Even though this is an intense drought year, chances are it will rain at some point during fest. And, just as the wonderful "Baps" in "Misadventures of a Festie Virgin" (see the marvelous story in the Festival Friendships forum) is well prepared for rain, we all can be prepared so that rain isn't a big issue. Here's what I do to be prepared for rain. . .I hope others will chime in with their tips.
Make sure my tent and tarps are well seam sealed. (If you have a new tent, it WILL need at least some of its seams sealed.)
Test out my rain jacket, either by taking a walk on a really rainy day, or standing in the shower 5 minutes wearing my rain jacket. . .if it leaks, either seam seal it, or replace it.
Get trash compactor bags (heavy duty plastic bags designed for use in trash compactors) or cut down heavy duty contractor bags to be the right size for holding my day pack. Pack a compactor bag in my day pack and a contractor bag in the pocket of my crazy creek chair.
When I pack my duffle bags, put things in plastic bags and/or line the whole bag with a contractor garbage bag. Pack a big piece of plastic right inside the bag so I can easily pull it out to cover my gear.
Just before leaving for fest, check the www.weather.gov
week-long forecast for Hart, MI. If it looks like it will be cool/rainy, pack a bag of "just in case" extra fleece, rubber boots, socks, etc. to leave in the car for "just in case."
Make sure my tent groundcloth (piece of plastic under the tent to protect bottom of tent from sticks/etc.) is completely stuffed UNDER the tent/out of sight. Check that every morning before I leave my tent in case it has shifted around.
Always close up my tent completely whenever I'm away from my tent. Those sunny mornings can often lead to quick afternoon thunderstorms rolling in from the lake.
Make sure any stuff outside my tent is rain and windproofed.
Carry my rain jacket in my daypack everyday.
When it starts to rain, put my daypack/crazy creek chair in plastic bags and decide which "rainwear" to wear. . .if it is warm, take off all of my clothes and put them in the plastic bag with my gear. If it is cool, put on my rain jacket.
Relax and enjoy the rain (or if it is a realllllllly intense thunderstorm/rain, dash for the nearest big tent and stand around with a bunch of womyn and girls ooohing and aahhhing at the thunder/lightning).
That's what I can think of now. . .and I'm doing this exercise partly to remind myself of my systems, check to make sure I have what I need.
Some womyn like ponchos. . .I don't like flappy things and I find that they can be fine if I'm standing around, but not for walking through the woods/ferns/etc. If you do use a poncho, some kind of belt around the waist can help.
oh, and heavy cotton (think jeans, sweatpants, sweatshirts) take a realllllly long time to dry and are not warm when wet. . . just sayin'. . .
so. . .what are your "when it rains at fest" tips???