Camping in Wet Weather

Camping in the rain is no fun but if you spend any amount outdoors wet weather is unavoidable. The good news is that there’s some quick and easy steps that can be taken to help you enjoy rather than endure a wet night on the canvass. The first step is to make sure that your gear doesn’t get wet during the day. Recently we spent some time backpacking throughout all of the southern Utah national parks.

An easy and affordable way to do this is to use a waterproof rot fat liner with a roll top closure. However; I keep my water bottle on the outside of the liner as a precaution against accidental spillage. An alternative to a liner is a rack set cover; this has the added benefit of helping to keep rack side pockets dry which are notoriously difficult to weather proof.

Rain ripples with landscape reflectionPhoto Credit: Tina Mammoser

Most of the tents that cause wood stocks have fly sheets and ground sheets with tape seams. Tape prevents droplets of water passing through the stitch holes. If the seams on your tent haven’t been sealed, apply some liquid sealant to them several days before setting out. Condensation can appear on the inside of a tent especially if you seal all the doors overnight.

To help minimize condensation; adjust the zips to allow through the flow of air. I put the fly sheets in a different bag so if it’s wet it won’t soak the inner; I might the whole tent in the top of the rock sat so I can get it out in the downpour and not soaking the rest of the rock sat content. Stowing the flysheets at the top of the rock sat also makes it easy to draw out if the sun makes an appearance at lunch time.

I usually get my sleeping bag out to dry at the same time, as it dry the baggage is much better in keeping me warm than a damp one. Well the weather is looking a bit threatening so I’m going to get the tent up before it rains. Practicing fetching your tent in a fair weather will make erecting it in bad conditions quick and easy.

The poles and pole sleeves in some tents are color coded which helps to get the tent top quickly and the way that thing goes up, either outer first, inner first or all as one also has a bearing on the time it takes to pitch. If you’re staying staying in one place for more than a night, take the time to occasionally adjust the guidelines to maintain the taught fly sheet. This will help to keep the inner dry.

If you have a larger family style tent, the port will be invaluable when it comes to taking off waterproof clothing and wellies before entering the sleeping area. If your tent doesn’t have enough room for your rat fact you can put it inside your rat fact liner to keep it dry. Back pack is going to increase the amount of wet weather living space of that disposal by creating a covered area using their trekking poles and a lightweight top. This covered area can be use as stove gear or cook.

Dual entrances increase your options when it comes to storing gear as well as entering and exiting the tent. if your tent has only one port make sure it’s pitched after the pervading wind to stop rain being blown inside when you open the door. Some tents is fitted with gear lofts for drying clothes and socks.

Before you can make up your own clothes line using thin climbing clothes. I think there’s something very special about camping in bad weather, with rain in the flysheet, safe in the knowledge that all that stands between you and a complete soaking are two ways for thin pieces of nylon.

It’s amazing to be this expose to the elements and yet so completely protected. Costwood stuff are experts in helping you to stay dry when camping. Pop in to one of the 40 + stores or go online to get advice and the right gear to suit your budget.