Can You Tent Camp In The Rain?


Camping is a fun thing do all year round, especially if you live in an area that has good weather all year. When you first start camping, you will most likely use a tent for your first season, and then will most likely upgrade to a camper or motorhome if you really fall in love with it, but some people will tent camp their whole lives if they love just being out in nature. So what happens when it rains, and you want to go camping? Does it stop you, or should it stop you? Most people fear to make plans to camp in weather because they don’t want to get wet, muddy, or just do not want to deal with the mess of cleaning everything up.

Can you tent camping in the rain? Yes, you absolutely can take a tent camping trip in the rain, and stay dry while doing it. You would want to first look for a tent that is waterproof, and then make sure that you take extra steps to keep your tent from flooding, or water leakage. You would also want to make sure that you have enough room in your tent for a drying area when you go in and out of it. Tent camping in the rain can be super fun and not cold, wet and miserable.

How do you keep a tent floor dry in the rain?

The first thing you want to do is make sure that you have a tent that has a base that is waterproof. Most tents do have a thicker base than the sides and top, but you want to make sure that you buy one that is either waterproof or spray some sort of coating on it that will make the water not soak in. In order to keep the interior floor dry, you will want to take some extra towels and put them right at the entrance where you can walk in and immediately take of your shoes or boots before actually entering the tent. I suggest a tent that has a “front room” on it that you can use as a changing room for your jackets and shoes before entering the main tent. It may cost an extra 20-50 dollars but will save you a ton of clean-up in the long run.

Make sure that you pick up and dust off your towels and floor daily in that area, and if you have a place where you can hang up your towel to dry off it will help keep the moisture in your tent down while camping. If there is a laundry mat at your campground, it might be good to wash and dry those towels to keep them clean, but it is not necessary. A good sweeping will do the trick for you.

Should I put a tarp over or under my tent?

It is a good idea to buy a couple of heavy-duty tarps that are waterproof if you know you will be camping in the rain. The first tarp you want to put under the floor of the tent to keep any flooding out. This will give you an extra layer of security in case you put your tent in an area where water may run down and pool. If you notice this, it might be a good idea to pick your tent up and move it to a different area so that you keep the amount of mud you might track down. It is a good idea to check under your tent every morning after it has rained to make sure no water is pooling.

The second tent is good to put over the top of your tent as an extra layer of security for keeping the roof and sides of your tent dryer. Find a spot between two trees where you can set up your tent. Once your tent is set up, tie a rope around both trees to make a makeshift close line. Then drape the tarp over the rope and secure it on each side of your tent sides. This will keep water off of your tent and will run off onto the ground. Make sure that the water running off does not pool under your tent. You can also use this clothesline for hanging up towels during the day to dry off a little so you can reuse them that night when you are ready to go to bed.

Are all tents waterproof?

While all tents might have some level of water resistance, they are not all waterproof and can leak. Canvas tents are the type of tents you want to worry about because they are made out of cloth material and will absorb water and get everything wet. Not only will it get wet, but it will make the tent very heavy, and not dry out very quickly. If you do have a canvas tent that you really want to use, get a spray coating for it that will make the water bead up and runoff. Watch out for nylon tents that have a hole in the top with a cover that either snap-on or has clips. High winds can shift this cover, and will almost always let rain in which will soak the whole inside of your tent, and most likely your bedding too.

How Do I Keep My Clothes Dry?

Part of camping in the rain means that you are going to get wet. For the most part, your shoes and your jacket will be the only thing that will get extremely wet, so there are a few things you can do to help keep your clothes more dry, so they do not get all musty and gross smelling. If you have the room, you can bring a rack with you to hang up your clothes and jacket at night, and it can sit in the corner of your tent and dry. It would be a good idea to put this rack near the front door where you put the towels down for your shoes and boots. For your shoes, you can put an extra pair of socks inside your shoes to absorb water or wrap a towel around them loosely, so it can absorb as much water as possible before you put them on again.

How do you pack a wet tent?

When packing your tent, it is a good idea that you dry it off as much as possible when you are putting it away so you do not get water all over your car or truck. If you were able to put a tarp down, leave it on the ground, break your tent down and as you fold it, wipe down your tent as you fold it and roll it up. Then do the same thing with your base and ceiling tarp. It is very important that you take your tent out when you get home and let it dry before re-packing it to store for any period of time. If you do not dry it off and re-pack it, you will run into mold and mildew and the smell alone will ruin your tent for any future uses.

Final Thoughts

Tent camping in the rain is a lot of fun, especially if you are like me and love to hear the sound of the rainfall. It is really important that if you are going to camp in the rain that you at least buy a couple of tarps to use as a base, and overhead shelter for your tent. Try to keep your wet stuff in a single location near the door of your tent so you do not track water and mud into your bed, and you should have a great time camping in the rain.

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Is Camping In The Rain Fun?

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Can You Have A Campfire In The Rain?

Yes, if you place your fire in the right location, you can have a fire in the rain without it going out. Try to find a place that has a tree branch covering higher than your flames will go. This will help shield your campfire from direct rain so that it can stay lit. Try and put all your firewood in a covered area where it can stay dry and will be easier to burn.

Terry Minton

I am the owner of Fast Cast Rods. I live in the mountains of Northern California where I love to be outdoors hunting, fishing, camping and hiking with my wife and three awesome kids.

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