Sometimes even the best laid camping trip goes awry when it rains. You can watch and track the weather forecasts for several days ahead of time and everything looks fine, but especially during the spring months and the heat of summertime, sudden rain showers and even bad thunderstorms can crop up out of nowhere. When this happens, you might find yourself scrambling to get your tent set up in a drizzle or it could be a downpour!
If it is raining when you get to your campsite, you might be able to just sit tight in your vehicle for a bit until things clear up, but if it is also getting dark, you may need to go ahead and bite the bullet and get it over with. It might stop soon and it might not. You certainly don’t want to be sitting in your vehicle all night if it continues to rain.
* Make sure your tent is easily accessible first thing when you pack up your equipment. Your tent is the first thing you want to get set up at camp anyway.
* If it is raining, scope out a good spot to set up the tent before you get out of the vehicle.
* If you are an experienced camper, then you will likely have the foresight to have a rain coat or slicker in your vehicle to put on. Lightening can be a big problem, so try to wait until that subsides before you do anything if you can.
* If you have never set yo the tent you brought with you before, then now would be the time to jump out, grab the instructions and get back in your vehicle to read them first if you haven’t already done that.
There is not going to be a fun way to set up your tent in the rain. If you have someone to help you, get them to hold a cover over you while you get the tent out. Leave the tent folded up until you get out your poles. This is when a you will be very glad that you chose the best family tent for wind and rain. The easiest tents to assemble quickly come with fiberglass rod poles that are collapsible.
*If you a single tent, then fold out and get the poles inserted as quickly as you can. Then as soon as you have the tent standing, immediately get it covered with the tent rain cover. If you chose your tent well, it should have a tent rain fly that covers the entire tent from top to bottom on all sides.
*Even a brand new tent can get water in it is it is raining hard, so make sure the tent cover is fully secure and make sure all of the windows and doors are closed securely.
*If your tent has stakes, if the wind isn’t blowing, you might can wait until the rain stops to do the staking, but if the wind is blowing, you need to go ahead and get it staked so it doesn’t blow away!
* What you do next depends on how much wetter you want to get. Unloading the rest of your camping gear may not be necessary until the rain stops, but at east now your tent will up and you can get inside and wait it out in comfort.