CAMPING IN THE RAIN: HOW TO DEAL WITH UNEXPECTED SHOWERS
You decide to go camping because the weather forecast predicted clear skies and warm temperatures. Campers know all too well, however, that the weather can be very unpredictable. Rain suddenly appears, and before you know it, your gear is wet, and your clothes are soaked. This will surely dampen your mood, but it doesn’t have to mean that your camping trip is ruined. Here are five tips that will help you deal with camping in the rain.
Even if you weren’t expecting inclement weather, you’re likely to be still prepared to some extent. Camping gear nowadays comes weatherproof. For example, newer tents are designed to protect you from both the sun and the rain. High-quality camping backpacks also ensure that contents remain dry even during torrential rains.
If it suddenly rains before you’ve set up camp, double think your chosen location. Don’t set up camp in low areas and places that are near bodies of water. Instead, head to higher ground. Find an area with a lot of trees to provide cover. You can also attach tarps to the branches to create an overhead shelter. This can be your designated lounging or cooking area.
If you have extra tarps, you can also lay it underneath your tent to keep it clean and dry. Even if you weren’t expecting rain, you probably packed tarps and shade shelters to protect you from the sun.
If the sky has darkened and you’re predicting imminent rain, quickly store your matches and some firewood in a dry place. If these get wet, you will have a hard time restarting your fire. If you were caught off-guard by the rain, however, newspapers can help you restart and maintain your campfire.
In case of a heavy downpour, there’s still a chance for your waterproof gear to become soaked. The trash bags you brought along can be used instead to cover your camping gear and keep them as dry as possible. Meanwhile, it’s best to have sealable plastic bags for smaller items such as your gadgets, wallet and other valuables. At night, you can insert newspaper inside your shoes to hasten the drying process.
With the onslaught of rain comes colder temperatures. Dress in layers and bundle up with wool or fleece blankets. If you have to venture out in the rain, make sure you’re wearing waterproof outerwear as well as gloves and hats. However, if you’re having trouble keeping warm and are beginning to experience symptoms of hypothermia, it’s a clear signal to pack up and head home.
Camping in the rain doesn’t have to be a complete nightmare. You might not be able to do all the activities you planned, but that doesn’t mean you won’t have a good time. By adjusting your initial plans and thinking outside the box, you can still have an enjoyable camping trip. If weather conditions take a turn for the worse, however, don’t hesitate to call off the trip. The great thing about camping is that you can always go back when the weather is better.
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