Earlier this week, the kids and I headed off for a couple of nights’ camping. We were also joined by Naomi from BooBerrit.com and her two little ones. It was a very wet few days, but we all had fun. So with that in mind, today I am sharing some tips for camping in the rain. Living in the UK means rain is never far away, so these tips will come in handy if you’re planning on camping here.

Tips For Camping In The Rain

I have quite a few ideas to share, so without further ado… here they are!

Put Tarpaulin Under Your Tent

To be honest, I always do this as Tarpaulin acts as a barrier between the ground and your tent. This means any rogue rocks are unlikely to create a hole in your tent. When you’re expecting rain, you should make sure your Tarp is tucked under your tent though. Any overhang will funnel water underneath your tent and cause a puddle. As long as it’s tucked right in, the tarp will add an extra layer of protection between the wet ground and your tent. Additionally, you’ll get some extra insulation from it, so your tent will be warmer.

When considering where to pitch your tent, avoid the bottom of hills. This is because the rainwater will run down to your level. If you’re on a slight incline, try to pitch near the top with the door looking down the incline to prevent water from getting into your tent.

tips for camping in the rain - rain on tent window

When considering where to pitch your tent, avoid the bottom of hills. This is because the rainwater will run down to your level. If you’re on a slight incline, try to pitch near the top with the door looking down the incline to prevent water from getting into your tent.

Treat Your Tent With Waterproofer Regularly

When you buy a tent, it will have been coated in waterproofer to prevent rain from getting in. This won’t last forever though, so it’s important to treat your tent regularly. Lots of them include UV inhibitors too, which help protect from sun damage. The more you camp, the more UV rays your tent is exposed to, so the faster your waterproof barrier breaks down. It’s a good idea to treat your tent at the start of each year’s camping season.

Food Food Food

One thing I noticed was we ate a lot more when we were stuck in the tent. Thankfully, I had packed a lot of fruit, nuts and other snacks so we all survived. quick and easy warm food is always worth having handy, too. Cup a Soups, pot noodles and such like are great to warm you up if you’ve been caught in a bad downpour. By the same rule, instant hot chocolate sachets are also much appreciated.

tips for camping in the rain

Pack Plenty Of Spare Clothes

Aside from the usual Wellies, waterproof coat and such like, make sure you pack lots of spare clothes. The inevitable puddle jumping and dashing to the toilet in the rain will mean you need to get changed more frequently. Pack lots of spare underwear and pyjamas too. It’s worth putting a few empty carrier bags in with your camp gear, so you can separate the really wet stuff.

Entertainment

If you’re expecting it to rain when you’re camping, it’s worth packing a few small games to keep you all entertained. A deck of cards, dominos set and travel board games are all good options. Additionally, you can’t beat a good old notebook and pen for games of noughts and crosses, hangman and dots and boxes. There are loads more game ideas in this youtube video.

Packing Up In The Rain

If you pack your tent away wet, it needs to be dried out as soon as possible to prevent mould. It stopped raining when we were packing up, so I towel-dried the exterior of our tent. Unfortunately. the underside was still wet. So I will still have to air it out in the next week or so.

Finally, if these tips for camping in the rain have been useful, check out more of my camping posts here.

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