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Enjoy Camping Even During Japan's Rainy Season

Japan has four distinct seasons, each of which has its own variety of natural beauty to enjoy, such as cherry blossoms and autumn leaves. However, after spring comes the rainy season, otherwise known in Japanese as "tsuyu." Camping is experiencing a big boom in Japan right now, and so, in this article, we'll introduce how to clean up when it rains during a camping trip.

Video Introduction: How to Clean Up After Camping in the Rain and Useful Appliances

Image of camping in the rain
Photo:Camping in the rain

This video, titled "How to Clean Up After Camping in the Rain and Useful Appliances" (雨キャンプ後のテント片付けと、便利な物を紹介), was uploaded by "HIRO channel," a channel focused on introducing various camping-related videos.

Have any of you ever had the experience of being rained out during a camping trip? Tents are already a pain to pack up and clean, but this is especially true if it rains when camping. Mud and dirt get stuck to your tent and other equipment making it a hassle to clean. Perhaps you don't even want to try camping in the rain because of how difficult it may seem.

Well, this video will show you how to easily clean up your tent and tarps after camping in the rain, as well as some useful tips to make cleaning your camping gear easier. Be sure to check out this quick 10-minute video to learn how to easily clean up and maintain your tents and other equipment.

What to Do When It Rains While Camping

Image of a campground
Photo:A campground

In Japan where it's said to rain on average about once every three days, it's not uncommon that the weather turns to rain on the day you're going camping. Thus, although not mentioned in the video, we'll first introduce a few measures to take when camping in the rain.

First, when camping in the rain, be careful where you set your tent up. Avoid camping near rivers and set up your tent on gravel or other areas with good drainage.

Next, when setting up your tent, hang the tarp first, then the tent. This creates a space to keep out the rain and makes the process go more smoothly. If it's raining when you're packing up to leave, we recommend putting the tarp away last.

In addition, to combat the rain, tents and tarps should be coated with a water repellent to keep rainwater off them, which will make your job easier when it comes time to take them down.

Finally, place a sheet under the tent to combat the rain. This will prevent water and dirt from getting into your tent and make cleanup easier. Knowing the above measures will help you safely enjoy a camping trip even in the rain.

Pack It in a Dry Bag and Head Home

Cleaning up a tent after camping in the rain can be very difficult. It can be especially difficult to take home a tent that is covered in dirt or sopping wet.

That being said, if your tent or tarp is large and you have a lot of stuff, pack it wet in dry bag, such as the "Coleman 110L Dry Bag." The large capacity makes it very convenient, especially when compared to carrying several smaller garbage bags made of thicker material.

Rinse With Water After You Get Home

When you arrive home, first wash your tent or tarp with water. The dirt will be even harder to remove once it dries, so it's important to wash it before the dirt has a chance to dry. After washing off the dirt, hang the tent outside in a covered area, such as under the eaves of your roof or on a balcony, or inside in a bathroom.

Dry in the Sun or With Convenient Appliances

Once water is no longer dripping from the tent/tarp, allow it to dry. Make sure to dry it thoroughly, as, if not properly dried, mold can start to grow.

As for drying, if the weather is good, dry it in the sun. If it's difficult to dry in the sun due to rain, a clothes dryer or futon dryer can be used. If you put a washed tent or other items in a drying bag, a tent will dry in about 4 hours. If you place a sheet or mat on or under the bag, you can kill two birds with one stone by drying them together.

Even if not directly wet from the rain, sleeping bags and other items may be damp as well, so we recommend that you dry them in a bag made for drying bedding. This is a really handy trick for cleaning up after a rainy camping trip.

And That's How You Handle Camping in the Rain

As shown in the video, the first thing to do when you finished camping during a rainy camping trip is to quickly bring back the we gear and dry them thoroughly after rinsing them with water. In addition, if you make use of some convenient household appliances, cleaning up after a rainy camping trip will be a breeze.

If you've had a bad experience camping in the rain and felt discouraged from going camping because of the cleanup, consider trying these methods to help make your camping trip one to remember!

"HIRO channel" uploads a variety of videos. You can enjoy various camping videos, including introductions of camping gear, camping videos showing different areas, camping cooking videos, and more. Be sure to check them out!

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Last Updated : May. 12, 2022
平敷 篤(Atsushi Heishiki)
My name is Atsushi Heishiki, a writer who loves Japanese culture and lives in Okinawa.
How to Clean and Dry a Tent After Camping in the Rain! Useful Tips and Appliances for Camping in Japan!
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