Camping in storms and rain? No problem. We’ll tell you 7 tips on how to stay dry on your camping holiday despite rainy weather.
The right campsite
It is better to be safe than sorry: Especially in the mountains, the weather can change within minutes and suddenly you find yourself in the downpour. Here are a few tips on how you can protect your tent from the rough seas:
- Always look for a flat and slightly elevated place, regardless of whether rain is forecast or not
- You should avoid hollows and depressions when it rains, otherwise the tent will quickly become under water
- It is also important to keep your distance from brooks, because heavy rain can turn them into raging rivers
- If you pitch your tent under trees, you can be surprised by falling branches when it rains
- Ideally, the tent entrance should be on the leeward side so that as little rain as possible penetrates when the tent door is opened
- If you don’t want to get wet through and through when it rains, pitch your tent on campsites near toilets and showers
Set up the tent correctly
Just having the right campsite is not enough. The right structure also decides whether you have a dry and restful night ahead of you or whether you wake up in the middle of a small flood. That’s why:
- Avoid sagging walls on the outer tent
- Tighten the guy ropes properly and create adequate tension on the tent roof and side walls (the inner tent should not touch the outer tent at any point!)
- Anchor pegs well in the ground
- Again and again hit the rainwater from the inside of the tent walls
Protect tent floor
A simple trick that can help immensely: A large tarpaulin, tarp or groundsheet between the tent floor and the ground protects against uncomfortable ground moisture. The film should be several millimeters thick so that the sleeping mat and sleeping bag cannot get damp. The tarpaulin also protects your tent floor from stony ground!
Tip: The tarpaulin must not protrude under the tent floor, otherwise the rainwater will collect even more below!
Even if we are not great friends of synthetic plastics, in this case they help immensely. Large garbage bags or small zippered all-purpose bags protect against moisture in several ways: On the one hand, the practical plastic bags protect valuable contents from outside moisture, on the other hand, everything that is already wet can be packed in them so that the rest stays dry.
- Large garbage bags or rain ponchos are ideal for keeping your backpack and luggage dry when you are already hiking through the rain
- Electronic devices (mobile phone, camera, batteries, etc.) can be stowed away waterproof in zipper bags in the backpack
- For longer treks, it is advisable to stow the spare clothing in garbage bags
- Groceries or medicines are also better kept in small plastic bags
- Simply wrap a garbage bag around the firewood, so it will definitely stay dry for later
Wet objects belong in the awning
Everything that is wet stays outside! This applies to wet shoes, pants, jackets and rucksacks, as this is the only way to prevent condensation from forming in the inner tent. Simply hang up your wet clothing and equipment in the awning so that it can drain properly.
Regularly opening the ventilation flaps, even in really heavy rain and storms, allows the moist and warm air inside the tent to escape to the outside. In this way you prevent the formation of condensation, which can mainly occur on the inside of the tent walls (or on the tent floor). So: open the flaps, fresh air in and moisture out!
Enjoy the rain
Basically everything is just a question of attitude: While some people are annoyed by the bad weather and the trickling noise of the rain on the tent roof, others find it incredibly comforting and can spend hours reading their book inside the tent or catching up on lost sleep. A rainy day in the tent can quickly be seen as something positive if you come to terms with it and use the time inside: reading, sleeping, playing cards or you immerse yourself in tour planning. Or do you want to go despite the weather and just go hiking? Anything but moping – it’s entirely up to you what you make of it.
If you know any other tips and tricks on how to get around a rainy day or even a rainy weekend in the tent, then please write it down in the comments. We and all other readers would be very happy to receive your very own personal tips!