First rule: don't camp with us.
You're getting wet.

Even if you are fortunate enough to be camping in a location far, far away from our camping site,  it is still in your best interest to learn how to stay dry.

Unless you be one of those oh so lucky fancy "glampers" who have tricked out trailer, cabin or Yurt.

But for those of us still sleeping on the ground and under the stairs, one of the most important rules to a successful camping trip that doesn't find you booking into the local Holiday Inn at 2 am; wet and shivering -- is learning how to set up camp properly. 
Left Brain is in charge of setting up the campsite, while I entertain the minions....for about 3 hours.
Fun times.

The topic most discussed prior to set up?   Tarp.
Did we bring enough tarp?   What do we tarp?    (um, everything.)
And always handy?   Lots of rope.
(also helps a bunch if your own personal Left Brain is at least 6 feet tall - in order to reach those high limbs.)

Here is a funny How To Set Up Camp - including tarping - video:

And here is the right way:
(seriously, if you don't want to be scaling trees and struggling with sticks, poles or driftwood holding up the middle, Ridgeline tarping IS the way to go.)

It is quite a bit of work if you have a tent - or several tents, and a dining shelter to tarp each area.
But the work will be well worth is should the rains come down.
And especially if it lasts several days and includes thunder showers like happened to us one year.

Having a dry place to eat, or sit and a dry bed at night is definitely one way to ensure camping success.

And here's a handy tip for when you accidentally tear one of your tarp grommets -- just find a rock and presto fixo!!

There are also many handy tricks to protect those grommets too.   Since the last thing you want is a weak grommet that is going to let go in the middle of windy rain storm and bring your tarp down.

Nature is very useful when she wants to be!

If you venture out into the Great Outdoors:  many happy...and dry...trials!