If you’ve been camping in Southern Ontario this summer, you know precisely what I’m referring to when I say “a little rain must fall.” When I used to organize a camping vacation, we’d hit the road no matter what. In recent years, I’ve become increasingly interested in weather forecasts and deferring outdoor activities until there is at least a fair probability of nice weather. However, waiting for the perfect weekend to go anywhere may result in never going anywhere at all.

For many years, I’ve lived by the motto “hope for the best, but be ready for the worse”.

Many a dreary weekend in the tent has been transformed into a memorable one because to this simple addition.

Here are a few pointers to keep you and your fellow campers comfortable and dry on your next adventure:

Apparel For Yourself

1. A hat having a full-circle brim that is waterproof.

Ball caps are fun, but they won’t keep the rain off your brow.

Although raincoats with a hood are OK, they do limit your peripheral vision and hearing.

In addition, a raincoat is a must-have.

A permeable material would be ideal for hot summer showers because perspiration doesn’t build up inside.

Another must-have item is a pair of waterproof pants.

Again, I prefer breathable fabrics.

Finally, make sure your shoes are water-resistant.

If you’re planning on hitting the trails, you’ll want something as simple as a pair of rubber boots, but you don’t have to.

If you’re only going to be walking around the camp in rubber boots, keep in mind that rubber boots + trekking = blisters.

On Campgrounds

A good investment is a kitchen shelter with all-around flaps.

Playing games around the picnic table while it rains is a better option than sitting in your sleeping tent, especially if you’re looking to keep the kids occupied during your camping trip.

This will ensure that rainwater does not pool around or under your tent, preventing the formation of puddles.

7. Make sure your firewood is well-protected.

Having a warm fire after a rainstorm can be a welcome relief, but battling to get damp wood to burn can be unpleasant.

It is always a good idea to bring a few games with you.

Even if it’s just a few drops of rain, if everyone is having a good time, it doesn’t matter what the weather is like.

Keep your head up…especially if the storm is intense.

If a branch falls on you or someone else, you could be in for a nasty surprise.

Severe storms often necessitate taking shelter in the vehicle.

Rainy days are ideal for exploring the city’s attractions, including the local theater.

Tomorrow you can go for a walk or a paddle around the lake.

You can get through a few rainy and dreary days with a little planning and forethought, but know when to call it quits and return back to the comforts of home.

Even if you don’t have children, there comes a point when it’s not worth it.

In the face of overwhelming odds, retreating is a respectable tactic.