Being prepared is more than just a Boy Scout motto. It is a way of life for many people. They pride themselves on trying to plan for anything and everything that can and usually does, go wrong. While some take it to extremes, for most of us, it is a good way to live our lives. It’s really not hard to get yourself organized, especially if you go about it in small chunks. Today we’ll focus on how to be prepared for any kind of camping weather – extreme or otherwise.
Be Prepared For Any Kind Of Camping Weather
It’s always good to know before you go. Check the weather for your destination, your starting point and any places in between. While this is good information to have, we all know that weather can change without a moment’s notice. It can be sunny and warm and the next thing you know, the temperature has dropped 40 degrees and it’s flat out cold. Being prepared for extremes of both cold and heat will make your trip that much more enjoyable.
Keeping It All Organized
One of the biggest obstacles when it comes to being prepared for everything that comes your way is organization. Trying to keep track of everything you need and making sure that each family member is covered can be a nightmare. A simple way of accomplishing this with little effort is to assign each person their own plastic tote or tub. Label each tub with the owner’s name and let them help you fill them. The lists below are intended to remind you to bring these extra items in addition to your everyday clothing.
Braving the Cold Weather
Cold weather happens — usually when we aren’t ready for it. At the beginning of the camping season, the middle, and the end, weather extremes can occur at any time. If you aren’t prepared for the big changes in your camping weather, you could be in for a miserable trip. When you’re up in the mountains, it is not uncommon to experience snow as late as July or as early as August in some places. Don’t get caught unaware without the proper attire and gear.
Suggested winter weather clothing:
- Heavy Coat
- Heavy socks
- Long pants
- Long-sleeved shirts
Hot Weather Help
Summertime and warm weather go hand in hand and this is when many of us will be doing the majority of our camping. For the most part, when the temperature goes up, the layers of clothing come off. While this can be helpful in keeping you cool, it can only do so much. Extra preparations are required to help you and your family stay cool.
Things that will help you stay cool(er):
- Tank tops
- Sunhat or baseball cap
- Water bottle
- Cool bedding
Rainy Day Gear
Being prepared for rainy weather isn’t difficult. While we hope the rain holds off during our trip, it isn’t always the case.
Have these items ready to go:
- Rain boots or galoshes
- Lots of extra, clean dry socks
Pack And Go
Provide each family member their own tote and (if old enough) put them in charge of keeping it stocked with the extreme weather gear above. Make a checklist so that you can just do a quick check before leaving on your trip. Grab each tote and you’re off! You should now be prepared for any kind of camping weather.