Wet Weather Camping 

Don't Let Rain Ruin Your Camping Trip

Wet weather camping doesn’t sound very exciting - but it can actually be fun if you are prepared.


Summer rain showers are common in the mountains of Montana, as well as other places. If that’s where you will be camping, you would be wise to prepare for wet weather camping.


Preparing for Rain



One of the most important things to remember - You Won’t Melt!

Camping in the rain isn't a favorite thing to do - blue skies and sunshine are preferred - but if it happens, attitude can make a big difference! If you can remain upbeat and positive, it will be better for everyone.

If you have kids with you, they will follow your example - you’re happy…they’re happy!


If you are in a camping trailer or rv, you don’t have much to worry about when camping in the rain. You just have to be sure you close the vent over your bed so it doesn't get wet!

I wonder why I know that???



Tent camping in the rain can be good with just being ready for it.

Probably you have put seam sealer on your tent before you left home - if not, you should have!!

It’s a good idea to use seam sealer on your tent before the start of each year’s camping season - even if the manufacturer says it isn’t necessary.

A good thing to bring when you go camping is a tarp - in fact, lots of tarps - makes it easy to cover things if it rains.

Setting Up Your Tent For Rain

When you are setting up your tent, do it as if you know it’s going to rain - then you’re already ahead of the game.

  • Don’t set up in a place where water will run off and collect.

  • Have a footprint under your tent with none of it showing. If it’s not all completely under your tent, it will collect water and funnel it under your tent.

  • Have nothing touching the walls of your tent - water will come through. Your sleeping bag will get wet if it touches the wall of your tent.

  • Put on your rainfly when you set up - after it starts raining, it’s too late.

Something helpful to know - Coleman guarantees that their Weathertec System on Coleman tents will keep you from getting wet.

Wet Weather Camping With Kids

The biggest problem in wet weather camping with kids is you! If you are crabby and complaining, your kids will be too.

But if you are calm and happy, and just go with the flow, your kids will too.

Kids love to play in the rain and splash in the puddles! Don’t you remember those days?

So bring along raincoats and rainboots for kids and just let them go for it!

It is important to have lots of clothes - especially socks. Kids will get wet and change many times.

If the weatherman says it is going to rain for most of the day, you might want to explore local attractions like museums, indoor swimming pools or McDonald’s Playland.

It can also be fun for you and your kids to play games or cards at your campsite.

Some of our favorite family camping games are:

  • Pictionary
  • Monopoly
  • Outburst
  • Scrabble
  • Tripoli
  • And some favorite card games -

  • Scratch
  • Pitch
  • Hearts
  • Hand and Foot
  • Rummy

  • You could also take along a portable DVD player so young ones could watch a movie. With an inverter, you can keep it charged in your vehicle.

    Have lots of snacks and hot drinks - that makes it special for kids.

    Make yourself an adult drink - it might take the edge off!

Camping Canopies Are Helpful

If you are camping in a tent, you will be cooking outside. So when you are setting up your campsite, it would be good to make a shelter for cooking.

Never cook inside your tent - way too dangerous!

You could fasten a tarp to trees with ropes or you can take along a canopy - now cooking in the rain is not a problem.

We have a camping canopy with sides that we always take when we go camping.

It not only gives you a protected place for your camp stove, it gives you protection from wind and rain if you want to play cards or games.

A canopy can also be placed over your picnic table.

Keeping Warm

Wet weather camping can be a challenge for you to keep yourself and your family warm.

Layered clothing is good - you can take off outside layers if it gets too warm.

My recommendation is to have a warm sleeping bag - one rated at least to 20 degrees. You can always take out your arms or unzip if it is too warm, but if you are cold, you will be miserable all night.

Being wet and cold can also lead to hypothermia.

If you notice slurred speech, shivering, purple-tinged skin or pale skin, or impaired judgment - take off all wet clothing and wrap the person in dry blankets or a sleeping bag.

If improvement isn’t seen quickly, seek medical help.

Rain coats and rain boots will help to keep you warm and dry in wet weather camping. If your rain jacket doesn’t have a hood, you should have a rain hat too.

It’s really smart to put on rain gear before you get wet - it’s a lot more difficult to get warm after you are wet than to prevent it in the first place.

We always take warm coats, hats and gloves - you never know when you will need them!

We also take blankets to wrap up in when sitting around the campfire.

Above all - Remember to look for the rainbow!

Some pages you might want to explore:

Camping with kids; Children love to camp - they love discovering the outdoors - they love the campfire - and they love getting dirty! Having kids with you truly means fun family camping!

Montana Camping Guide; Learn all about camping - tips and ideas, gear you might need, camping with kids, Montana campgrounds, fixing meals, camping in Yellowstone Park and Glacier Park, plus much more

 Montana camping;  What could be better -- magical campfires, awesome wildlife, world renowned trout fishing, magnificent evergreen forests - plus cheap family vacations

Camping in Yellowstone; Mystical thermal areas, magnificent forests, lots of wildlife - all this when you go camping in Yellowstone. What an awesome way to experience the wonders of nature!

Be ready for an incredible experience with Glacier National Park camping.  You will take home awesome memories to last a lifetime!  Being a part of nature and sharing the lush forests with the animals

Montana campgrounds;  You will discover great family vacation destinations when you stay in Montana campgrounds - there is something to please everyone.

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