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Tips to keep your Vt. camping trip from getting rained out

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Many view camping as a way to connect with nature.

"I like the smells and the sounds of the outdoors, how quiet it us," said Amy Place of Bristol.

But sometimes Mother Nature provides us with less than ideal weather for camping; that's when having the right gear becomes important. A water-repellent shell is great for keeping you dry.

"This is gonna be a mainly nylon outer material that's been coated with some sort of durable, water-repellent coating," said Nathan Crain of the Outdoor Gear Exchange.

You'll also want a light, breathable base layer for staying cool; synthetic materials or-- surprisingly-- wool fit the bill.

"It's a very breathable fabric; it dries quite quickly. It wicks moisture from your body," Crain said.

Unfortunately, the warm season also means pesky black flies and mosquitoes. When you go camping, those bugs can be pretty brutal to deal with. And of course you have the standards like the bug spray, but there are other ways to combat it, like a head net. And even though it looks funny, it's the way to go.

"I think the next time I go out I'm gonna have a net. You know what? I have to do it," Place said.

On a sunnier day, high SPF sunblock is a good idea.

"Make sure to get a good one that's somewhat waterproof if you're gonna be on the rivers and lakes," Crain advised.

We can't forget to give some attention to our feet.

"There's various companies making water shoes I like to recommend a lot. These are still supportive enough to go on a hike for sure. But if you're gonna be doing a large hike with a backpack, you'll probably be better off with hiking shoes or a boot," Crain said.

Next up, shelter.

"In the rain, what's most important is having a tarp or a tent with a waterproof rainfly," Crain said.

While sleeping in your tent, pad mats are a great way to stay warm, dry, and comfortable.

"These are just inflatable mattresses essentially, and they come in a variety of thicknesses," Crain said.

There's no shortage of gear for camping in a variety of weather. And all of these options are tempting for Amy Place.

"I just like to look at all the gear and think about upgrading," she said.

When camping in stormy weather be sure to have a weather radio or smartphone with you. You can download our WCAX Weather app, which has the latest radar and warning data.

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