Wind, sun and rain: optimal protection from any weather

Wind, Sonne und Regen: Optimaler Schutz vor jedem Wetter

More and more adventure seekers are looking for ways to experience nature in all its diversity and are turning to overlanding and camping. But while the freedom of the open road is tempting, unpredictable weather conditions can quickly become a challenge. In this article, we will therefore look at the importance of the right parking space and the right equipment, which provides protection from all weather conditions and ensures a safe environment. We focus on the weather phenomena that can occur especially in summer: thunderstorms, rain, wind and sun.

A thunderstorm is coming: what you can do

Even if travelers usually have a good overview of the weather situation, especially off the beaten track, they can be surprised by a thunderstorm. One rule in particular applies: You are not safe in the (roof) tent in the event of lightning, thunder and hail! Take shelter in your car, close all windows and doors and wait until the storm has passed.

Make sure that your roof tent is safely stowed away and that no loose objects are placed on or on the car. Make sure you are not carrying or laying any metal objects near your car as they can act as lightning conductors.

horntools rain cover roof tent

If you notice a thunderstorm approaching in time, you can look for a suitable parking space that offers you protection. Pay attention to the following points:

✅ Stay away from trees and forests — these are particularly vulnerable to lightning strikes.
✅ Your vehicle should not be at the highest point in the area (risk of lightning strike). Fields and freestanding hills are therefore taboo.
✅ Also avoid very wet and muddy floors, as these increase the risk of your vehicle getting stuck.
✅ If possible, you can bring your vehicle to safety near houses, campsites or, ideally, under tunnels and underpasses.

If you are traveling with the roof tent and get caught in the rain, you can rest assured. After a roof tent has been impregnated, it is waterproof. However, even when it rains, don't forget to ensure that your roof tent has adequate ventilation. To provide additional protection, you can attach a rain cover to your roof tent. When you purchase one of the horntools Desert, Trapper Joe or Elements roof tents in the color Ocean or Stone, a rain cover is already included in the scope of delivery.

💡 Tip: Rain is often followed by a drop in temperature. It is therefore important to be prepared for cooler nights, even in summer. A compact sleeping bag, such as our 3-season sleeping bag, is ideal for this. We developed this in cooperation with Millet and, with its light weight (1.35 kg) and easy-care synthetic filling, it is the ideal travel companion for fresher nights. Click here for the limited edition.

The optimal protection against the sun

horntools awning straight

In the height of summer, the heat can also be difficult. A roof tent can heat up under the sun and increase the internal temperature. To protect yourself from excessive sunlight and ensure a comfortable sleep, you can take a few measures.

Proper ventilation is essential - it's best to let the air circulate, even at night, which prevents excessively hot air from forming in the first place. You can also cool down your body by taking a cold shower before going to bed. In addition, make sure you drink enough fluids and protect yourself during the day with sunscreen and a hat.

When choosing the optimal place to sleep, it's best to choose a place in the shade under trees, which ideally provides a few cooler hours in the morning. If you always want to be able to retreat into the shade, awnings are an ideal solution.

These can usually be flexibly adapted to different pitches and terrain conditions and also offer protection from light rain and wind, which increases their versatility and makes them a particularly practical companion.

Do you already know the horntools awnings?

Our awnings not only protect you from the sun, but can also be expanded with side walls or a hanging tent to create an additional room and place of retreat.

Freestanding awning Horizon

New product: Horizon cantilever awning

The free-standing Horizon awning is available in the 180° or 270° version and impresses with its low weight and large areas, which can be converted into a separate room with additional hanging side walls. The scope of delivery includes two support rods so that the awning can withstand strong winds. Integrated LED lights provide dimmable lighting. Another highlight: Both models can be set up in under 3 minutes. Click here for the assembly video.

Discover the awning Horizon

Awning straight

The Straight awning is also suitable for smaller vehicles thanks to its different widths from 1.4 to 2.5 m and is compatible with various roof rack variants. With the adjustable telescopic feet you can adapt the awning to the respective terrain conditions.

To the awning Straight

Wind and storms: tips for safe roof tent camping

horntools roof tents

In strong winds, avoid trees, forests and rock faces, as flying branches or falling objects can quickly become a serious hazard. Although roof tents are usually very robust, they can generate increased noise in strong winds.

The best place to pitch in windy conditions is similar to that in thunderstorms, in the safety of cities, bridges or campsites. In strong winds, make sure that all objects on the car are adequately secured and that you offer as little attack surface as possible to the gusts. It is therefore recommended to park the vehicle in the direction of the wind.

If the wind becomes stronger or you feel unsafe, it is probably better to seek shelter in a safe area such as your vehicle or another interior space.


With a few simple tricks and pieces of equipment in your luggage, you'll be well prepared for your next adventure — whatever the weather. Make sure you choose the right parking space to give yourself additional protection and if you are very unsure, get into the vehicle or another safe place to retreat.

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