Camping In The Rain Hacks To Consider

Let’s say you are camping and suddenly it starts to rain. Did you prepare for wet camping? Are you not a fan of camping when it’s raining?

camping in wet weather

Staying outdoors while it rains isn’t so pleasurable as you must adapt to a changed situation. How to have enjoyable and dry camping even if the rain surprises you? How to camp in the rain without being miserable?

I love camping in the rain because I get used to it. I adopted new ways to survive camping and rain so I am willing to share my camping tips for rainy weather.

Here are some of my favorite everyday tent camping in the rain hacks and top tips for camping in the rain to survive the wet seasons, thunderstorms, and lulls in mood that precipitation can bring.

Camping in the rain tips

Wet weather isn’t a bad thing when being outdoors, you just need to cooperate with nature. These are the best hacks for camping in the rain that will help you to enjoy your wet adventure so don’t worry, you will have fun if you follow them.

Camping lights

When the rain is making you feel sad or down, string up some lights to help lighten up the mood and bring back the optimism and cheer.

camping lights

You can get some party string lights or solar-powered camping lights. If you’ve powered them during the sunny daytime, you can use them when it’s cloudy or dark.

It is also important to have a good flashlight so you will see where you are going in the woods at night. A flashlight is one of the necessary things for staying outdoors so consider getting one.

Rainy day camping meals

What to bring camping when it rains? Consider comfort food. When the mood drops, get something that’s comforting but also nutritious to help to elevate everyone’s energy levels and spirits.

Get together and eat something delicious and simple. Don’t forget that a warm, hot meal, snack, or drink will make you feel better, especially when it’s rainy. How about hot cocoa or tea?

Warm-cooked meals are the best option as they will warm you up and give you the energy that you need. Think of goulashes, hot soups, and stews that you can make at home and just warm them up over a camping stove.

Camping games

When the mood is down, campers tend to isolate themselves in their tent with books, phones, or video games, preparing for an early bedtime. What to do when it rains on camping? If you will be camping in the rain with kids or friends then consider the next tip.

To get everyone’s mood lifted, simply bring them back together over a campfire and pull out some travel-friendly board or card games to get the camping party back on track. This is one of the most common camping in the rain activities but it always works.

camping games to play

Proper waterproof tent

Do tents protect from rain? The majority of the outdoor tents are made to withstand precipitation but their waterproofness depends mostly on the waterproof level. A unit that has a 1,000mm HH won’t withstand as much rain as a unit with 2,500mm HH.

To know more about tents and their waterproofness, check the article about hydrostatic head rating in outdoor tents.

This is why it is important for you to choose a tent for the rain with a good waterproof level. A waterproof tent is an outdoor gear that is the most important to take outdoors if you expect precipitation and must be first on the camping in the rain checklist.

A waterproof tent is a basic gear that will enable a dry shelter. They are made of materials with coatings that repel rainwater and snow. If you expect normal rain you can opt for a tent that has a 2,000mm waterproof coating and up.

This kind of tent also has features that will make your tent’s interior dry. What is more important than staying in a dry tent? Do you want to know how to additionally protect your shelter from the rainwater? Read on and check more useful camping tips in the rain.

Make a portable tent platform

This is one of the great camping in the rain ideas for all of you who want to have your tent lifted from the dirt and who have some skills with tools. This action takes some time, material, and skills but you will be thankful for making it.

With the right materials and building a tent platform guide, you can make your own platform that will protect your shelter from rainwater and dirt. This way you will never face puddles inside and also sleep in a more comfortable area. This is the best way to camp in the rain as the rainwater won’t penetrate through the tent.

How to stay dry while camping?

Staying dry and safe while the rain is soaking your campground is crucial. Take a look at what clothes you should wear and how to deal with wet ones.

Camping clothes

What to pack for rainy camping? Propper clothing is one of the most important things that you should consider. The first rule is not to get wet in the first place.

Always bring a rain poncho or a jacket in case a sudden storm arrives. You can also get waterproof pants or gaiters so you won’t get your clothes wet from precipitation and dew.

ultralight rain jacket

What not to wear while camping in the rain

When you go outdoors with the slightest possibility of precipitation, don’t wear cotton clothing. Cotton clothes lose their insulation properties when they get wet, so this is an easy way to get hypothermia quickly.

Dress in layers

When it’s wet and cold, layering is an important strategy to have. Having more than one layer of (synthetic) cloth will provide you with warmth and protect you from getting wet.

How do you dry clothes when camping in the rain?

There aren’t any laundry facilities in the wilderness, and hanging clothes around a fire to dry isn’t an option due to the rain. That leaves you with a few clever options:

  • You can take wet clothes and place them in the corners of the sleeping bag. While you sleep, your insulated bed will keep you warm with your own body heat, but also slowly heat and dry out wet clothing.
  • You can hang up your wet items in the tent, especially your tent’s vestibule. They’ll dry out eventually.
  • Bring a newspaper and stuff it inside the wet or damp items. It will suck out the moisture, like the old rice trick for electronics.
drying shoes with newspaper

Pro tip: Never sleep in wet clothes!


