Camping In The Rain Checklist (Printable PDF & Editable)

The forecast is for rain and you’re planning your first camping trip. Can you still go? Should you still go? You don’t want to go to all the trouble of packing, getting there, setting up, and having a miserable time. So what do you do? 

You prepare for a camping trip in the rain! We’ve got a great list of the things that you will need for any camping trip and highlight all the extras that can make camping in the rain a good experience! 

A camping trip in the rain is one you will remember forever! Just use our handy camping in the rain checklist to make sure you have everything you need to make good memories of that rainy camping trip by packing all the essential rainy day gear!

Sleeping Gear

  • Waterproof Tent, poles, stakes/pegs, mallet, rainfly, or tarp
    drag edit delete
  • Groundsheet, footprint, or tarp
    drag edit delete
  • Sleeping bag, sheets, blankets
    drag edit delete
  • Sleeping pads or air mattresses
    drag edit delete
  • Pillows
    drag edit delete
  • Doormat to go in front of tents to stop mud and dirt from coming inside
    drag edit delete
  • Add new

Related: Looking for a tent that can handle a big family? Find out what the top family tent for camping tent is.

Kitchen Packing List

  • Camp table
    drag edit delete
  • Camp chairs
    drag edit delete
  • Tarp or shelter
    drag edit delete
  • Portable camping stove or campfire materials
    drag edit delete
  • Extra stove fuel, lighters, matches, firewood, firelighters
    drag edit delete
  • Cooking pots and pans
    drag edit delete
  • Large bowl
    drag edit delete
  • Stovetop kettle
    drag edit delete
  • Cooking utensils (Wooden spoons, tongs, flippers, spatula)
    drag edit delete
  • Can opener, corkscrew, bottle openers
    drag edit delete
  • Cutting board and knives
    drag edit delete
  • Cooler with ice or ice packs
    drag edit delete
  • Rubbish bin/bags
    drag edit delete
  • Bucket for dishwashing, scrubber, detergent, tea towels, dishcloth
    drag edit delete
  • Large drinking water container with potable water or water purification system
    drag edit delete
  • Food containers and resealable plastic bags for food storage.
    drag edit delete
  • Foil and paper towel
    drag edit delete
  • Marshmallow cooking sticks
    drag edit delete
  • Dustpan and brush
    drag edit delete
  • Add new

Food and Drink

  • Plates and bowls
    drag edit delete
  • Knives, forks, and spoons
    drag edit delete
  • Mugs and water cups
    drag edit delete
  • Wine glasses!
    drag edit delete
  • Water bottles
    drag edit delete
  • Food that can be eaten cold
    drag edit delete
  • Food that can be cooked on a camp stove
    drag edit delete
  • Add new

Rain Protection and Gear

  • Tarp, poles, ropes, stakes
    drag edit delete
  • Rain jackets and/or waterproof hooded ponchos
    drag edit delete
  • Umbrellas
    drag edit delete
  • Slip-on shoes
    drag edit delete
  • Waterproof backpack cover
    drag edit delete
  • Clothesline and pegs
    drag edit delete
  • Add new

Wet Weather Clothing and Footwear

  • Bag for clean clothes
    drag edit delete
  • Quick-drying suitable outdoor clothing for the season
    drag edit delete
  • Suitable nightwear
    drag edit delete
  • Sun protection (Hats, sunglasses, sun shirts)
    drag edit delete
  • Snow protection (Jackets, boots, thermal underwear)
    drag edit delete
  • Cold weather protection (Hats, gloves, scarves)
    drag edit delete
  • Trekking boots, water shoes, slip-on shoes
    drag edit delete
  • Socks
    drag edit delete
  • Swimming gear (swimsuit, towel)
    drag edit delete
  • Plastic bags for dirty/wet clothes
    drag edit delete
  • Add new

Toiletries List

  • Toothbrush & toothpaste
    drag edit delete
  • Deodorant
    drag edit delete
  • Soap, shampoo
    drag edit delete
  • Quick-dry towels
    drag edit delete
  • Hairbrush
    drag edit delete
  • Shaver
    drag edit delete
  • Toilet paper
    drag edit delete
  • Medications
    drag edit delete
  • First aid kit
    drag edit delete
  • Insect repellent
    drag edit delete
  • Sunscreen
    drag edit delete
  • Chapstick or lip balm
    drag edit delete
  • Reading glasses/contact lenses
    drag edit delete
  • Toilet shovel
    drag edit delete
  • Waterless hand sanitizer
    drag edit delete
  • Baby wipes
    drag edit delete
  • Add new

