Camping and Cooking in the Rain

Camping and Cooking in the RainIf you are a camper, at some time you're going to end up on a rainy camping trip. Don't let the weather put a damper on your trip. If you pack a few items to be prepared for a change in the weather, your camping and cooking experience won't skip a beat. In fact, the weather won't affect you at all. You'll more than likely just feel like you're doing your cooking on your screened porch at home. Follow these tips on camping and dealing with cooking in the rain.
 

Instructions

Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Tarp
  • Screened tent
  • Rope or ties
  • Camping stove
  • Grill
  • Plastic container
 
Step 1
Plan your trip and organize your equipment with the weather in mind. Research what the weather is predicted to be like for the area you'll be camping in. The weather man isn't always right, but at least you'll have a clue as to what conditions are expected. This will give you a better idea of what you'll need to bring with you. It's better to be over prepared when going into the wilderness, than under.
Step 2
Buy a tarp or a screened tent to bring along with you on your camping trip. Screened tents aren't that expensive and are an investment you'll be able to enjoy for quite a few years. They come in a variety of styles and sizes and are lifesavers when dealing with rainy weather while camping. Even if you have a screened tent, buy a tarp to bring along with you. Tarps can turn into that one piece of equipment that makes a soggy camping trip problem free. Even if you don't have to use it, you'll be prepared for the worst of situations if they happen.
Step 3
Buy a camping stove to cook on. This is another camping equipment investment that costs little money and will give you years of use. Since they are portable, you'll be able to move it to a dry location. Depending on a campfire as your only cooking source while camping can be quite frustrating when you're dealing with rain. Even a small grill can be moved to a location that's out of the rain.
Step 4
Store your non-perishable food inside a plastic container with a snap shut lid. This will keep your food all together in one spot and in the event it rains, it will stay dry. You should be able to find plastic containers in a variety of sizes, at your local department store. They make great storage containers for camping equipment and supplies.
Step 5
Place all your cooking supplies, stove and food inside of your screened tent before the rain starts. You'll have everything you need to fix a meal inside the dry location, once the rain starts. The tent will keep you and your food dry, allowing you to cook stress-free.
Step 6
Rig a tarp for your shelter from the rain, if you don't have a screened tent. By tying your tarp to trees, or using old tent poles to stake it up, you'll also have a makeshift shelter that will keep you and your food items dry. You'll be able to use your camping stove or grill to cook on, while you're protected from the rain. You'll probably need to place a pole in the center to raise it up a bit. This will allow the water to roll off the sides and not sink the center portion of the tarp.
 

Article Written By Joyce Starr

Joyce Starr is a professional writer from Florida and owns a landscaping company and garden center. She has published articles about camping in Florida, lawn care and gardening and writes for a local gardening newsletter. She shares her love and knowledge of the outdoors and nature through her writing.

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