How to Camp in a Tent When It's Raining

How to Camp in a Tent When It's RainingSetting up camp and enjoying the outdoors is something many primitive or tent campers enjoy doing. But what happens if you have planned your primitive camping trip and the weather doesn't cooperate? The first response for many would be to head back home. Rather than pack it all up and call it a day, you need to find a viable solution. By following some simple tips and techniques, you can enjoy your camping experience and stay dry at the same time.


Difficulty: Easy

Step 1
Locate the highest elevation in the area in which you will be setting up your tent. Choose a location that is not near a stream or body of water, and which is underneath a hill or cliff, as excess water could drip down onto your campsite. Choose a location underneath a tree, if possible; it will catch excess rainwater.
Step 2
Lay down a plastic tarp that is larger than the surface area of your tent. Place it so that there is at least1 foot of excess coming out from under the tent.
Step 3
Set up your tent according to the manufacturer's instructions. Place a tarp over the top of the tent and secure it to the stakes with a 2-foot piece of lightweight rope and a 1-foot bungee cord. Even if the tent comes with a built-in tarp, the extra tarp will provide added security from the elements.
Step 4
Secure all food in a cooler. Place loose items in large plastic storage containers and cover with a tarp if the items will be outside of the tent. Run the third tarp from the entrance of the tent to your automobile if possible; this will eliminate mud and cut down on tracking dirt back and forth.
Step 5
Keep personal items and linens dry by keeping them inside the tent or in waterproof bags (like garbage bags), so they are sealed away from moisture and rain.
Step 6
Stay occupied by entertaining the group (or yourself) with age-appropriate board games or a game of cards.

Tips & Warnings

Use excess rope to create a clothesline to dry your clothes or other wet items.
Cover firewood and outdoor chairs with a tarp, as well.
Never try to build a fire or start a kerosene or gas heater inside a tent, as there is improper ventilation, and carbon-monoxide poisoning could occur.
If severe lightening strikes in tandem with the rainstorm, move to your automobile or to another safe form of shelter.

Article Written By Julie

Julie is an outdoor enthusiast and freelance writer. She enjoys hiking and camping the North Woods of Michigan, as well as remote regions of Canada. She spends her free time backpacking and exploring new and unchartered territory on all of her outdoor expeditions.

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