How to Camp in the Rain

 

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It’s always important to be prepared for your adventures, whether planned or spur of the moment. There many not be any rain on the radar but with Texas weather, you never know what can happen. Here are five simple things you can do to be better prepared if the weather takes a dramatic turn.

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  1. Coat your mates in shellac, which can found in any hardware store. Doing so will waterproof your strike anywhere matches. Simply dip the heads into the shellac and let them dry and when the time comes, you can light your match even in the rain.
  2. Bring an abundance of plastic bags. They take up virtually no space and are very inexpensive. Bring trash bags, sandwich bags and/or plain grocery bags. You can use the trash bags to cover any large items that you do not want to get wet. You can use the grocery bags to cover firewood and the sandwich bags to keep electronic devices safe, such as your camera or phone.
  3. Bring a “bored box.” If bad weather arrives unexpectedly and you have to be confined to your tent or camper for long periods of time, it’s important to have thing stop keep you and your family occupied. Bring books, games, cards and toys, anything you can think of to pass the time.
  4. Don’t forget the bug spray. With rain comes mosquitos and other creepy crawlies. Add this and sunscreen to your first aid kits so you won’t forget it!
  5. Most importantly: location, location, location! Even if there is no sign of rain on the radar, it’s imperative to make sure your campground is on a higher elevation just in case a sudden storm hits. Also make sure there are no dips around your campsite. Dips are a surefire way to get your¬†lodging flooded and to ruin your trip.

These five tips are super easy and can be done quickly to make sure that no matter the weather, your camping trip is a success! Sometimes, the rain in Texas can come out of nowhere, and several areas in the hill country¬†are known to suddenly flood, so it’s always good to be prepared. And always remember, turn around, don’t drown!

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