If you plan your camping trip well in advance, you won’t know what the weather holds when you arrive. You might face freezing or scorching temperatures, rain all weekend or even severe weather, such as tornadoes or thunderstorms. Be prepared in case the weather doesn’t cooperate on your next camping trip.
Pack for Weather
As the camping trip gets closer, you’ll get a better sense of what the weather will do. Pack your bags according to the weather reports. If there is a chance of freezing temperatures, pack plenty of warm clothes, sleeping bags and extra blankets. If rain is in the forecast, don’t forget your rain coat and umbrellas.
Don’t forget a weather radio or a regular radio to keep track of storms. Bring extra batteries for the radio. Your cell phone is also a great way to keep track of weather. Pack your charger if you have access to electrical outlets at the campground.
If rain is in the forecast, tarps can help keep your tent and part of your campsite dry. Pack a large enough tarp to cover the area you want protected. You’ll also need rope and stakes to help hold the tarps in place.
When you arrive at the campground, check out potential shelters if the weather turns severe. Some campgrounds might have a storm shelter in case a tornado or other severe weather strikes. In other cases, you might shelter in a bathroom or other sturdy building. Hopefully you won’t need the shelter, but if you know where it is you can save time getting there in case of a weather emergency.
Know When to Go
If the weather isn’t severe, you can ride out the storm at the campground. You might be a little cold or soaked, but as long as you’re safe it’s no big deal. If the weather turns severe, you might need to get out quickly. Don’t wait too long to leave if it looks like the weather could turn dangerous. It’s better to leave early than to wait too long and get caught. If the weather is extreme, you may need to leave some of your gear behind. For example, if torrential rains are causing a creek in the campground to flood, the rising waters might not give you the time you need to load up. It takes time to load all of the gear up. If strong weather is nearby, you won’t have the time to gather everything and get out in time. You can always return for your camping gear if you can’t take it with you.