Bring some trash bags, grocery bags, or at least freezer-size Ziploc baggies. You can use them to line things like your backpack so that everything inside stays nice and dry.

Secure your tent in the rain

How to keep a tent dry in rain? Your tent is where you will be sleeping, so it’s super important that you are able to sleep safely and dry through the night. How to protect a tent from rain? Here are some rain camping hacks to consider:

  • Before you go on your trip, purchase a water-proofing kit, and use it on the tent. Some tents aren’t already waterproofed or your tent’s coating wore off so you need to re-waterproof it. You can also spray the tent to stay waterproof.
  • Put a tarp on the ground where you will pitch a tent, it will secure it against the moisture.
  • Weigh down your tarps corners with rocks or other heavy items. This also protects your grommets – the little metal corner holes – from any wind that will try to flap the tarp around. Once the grommets are gone, the tarp needs to be replaced.
  • If you don’t have a tarp and the ground is wet, put something, anything between the ground and a sleeping bag. Due to the cold, wet ground, your body heat will drop at night, and you could put yourself in a potentially dangerous situation of losing too much body heat. The best things to use are things that are waterproof, like plastic. If you don’t have that, anything else you can find would be better than nothing at all.
  • After a camping trip, be sure to dry out all your equipment before storing it. Otherwise, it will get mold and mildew.
using a tarp under the tent

Before going camping

Not so much as a hack as a must-do, but the importance of these things makes it worth mentioning.

  • Make sure that you know the signs and symptoms of hypothermia and how to treat it.
  • Understand the signs that a lightning storm is coming, what to do, where to take shelter, and also where not to hide.
  • Know the weather cues for an impending storm, and which type of storm it will be. Checking the forecast before your trip helps a little bit, but it’s not very good at predicting sudden storms that can come out of nowhere.
  • Check your tent for possible holes or tears so you won’t take damaged equipment outdoors.

How to stay warm when camping in a tent?

You should always take care of your body temperature and stay warm all the time.

Sleep in your clothes

When it’s super cold outside, stuff tomorrow’s clothing into a sleeping bag before you go to bed. Your body heat will warm them up overnight, and it will be easier to get moving.

Warm your hands and feet

If your hands get cold, try some hand warmer packs. They’re super cheap and small, so they’re easy to pack. Or, you could bring gloves. If your feet get cold, you can put some hand warmers in the shoes.

hand warmers

Consider smart tent heating

Staying warm inside a tent is crucial. There are plenty of ways on how to achieve this. You can opt for non-electric tent heating ideas that are useful if you won’t camp in a campground.

If you want to heat the interior easier then you can opt for a camping tent heater that will simplify the heating process.

The importance of Water

Hydration is a vital factor that you should think about.


It can be easy to forget about hydration while wet weather camping. Remember to keep drinking water throughout your stay.

Be sure not to substitute drinking water for sports drinks or other sugary substances. They are fine in moderation but pure water is the best.

Catch rainwater

It can be neat to catch rainwater. Don’t use the water that touched anything like leaves, trees, or rocks, only what fell out of the sky.

If you have a water filtration kit, it can be fun to filter the water and put it back into your water bottles or canteens.

How much rain is too much for camping?

The problem occurs when it’s raining for a few days in a row or in when you encounter heavy rain. When I see more and more puddles in the campground and when there is a possibility of floods, I pack my things and go back home.

When you don’t enjoy camping anymore due to too much groundwater or facing with the tent leakage (no matter if you waterproof the tent additionally) then maybe it is time to go home.

How to set up a tent in the rain?

How to protect your tent from the rain while you pitch it? The whole point is to keep the tent interior dry as much as possible. Set a tarp on the ground and grab a shelter from its bag. Put it on the tarp and cover it with another tarp if you have it or some waterproof material so the precipitation won’t soak the interior.

Stake it and prepare the poles (if they aren’t stitched in the material already). Make sure you prepare all before uncovering the tarp on the tent so it will stay dry as long as possible.

When you figure out how to set it up (if you are pitching your new tent) lift the tarp and start the tent setup process. Try to cover it with the rain fly as fast as possible if the product has it.

If you see some raindrops on the material while you are in the tent, grab a piece of cloth and wipe them off. Open the vents so the air can flow, making the extra moisture go out.

Why does my tent get wet inside?

If your tent walls or sleeping equipment are wet then you should figure out the reason for it. The first reason can be the lack of ventilation that builds condensation.

camping in rain tips and tricks

The basic mistake that campers make is to close all the openings, also the vents, when it’s raining. While staying inside the tent the exhaled air won’t have a chance to go out and the condensation will build on your walls and things.

The other reason can be a leaking tent. If your unit has holes or tears then you should repair it before even going to explore the great outdoors. Always prepare for the adventure, pitch a tent, water it with a garden hose, and see if you have a leaking tent.

Adept to the rain

I hope that your next outdoor trip goes well. Be sure to use these camping in the rain hacks the next time that you go out and enjoy the wilderness.

When you consider these tricks and try them you will see that nothing can destroy your adventure, not even the bad weather.

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