Camping In The Rain: Five Tips To Save Your Trip


Today’s guest post is from Mandi based in Sunny Norfolk between the Beach and the Norfolk Broads, who shares her days out and family travel over at Big Family Little Adventures.

Mandi is married to Asa who is a tourism consultant and they have seven children aged 5 to 20, 18 chickens and a Newfoundland called Merrie. Their blog features holidays and days out that are suitable for the larger family …

Just because we have a larger than average brood, it doesn’t mean we don’t enjoy going away, from camping to cottages and ferries to France – we love spending quality time together as a family, climbing mountains or going rockpooling in the UK or in Europe.

There is no doubt that camping is one of the cheaper options for a holiday. Mandi currently has a 12-berth tent, so there’s plenty of room as the children grow taller than her (already the case with three of them!). The good old English weather can be pretty unpredictable, so here are Mandi’s Five Top Tips for camping in the rain.

If you’re approaching your big camping trip, chances are you’re watching the weather pretty closely. The weather has a huge impact on your overall camping trip – good weather means you won’t have to work too hard to enjoy your trip, while a rainy forecast may tempt you to change your plans.

If you’re stuck camping in the rain, don’t let it dampen your spirits (pun intended)! Instead, find a way to make the best of the situation and see how much of your trip you can salvage. While it certainly isn’t ideal, it’s not the end of the world, and there are a few steps you can take to make the experience as pleasant as possible.

Not quite sure how to make that happen? Consider these five tips to make the best of camping in the rain:

1. Stay Dry

This is the most important thing you can do to avoid being miserable when camping in the rain. Sitting around wet and cold is no fun for anyone, so you’ll need to ensure everyone at least has a way to stay dry. You’ll need a waterproof tent, outerwear, flashlight, and containers to hold your belongings that shouldn’t get wet.

You’ll also want to consider the placement of your campsite if you’re camping in the rain. Steer clear of muddy, low-lying areas or campsites next to rivers or lakes. As beautiful as these might be, you don’t want to be caught off guard by an unexpected flood.

2. Keep Warm

It’s easy to catch a chill when it’s damp and rainy outside. To help keep yourself warm (but not too warm) while you’re relaxing at your campsite or exploring the area, dress appropriately in layers. Giving yourself the flexibility to add or remove clothing as necessary will give you much better control over your comfort level, making your overall experience better.

3. Plan for Food

One of the most disappointing pieces for camping in the rain – at least for me – is the fact that campfires are way more difficult to start and maintain. In some situations, I’ve been able to start a fire after lots of work and perseverance – and in others, the ground has simply been too damp to make it happen. Aside from the lack of additional warmth, no fire means you have no way to cook, so make sure you pack plenty of nourishing treats that can be eaten with zero preparation. Dehydrated meals and healthy, energy-packed snacks, like trail mix and beef jerky, are great choices.

4. Stay Busy!

If you’re stuck camping in the rain, odds are you’ve had to cut at least a few of your plans. Unless you catch a break in the weather, you probably won’t venture too far from your tent. In these situations, it’s important to have plenty for everyone to do – the last thing you want is to find yourself bored. Bring a small puzzle, a deck of cards, or lightweight game to occupy your time, and don’t let the weather get you down – you can still sing all of your favourite campfire songs from the comfort of your tent!

5. Stay Positive

One of the biggest factors in making the best of your rainy camping experience is your outlook. Once moods start to shift and frustration sets in, it can be hard to salvage the trip. Therefore, it’s smart to keep everyone in good spirits to truly make the most of your situation.

As you can see, there are plenty of ways to combat the rain and make your camping experience one you’ll still enjoy. Singing songs, telling jokes, and appreciating the beauty of nature in the rain – and a less crowded campground – can make a damp experience a little brighter!

Camping in the rain isn’t anyone’s ideal situation, but if you’re stuck, the best thing you can do is make the most of it. What tips and tricks have helped you when you’ve found yourself camping in the rain? Let us know in the comments below.


Tracey is the Travel Editor for Flea Enterprises. She also blogs at PackThePJs. Tracey writes mainly about family travel; from days out to road trips with her pet dogs, to cruises and long-haul tropicaldestinations. Her family consists of her husband Huw, a science and technology writer, Millie-Mae (12), Toby (10) and Izzy and Jack the spaniels.

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