Hiking in the rain requires special considerations when it comes to packing your backpack. Some things to keep in mind while packing for a rainy-day hike can make all the difference towards a successful hike.
The first thing to think about should be the type of material that you backpack is made from. If your backpack is not waterproof, use a rain cover or pack liner to keep your gear dry. You can also use dry bags to keep individual items, like your phone or camera, protected. However, using a waterproof backpack can make all the difference in protecting your items against the rain.
Wearing appropriate rain gear will also make a huge difference. You’ll want to have a rain jacket and rain pants to keep you dry while hiking. Make sure they are breathable so you don’t get too sweaty. Also – bring extra clothes! Even with rain gear, you may still get wet. Bring extra clothes, including socks, to change into if you need to.
No doubt if the weather is looking stormy then you will need to think about protecting your electronics as well. If you’re bringing electronics, like a phone or camera, make sure to keep them protected from the rain. Use a waterproof case or keep them in a dry bag.
Extra things to think about
If you are going hiking on unfamiliar terrain, bringing a map and compass: Rain can make it difficult to see trail markers or signs. Make sure to bring a map and compass to help you navigate.
Importantly – don’t forget to bring snacks! Hiking in the rain can be tiring, so make sure to bring plenty of snacks to keep your energy up.
Hiking in the rain can be a fun and rewarding experience if you’re prepared. Remember to always check the weather forecast before heading out and adjust your packing list accordingly.