One reality of fall camping is that you are likely to run into at least a few hours of rain. Camping in the rain can be a really enjoyable experience, provided you take the proper steps to ensure that you and your family are prepared. Here are some tips for planning to camp in the rain.
Unless you have a really big tent, a secondary rain shelter is very convenient for changing clothes, cooking and playing games. Even if you do have a big tent, it’s a lot more enjoyable to get outside. A well-positioned tarp will let you enjoy the outdoors while still keeping dry.
During the summer you can get away with suffing your clothes and belongings into the bottom of a backpack and forgetting about them. Come fall, however, it’s guaranteed that the one leak in the tent will be directly onto wherever your clothes are stored. Make sure they’re in a waterproof bag.
Nothing shakes the damp chill quicker than a steaming cup of coffee, tea or cocoa. A Thermos® bottle will allow you to keep beverages (or water) hot through the night, so you don’t even have to wait on the fire in the morning.
Nothing makes you colder, quicker, than wet feet, so pack extra socks and a pair of “camp shoes” that you can wear around the campsite, while your regular shoes or boots are drying out from the day’s activities.
Stick to your leave-no-trace principles
A little rain is not excuse for breaking out the shovel and trenching around your tent! Avoid trenching by siting your tent away from likely drainage paths.