Beat the bad weather camping blues

Ah, the colors of fall. The leaves are changing and the air is becoming more crisp, but for many camping enthusiasts, this beautiful time is bittersweet. Sure, there is plenty to enjoy about the outdoor scenery of fall, but the change in the seasons means that bad weather may be just around the corner. Fear not, however, there are plenty of ways to deal with the bad weather camping blues.

Pack Tarps

Whether you know there is rain or snow in the forecast, or you are camping in an area where rainy weather is always a possibility, tarps are always a good thing to have on hand. If you cannot find a dry place for your tent, lay a tarp down first and then pitch your tent on top of it.

This tarp should be either the same size as your tent or slightly bigger than its base. If you are camping in cold weather, you may also want to lay a tarp on the inside of your tent, which will give you extra insulation.

Rain Fly

If your tent has a fly, you should put this up over the tent as soon as you set up camp. Rain flys are absolutely necessary for keeping out wetness. If you do not have a fly, however, use an alternative means of protection for your tent.

You can drape another tarp over you, or, if you have a tall shading device, set it up directly above your tent to keep out the rain.

Keep Fire Supplies Dry

A fire is a key component to staying warm and making food while you camp, so make sure you can prepare a fire no matter what. Bring matches that are waterproof, and consider also packing a sturdy lighter as a back up.

Keep all wood and kindling in a waterproof container, and if bad weather is a possibility, bring wood with you in the event that all wood at the site is wet or damp.

Wear the Right Clothing

Your trip will be much more enjoyable if you are able to stay warm, so do not underestimate the importance of warm clothing. Dress in layers for extra insulation. Thin, waterproof leggings can be worn under your pants, which will keep you warm and dry.

A nice pair of thick socks can also help protect you from getting too cold, as you lose much of your body’s heat through your feet. Another big place for heat loss is your head, so pack a beanie or lightweight wool cap that fits snuggly. Gloves or mittens with removable fingers can allow you to complete tasks like fire building while still keeping your hands warm.

Make Warm  Beverages

Hot cocoa and coffee have long been a great way to stave of the chills. Keep water boiling as often as possible for cocoa or coffee and have a good thermos ready to keep your drink warm as long as you’re drinking it. Just because it’s cold outside doesn’t mean you have to be!

  •  Kellie Swaim is an outdoors advocate passionate about camping from her work as a marketing associate for Quik Shade.

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