Camping can be a great way to get outside and enjoy nature. It’s also the perfect opportunity to bond with your family or friends. However, if you set up your tent in the rain, it might not end well for you! But don’t worry we have all the tips you need to make sure that doesn’t happen. We cover what gear you need (from tarps and ground covers to poles and stakes!), how best to use them, and how to stay warm while waiting out the storm inside your cozy tent!
What you will need to set up a tent in the rain:
- A rain tarp to place underneath your tent. This can be found at any hardware store and is very affordable.
- Ground cover to put under the rain tarp. You can use leaves or rocks if you don’t have a ground tarp.
- Poles! If there are trees around, try tying the poles to two branches to
How to use what you have to set up your tent in the rain:
Take out all of your tent’s parts first. Layout all of your poles first, then lay down the tarp. Then put on the rainfly on top of that, and finally finish it off by putting on the footprint (if you have one).
If there are no trees around, tie your poles to two suitably-sized rocks. If you’re in the forest, try tying them to two branches instead. You can use rocks or leaves as ground cover if you don’t have a tarp.
Now that your tent is set up in the rain, make yourself at home! Keep reading for tips on how to stay warm and cozy.
Tips for setting up your tent in the rain:
If you have a buddy, split up the work. One person can be in charge of making sure the footprint is properly placed while another stake down the tent itself. It’s easier to complete this task with two people.
Bring extra blankets with you that are meant for cold weather! If it’s really raining out, you can always dry off and warm up once you’re inside the tent.
Don’t forget to bring a flashlight too! This will be useful for when it gets dark, and you won’t have to disturb anyone else with your headlamp. It’s also important so that you don’t trip over anything as you move about your tent.
Why it’s important to be prepared for any type of weather (rain, snow, etc.)
Whether you’re camping, hiking, or just celebrating the holiday, always be prepared for any type of weather.
It’s especially important to have a rain tarp if you’ll be in an area with lots of trees. A common problem that happens is that when it rains, water runs down the trunk of the tree and onto your tent. This can lead to a very wet and cold night, so having a rain tarp is important!
Choose a suitable location for your tent, which means near enough to the car that you won’t have far to walk but also be hidden from others. You don’t want anyone else coming by and thinking it’s their campsite just because they came across it.
Try to find a location that also is in an area with lots of trees or rocks, so you have something for your poles to attach to without having to use stakes.
Bring along extra blankets if possible! These will be useful not only during the rain but when the sun goes down and it becomes cold inside your tent. Having a flashlight will also be useful in these situations, so you don’t have to wake your friends or family when you need to go outside and use the bathroom. And remember- always bring rain gear! Even if it doesn’t rain during your day hike, you never know what might happen at night.
That’s all you need to know about setting up your tent in the rain! Now that you’re prepared, go out and camp in the rain. Just make sure you check the weather before doing so; it doesn’t always have to be time for a camping trip for Mother Nature to send some unexpected showers our way!
How to stay warm while you wait out the rain:
Cuddle up! Sleeping bags come in many different sizes, so if your friend is a little closer than they normally would be at home, don’t be afraid to take advantage of it! Being able to share body heat with them will help
Camping is a lot of fun but it’s important to make sure you’re equipped and ready for the weather conditions before you set out! It can be easy to forget something like a rain tarp, so make sure you don’t make that mistake. We hope our tips help your next camping trip become a success!