8 Tips for Camping in the Rain

8 Tips for Camping in the Rain
8 Tips for Camping in the Rain

When it comes to rain at the campsite, it's all about attitude. You don't have to let a little drizzle ruin your trip! While these inevitable precipitation-related issues are annoying, they're not unsolvable. In fact, some of them can even be turned around and made positive. I've been camping in the rain on many vacations…and by camping in the rain, I mean that my tent flooded and I spent my two weeks with soggy clothes and a mild case of pneumonia (ahem). And while you might not always be able to fix your situation once things get wet, you can make sure you're prepared ahead of time so that everything stays relatively dry:

Don't forget a tarp.

Don't forget a tarp. It's one of the most useful items you can bring on your camping trip. A tarp can be used for a shelter, to cover a tent, to protect a table and chairs from rain, or to cover a fire pit during rain (or snow).

I recommend buying an extra large tarp that is at least 8 feet wide by 12 feet long. This will allow you to use it as an overhang covering your picnic table or if there is room around the campsite you can also set up your tent under it so water doesn't blow into it.

If possible make sure that whatever size tarp you buy has grommets at each corner so that when folded over itself multiple times it will hold securely in place with rope or paracord tied through those grommets. This will keep any wind from blowing away your shelter!

Pack a few extra blanket.

You don't need to pack an entire rain poncho. Instead, take a few extra blankets and use them as makeshift tent covers. You can also use the blanket to create a windbreak or even some kind of tarp-style rain shelter.

If there's no room in your car for any more stuff, don't worry! Your camping tent will keep you dry anyway (provided that it's waterproof).

Embrace the rain.

One of the best things about camping is that it's a great opportunity to disconnect from technology, which is something we all need more of these days. So when it rains on your camping trip, embrace it! Make up games. Play tag. Hide and seek with your friends.

Let yourself get soaked by the rain and let yourself be happy about it! The feeling of being wet is actually quite liberating—it's fun to get soaked when you're wearing sweatpants and an old t-shirt that can't really be ruined by getting wetter than they already were (and you don't care if they get damp because you're going to wash them anyway). You might even find yourself enjoying how nice it feels on some days or how cool the water looks as it collects in puddles around trees or rocks near your campsite.

Use hand warmers.

Hand warmers are a good way to keep your hands warm and dry while you're camping. They're small, portable, and easy to use.

Here are some tips for using hand warmers:

  • Buy them at the store. You can buy hand warmers at sporting goods stores or online. Be sure that they're designed for outdoor use (they should be waterproof, windproof, and have a high-quality heat source).

  • Put them in your pockets or glove linings before going into cold weather conditions so that they can begin warming up immediately when you need them! If you don't have pockets or glove linings available but need something close enough to get the heat from the hand warmer into your body quickly (like if there's no place else), try putting them under shirts or coats instead--then move around so that most of their warmth goes toward keeping up with demand on all fronts (belly vs back vs legs).

Bring lots of water.

Bringing plenty of water is the first step to staying comfortable and healthy while camping in the rain. Water purification tablets are great if you're able to get a fire going, but there are other options as well:

  • A filter will remove bacteria and protozoa from your drinking water. You can either use an inexpensive straw filter or purchase a more durable pump model that can be refilled with new filters as needed.

  • Purifiers neutralize harmful chemicals (like chlorine) while leaving healthy minerals in the water for proper hydration. Purifiers eliminate 99% of viruses, bacteria and protozoa from your drinking supply so you don't have to worry about getting sick on your trip. These products are best for those who plan on spending extended periods outdoors without access to boilers or filtration devices.

Learn to make fun campfire snacks that don't require grilling.

When it comes to camping in the rain, one of the most important things you can do is plan ahead. If you're going to be out and about during a storm, it's best to have a game plan. Here are some tips for making sure your trip stays dry:

  • Learn how to make fun campfire snacks that don't require grilling. S'mores are great and all, but they become soggy when it rains! Instead of burning up your marshmallows over an open flame, learn how to roast them in the oven or even on a skillet if need be. Roasted vegetables go great with cheese sandwiches and roasted marshmallows—and they're easy enough for kids of all ages.

Break out the board games.

If you're going to be stuck in a tent for a day, it's important to have some fun. Some people like to bring books or cards, but I prefer board games.

A rainy day camping is an opportunity to make up for all of those times you wished you hadn't brought Scrabble or Monopoly on your trip. You can play without worrying about someone dropping their letters into a puddle, or having them blown all over the place by the wind.

To make sure everyone plays fair and has fun (and doesn't get too frustrated), it's worth taking a minute before heading out into nature to create some rules with your group—it'll save everyone from getting angry at each other later on when they're hungry and tired from being out in the rain all day!

Make sure you've got good rain gear.

Bring a rain jacket. A good outer shell will keep you dry and comfortable in the rain, whether you're hiking or sitting around your campsite. You may not need it on the first day, but you'll definitely want it on the second or third day, when thunderstorms are likely to hit.

Bring a rain poncho. These can be hard to use if they aren't already fitted with straps that allow them to be tied around your neck and waist (you want one that's waterproof; otherwise it's just a plastic sheet). They're also easy to lose track of when they get tossed into backpacks or left behind at campgrounds. However, they're lightweight and compact and can be folded up into tiny squares -- perfect for stuffing into extra pockets of your backpack! If you do have trouble using them properly (or getting them wet), just remember: The purpose of this item is not for comfort but rather for protection from precipitation in general terms... which means staying dry even under extreme circumstances like those encountered during camping trips taken during rainy seasons."

You can make your trip fun even if it rains!

Even if it rains, you can still have fun. There are a ton of things to do in the rain that will make your trip just as enjoyable as any other.

You can get out of the house!

You can go for a walk or hike with your family or friends. It’s easy to find trails, especially if you live near a national park like Yosemite or Yellowstone. Even if you don’t live near a national park, there are plenty of hiking trails all over the world! Hiking is good exercise and it helps burn off some calories so everyone stays healthy while they camp in the rain.

There are also lots of indoor activities available when it rains outside (like museums). Many museums let people visit for free on rainy days—so even if they were planning on going somewhere else they might want to go visit this museum instead! There might be something new here too; maybe something special like an exhibit by artists who work primarily using only one color? Maybe this place has interactive things too; like puzzles made out of giant Legos? You never know what kind of things might happen at an art museum until you actually start exploring yourself - but there's nothing wrong with being prepared either way."


Rain or shine, a camping trip can always be fun. With these tips, you will be able to stay dry and warm no matter what the weather throws at you. You'll also find ways to make your trip more enjoyable with indoor games and snacks that won't get ruined when it starts drizzling outside. We hope this article has been helpful!

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