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Camping in the Rain: 10 Tips For Camping In Wet Weather

Camping in the Rain: 10 Tips For Camping In Wet Weather

30.04.2014 | Camping Hints & Tips

Camping in the rain doesn’t have to be miserable! If you’re planning a camping trip in the UK there’s always a chance of rain, so check out our 10 tips for camping in wet weather to help you enjoy your camping break whatever the conditions.


1. Pack An Extra Groundsheet

If you’re worried about the rain, pack an extra groundsheet to lay under your tent. This will protect it from the cold, damp ground. Ground Sheet For Camping In the Rain

Mountain Warehouse Groundsheet 

2. Look For Tents With Vents

When choosing your tent, it’s a good idea to pick one with inbuilt vents. Vents will keep the air flowing through the tent, eliminating the risk of condensation. Don’t touch the walls of the tent when wet, this is how water comes through!


3. Treat Your Tent

If you’ve used your tent multiple times, using a tent reproofing spray will allow you to restore the water repellancy of your tent whilst maintaining breathability. Even if your tent is brand new, a proofer will help minimise dirt build up which can reduce the tents water resistance.

Tent Proofer; Camping in the Rain

Mountain Warehouse Tent Proofer

4. Take a Gazebo

A gazebo is useful for protecting your tent and gear whilst you set up in the rain. It can also provide a living space outside the tent, so you can enjoy the great outdoors without getting wet.

Mountain Warehouse Gazebo: Stay Dry When Camping

Mountain Warehouse Gazebo

5. Be Clever With Storage

Separate your dry and wet clothes and always ensure you have a dry clothes in reserve for when you get inside. Storing items including food and clothing in resealable plastic bags will help them stay dry.


6. Take A Microfiber Towel

Microfibre towels are compact, fast drying and super absorbent, perfect for drying off after a day camping in the rain.

Microfiber Towels: Camping in the rain

Mountain Warehouse Microfibre Towel


7. Don’t Forget the Waterproofs

Waterproof jackets, trousers and wellies will stop you getting wet when camping in the rain. Make sure you keep these items separated from your dry clothes once you’re inside your tent.

Waterproof Jackets: Camping in the Rain

Mountain Warehouse Waterproof Jacket

8. Pitch Your Tent on Higher Ground

When looking for a spot to pitch your tent, look for higher ground as water is likely to flow to lower lying areas. Avoid any dips or boggy areas and try to position your tent door facing downhill to prevent any water running inside.


9. Take a Sleeping Bag Liner

As it gets wet it will also start to get cold, so if you’re planning to camp in the rain it’s a good idea to bring a sleeping bag liner. Sleeping bag liners are placed inside sleeping bags and can add valuable extra degrees of warmth. They also protect the sleeping bag from dirt, which will be important as if it’s raining it’s likely it will be muddy.

Sleeping Bag Liner: Camping in the Rain

Polycotton Sleeping Bag Liner


10. Keep the Kids Entertained

When there’s a chance of rain, it’s a good idea to pack some toys, board games and books to keep the kids entertained when they’re stuck inside the tent.

Camping in the rain doesn’t need to be difficult. As you can see from our ten tips with a little bit of planning, you can still enjoy a great camping trip in wet weather.

Check out Mountain Warehouse for all the outdoor equipment you need to enjoy your next camping trip.