The British weather is truly a weird and wonderful phenomenon. Even in the middle of summer our little island can experience intense downpours of biblical proportions which can certainly make family camping trips an interesting experience.
When you do get caught in such horrible conditions when camping, you really only have two options. The first is to just stay in your tent and hope it eases off, and the second is to brave the weather and get on with enjoying the countryside.
Things you can do in the rain:
When it is raining you do need to think about whether the activities you want to do will be safe or not, so things like rock climbing are probably out of the question as it can be dangerous in the rain.
There are, however, some activities that are ok whatever the weather. Some good examples are certain watersports like surfing or sailing which, if the water isnt too choppy, are probably no different in the rain as you will get wet anyway.
The clothing you should wear:
As long as you are properly prepared and are sensible with your clothing, you can actually end up mostly dry when you return to your tent. The following is a list of tips:
- Wear more than one layer – this allows you to be flexible and keep up with the erratic weather conditions. If it gets warm, take a layer off, and if it gets cold put one on.
- Pack waterproof and water-resistant clothing – Waterproof trousers and coats keep you dry and warm in almost any condition.
- Footwear – make sure you invest in some good quality hiking or walking boots to keep out the water – having dry socks when you get back to the tent certainly makes it worth it!