Tips for How to Camp in the Rain (and Lightening)
It’s shaping up to be a rainy weekend in Tallahassee, but don’t let that damper your plans for outdoor adventure. Here are some helpful tips for staying safe and dry when camping in the rain (and lightening storms).
1.) Avoid setting up your tent under or near an isolated trees or tall trees, on a hilltop, or close to a metal fence.
2.) If lightening is within striking distance, seek shelter in a building with plumbing or in an all-metal automobile.
3.) If you cannot find shelter, spread out in a ravine or depression. Avoid open areas.
4.) Line your backpack with a heavy duty trash bag to keep everything inside dry.
5.) Hang a tarp over your campsite and dining area (at least 8 ft high).
6.) Pack rain ponchos (sold at Camp Folks!!).
7.) Bring a tent with a rain tarp, ventilation to prevent condensation, waterproof nylon and a footprint to direct water away from your tent. Camp Folks rents fully waterproof tents with ventilation and all of our tents come with footprints to ensure you have a safe and dry experience.
8.) Wear clothes that dry quickly. Look for materials like merino wool, nylon, and other synthetic materials.
9.) Choose a sleeping bag made with synthetic materials that dry easily. Down sleeping bags are almost worthless when wet and take longer to dry out. Camp Folks only rents synthetic sleeping bags, so you can be sure to sleep dry and warm when renting from us.
10.) Maintain a positive attitude! Rain (and weather) is part of outdoor adventure. Overcoming challenges outdoors is what makes most adventures memorable!