Let’s face it. Sometimes the weather guy lies. We all know this. But in our hopes for the perfect family outing, we ignore the possibility that we may wake up to find that the nearby lake has relocated to the inside of our tent.
So this year, let’s all do ourselves a favor and plan for the likelihood that the “82 and sunny” could possibly translate to “53, with a chance of rain.”
Here’s what you should bring with you for your potential downpour:
- Tarps (2 minimum) – You’ll need at least two. One for under your tent, and one over. I don’t care what anyone says, if you don’t have a tarp the water will find its way in. If you can bring a third tarp, you can create a lean-to that will allow you to enjoy the fire as well.
- Extra pair of clothes – While you may think you have enough, it won’t be. You should plan to have at least one extra pair for every three days that you are staying (this is in addition to what you have already packed).
- Extra shoes – Rain equals mud. You’ll want to have a spare pair of shoes to wear while you allow your others to dry.
- Large Ziploc bags (or equivalent) – Ziploc makes some fairly large bags that you’ll need to pack essential items in to keep them dry. Pack at least one or two sets of spare clothes into these bags to ensure that they stay dry.
- Lighter or waterproof matches – No matter which you choose to use, keep it stored in a small Ziploc bag.
- Games or books – If the rain is unending, you may find yourself spending a lot of time inside the tent. You’ll want to make sure that you have enough adequate activities to keep yourself busy.
- Towels – an obvious essential
- Non-cook foods – We all love the eggs & bacon, hotdogs, s’mores, and all other mandatory camp foods. But for cases where you may not have access to a fire, you’ll want to have a backup.
- Umbrella – You won’t want to be trapped in the tent all day. Don’t let a little rain dampen your mood to take a stroll.
- Floaties – If all else fails, you might as well embrace the rain.
It’s your trip and nothing should stop you from enjoying it. So when the sky darkens and the air moistens, put on a smile and be thankful that you didn’t have to make the 1/4-mile trek to the nearest restroom; this time, the shower has come to you.