When setting out on a trek, you have to be prepared for whatever nature might throw at you – wind, snow, hail - or that dreaded rain. But when that downpour comes, it doesn’t have to turn your hike into a nightmare. You can embrace it. That’s the beauty of hiking – it's unpredictable and totally exhilarating.
With the right attitude, careful prep and planning – you can learn to love hiking in the rain!
What to Wear in The Rain
It’s no secret that avid outdoor enthusiasts like to think ahead, so the chances are you already have an idea if the heavens are going to open on your hike. As long as you have the right gear in your trusty hiking rucksack, you’ll be right as rain!
With the correct attire from head to toe, you need not fear nature’s elements – you can welcome them!
With that in mind, here are some of our hiking essentials that you’ll need for hiking in the rain:
- Waterproof hiking boots
- Waterproof socks
- Hiking pants or shorts (whatever is more comfortable for you)
- Nylon / spandex underlayer shirt
- Waterproof overall / poncho
You can keep all of your hiking equipment and clothing organised and secure with us. With Fraser The Rucksack 32L, featuring 32L of storage capacity and multiple internal and external pockets, you’ll have loads of room to play with. Even better, whatever the load of your bag, the ergonomic foam-padded adjustable shoulder straps and back panel will provide you with all day comfort.
Benefits to Hiking in the Rain
Walking in winter can feel a little bit daunting and you may be tempted to just go home, put the kettle on and kick back in the warmth. Summer hikes can often be a little overwhelming too, especially with the blazing heatwaves we’ve experienced over the last few years. So, for many, Spring hikes are where it’s at. However, with Spring can come those infamous April showers.
Here are a few reasons you shouldn’t run from the wet weather but hike your way through it instead!
- Typically, locations that get a lot of rain, are beautifully ever-green and eye captivating
- A rainy day will be less crowded, so the paths will be yours to enjoy
- It will make your trek more of a challenge and heighten the experience
- You will burn more calories as you trudge through muddy terrain and test your body
Hiking Tips in The Rain
If you’re not used to walking in the rain, the first time can be an intense learning curve. Each time you do it, you’ll learn from your previous mistakes, and in no time you’ll be a wet weather expert!
But here are a few tips to get you to that stage a little faster:
- Bring a waterproof map - this is an easy one to overlook and could leave you lost with a soggy pulp of paper in hand
- Pack waterproof cases for any electricals like phones or music devices - Fraser The Rucksack’s internal storage capacity is perfect to keep valuables secure and protected
- Bring trekking poles to keep you stable on tricky grounds
- If you’re camping make sure to bring a waterproof tent with a decent rainfly to keep that water from sneaking through
Rain Hazards to keep an eye out for
So now you know how to prepare for a trek and what to wear walking in the rain. You’re all set to venture out and explore. Before you pack your rucksack, here’s a few hazards to watch out for:
- Mudslides – with heavy rain often comes mudslides. When walking downhill make sure to take your time and use your trekking poles when needed
- Loss of grip – make sure you have the proper hand protection. Cold and wet hands will have poor grip and could cause an accident. Bring along water-resistant gloves to combat this
- Low visibility – rain can cut down visibility so be vigilant of your surroundings
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