from flooding. Amazon offers a great selection of these durable tent tarps that come in various sizes too!
Keep Clothes Dry With Handy Camping Hooks & Clips
By Mary of Remain Eco
Camping while raining is never an ideal situation. However, it is an inevitable situation, especially in the highlands or mountains. What’s more annoying is when I get caught in the rain outside the tent.
Drying clothes is not easy, while packing wet clothes is much heavier and becomes smelly. This is why I never leave home without my camping clips and hooks.
These items allow me to hang my clothes by the ceiling of the tent without spending too much time setting them up. Of course, only do this when the clothes are not too dripping wet or if you are using a high-quality tent to avoid ripping your ceiling.
Choosing smart travel products makes sure that all my gear can withstand heavy rain and even dry wet clothes in emergencies. These camping hooks and clips are lightweight, easy to pack away, and don’t take up too much space. You can use them as good clippers or hooks for ropes.
Quick Dry Towels – Camping In The Rain Hacks
By Marco from The Avid Campers
While we’re on the subject of keeping your clothes dry whilst camping when raining, another top tip is to pack a couple of Quick Dry Towels. These will be an absolute godsend and will be your best friend during a rainy camping trip!
Not only do they dry out super quick, but they are also extremely absorbent too, meaning you can quickly and easily dry your belongings when wet.
Top Tip: If you are needing to quickly dry out your clothes then be sure to ring out any excess water, then place them layered in between the dry towels and leave it be for a few minutes so the quick dry towel can absorb the water. It may not dry out your clothes completely, it will definitely help get rid of most of the moisture!
Catch And Reuse Rainwater
By Kylie from Fearless and Free Range
Camping brings so many adventures but often enough water supply is rationed and is the ultimate liquid gold we all need. When camping you could go days without a shower or being able to wash clothes or dishes.
My best piece of advice is to carry a small collapsible 2-liter container that folds up in the palm of your hand, so it is light and space-saving. This way when it rains you can catch the water and utilize this water to the best of your abilities. This gives you the potential to extend your camping trip or make your current camp trip a little more comfortable.
- Take some biodegradable soap and give your clothes a quick wash overnight, hang them out in your tent to dry them and you are ready to go the next day.
- Use the water for boiling, cooking, or filling up your water bottles. Be sure to first treat the rainwater by boiling it or making use of purification tablets before you use it to cook or drink.
- You can also use this water to shower in a pop-up camping shower tent!
Create A Seperate Cooking Space – Waterproof Camping Canopy
By Marco from Travel-Boo
During a wet spell you’ll likely be spending more time indoors than out in the deluge. While it may be tempting to cook and eat inside your tent, it’s a better idea to create a separate outdoor cooking and dining area.
To do just that, you should consider buying a Waterproof Camping Canopy that’ll allow you to cook, dine, and lounge outside your tent whilst still keeping dry.
Better yet, pack in a few extra tarps and ensure your outdoor chill space is as dry as your tent is. This will also help you store any cooking essentials outside your tent (think camper coffee maker, pots, cutlery, and other kitchen necessities).
Remember to Pack Mosquito Repellent
By Athul from Our Backpack Tales
Camping in the rain can be a tricky business but can be bearable enough if you’re well equipped for it. With the rains and humidity comes a big problem – mosquitoes. They are not just annoying, but they come with some serious diseases like malaria and dengue. At the very least a mosquito does leave you with some itchy bumps.
A mosquito repellent is a must when you travel to humid and forest areas like Wayanad, where there is a possibility of rain. There are many varieties of repellents, like patches that you can stick to your clothes, creams and lotions that you can apply on the exposed skin, and roll-ons that can be applied to clothes. Most of them contain natural oils like eucalyptus which are safe to use and are a must-have item when you camp in the rain!