We all hope to have a nice camping trip under perfect weather - cool at night, and warm during the day. But, in fact, the weather will do what it wants despite how perfect outdoor plans we make. So, we will encounter rain, wind, snow, storm when camping with a high probability. Camping in bad weather, what would you do?
It's true that we can’t control the weather, but we can control what gear we pack and how we prepare. Here are a few tips that will help you get through when camping in bad weather.
1. WATCH THE WEATHER FORECAST BEFORE DEPARTURE
These days prior to departure, you need to definitely be watching the weather forecast, especially for the area where you'll camp. If you will be camping in the mountain areas, you should check back frequently as the weather changes more frequently in these areas.
2. WATCH THE ENVIRONMENT
Remember to take rain gear (quality rain jacket, rain pants, and waterproof shoes) always with you whether the forecast says rain or dry. And, watch the environment definitely while hiking or camping, especially the sudden winds picking up, or an eerie stillness, which symptoms usually signifies an arriving of a storm.
3. TAKE A WATERPROOF TENT
Choose the waterproof tent which will provide more protection to you. Get some better tent pegs that suited to bad conditions. Take a tarp to make a rain shelter if the weather is bad, and also a tarp under the tent to help protect the groundsheet. Remember take some gaffa tape which is great for all sorts of repairs.
4. PACK A FEW DRY BAGS
It's a useful method to use a few dry bags to keep any electronic devices you take away from damaging moisture. Also, you can use them to store clothes（and Food, medicine, and other important items）to make sure that you have a dry change of clothes in case you get caught in a downpour.
5. CHOOSE THE RIGHT LOCATION
Instead of a low lying area, you need to set up your tent on a spot that's at the top of that small slope where water is unlikely to collect.
6. MAKE AN EMERGENCY PLAN
Make an emergency plan to make sure we have a safe location to stay once we had to evacuate the tent when the weather is too bad to camp. Remember your car is also an emergency shelter if there is no house nearby.
7. DRY OUT ALL YOUR GEAR
Dry out all your gear that got wet once the rain has cleared to avoid a moldy surprise. Open the tent or any other gear up, let them dry, pack away them if you can wait until a dry spell.
Any weather is worth camping in as long as you prepared. Hope you have a happy camping trip!