With the right preparation and knowledge, you can keep the good times rolling when the heavens open.
Don't let a little rain keep you from your love of the outdoors. Just because there is some wet weather - or if you unexpectedly encounter precipitation, you can still soldier on and enjoy your hiking and camping!
With the right preparation and knowledge, you can keep the good times rolling when the heavens open. If you stayed at home, you might miss out on some epic and magical adventures in the rain.
Choose the right trail
Not all hikes were created equal and rainy weather means that some may be inaccessible. If there are creeks to ford, steep slippery sections or if the trail is prone to flooding, save it for a dry day.
You might also want to choose a shorter journey so you can make it home for a hot shower after your adventures in the wet.
Use dry bags and sacks
Dry bags/sacks are the easiest way to transport your belongings when it's rainy outside. The flexible containers have a watertight seal, ensuring that everything from food and clothes to electronics are protected.
Always carry a rain cover for your pack
If you are setting off for a multi-day adventure and the forecast says there is a chance of rain, pack a rain cover for your pack. A lot of hiking packs come with waterproof covers stored in a hidden pocket but you can also buy them separately.
Wear quick dry, breathable clothing
Whether it's rainy or sunny, quick drying and breathable clothing will help you stay comfortable. Avoid heavy fabrics that will cling to your skin and prevent airflow. Instead, opt for lightweight fabrics that won't make you hot when it's sunny and won't make you cold when it's rainy.
CHOOSE A BREATHABLE RAIN JACKET
While quick drying, breathable clothing will help for a short period in light rain, a breathable rain jacket will be your saving grace when it gets heavy. A breathable rain jacket will keep the rain out and prevent condensation build up from body moisture. It’s a fine balance between getting wet on the outside from rain and getting wet on the inside from sweat.
PACK EXTRA SOCKS
If you know in advance that conditions will be wet, pack extra socks so you can switch out your wet ones for dry ones to keep your feet warm and dry.
CHOOSE THE RIGHT FOOTWEAR
Waterproof shoes help prevent blisters and keep your feet comfortable when you're hiking in rain. Good tread on your shoes or hikers will be essential to prevent slipping in wet conditions - the last thing you want is to fall over in the mud.
TAKE A THERMOS
Fill your thermos with hot water and bring it with you to use as a hot water bottle during your wet weather adventure. Staying warm is key to avoiding becoming sick in cold, rainy weather. Plus, a hot cup of joe can never go astray when camping or hiking in the rain.
This will also help keep you hydrated as in cold and wet conditions, hikers often forget to drink enough water.
PACK MICROFIBRE TOWELS
Microfibre towels are lightweight, compact and practical. Whether you're wet from the rain or you've had a shower, microfibre towels quickly absorb water and dry efficiently so you can use them again ASAP.
Don't let wet weather ruin your adventure. Keep these hacks in mind next time you venture into the outdoors to make the most of your time in the wild.