Waterproof Your Tent: The most important thing to keep your tent dry in the rain is waterproofing it.
Know Your Weather: Before heading out, check the local forecast to see if you’ll be camping in the rain.
Bring A Tarp: As a Californian hiker, I have never used or seen a tarp used in the wilderness, but tarps are common among hikers in wetter regions.
Use A Tent Footprint: A ground cover, or tent “footprint,” is a surprisingly effective way to keep your tent dry inside.
Keep Items Dry Inside Your Tent: Creating a system to keep your clothes and other essential items dry is critical outdoors.
Location, Location, Location: For example, I’ll walk around the grounds to look for flat, higher-elevation areas, ideally under trees.
Wipe Off Your Tent: If you’re camping in the rain or need to dry off your tent, backpack, or shoes, use a Swedish dishcloth or Turkish towel.