Even if inclement weather isn't in the forecast for your trip, most campers know that rain showers can pop up at any minute—especially during the spring and summer months. Keep shaving the stick to create lots of little dry pieces of wood. Affiliate Disclosure: Mom Goes Camping is a participant in affiliate advertising programs, including Amazon. In the mountains, I’ve experienced bright sunny weather that turned into a thunderstorm in just 10 minutes! If you stacked it nicely, it should still be semi-dry. This could save you money on entrance and parking. Thejaswi I Our tent CC BY SA 2.0 Be warned that “water resistant” and “waterproof” are NOT the same. With the right gear and preparation, you can still enjoy your trip. A few times, there was even thunderstorms and once a giant hail storm! Our garden is not quite big enough to fully pitch our larger tents, but we still get them up, even if not pulled out to full length. For our larger tents, we use a trailer. See this hiking gear checklist. Updated 11:43am Saturday — Today is a dynamic weather day across NZ with heavy rain in usually dry parts of the South Island (Otago and South Canterbury) and a widespread risk across the North Island for thunderstorms. When it rains, those “summer tens” will flood the tent and turn it into a giant puddle. If you can’t find any dry tinder, use your knife to shave the wet bark off of sticks. After the rain stopped, I had to clean lots of dirt and pine needles off the cookset before using it. Co-founded Get Out With The Kids to help other parents enjoy getting out and about with their kids. If the bottom of your tent isn’t waterproof at all (or is very thin), then you’ll want to put a tarp under the tent too. They will stomp right through giant puddles. I made the mistake of not bringing in the camp cookset once because I figured the aluminum plates were waterproof. Scrape away the wet ground so you have a dry base to make your fire on. But…. A hydrostatic head of at least 2000 is recommended. Just add water and you’ve got yourself a meal (even in the rain ). “extra rain protection” (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) by chanzi Aside from the obvious fire hazard, there is also a risk of carbon monoxide poisoning if you use gas or charcoal for fuel. Just because it is raining, it doesn’t mean that you can’t play outside. Bear in mind that during and after heavy rainfall, water will collect at the bottom of hills and seep into valleys, forming pools and puddles. After getting the basics of the tent up the heavy rain started. The experience was quite frightening, it felt like our tent was going to take off any moment. This illustration is of the absolutely perfect campsite. Sean Munson Tents and Puddle CC BY NC ND 2.0, found on Flickr Now, during the night, the following day and, indeed, for weeks afterward there will be adjustments made to the materials, and arrangement, to meet the unforeseen needs of the site environs. We had some nice showers on our last camping trip in the mountains. Being insect-free makes it much easier to go to sleep without a tent. Had they set up the rain tarp correctly, things would have been fine. You will need this, especially for when you have to go to the bathroom at night while it is raining! These tents ended up in a muddy puddle because of a bad campsite spot. We were relieved when morning arrived and some blue sky. Campfire cooking might be difficult to do in the rain, but you can still use your camping stove in the rain (read about camping stoves here). Understanding weather patterns are also important and it is usually the taller cumulus clouds that build up. Though this storm was bad, we were prepared and came through OK. But, what about campfires after the rain when everything is wet? A few times, there was even thunderstorms and once a giant hail storm! Sometimes we have no choice but to hunker down and wait it out. Otherwise, we just munch on our trail mix and wait until the rain is over to make meals. Location, Location, Location. Following the plan is a great principle that gives many benefits. All works copyright Mom Goes Camping 2016 MATERIAL CONNECTION DISCLOSURE: You should assume that this website has an affiliate relationship and/or another material connection to the persons or businesses mentioned in or linked to from this page and may receive commissions from purchases you make on subsequent web sites.Always exercise due diligence before purchasing any product or service. I head out into the woods with Monty in a downpour and we spend the night out in the woods. It seemed to have taken a lot longer than normal due to doing it all on his own and in the heavy rain [Gav: don’t forget the really strong wind and lightening too!]. I admit to being lazy at times and sitting with my butt inside the tent and my cook stove right outside of the tent. On a recent camp we had extremely bad weather for a few days: gales, torrential rain, thunderstorms, hale, and of course a Met Office severe weather warning. It was another sleepless night with the sound of the heavy rain hammering on our tent and the gusts of winds battering it. Here, I have described it, and I hope you will be benefitted from it. PERIOD! We awoke the next morning to a very gloomy day with more rain. After a few hours of work, our camp was all set up. Instead, we fold it and put it in the roof box. I learned my lesson and now keep all gear dry. The Coleman Sundome Tent protects you from the elements while backpacking or camping. This is one camp we will definitely not forget. Image credits: how to build a tarp shelter to stay dry at camp. You can often find Shell on Twitter @GetOutKids. The rain contingency plan was that we’d wait until dry