Do you wonder what to do when the weather condition gets worse while camping? It is a good idea to know a thing or two about everything related to camping in order to keep your camp-mates safe and make sure that you are having a great time. Unfortunately, not everyone remembers about safety and the fact that camping in the wilderness can be very dangerous due to the wildlife itself.
The goal of this article is to bring you closer with the necessary data about all aspects of camping in the rain– starting from choosing the right equipment and ending on the camping life itself. Please note that unexperienced campers should not choose dangerous locations to rest and even if you familiarize yourself with all the camping tips and suggestions prepared in here, you should still consider safer, friendlier spots.
Make a preparation
Think about every single detail, try to forecast various situations and prepare yourself for any inconvenience. Think about food, heating source, etc. Make sure you gathered all the required information about camping spot, weather conditions, wildlife, and other threats that you may stumble upon. Don’t miss a thing, make sure your list is created with the thought of every single detail. Tell your friends to do the same, so they won’t be third wheel.
Choose the right equipment
If you want to go for a long, often tiring camping, then you should choose your gear carefully. Don’t forget about additional accessories. Pack your clothes on every occasion, and make sure you are protected against wild animals, poachers, or other people. Keep in mind that various weather conditions require various outfits. Do not forget about extra clothes and extra underwear together with socks.
Think about location
People, who are looking for a place to camp in the wilderness should always pay close attention to such factors as the legality of the place (whether you can camp there or not), the type of ground on which your tent will be pitched. If you cannot foresee the type of ground on which your tent will be set up, make sure to take tent pegs that are designed for different ground.
Ensure your equipment is functional and everything works as it supposed to work
How to prepare yourself and your camping for rain?
Before you decide to go into the adventure, you have to know the dangers that come with it. Going out without any plan or preparations may end up as a failure, especially if your first camping will take place in the wilderness without appropriate equipment and the knowledge about the environment that surrounds you. Therefore, we highly recommend to read the following in-depth description of what to do in order to be prepared for everything.
Take care of your gear
In order to make a preparation in a fitting manner, you should start from the most basic things. First of all, make sure your gear is prepared for your adventure. If you decide to choose the tent that is either damaged or worn, you need to remember about the consequences. Leaky tent during heavy rains can be one of the worst problems you can encounter, especially if your camping time is on the colder day. Once you make sure your pegs, sheets, poles, and other parts of tent are in a usable condition, make a list of other things. Your equipment should be prepared with the thought of every single situation. Camping in the rain requires from us extra clothes as well as waterproof gear. However, more about rain camping later on.
Make a list of things you have to take with you, tick them one after another in order to take everything with you
Test your pitching skills before going for an adventure
The most important thing about our clothing set is the extra pair (or more) of socks. Camping is usually associated with hiking and once we decide to go on an adventure, we will have to have a spare pair of socks. The lack of them is one of the worst enemies any hiker can meet. Soaked socks will sooner or later give us corn one after another. Except for socks, you should not forget about extra blankets and other elements that can turn out to be crucial for nice and problem free camping. We mean here special tarp rain covers that will give you an additional layer against rain, sun, and if we choose wisely, even wind.
In addition to things like mallets, peg pullers, trollies, straps, and groundsheets, we would also suggest windbreaks and sleeping mats. If your journey lasts more than a day or two, remember about your cooking equipment that may include gas stove, regulators, barbecues, cooking fuel, and of course cook sets and utensils.
Gather the necessary information
Everyone, who wants to go camping, needs to know a number of things that will help them choose appropriate equipment, gear, and of course tent itself. When going for rain camping, we need to remember about more difficult pitching process, harder access to heat source, and many other things. The same thing goes to camping in wilderness. When choosing dangerous spots, make sure you are prepared to defend yourself against any threat you may come across. Another important information regards camping outside is the access to emergency services. Once you go into the wild, you may have hindered access to phone services. Therefore, inform your close ones about your expedition. Let them know when and where you will be back, so they know everything in case of emergency.
When gathering information, we cannot forget about terrain. This particular element of camping is crucial, especially if your tent pegs are not adjusted for every ground. Try to find a place, where you are not going to have any problems with setting up the tent. Another problem with location is the wind. We can of course find special pits that were naturally formed by the mother nature. However, temperature at nights usually drops and in such pits, we are going to have at least couple degrees less. Another problem can be rain, which may force us to evacuate from the hole that will fill up with water quite rapidly.
Once you know everything about the location and you have prepared yourself for almost any situation you may be put in, now it’s time to learn more about the difficulties of camping while it is raining!
When camping in the rain, pitch your tent on higher ground
Camping in the rain – what you need to know when the rain attack you?
Do not forget about entertainment – make sure you have something to occupy yourself when it rains
People tend to underestimate the power of rain and how catastrophic results it can draw on us. There are so many issues that arise from rain while camping, we should at least be aware of them. One of the basic problems with rain is that everything we do not hide into plastic bags or special containers will be wet. Because of that, we will have difficulties with starting a fire, enjoying the time outside of tent, and obviously the problem with the tent itself. The owners of high-quality portable shelter can sleep safely and they don’t have to worry about a thing. If, however, we hid ourselves under aged and worn tent, the situation may not be so cheerful. We will be exposed on hypothermia, wind-chill factor, and many other issues related to that ungrateful weather condition.
Due to the fact that people keep forgetting about dangers related to camping in rain, we decided to give you a thorough explanation of what to do when the rain falls, how to react on unforeseen situation and what to do in order to protect yourself as well as your camping mates against further difficulties.
What to do when the rain falls?
