Tips For Being Rain Ready
You know the saying, “April showers bring May flowers.” Rain happens and it can be inconvenient at times. Don’t let it ruin your next trip though. Instead of waiting for the rain to pass and for sunnier days to get here, make the most of rainy weather for your next adventure! Keep reading for some tips for being rain ready.
1. Pack Extras
You never know what may come in handy. Whether it’s that extra pair of Darn Tough Socks or tarp to line your tent. Obviously, it’s an excellent idea to pack a rain jacket, rain pants and a hat. Remembering to pack your rain gear can make or break your trip.
2. Wear Your Gear Effectively
Tuck your hood: If it’s raining lightly, wear your hood like a collar. Doing this will prevent water from collecting in your hood while also keeping the rain away from the back of your neck.
Tuck your undershirt into your rain pants. This has a couple of benefits. Sometimes your rain jacket may ride up while you’re on the move. If the waistband of your rain pants are elastic, that can be a little uncomfortable against your skin. Keeping that undershirt tucked in will add to your comfort while hiking.
Use your drawcord hem. If your rain jacket has an adjustable hem, set it to prevent it from riding up.
Keep your base layers all tucked. Make sure that your sleeves and hem of your pants are not exposed to the rain. Otherwise, it will take a while to dry.
Tip: Rather than keeping your rain gear inside of your pack for you to fish out during a downpour, keep them on the outside of your pack for a quick grab.
3. Prep Your Gear
It’s always a good idea to prepare for the worst and hope for the best. If it does end up raining, you’ll be covered because you planned ahead.
Tip: Stuff your sleeping bag, clothes and other essentials in a dry bag. That way you can reach into your pack without getting the important stuff wet.
Rainproof your gear: Make sure to prep your tent and rain gear before leaving for your trip. You can do this with a water repellant spray. It’s also a good idea to carry a tent sealant like Gear Aid’s Silicone Tent Sealant .
4. Do NOT Wear Cotton
Nope. Never. The bad thing about cotton is once it’s wet, it stays wet for a while. Trust us when we say to stay away from it! Having wet clothes will most likely guarantee a miserable day for you.
5. Opt for Moisture Wicking Fabrics
If you haven’t read our blog on moisture-wicking, you should definitely give it a read. Try to keep your layering to a minimum. If you begin to build up a sweat, then what’s event the point of a rain jacket now? When you’re active on the trail, you’ll want clothing that will get rid of excess moisture to help keep you cool and regulate your body temperature.
6. Pick the Right Spot to Camp
Remember that water collects in low areas. Plan to set up your tent on a higher level.
7. Choose the Right Rain Jacket
Rain jackets can get very hot. Especially when it’s warm AND humid outside. Finding a rain jacket that is both waterproof and breathable is always a good idea. Here are two of our favorite rain jackets.
8. Don’t Forget Those Rain Pants!
Rainy forecasts don’t always mean postponing a trip. Make the best of the situation and follow these tips for staying rain ready.
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