weather to go up. Central Otago cherry growers have lost millions of dollars of crop after 36 hours of persistent and heavy rain destroyed yet-to-be-picked fruit. Always make sure to have shammys or other water absorbing cloth to wipe down picnic tables, chairs, the dew from the inside of the tent, etc. Ok, so the weather forecast was not brilliant, but still manageable for a camp. I even make my 1 year old wear them on trips to the local park. Once home, be sure to dry out your tent and any other damp equipment. A little bit of respite from the rain for an hour or two was a welcome relief in the evening. Bring a giant tarp with you. Required fields are marked *, instructions on how to make a fire in the rain, The 10 Types of Camping Tents (with Photos), Camping Kitchen Essentials List: Plus How to Set Up Your Outdoor Kitchen Like a Pro, How to Pitch a Tent in the Rain So the Inside Doesn’t Get Wet. The boots and jacket might seem obvious. Great website and thank you for sharing. I wasn’t about to hike up it with a 4-year old in the rain! Noah’s Tarp is one of the most versatile camping extras I’ve ever used. They will sit in mud. Here’s the start of an “upside down fire.” By making the fire on top of these logs, the fire dried them out. This website contains advertisements. We wouldn’t have such beauty without it. Re raining when car camping, I always bring a screen gazebo tent rain or shine to protect from sun and weather. You’ll also want to bring extra socks. With the right gear and preparation, you can still enjoy your trip. I purchased extra attachable tent sides to further protect from weather. The storm carried on for the rest of the night with a few bolts of lightning added in. Dry out camping equipment if it's wet. Now, she takes her own daughters on wilderness adventures so they can connect with nature and learn resiliency. Whatever option you choose, do know that you can Please try again. Even if the weather forecast calls for sunshine every single day, you should still plan for your camping trip as though it will rain. Just put on your waterproof gear and cook on the camp stove as you normally would. Otherwise, rain will fall near the edges of the tent and saturate the ground. We always find ways to have fun while in the tent. The former is straightforward; the bigger space you want to cover, the larger the footprint, while solo or two-person outings can likely get away with a tarp that’s around 7 x 8 feet. This rain gear includes a jacket AND rain boots AND rain pants. First, check out the list of specs below that you should consider when shopping around for a gazebo tent. Here’s the upside down fire being lit. It has over 50 dehydrator recipes. Trash bags can work for this, but preferably you have a fitted cover. There was an error submitting your subscription. It was actually really fun. Although extreme cold camping isn’t the best idea, walking in heavy rain can be more unpleasant. It's the same one that I use! If you are camping in spring or rainy season, I would absolutely recommend getting waterproof pants. More: How to Plan A Camping Trip in 3 Steps. The weather can change pretty quickly. Even if you want to keep your kids inside the tent while camping (see ideas for games you can play in the tent later in the post), you’ve still got to consider that it will be muddy after the rain. We’ve not gone that far (yet), but we have let wet tent and inflatable canoes dry on top of our (covered) trailer, and have rigged hanging points in our little garage to help things drip dry and. Heavy, persistent rain over 36 hours has cost Central Otago cherry growers millions of dollars in yet-to-be-picked fruit. So, before you set out,  read this to learn what to do when it starts raining while camping. If you are high up in the mountains, you can literally see the clouds clearing away. Another time, I found a piece of wire someone had left at the campground and we shaped it into a bunny. If you must pack away the tent wet, it’s not a good idea to leave the wet tent in its bag when you get home as the tent will soon get mildew growing on it. Make life easier on yourself by bringing a few fire starters. We have camped in bad weather on many occasions, but this was the worst weather we have ever experienced when camping. Make sure the edges of the tarp are protected by the rain cover. This ground water will then leach into your tent, making it all wet on the bottom. I friggin’ love rain pants. It looks like steam floating across the ground. Where will rain come down from the mountains above you? “What if the bears see me?”, Here are my picks for waterproof pants for women and for kids. Your email address will not be published. Her response? Read the detailed instructions on how to make a fire in the rain here. Sign up to my mailing list and you'll get a free checklist with everything you need for lightweight backpacking as well as weekly updates with news, advice, and inspiration for getting outdoors. One reason is to you can make a clothesline to hang any items that need to be dried. It takes some knowledge, but is still pretty easy. While we ( meaning myself and kids ) sheltered inside and continued putting together the inner tent, Dad carried on regardless out in the rain, pegging out and putting up the tent extension. Check out my eBook. My rain jacket also acts as a windbreaker to keep me warm despite the heavy winds. It is inevitable, if you go camping, eventually at some point you will be camping in the rain. You can put it anywhere and sit on it – like in front of the fire — so your butt doesn’t get muddy and wet. Camping in the rain can cause you to rethink the gear you have packed. 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