Whether you’ve been warned or the rain caught you by surprise, it’s always good to be prepared for the elements. Rain or shine, there are several items that should be kept on hand for any emergency. There are several things to keep in mind when packing up for your trip and when setting up your camp.
These are some items you need to pack when leaving for the cloudy forest:
Be Mindful of Where You Set Up
The nice peaceful patch of grass at the base of the hill may seem like a beautiful place to camp out –until it rains that is. If you’re anticipating precipitation, the last place you want to be is the low ground. Try to set up camp on high ground, it will save you the trouble of puddles, soggy beds and soggy anything that sits on the ground, including you.
Bring Your Micro Duffel Bag
The last think you want is to end up with a bag full of wet clothes and supplies. Having a waterproof bag, especially one as durable as the Micro Duffel Bag, can make or break you in the wilderness. There are just some things that need to stay dry during big storms, like your dry back-up clothes.
Invest in a Good Scope
If you’ve ever attempted to hunt in cold weather with rain, you’ve probably had your scope fog up on the inside. You can purchase fog-proof scopes which will keep the inside from fogging. These scopes are filled with nitrogen on the inside which prevents the condensation from forming on the lens. Beware that you will still have to remove fog from the outside of your lens.
Don’t Cheap Out on the Boots
Your feet are among the most important parts of your body that should not remain wet for long periods of time. Wet socks and wet boots can result in nasty fungal infections or frostbite if you’re in a cold area. When you buy your boots, make sure they’re equipped for the type of terrain you will be camping in. While standard rain boots will keep the water out, they won’t do you much good in rough terrains and may even become slippery. Opt for more of the hunting boot-type shoe with water resistance and try to keep them as dry as possible.
Bring Plastic of Every Sort
Yes we mean it; ponchos, plastic bags and a plastic tarp if possible. This is just about the only way to keep the water away from everything inside your tent, especially if there is wind. It’s a good idea to wrap everything up if you’re going to be away from the site for long periods of time. While it may seem excessive, it’s always nicer to come home to a nice, dry pillow and blanket rather than a cold wet one. Better safe than sorry!