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The Secret To Keeping Dry While Camping

By Paul Nerrad

Camping in the great outdoors is fun and also a great way for family and friends to bond. Most people prefer to camp outdoors during clear, sunny weather. The prospect of rain makes them put off their camping plans. Rain is part of nature and brings with it several wonderful experiences. However, rain can ruin your camping trip if you are not well prepared. Here are few tips on how to keep dry while camping.

Your tent is an integral part of your camping gear. Choosing the right tent will help you in staying dry while camping. When you go shopping for a tent, always choose a waterproof one, not a water resistant one. Water-resistant tents are not designed for use in heavy rains. Even if your tent is waterproof, make it a point to set it up over a ground cloth or tarp. This helps create a barrier between the floor and the ground so that moisture cannot enter. Once you set up the new tent, make sure that you seal the seams using a seam sealer. You can buy one from any shop that sells sporting goods. Another point to remember while pitching a tent is to use all the stakes that it comes with. These stakes play an important role in maintaining the structural stability of the tent in wet and windy weather. Most tents come with a rain fly. This is an extra piece of waterproof tarp that is attached to your tent. It acts as a roof over your tent. Always attach the rain fly when you set up tent since you never know when it may rain. If your tent does not have a rain fly, you can make one using some tarp. Simply stake the tarp over your tent such that it does not touch your tent. You need to raise the middle portion of the tarp with a stick so that rainwater runs down the slope onto the ground.

Setting up camp in the right spot is essential if you want to stay dry while camping. Look for high and level ground where you can pitch your tent comfortably. There must be no evidence of previous water runoff in the spot that you choose. Make sure that there is enough space for the water to flow away in case it rains. Do not pitch your tent at the bottom of a slope since this is the point where rainwater runoff accumulates.

Make sure that you pack lots of extra clothes with you when camping in the rain. A rain jacket that is 100% waterproof will go a long way in making you a happy camper. Many campers choose clothes that are made of cotton or denim, these to not fare well when wet and are very difficult to dry. Stick to man made fibers such as polyster or micro-fleece. These types of clothes dry much quicker. Make sure that there is a separate area for clothes to dry out on. When it is not raining, remember to put your clothes on a tree branch or string them from a rope so that the wind can dry them. The use of a fire will accelerate the drying time considerably. Shoes that are water resistant or water proof will go a long way in keeping your experience a happy one. Even with waterproof shoes, it is important to pack lots of extra socks.

Try to insure that your sleeping bags are made from synthetic materials so that you may dry them out more easily. Even with a tarp between the tent and the ground, the contents of the tent may still get wet. A simple way to insure that your sleeping bags stay dry is to use air mattresses. This also makes for a more comfortable camping experience.

These few simple and practical steps can help you stay dry and make your camping trip the fun experience it is meant to be.

This article was prepared on behalf of Noah’s Ark Resort. Noah’s Ark Resort is located in Revelstoke, BC and is a wonderful place to Camp in Revelstoke.

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Nerrad, Paul "The Secret To Keeping Dry While Camping." The Secret To Keeping Dry While Camping. 11 Jul. 2010. 19 Jul 2014 <>.

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Nerrad, P (2010, July 11). The Secret To Keeping Dry While Camping. Retrieved July 19, 2014, from

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Nerrad, Paul "The Secret To Keeping Dry While Camping"

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