Molly and Jack at the edge of a hiking trail in the rain!
7 Tips Essential Tips for Camping in the Rain
- Take inventory of your equipment and manage your supplies before you go. How many tarps do you have? When was the last time you used a water sealant spray on your tent fly? Does anything need to be replaced? Don't forget extra batteries!
- Be the man with the plan. Come with a variety of activities and lighting (hence the need for batteries) that makes it easy to enjoy your time inside a tent. This can include items like colouring books, stories, board games, crafts, a deck of cards, cross-word puzzles and a small supply of food that doesn't require a fire to cook. Our favourite no cook camping meal is a ploughman's lunch with crackers, cheeses, cured meats, pickles, olives, and sliced veggies - this also makes for a great picnic meal for a day at the beach if the rain decides to stay away.
- Plan how you set up camp wisely. Don't put your tent up at the bottom of a hill, begging water to run into it. Set up on high ground and use your best judgement in terms of tree and shade (or rain) coverage.
- Know what's available in the towns around your camp site. Sometimes a break from the rain such as catching a movie, going to a local bowling alley, indoor mini golf or great restaurant is enough to put everyone in a better mood.
- Research the amenities at the parks you visit. Camp facilities might have a laundromat on site or nearby that can help you dry out sopping wet sleeping bags. Other parks offer indoor movies or indoor nature seminars that will give you a break from the rain.
- A light rain never hurt anyone. If it's threatening to rain it's probably a good time to go for a hike. Trails aren't muddy yet and you can still enjoy what nature has to offer.
- Know when to call it a day! The last time we went camping there were severe weather alerts, warnings and over 40mm of rain expected over a 15 hour period. Also despite our best efforts to rain proof our aging tent it was leaking, a lot. Since the main thing Molly wanted to do was go swimming, we opted to pack up a day early and all enjoyed an indoor pool and camping food in front of Netflix instead. No one regretted the decision!