How to Set Up a Tent in the Rain Guide to Start

Imagine you want to go camping, but you hear a weather forecast that it's going to rain. Do you just abandon your idea and wait until the rain passes? You don't have to! You can still go for your camping trip; you just have to prepare more. Today, I am going to show you how to pitch a tent in the rain so you can still enjoy the outdoors even when it rains. Here are some tips on how to set up a tent in the rain.

Wear the right clothing

You should, of course, have your regular camping gear and all layers on top. Since it is going to be raining, you should wear and carry layers to regulate the body temperature; trapping heat when you're active and retaining it when you rest.
The best materials to choose can be polyester or wool-based for your layers. You should also have a waterproof jacket or a raincoat. Pack extra base layers and socks so that you can change into something warm. Don't pack cotton clothes as they don't dry easily, and you might get hypothermia from the cold.

Carry waterproof bags

This point goes without saying. Since you don't want your stuff to get wet, a waterproof bag is a logical thing to carry. The bags are where you will store your change of clothes, food, and other items.
If you don't have waterproof bags, you could carry garbage bags or air-tight Ziploc bags. They are inexpensive and easy to pack. You can use the big garbage bags to keep your bag in to ensure it stays dry. You can also use it to store wet gear, like your wet clothes to prevent them from getting everything else wet. You can also use the bags for storing firewood. Stack firewood inside the bag before it starts raining such that it is easy to make a fire once the rain stops.
Ziploc bags are for keeping the other items dry. You can use them to put your fire-starting equipment. Since you can seal these bags, you can also use them to store food, medicine, and other essential items.

Pack foods that don't require cooking

You can't know how long the rain will last, so packing foods that don't require cooking is a clever step. You may not be able to start a fire in the rain, so preparing food at home and carrying it to the campsite is a good idea. You can carry something to keep you warm like a cup of hot cocoa. You can use a flask to keep it warm. If you can start a fire, warm the food and drinks to keep the cold at bay. Remember to carry the food, have it on your checklist, so you don't forget.

Pitch your tent on high ground

Once you've established your campsite, you have to look for high ground, without any tall trees. Tall trees can attract lightning if there is a thunderstorm. You want to look for the high ground so that you don't find yourself knee-deep in water if there is a thunderstorm. You want to look for high ground so that you don't find yourself knee-deep in water. Do not build trenches or pitch your tent near water bodies, no matter how shallow. The water and easily rise, and you might put yourself at risk of being in a flash flood.
If you can't find high ground, try avoiding low lying areas, or sleeping under trees. Don't pitch your tent at the bottom of a slope or any other place that gathers water.

Lay a tarp down the inside of your tent

Lining a tarp inside the tent will help keep moisture from seeping through and ruining your gear. Laying it on the floor on your tent will keep the water away. Place a heavy-duty tarp under the tent and make sure none of it sticks out from under the tent. Fold the extending part up so that water doesn't roll into the tent.
You can also use an extra tarp above your tent. It gives you extra space for hanging a clothesline. You also get an extra cooking area and store your wet gear.

Be careful on wet terrain

One of the best ways to ensure you don't slip and hurt yourself in wet terrain is by investing in good shoes. Waterproof boots should be your go-to. If you don't have them, try on rubber boots. These will give you extra grip to ensure you don't slide and fall. You can also use these boots while walking around in wet terrain. They are long, so no splashes of water or mud will get on your clothing.
Try to avoid wet terrain as much as possible as it can cause accidents. If you do find yourself in such a terrain, you should be extremely careful. Have the correct footwear and rain gear to ensure you stay warm and protected.

Tips for If It Rains On a Tent for 10 Hours

If you are caught in the rain for more than 10 hours, here's what you can do;

Carry a bivouac bag

A waterproof bivy sack can help you when you're stuck in the rain for hours. It can help if the inside of your tent gets too wet. You can use it as an emergency weather protection. It would be best if you could find a waterproof one that will act as an emergency shelter.

Carry a sponge and a shovel

If it rains for that long, the chances are that water might get inside your bivvy. Having a sponge is the best way to remove the water. You should also carry a sponge that you can use to redirect water from your site.

Put a tarp over your tent.

This tarp will act as your porch. This is where you will do your cooking and hang things out to dry. Getting along tarp will give you the extra space to set your porch up

Wait it out

You might get impatient when it rains for that long and want to leave, don't. Stay at that place until the rain lets out. It can be dangerous trying to find your way in the rain, so just wait for it to subside before breaking camp.


These were a few tips on how to set up a tent in the rain. Make sure you have food, a tarp, and the correct clothing. Carry plastic bags for storage, and remember to hang your wet clothes. Always set up your tent in high ground, away from trees or any water bodies. Happy camping.