Last Updated on December 22, 2020 by Muhammad
We go through a lot during our daily lives. We work a lot, make our living, and end up being tired of our routines. Tired of your busy schedule? Depressed? No worries. Camping is always the best and tempting option to help you escape your busy routine. Take a leave, grab your camping equipment, and go camping. But there may be some unexpected events such as rain while camping. What to do in such situations? Following is a guide on how you can manage yourself in such circumstances. Follow them and enjoy a cheerful experience.
14 Tips for Camping in the Rain
1. CHOOSING THE RIGHT CAMPSITE
A suitable location is very essential for camping. Try to select a site that is on higher ground. Don’t choose a site by a lake or river, because rainwater will eventually trickle down from higher grounds to the lakes. This may ruin your camping experience. Also, go for slightly sloped grounds rather than higher surfaces having more slopes, it will enhance your camping experience.
2. CAMPING UNDER THE TREES
Woods are never a good option for camping as the branches may fall. It becomes very hard and tough to get the tree sap off the tent. This imposes a serious danger to the campers. Moreover, rain is usually noisier in the woods and the view might be hindered. Rainwater would drip very loudly onto the tent and may cause an irksome sensation.
3. HAND WARMERS
Your hands may end up cold after rain. Cold hands make it very difficult to have an enjoyable time. Carry hand warmers as they keep your hands warm in cold weather, such as in rain. They provide warmth to your hands, enabling you to carry out any activity with ease and enjoying your time. Hand warmers are very portable and could be carried very feasibly in your pocket.
4. SEAL THE TENT
Seal the seams to stop the water from entering into your tent. Though many manufacturers claim to have perfect sealing of the seams, after you use your tent once, you always seem to seal your tent by yourself. One can use a seam sealant which is a thin flexible tape providing a physical barrier from the rain. Sealing the tent would prevent the rainwater from entering your tent.
Carry some extra tarps along. Tarps could be used at the bottom of the tent as well as at the top of the tent. Waterproof tarps are also available. When it starts raining, tarps create a thick layer at the bottom and keep you cozy and warm.
6. CRIMP UP
In cold weather, you highly need to preserve your body heat. Remember to carry enough clothes to keep your body warm. Prefer polyester jackets as they are highly reliable due to their high durability and tenacity. Polyester clothes don’t get wet easily and if they do, they dry faster as compared to other fabrics. Avoid cotton clothes as they soak more water and take a longer time to get dry.
7. ENHANCE YOUR CALORIE INTAKE
The human body requires much higher energy to generate heat by its normal bodily mechanisms, which involves shivering and nonshivering thermogenesis. Thermogenesis refers to the generation of heat by the body itself via various mechanisms. This energy is generated by the breakdown of food mainly carbohydrates. Eat foods having more proportion of carbs.
A raincoat or a hooded pullover rain poncho must be carried along when you go camping in a rainy season. Raincoats restrict the water to reach underneath and help protect your clothes from getting wet, keeping you dry while out in rain, intensifying your camping experience.
9. SOCKS MAY SOAK
If you are planning to camp in such weather conditions where there is a probability of rain, don’t forget t carry an extra pair of socks. Your socks may soak water and may get wet due to rain during the hike, causing you utter discomfort. Change your socks and putt them on dry socks. It will rescue you from having a nasty and unpleasant experience.
10. AIR YOUR TENT OUT
When it stops raining, air your tent out to get rid of moisture that gets trapped inside of your tent. When the rain stops and the sun comes out, open the vents and windows of your tent wide open. This will help things to dry and get rid of humidity and moisture.
11. USE HOT BEVERAGES
The body needs to maintain its optimum temperature by its thermoregulatory mechanisms. In cold weather, as after rain, usage of hot beverages such as coffee, tea, or hot chocolate will help your body keep cozy and warm.
12. CARRY FOODS THAT DON’T REQUIRE MUCH COOKING
When it rains, it becomes very difficult to start a fire and cook food. And to even keep the fire going is a much difficult task. To deal with such circumstances, carry food that requires either minimal cooking or no cooking at all. A propane stove is a good option if your meal demands much cooking.
13. BIVY BAG
You can keep yourself warm by adding an extra layer of insulation in the form of a bivy bag to help restrict the moisture, also retaining a little heat. Keep your face exposed and breathe out of the bivvy bag, as it may cause the insulation to get wet.
14. OPTIMISTIC ATTITUDE
Nature offers you many more experiences than you can ever imagine. One must have a sound behavior and cheerful attitude. During your camping trip, even if it starts raining, stay patient and enjoy nature to its fullest. Sitting idle, closing your eyes, listening to the sound of raindrops falling is a pleasure in itself.
A lot of unpredictable things could happen when you go camping. It may rain, may hail, there could be any storm. All you need to do is to stay patient and enjoy each and every moment nature grants you. Don’t panic. Carry the necessary things and keep in mind the above hacks. And here you go. A wonderful and fascinating experience is waiting for you.
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