Lighting

  • Lanterns
    drag edit delete
  • Candles
    drag edit delete
  • Matches/lighter
    drag edit delete
  • Headlamps
    drag edit delete
  • Rechargeable torches
    drag edit delete
  • Flashlights
    drag edit delete
  • Spare Batteries
    drag edit delete
  • Portable solar panel for recharging
    drag edit delete
  • Add new

Entertainment for Rainy Days

  • Field guides, star charts, and books
    drag edit delete
  • Binoculars
    drag edit delete
  • Notebook and pencils (pencils write on wet-ish paper)
    drag edit delete
  • Music player, Bluetooth speakers, phone, tablet, etc
    drag edit delete
  • Musical instrument
    drag edit delete
  • Ball, frisbee
    drag edit delete
  • Watercrafts
    drag edit delete
  • Hammock
    drag edit delete
  • Camera
    drag edit delete
  • Fishing gear, bait, license
    drag edit delete
  • Deck of cards, Jigsaw, board games
    drag edit delete
  • Day pack for short hikes
    drag edit delete
  • Add new

Useful Accessories

  • Phone charger
    drag edit delete
  • Watch or clock
    drag edit delete
  • Rope – thick and thin
    drag edit delete
  • Spare tarp
    drag edit delete
  • Multi-tool/Pocket knife/Scissors
    drag edit delete
  • Duct Tape
    drag edit delete
  • Extra guy ropes
    drag edit delete
  • Bungee/shock cords
    drag edit delete
  • Tent pole repair
    drag edit delete
  • Hammer/saw/axe
    drag edit delete
  • Compass or navigation device
    drag edit delete
  • Reflective blanket
    drag edit delete
  • Mosquito net
    drag edit delete
  • Credit card/cash/Identification
    drag edit delete
  • Repair kits for tents, tarps, water toys, blow-up mattresses
    drag edit delete
  • Bear spray for errant bears also works well on unwanted human intruders
    drag edit delete
  • Whistle
    drag edit delete
  • Add new
Campsite beside a hill in the mist.
Talk to other campers to learn new hints and tricks for camping in the rain!

Camping hacks and tips for camping in the rain for the first time

  • If you know it’s going to rain on your trip, re-waterproof your camping tent and fly and check the tape seam and repair or replace if you need to before you go. 
  • Make sure you have a footprint or a tarp that is slightly smaller than your tent base to go under the tent to keep the groundwater away from the floor of your tent. 
  • Make sure your fly is nice and taut and there are no wrinkles in it. The water needs to flow straight off your fly onto the ground (not your footprint) without pooling even in the wind.
  • Extra tarps can be a lifesaver when you camp in the rain for your outdoor cooking and sitting areas. It’s good to be able to get out of the tent and be off the wet ground from time to time. 
  • It can be hard to cook on a campfire in heavy rain so take prepackaged foods that you can cook on a camp stove, or cold if you have to. 
  • If you are going to walk in the rain, waterproof your trekking boots before you leave and wear woolen socks to stay warm. 
  • Bring waterproof matches and a number of lighters. Keep them in a waterproof bag with a ziplock so they stay dry. 
  • Bring inside things to entertain you and your family for long periods, books, games, cards, musical instruments or sit and really talk to each other. 
  • Take lots of plastic bags to keep dry and wet things separate!
  • Plan to go home or to a hotel if things aren’t going well or the weather is worse than expected. Don’t put yourself in danger. 
  • Go with a good attitude and remember – it’s just water!

And a few things to do before you leave

Always check the weather forecast before you leave and make sure you can cope with what’s predicted. While you are online, find out what dangerous animals or toxic plants you may encounter also in your campsite and what fires you are allowed where you plan to camp. 

It’s a good idea to make sure you have the campsite booking number, address, phone, direction, and a printed confirmation with you. If phone coverage is patchy where you are planning to camp is patchy a paper-based map will ensure you actually get there!

Always leave home with a full tank of gas in the car and remember to tell someone exactly where you are going and when you’ll be back. Email them your itinerary too, if you like. 

Stay safe! Happy Camping 😊

Next up: If you’re heading out camping then you better make sure you’re prepared for the worst! Check out our camping first aid kit checklist.

Back one: Heading out camping with the baby but not sure what to bring? Check out our camping with a baby packing list.

Author at Wilderness Redefined camping website

James has been escaping to the outdoors for as long as he can remember. This first started in family camping trips but soon turned into adventure camps and hiking through the Scottish Hebrides. Now he has turned towards trying to make camping more comfortable and accessible.