Tips for Backpacking in the Rain
Don’t let a rainy forecast stop you from being active and get out in nature. Here are some tips for the rainy day.
Everyone is a rain fighter
Thanks to advancements in outdoor gear and clothing over the last few decades, anyone with access to a car can go on weekend treks into natural areas that were previously inaccessible. Backpacking is a great way to explore remote regions that are otherwise hard for most people to get to and offers excellent benefits for your physical and mental well-being. However, there’s always that small chance that you might run into something neither you nor nature ever intended – like rain. A sudden downpour can make even the most experienced hiker change their mind about whether they should continue on with their planned excursion or not. Fortunately, backpacking in the rain doesn’t have to be as miserable as it sounds – here are our top tips for staying dry while you wait out the storm:
Have your rain gear accessible
The first step to staying dry in the rain is making sure that you have all your rain gear in easy reach. You should always keep a change of clothes, extra socks and a change of shoes, your pack cover and rain jacket, and a small towel with you while you hike. This way, if it starts raining suddenly and unexpectedly, you won’t have to worry about rushing back to camp to put on your dry clothes.
Choose the right fabrics for rain
When it comes to clothes, the type of fabric you choose is key. You need to pick fabrics that are hydrophobic and wicking or breathable and quick-drying. These fabrics can help keep you warm and dry in wet conditions like rain showers. They also work well when your body sweat gains too much moisture from being trapped against your skin – this prevents that sweat from becoming a barrier between you and the outside environment, which can make it harder for you to stay warm.
Bring an umbrella
One of the most important things to remember while backpacking in rain is that an umbrella can be your best friend. If you’re carrying a backpack or are already wearing one, then you should bring an umbrella as well. An umbrella will help keep your pack and clothing dry as well as give you some protection from the elements.
Choose a waterproof backpack
A waterproof backpack is not only an essential piece of equipment for any outdoor trek, but it can also make the difference between staying dry and getting wet. Look for a backpack with built-in rain covers that can be zipped together around the main compartment to create a separate water-tight space. This will allow you to carry most of your essentials without having to worry about them getting wet. Other options include a pack cover made out of mesh or quick-dry fabric designed to be used as a second layer over your bag against normal wear and tear.
Use footwear that can handle wet conditions
Heavy-duty boots are the best option for backpacking in wet weather. They provide a complete barrier to moisture and can help prevent blisters and foot pain, two common problems for hikers during the rain. If you’re going on an extended trip where you might have to hike in wet conditions, bring two pair of boots and a pair of waterproof socks.