Amazing Tips: How to Enjoy Camping in the Rain

How to Enjoy Camping in the Rain: Tips From an Experienced Camper

Rain can be the biggest drawback when you’re planning a camping trip, especially for those without complete rain gear. But, if you come prepared, it can be just as much fun. As a father of three and an experienced camper, I’ve learned a few tips on how to enjoy camping in the rain. Keep reading to find out what you need to make your camping experience in the rain a wonderful time.

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Pack Waterproof Gear and Extra Layers

One of the most important things to remember when camping in the rain is that staying dry is the key to comfort. This means packing waterproof gear such as rain jackets, ponchos, boots, and hats or umbrellas. In addition, bringing along extra layers such as wool sweaters and flannel shirts can also help keep you warm and dry. Once you’ve got your rain gear and extra layers, you’re ready to head out!

Choose the Right Campsite

No matter the season, always look for a campsite away from low-lying areas such as valleys and canyons. When it rains, water seeks out the lowest point, so if you’re camping in these, you could be in for a soggy surprise. If there’s no way to avoid a campground that’s in a low area, bring enough tarp to cover your gear and the ground.

camping during a rain

Protect Your Gear and Clothing

Before you even leave for your camping trip, you can get a head start on protecting your gear and clothing by using sealants like silicone-rubber spray or even beeswax. These coatings form a water-resistant seal; when sprayed on items such as backpacks and tents, they create a water-resistant barrier that can make a huge difference in keeping your equipment dry. If you’re looking for something simple yet effective, surprising items like newspaper and kitty litter can also be used to create a water barrier.

Stay Inside, When Possible

We all know that camping is all about spending time outdoors, so it can be tough to miss out on campfire conversations and hikes. But, if the rain is really coming down, being inside your tent or cabin can be a great way to pass the time. While it’s still possible to keep busy while camping in the rain, it’s sometimes best to save the outdoor adventures to the dryer days.

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Use Rain for Water Activities

If you’re camping in an area with plenty of lakes or rivers, a rainfall can be great for some fun water activities. Fishing can be productive during a light rain shower. You can also use the rain as an excuse to stay in bed or to take a leisurely walk with your favorite companion. Rain can also make a great backdrop for a camping picnic.

Stay Positive and Have Fun!

Above all, the key to after enjoying camping in the rain is to focus on all the positive aspects it has to offer. There’s a certain beauty that can only be found in a rain-soaked forest and the pitter-patter of raindrops can create an unforgettable camping experience. Get out there and take advantage of the rain!

umbrellas during a rain


Rainy camping trips don’t need to be a disappointment! Preparation and the right attitude are the key to making camping in the rain a success. With these tips and a sprinkle of optimism, a damp camping trip can become a great memory. Watch this short video for further tips on how to enjoy camping in the rain:

When it comes to rain, don’t let it stop you from having a blast. These tips should help you make the most out of your next camping adventure in any type of weather.