To be aware of the weather you will be facing while going on a camping trip can be a difficult task. This is because there will be a lot of exploration involved, and in places that are in higher latitudes, or covered with thick forests. The climate within the dense areas is filled with moisture and high chances of rain.
There is a chance of experiencing drizzles of rain when you are trekking outside of the forest area as well. No matter the ultimate location, going on camping is bound to bring rain with it for you, one way or another. And it is crucial for you to be prepared for it.
It can be an upsetting deal of getting soaked while trying to enjoy the outdoors. Trying to trek with heavy, sagging wet clothes that weigh you down is also difficult to accomplish. And although all of it may seem chaotic, and not fun – if you are prepared for backpack camping in the rain, it can be the best adventurous experience of your life.
Despite backpack camping in the rain being a fun event, it is crucial for you to get acquainted with this type of camping, and practice it somewhere close by your house before applying your techniques in an actual wildlife location. Hence, the first step to achieving a good backpack camping in the rain experience is for you to have patience and a positive outlook. And with that thought in mind, let’s look at how you should prepare yourself for backpack camping in the rain:
1. Clothing Tactics 101
Do not wear cotton clothes, as they are hydrophilic rather than water repellent, and will certainly keep you soaked in your sweat under the many layers of clothes you will be wearing. Try wearing synthetic insulations, like mid-layer fleece, light wool, and let the material be a little airy for your skin to have room to breathe.
2. Layering like an onion
Wear a hard-shell windbreaker for optimum avoidance from letting the rainwater seep into your first layer of clothes. Incorporate accessories like hat, gloves, ear muffs in your attire to stray from catching a cold from the blowing, moisture filled, and wind. Wear pants that protect from the rain, as well. No part of your body should be compensated.
3. Protecting your feet
Rainboots are an absolute necessity to wear when it's raining, but shoes with a grip are crucial to avoid slipping while climbing on rocks. Hence, you need to ensure that you have shoes that have grips on their soles, and are water repellent from the above, to avoid water seeping into your sock. Furthermore, it should fit you fell, and not have holes to avoid any fungal infection from infesting your feet.
Adding to this, you should carry ointments for blisters that are sure to show up after a day of tireless trekking.
4. Keeping dry, keeping safe
Stash your dry clothes and gears properly, because you will certainly need them in the future. Whatever items you have that are sensitive to becoming wet easily, store them properly in your water repellent backpack.
Any items that you will be taking out of the bag time and again should be kept in zip-lock bags. Because your snacks are also an easy target for the rain, but you need them ever so often, you should pack them in zip-lock bags and take them out as fewer times as possible. Laminate, you cover your map with a plastic cover, to protect it from tearing apart due to being wet.
5. Targeting location for a campsite
For setting up a tent, choose the driest place you can find. The ground should not have moisture, and for that, you can choose higher grounds. Do not set camp in valleys which are fertile, and slippery. Avoid areas with several ruins of trees; there could be a high chance of broken branches destroying your campsite or falling on your tent.
6. Setting up your tent
When you have set your camp up, make sure that the window flap in your tent is facing against the wind to avoid getting your tent blew away and cold air blowing into it.
Also, make sure that you have learned how to pitch your tent in case of heavy sideways rain that might blow your campsite away – practice at home, and make sure that the flaps of your tent withhold the wind
7. Choosing the right trail to follow
Even if you are prepared for all situations that may unfold during your trip, it is always a good idea to play as safe as you can while still having fun. Choosing the right trail ensures that you can live an adventure, but do not engage in life-risking dangers that may come ahead.
Avoid extremely slippery paths that edge onto a cliff. Or tracks which may cause an avalanche of rocks, and cause you to fall with it. Furthermore, avoid trails where you could get hurt from something falling from above your head; like broken branches.
8. Being prepared with treatments to the risks of hypothermia
Getting hypothermia is a given if you wear a drenched clothing material for too long, and that too in a climate which has a lot of moisture in the air, with no room to dry. If you or your partner has caught hypothermia – stop your trek, find a dry place away from your original track and warm them up to the best of your possibility.
9. Carrying a first aid kit
A first aid kit is a necessity in any camping, but the risks of getting a scratch or even a wound in the rain, while camping, is higher; hence, carrying a first aid kit is a top priority. The essentials that you need to pack should be:
10. Do not overwhelm yourself
Make sure to take breaks, to ensure that your muscles and brain get enough relaxation. Furthermore, your mind might get tired, and you may suffer from an imbalanced sleeping schedule because of it. Hence, it is important that with the physical aspect, you take care of your mental health as well.
After knowing the tips and tricks to bag the perfect adventure, you are set to enjoy your backpack camping in the rain without hassle and preamble. Make sure that you are thorough with more details and specifications behind each step, to ensure complete safety of you and your partner while camping.