If all goes well you won’t see a drop of rain during your camping stay. Sometimes, though, it does rain and you get wet. Not only you but your camping gear, too. It’s always smart to check the weather forecast before you go camping, and most people do, but you can’t guarantee you won’t be caught in some rain no matter what the weather man says.
That’s why it’s smart to always pack some rain gear, just in case. Some people keep a raingear bag packed and ready to go. You may not even have to open it during your trip and when you get home you can just put it up on a shelf for the next time. But if you do get some rain you will be prepared.
You should have a couple of tarps on hand. These can protect you and your gear from the rain that is coming down and the moisture that is seeping up from the ground. Tarps are used to drape over things and to create a barrier under things. Grab a couple and pack them into your rain gear bag so you’ll have them if the weather turns on you.
Water repellent shoes are very important. Keeping your feet warm and dry will help your whole body to feel more comfortable. You know how it is – when your feet are cold you feel cold all over. Pack some nice thick socks and well sealed shoes in your bag.
Rain slickers and hats. Depending on the severity of the rain you might be able to get away with a windbreaker or you may have to go all in with a rain coat. Try to stock one for each member of the family. Add a hat for each person. Make it a hat that will shed water and keep your head dry.
If you end up using any of your rain gear while camping, be sure to lay it all out and dry it well before packing it away once you get home. You don’t want to put anything away wet or even slightly damp. It can mildew and ruin your gear.
We hope your camping days are all sunny and warm but if you do experience some rain we want you to be prepared. Maybe you’ll enjoy it enough to splash through some puddles.