Survivalist Tips For Backpacking In The Rain


Tips for Backpack Camping in the Rain

 

10. DON’T Go, If You are Afraid of being uncomfortable

Tips For Backpack Camping In The Rain

Look at the trip as a way to train for an emergency or natural calamity.

9. Practice Survival Skills in Good Weather

Practice Survival Skills in Good Weather | Tips For Backpack Camping In The Rain

8. Get a Good Backpack

Get a Good Backpack Backpack Camping In The Rain

Find a pack that fits your:

  • Trip length (single or multi-day)
  • Personal preference (comfort versus weight-saving)
  • Body type/torso length
  • Materials/quality
  • Right capacity for use
  • Fit your torso
  • Load support
  • Gear accessibility
  • Waterproof zippers

7. Take Tarps

Take Tarps | Tips For Backpack Camping In The Rain

Place your rain gear at the top of your backpack for easy access. Construct a tarp shelter that will keep you and your equipment dry while you set up your tent or hammock. Speed and precision are important in setting up camp. Remember to tighten your tarp to avoid puddling. Again, practice, practice, practice…

6. Select Your Tent Carefully

Select Your Tent Carefully | Tips For Backpack Camping In The Rain

I use the Eureka Backcountry 1. It is lightweight and excellent quality. I modified the tent with a custom footprint and vestibule. Modern tents have bathtub floors that keep the water out, but will get damp in heavy rainfall. So I put plastic bags below my sleeping pad. Bob has a Kelty Gunnison 2.1 which has 2 vestibules and excellent ventilation. Take note: More ventilation = less condensation. Generally, these are the qualities of the best backpack camping tents:

  • Materials/quality/weight
  • Quick set-up
  • Freestanding with bathtub floor
  • Aluminum frame
  • Rainfly with vestibule for gear storage

5. Camp on High Ground

Camp on High Ground | Tips For Backpack Camping In The Rain

Otherwise, a brief shower may turn your campsite into a river — which we learned the hard way.

4. Organize Your Supplies

Organize Your Supplies | Tips For Backpack Camping In The Rain

Put your backpack on the head end of your tent. Place your extra clothing in a plastic bag which you can use as a pillow. For your clothing, you might want to take note of these points:

  • Include socks made from synthetic materials instead of cotton
  • Use T-shirts made from synthetic materials instead of cotton
  • Include a rain poncho or a lightweight rain jacket
  • Put toiletries in a separate bag
  • Place fire-starting kit and electronic devices in waterproof bags, separately
  • Prefer ultralight rain gear for backpacking in the rain

3. Bring Stove or Make Campfire

Bring Stove or Make Campfire | Tips For Backpack Camping In The Rain

Entertainment-wise, your campfire is your TV when outdoors, so this should be fun but remember to take extra care when starting a campfire.

  • Practice different methods of fire-starting
  • Pine resin may be used as a fire-starter
  • Practice the Ferro rod and knife spine technique
  • Try the Uber Match (Four strike-anywhere matches wrapped in a paraffin-soaked cotton pad)
  • Be careful with fire near your shelter

2. Hike the Trail

Hike the Trail | Tips For Backpack Camping In The Rain

Get yourself familiar with your surroundings, environment, or terrain. Look for plants you can make use of, like American beautyberry plants which repel mosquitoes and ticks. Also, familiarize yourself with poisonous plants which you need to avoid.

1. Be  Safe

Be  Safe | Tips For Backpack Camping In The Rain

Above all, keep yourself safe. Be wary of lightning and widow-makers. Watch out for wild and dangerous animals and deadly insects. You can follow the local recommendations and look for more information about the area. When faced with dangerous hazards, head home, go indoors, or stay in your car. Your car will be safer than the tent.

Who doesn’t love the sound of rain on a metal roof? What about the sound of rain on a tent in the woods? Perhaps not so fun… but it doesn’t all have to be a wash. Learning the survival skills for backpack camping in all sorts of weather will make you stronger and better prepared!

 


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