GoCampingAmerica.com | Posted April 19th, 2022

Rain, Rain Won’t Go Away . . . But You Can Still Enjoy Your Camping Trip!

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As the wise poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow once said, “Into each life some rain must fall,” and he might as well have been talking about camping trips. Even if the forecast calls for sunny skies as you’re leaving on your trip, weather patterns can quickly change and bring a sudden downpour to your campsite. But if you plan ahead, it doesn’t have to ruin your day—or your trip. Here are a few useful tips to help you be prepared for rain:

Pack well. That means packing clothing that can be layered and a rain jacket or poncho and waterproof boots and hat. Also, pack a few tarps and waterproof bags to protect your gear. A golf umbrella can come in handy, too. And don’t forget to pack plenty of extra pairs of socks so you’ll always be assured of having nice, dry feet.


Invest in some quick dry towels. They come in a variety of sizes and colors so everyone can have their own. You’ll be glad you did.


Plan some comfort food. You’ll want to be cozy, right? So bring along some hot cocoa mix, chili, pasta or other satisfying carbs and your favorite snacks to keep you going until the skies clear.


Do the necessary waterproofing. If you’re tent camping or setting up a canopy, use a waterproofing spray and/or seam sealer to prevent leaks. If you can, test it out before you leave home.


Take the high road. Or actually, take the high ground. If you’re setting up a tent, pick a higher spot so the rainwater will drain away.


Protect your firewood. Use one of the tarps you brought to cover your firewood once you get to your campsite. Then you’ll have nice, dry firewood to use when the rain lets up. Be sure to keep your kindling dry, too.


Once you’ve taken care of the practicalities, plan to have fun! Bring along cards or board games or some books you’ve been looking forward to reading. You can also tell campfire stories (even if you can’t start a fire just yet) or write or draw in your journal or organize an old-fashioned singalong!  And if you’re bringing the kids along, have them put on their rainboots and splash in the puddles. It just might become their favorite part of the whole camping trip!

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