Staying dry in your tent when camping

Tent Camping Tips

While setting out to enjoy the outdoors, it is always a good idea to follow some simple camping tips - especially those that should guarantee that you stay dry during your camping trip. Being cold and wet are the two things that can ruin a camping trip! Even though camping is typically done during the warm summer months, there are a few tips that you should know about which will ensure that you and your gear remain dry during the entire duration of your trip.

Water drops on the aquaphobic surface of the tent

Seam Sealers; remember to use a seam sealer on your tent and do so every year. It is easy to buy new sealer, and it is especially important to use it on your first camping trip and to also seal back all of the seams with plenty of sealer.

Another essential yet straightforward camping tip that ensures that you enjoy dry camping is to place tarp beneath your tent and to also, at the same time, tuck up the edges to prevent rainwater from collecting on the tarp and entering into your tent. Together the tarp along with the sealer will ensure that you remain dry at all times.

Think about a Vestibule and Rain Fly. A vestibule is like mudrooms at the front of your tent. It provides extra space for your gear "outside" of your tent and keeps them dry and a place to change out of wet, muddy clothes before you go into your clean and dry tent. A Rail Fly is like an extra "roof" and is typically made of waterproof a material. If set up correctly, they can also help direct the run-off to a side of your tent that will not cause other issues for you later.

Vestibule and Rain Fly

In lieu of a vestibule, another tip such as placing your gear, sleeping bag and mattress in a place within the tent where they do not come in contact with the walls of your tent. Similarly, another useful tip is before entering your tent after having been out in rainy weather, remember to shed off your wet clothes and place them in an empty corner of your tent or even at the tent's front along with your wet shoes.

Having plenty of rain gear with you before starting on your trip, is reasonably apparent, but must be said as many campers neglect them, and so have less than perfectly enjoyable camping experiences.

When it comes to camping tips, you would be surprised how simple it can be to enjoy camping. Following a few simple tips, you should not have any difficulty accommodating inclement weather, and you should be able to continue to enjoy camping regardless of how wet and uncomfortable it may get outside of your tent.

Chris Sgaraglino

Over the past 37 years of my adult life, I have gained a very diverse portfolio of adventures from which I have been blessed to be a participant. This wealth of experience and knowledge has defined my character, my morals and values, and my healthy respect for people and the great outdoors. It is a true definition of an Outdoorsman!