There are many types of campers. Those who are just trying it out for the first time, weekenders that enjoy it as an occasional pastime, and die hard, we go out as often as possible campers. One thing is true for all types: The weather can oftentimes be unpredictable. For each and every camper, it is always good to learn about, or be refreshed on tips for staying safe, dry, and comfortable while you are enjoying your time living in the outdoors. So here are some helpful tips you can put into practice no matter what level of camper you happen to be.
Plan for the Unexpected
It is commonly said that predicted weather can often be different than actual weather conditions. Before your scheduled trip, do plan ahead by checking weather predictions, but also keep in mind that the unexpected may happen.
Choose Your Campsite Wisely
When selecting your campsite, carefully inspect the terrain around you. Do not choose an area that falls in a valley or area that may flood in heavy or torrential rains. Check for unstable looking trees and rocks, that could possibly fall or come loose in storm conditions.
Select an Area to Put Up a Fly Shelter
A good practice to start when you first arrive at your campsite is erecting a fly shelter. Using a large tarp, and with enough cord, and your GroundGrabba ground anchors, you can erect a strong, stable shelter. If the weather changes quickly, you will have a place to keep dry, and keep your gear dry as well. Have a bit of fun with it too if you like, bring some ambient lighting, camping chairs, and your rain shelter can be your outdoor living space!
Bring Large Freezer Bags
Tightly sealed freezer bags can be a real asset in case of rain. You can store clothing, food, and supplies and them, and keep them dry. It is even a good practice to pre-pack some clothing in freezer bags so that if you get wet unexpectedly, you have a dry change of clothes no matter the circumstances.
Put Up a Clothesline
If you plan on camping for even more than one night, then putting up a clothesline is a great idea. Using a strong cord, stable trees, and/or your GroundGrabba ground anchors, you can put one up quickly. This way, if you get wet while you are out hiking or performing some other activity, you can hang them right away to dry. You can cozy up in your sleeping bag after the clothes are on the line!
Bring Dry Kindling
In case of wet conditions, starting a fire can be difficult. Keeping dry firewood and kindling in your vehicle or rain shelter will ensure that you have dry wood to start a new fire if needed. If you are wet a warm campfire can make all the difference. It also ensures that you have a fire for cooking, and after a busy day of activity you will definitely need to re-fuel.
Be Prepared, Stay Safe, and Have Fun
At GroundGrabba, our passion for the outdoors is what drives us. We also know that your love of the outdoors is what gets you out there for camping fun and activity. Regardless of the weather forecast, always plan ahead, be prepared, so that you can stay secure in any situation. This way, you will always get the most out of your experience while staying safe-and DRY! We wish you safe exploits in the outdoors with plenty of wonderful memories made!