How to Stay Dry in a Tent While Camping

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Staying dry in your tent when it’s raining can be a little difficult for the inexperienced novice camper. If you don’t want to live in a wet tent and have a bad camping vacation because of it, check out our tips.

Check the weather forecast

Check the weather forecast before you go camping. If by chance it’s not that lucky and it’s going to rain on the days you plan to camp, then you’re well prepared. If it’s not a dangerous rainstorm, you don’t have to cancel your camping trip because of it. You have plenty of time to prepare for this.

Pack the items you must dry first

Prioritize packing items that need to be kept dry, such as clothes and food. Because by doing so, they will be the last items you take out when you camp. These items that need to stay dry will still be in your backpack or car while you set up your tent. Even if you get a sudden downpour, your items will not get wet.

Set up your campsite in a dry place

Do not set up your tent in streams, river beds, or near lakes. Stay away from watery areas and set up your campsite in a dry place. This will prevent heavy rains from flooding your gear. Setting up your tent on a small slope with a slight incline will allow water to flow over and not accumulate under your tent.

Use a dry bag

Always bring a dry bag. A dry bag will keep your gear and food dry. You can use a dry bag to store the things that need waterproofing the most, such as clothes, perishable food, etc.

Waterproof your equipment

Using a waterproofing spray can waterproof your equipment. If you don’t want your shoes or backpack to get soaked, then you can use these products. However, they may make your gear less breathable.


Layering will keep you from getting wet. By wearing the waterproof shell on the outermost side, your inner clothing will remain dry even if it gets wet from the rain. Also, the waterproof shell will keep the moist air from getting your clothes wet.

Use a clothesline

If your clothes and other items are unfortunately wet, then you can use a clothesline to dry them out on a sunny day. Clotheslines are lightweight and easy to use. All you need to do is tie it to two trees.

Bring some garbage bags

But when a storm suddenly hits, you may be on your hands and knees. That’s when waterproof garbage bags can be a quick solution to your troubles. You can put any items that need to be waterproof in them. Especially if your dry bags are already full, they can save your other items, such as shoes. If they are big enough, you can even use them as a raincoat or provide protection for your backpack.

Wear quick-drying clothes

Bring some quick-drying clothes so that even if you get wet, you can quickly dry your clothes after the rain stops.

Bring some towels

If you are planning a car camping trip, then you can prepare some extra towels. They can quickly wick away water. Especially if you accidentally knock over your water glass. They can also be used to dry your dining table, camping chairs, and other equipment after the rain stops.

Use rainfly and tarp

Using a rain fly and tarp can protect your tent from the wind and rain. Putting a tarp under your tent will not only prevent your tent from being punctured by rocks, but it will also prevent water from entering your tent through the floor of your tent.

Keep your tent ventilated

The moisture you breathe out may condense on your tent, which can make your tent wet. Keeping your tent ventilated can prevent moisture from condensing.

Compromise on non-essentials

If you are unfortunate enough to get caught in a downpour, you need to determine as soon as possible what important items you need to keep dry. Try not to sacrifice anything that has to do with sleeping. Food, clothing, and other gear can be dried over a campfire after the rain stops.

Carry a tent repair kit

If your tent is leaking, you can use a tent repair kit or tape to temporarily fix your tent. This way you won’t have to spend the night in a wet tent.


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