Wed. Nov 29th, 2023
How to successfully camp in the rain

Does the forecast look a little rainy for your next camping trip?

Don’t let this get you down! Some of the best memories happen on the rainiest days.

All you need are a few tips and tricks to make sure you’re prepared for inclement weather. Keep these tips in mind even if the forecast calls for sunny skies!

Stay dry in your tent

If you sleep in a tent, there are a few things you can do to stay dry. You will need a fly tent, which covers the openings of the tent and keeps water out.

person setting up tent

Made of waterproof material, it is important to have a mosquito net that completely covers the windows and doors of your tent. Rain can easily reach your tent if it is not covered properly.

When setting up the tent, place the fly guy lines away from the shelter. Make sure your fly is taut so the water can flow easily.

The group sets up a tent in the rain.

The weather is unpredictable, so remember to prepare your fly even if no rain is forecast.

When looking for a place to pitch your tent, choose a high, level area. The last thing you want is to pitch your tent in a possible puddle!

Inside the tent, keep all your gear away from the sides. This will help keep everything dry.

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Check the forecast and then check it again.

Always check the weather conditions of your campsite and pack accordingly.

Keep an eye on the forecast for any sudden changes. Avoid camping during severe thunderstorms and don’t be afraid to reschedule your trip if necessary.

Tarps, tarps and more tarps!

Covering your site with a tarp will help keep you dry in case of rain.

Plan to bring at least two tarps, one to cover your picnic table/eating area and the other to add extra protection on top of your tent.


Tie the tarp as tightly as possible to prevent it from moving in the wind and always place a sloping roof to allow water to drain.

A tarp over your picnic table will allow you to easily cook and enjoy a meal in a dry space. It’s also the perfect place to hunker down and stay dry.

Prepare your camp for rain

Now that you have your tent and tarp set up, there are a few more things to keep in mind during your camping trip.

equipment in the trunk

There are a few ways to keep your gear dry and durable during your stay. Store all your personal items in a waterproof bag or in your vehicle. Store wet items in bags or containers to prevent them from getting the rest of your gear wet.

Be sure to cover firewood and kindling with a tarp when it starts to rain.

When you prepare to return home, dry your tent and other equipment before packing to avoid mold. If you have to pack in the rain, leave your gear to air dry when you get home.

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Bring a backpack for rainy days.

The best way to spend a rainy day while camping is to avoid getting bored. Think with your family and friends about good activities for rainy days and come prepared!

playing cards in the store

Some of our favorite rainy day activities are:

  • table games
  • a deck of cards
  • Arts and crafts
  • books
  • puzzle

Other Essentials for a Rainy Day

Make some space, we’ve got a few more essentials to go!

A raincoat or poncho is essential to keep you dry. The temperature can be colder when it rains, so wear an extra layer underneath too.

Bring waterproof shoes or rubber boots and plenty of extra clothing, especially socks. You’ll be surprised how many items you can wear during a rainy weekend!

people walking

Pack a hat and some extra blankets for those cool, wet rainy days and add some extra beach towels to dry off when you venture out into the rain.

Rainy days can get surprisingly dark. Make sure you have plenty of light sources, such as flashlights, lanterns, and headlamps.

Don’t forget some extra batteries!

Walking under the rain

Don’t let a little rain stop you from a day of hiking!

Person walking on wet boardwalk

Walking in the rain can still be fun as long as you’re prepared. Make sure you have the right equipment, including waterproof hiking boots and a rain jacket.

Avoid walking if there are weather warnings such as high winds, flooding, or thunder and lightning. Stay on the trail and be careful of slippery trail conditions.

Don’t forget that positive attitude!

family sitting around a campfire

Camping is the perfect opportunity to appreciate what nature has to offer, rain or shine! Don’t let the rain stop you from having a good time.

Ask any Ontario Parks staff member and they’ll tell you that incredible memories can be made while camping in the rain.