Camping adventures with my family is still very fresh in my memory, despite I didn’t have much fascination with the natural world till my late 20’s. Presently, my experience of camping is about 20 years. I have a lot of experience in all the weather conditions as well as other tricky weather conditions. The most annoying and frequent problem that can disrupt your camping trip is if you aren’t prepared for camping on rainy days.
What are the roof top tent tips for camping on rainy days? These tips include: choosing the best tent site, look out for hypothermia, lighting the night up, creating an outdoor living room, get camping bags, get a waterproof camping tent, etc.
If you aren’t ready, rain can completely ruin your amazing camping adventure. So, I have decided to give a few tips and tricks on how to stay dry and have enough fun when preparing for camping on rainy days or survive unexpected days.
Tips for Camping on Rainy Days
Here, we have 16 tips for camping on rainy days. They include:
Choosing the Best Tent Site
Find a campsite not close to a river or lake with little elevation. Waking up on three inches of water isn’t during rain isn’t a nice experience. Locating your tent facing the morning sun making it easier to bring out yourself from your sleeping bag on rainy mornings.
Do not setup your tent under a tree because, even after the downpour, raindrops will still keep dripping on your head and you can be injured by falling branches if the presence of strong wind.
Look out for Hypothermia
We have lifesaving camping tips. One of these tips is watching out for hypothermia symptoms. Your life can be at risk of being wet by rain for a long period which can pose a threat to your health. This often occurs when rain surprisingly catches up on you during your camping trip.
The following signs are most obvious: slow and shallow breathing, weak pulse, low energy, slurred speech or mumbling, shivering, confusion, and loss of consciousness.
Light the Night Up
The atmosphere under the tarp or tree canopy can be enhanced by light. LED strings light can be drape all over the campsite also, some lighted candles sweetly flickered in masons’ jars, and pack a good flashlight and camp lantern. Don’t forget to bring along plenty of batteries (lithium batteries are more reliable in cold season).
Reflectors can as well be attached to the tree close to your tent to help you find your way back at night in case you will be returning late.
Creation of an Outdoor Living Room
At the end of the day activities, instead of everyone returning to their tents, they can all gather at the outdoor living room. A camping rain shelter can be fashioned by stringing up two overhead or a tarp, check the ambient lights, provide brews and snacks with some music and games going to keep the atmosphere lively.
Plastic Bags is Compulsory
During rainy seasons, plastic bags serve as lifesavers. Always be sure to bring along plastic bags of different shapes and sizes. This helps to keep your pieces of stuff dry and safe since they are waterproof. You can use them to separate clothes and all other items in your backpack. Your bag can also be linked with the plastic bags to protect your pieces of stuff and most food items should be protected and kept dried.
Less quality plastic bags can’t be reusable but can be used for single camping when left with no other choice. The plastic bags must be disposed of properly after usage.
Provide the People with Food
Comfortable food should be served after returning from hiking, to keep the cold wet at bay. On a rainy afternoon, a cup of hot coffee will offer more relief during the cold season. Also, hot chocolate with chili will go a long way as well as a killer campfire pizza. As humans, more calories are needed to regulate body temperature during cold weather conditions. Already prepared veggies can be added to spice the mix up to avoid peeling and chopping in the cold
Camp Tent should be Waterproof
A vital tip I learned during my camping trips is to always make your tents waterproofed. This is to avoid water from dropping in during little rain. The waterproof features of a tent diminish little by little as it’s being cleansed exposed to wind, heat and different weather conditions.
If you need to stay comfortable and dry while camping on rainy days, then waterproofing is necessary. You can install a rain fly to care for the tent walls, floors, and seals. You can read the buyer’s guide to know more about waterproofing techniques.
Sip and Flip
Have you ever found your water bottle frozen overnight? Turn your water bottle upside down when the temperature drops below freezing overnight, since water freezes from the top so that the bottom freezes instead of the top so you can get few sips in the morning
A good layering system and a right camping gear will help maintain your body temperature, retains body heat when cool down, while active wicking moisture. Choose a wool base or polyester and rain poncho or mid layers under a waterproof jacket.
A bad choice is a cotton because it remains wet which can affect your body temperature quickly. Always remember to carry an extra set of wool socks and base layers in a waterproof bag, in case you will want to change into something dry to keep hot and warm.
Hang Out, then Hang Up
Dumping clothes in the corner can be very tempting when soaked and curling up in your sleeping bags. Wet clothes should be hanged first to dry up to prevent them from smelling. String clothe lines under your tent to dry up wet clothes.
Opt for Orange
When going for hunting during a drizzle, always put on bright colored clothes like red, orange to avoid being mistaken for a waterfowl or deer. Urban colored clothes should be avoided.
Preheat to 98.6 Degree
Preheat your clothes to 98.6 degrees to avoid pulling on cold clothes. The next day clothes can be packed into a small bag and placed close to your bed to stay nice and warm overnight. Chilly morning is always good when you have warm clothes to put on.
Hand Warmers Should Be Whipped Out
One factor when it’s soggy outside is poor circulation; therefore, hand warmers should be whipped out. A few can be stuffed in your boot to make the breakfast and then ride the happy and warm feet into your morning hike.
The Day can be saved with Gaiters
Wearing rain pants can save you from being soaked by wet leaves and morning dews. Rain pants and gaiters are advisable.
A Bivy Bag Must Be Added
An additional layer of insulation can be gotten from the addition of a bivy bag to prevent your sleeping bag from moisture and also assist to retain little heat to stay warm.
Your sleeping pad can also be doubled to provide more heat.
Openings into the bag can cause down insulation to be wet which can affect the performance. Therefore, a synthetic bag that provides better insulation when wet should be picked.
Is it worth camping in the rain? A fun-filled camping trip can be ruined by rain when one is not fully prepared for it. Fires that won’t light, wet gear, low layering, inadequate food and many more will want to you go home and never come back for an adventure.
Do tents leak when it rains? Items can still get soaked even in non-leaking tents. For instance, an occurrence of a heavy downpour with the presence of a tent with a low hydrostatic head, it appeared that water found its way through the microscopic orifices in the weave of polyester, creating a fine mist in the tent thereby making everything appear damp.
Camping doesn’t have to be done only on beautiful summer days. There can also be lots of fun when camping on rainy days. You don’t have to panic, you just have to be very much prepared, dress for the weather and know how to stay warm and dry when the weather conditions become unfavorable.
The first step to consider when preparing for camping on rainy days is having the right clothes to wear to keep the body warm and regulate body temperature. The presence of the right gear provides extra protection alongside with rain jackets and rain pants. Once you try them, you will never want to go back. Rain happens, so there is no need to let it ruin your camping experience.