The first thing we need to remember about rain is that it drastically lower down the temperature of our body. If we get wet, it is recommended to change clothes and wear something dry. If you followed our instruction mentioned above, you should be prepared on that situation thanks to extra clothes you gathered or waterproof cloaks. In case you forgot about these things, the situation gets more complicated. First of all, you have to remember that in the wilderness there will be much more difficult to find help if something bad happens. That’s why you have to remember about protecting your contact device from getting wet. What’s more, warming up will be hardened as well. That’s why your accessory bag should contain lightwood. Obviously, keeping your bag in a safe, dry place is mandatory.
Make sure your essential gear is hid from water
Take different types of pegs to avoid bad weather conditions or wrong ground
When the rain hits, the time in which we set up the tent is crucial. That is why you should always pay attention to the sky and to the formation of clouds. If you notice very dark and clouded sky, then it’s time to look for the best place for your tent to be pitched. Once we found ourselves in the tent, we need to remember about plenty of things that could worsen our situation. Strictly speaking, you should bear in mind the location of your tent. If you decided to set up your camping in the hole, then it is probable you might have to pack up everything and change your spot. If; however, you managed to find a location that will not be jeopardized by the rain, you still need to make sure your tent is waterproof and there will be no leaking.
Another important factor regarding camping in the rain concerns sleeping. In order to keep dry and warm atmosphere in the tent, we suggest to divide your equipment for dry and wet ones. Thanks to that you will keep moisture out of your sleeping spot. Remember to keep your most important gear and equipment safe from water. You should waterproof your sleeping spot and of course stuff that cannot be wet on any circumstance. The use of regular plastic bags will be the most effective way of securing your clothes, firewood, and electronic devices.
Do not forget about bin bags – keep the environment clean
Take aid kit just in case
How to provide the heat source while it is raining?
There are plenty of ways of starting the campfire when it’s raining. First thing you need to have is of course kindling. Without flammable element such as dry newspaper, grass, leaves, or twigs. Of course if you prepared yourself correctly, you should have special tinder made in home. However, in case you don’t have it, you can still find a flammable element in a wet place. Try to find the least wet tree and use bark or resin. These two are one of the best natural and very popular fire starters available in almost any environment. Thanks to that you can start a campfire without the slightest problem. Use the heat to prepare yourself a meal, heighten the temperature, and increase the morale of your camping colleagues. Remember not to start a fire inside your tent.
Even if you want to warm yourself, setting a fire inside your only place to hide is very dangerous. And we do not mean here the danger arising from flames, but also the smoke. Also, you need to remember that fire is uncontrollable and you have to take all safety precautions. Making a hole for a fire, that’s the first. Then, you should make a ring of stones in order to keep fire in check. You should also clear the area around the campfire from leaves and other easily flammable elements. The difference between starting a campfire in dry conditions and wet conditions is very similar, but when there is no rain, make sure you follow all the steps in order to avoid starting a wildfire.
Condensation – what is it? How to get rid of it?
Condensation is nothing else but a change of gas into liquid. It is a major issue while camping in the rain because once our air is humid, we will got wet and even though we were hidden from the rain outside, it will still catch us! The problem with condensation can be caused not only by keeping wet equipment inside your tent, but also by poor ventilation and one-layer tents.
In order to get rid of that problem, you should think about leaving your tent open. Yes, it may be weird problem to keep the temperature, but in order to have proper ventilation, and therefore the lack of condensation, this can be one of the best ideas. Of course if you choose elevated camp position and at the same time you made sure that the air flow will be proper, this problem won’t be a problem.
With the use of wax you don’t even have to worry about your tinder. It’s because wax has waterproof characteristics
Food – what about eating while camping?
There are plenty of ways you can get food while camping. If your excursion is based on surviving in the wildlife, then you are going to need campfire in order to cook your food and boil water. Before you head out, make sure you take long-term food that will not spoil after a day or two. It’s good idea to take smoked-dried supplies. They will last more than other eatables and help you survive without cooking or gathering food from your surroundings. You can of course take food with you and cook it over the fire.
In addition to warm meal, it will also be a great entertainment for everyone, it will keep the insects away, and scare other animals. If you decide to eat things found in the forest or near the place of your camp, make sure everything was precooked and you know what you are eating.
If taking food in a box, freeze the water in order to keep everything cold for a longer time
Water – how to acquire it?
The acquisition of water is one of the easiest things when it comes to rainy situations. However, you should know that drinking rainwater or water gathered from natural water reservoir is very dangerous. Water that wasn’t filtered and boiled first can cause gastric problems. In order to avoid them, we have to make sure the source from which we took water is drinkable.
How to do that? Simply observe other animals and see if they use drink it. Try to avoid stagnant water because they are filled with bacteria and other microorganisms. If you want to prepare rain water, you are going to need a campfire and some kind of container that will withstand the temperature. Then, pour your water into the container and boil it. After that, the chance of getting ill after drinking that water will be much lower.
You can of course take your own bottled water from home and store it in several ways. You can freeze it and use w ater as an additional cooling system to your mobile fridge. Or you can just use special gear, which is water bag and carry it without taking the necessary space in your backpack or in your inventory.
Summary and a few words in the end
That’s all we have prepared for you. Thank you all for visiting our page and reading the article we gave you. Our page was made to help you realize how complex, but how entertaining and very interesting camping is. We hope that you found some interesting info regarding camping. Everything has been prepared based on the knowledge of professionals and fellow campers, so you know that these tips as well as additional information will not disappoint you. Most of the afore-mentioned data were learned in the hard way. In other words, people learned on their mistakes. We believe that the faults made by others will help you in camping without any problems. Remember that if you have any problems with camping or you wish to speak with someone experienced, contact with us via e-mail or write the question in the comment section!