There’s no fun hiking when the weather acts up right? We don’t want to get our shoes wet, or even ourselves. But long as you’re prepared, you’ll be able to enjoy hiking outside. As long as you follow these five tips we’ve prepared for you below, you’ll go from being a fair-weather hiker into an all-in-one weather hiker.

  1. Follow the Right Trail

  • During rainy days, it’s better to avoid hiking on trails where you can’t see anything. However, forests and riverside trails are best to go during rainy days especially waterfalls where you can enjoy the cold breeze of the water and air.
  • Pick a shorter path that’ll last you for a few hours or until afternoon, not the ones that will take a whole day. It’s also better to choose a shorter route if the weather doesn’t get any better. Take time to read up and learn about a trail beforehand. If the trail has creeks to ford or steep slippery sections and it’s prone to flooding, then it’s best to go for it when the weather is good.
  1. Choose the Right Clothing

  • The old saying “There’s no such thing as bad weather, only inappropriate clothing” can be true in some points. It produces a balance between getting wet on the outside because of the rain and also getting wet in the inside because of sweat. Ensure that your jacket is waterproof, breathable, filled with zips for venting, and also comes with an adjustable hood. You might also want to get those waterproof breathable pants for extra comfort.
  • When it comes to the inside, it’s best to wear synthetic or wool base layer like a lightweight long underwear or running tights. If wearing waterproof pants is not your thing, then go for something water resistant like nylon hiking pants with a durable water repellency finish. Bring a fleece or a puffy synthetic jacket for you to put on just in case the weather gets colder. Never wear anything made out of cotton as it soaks up water and gets warm when wet.
  • Waterproof boots are the best footwear you can wear during rainy hikes. Leather hiking boots and shoes with a lighter weight trail that’s made of fabric are the best choices when it comes to this. Wearing gaiters can also keep mud and water to sneak in between the bottom of your wants and the top of your boots just in case you encounter any muddier areas.
  1. Bring the Right Gear

  • Using a lightweight silnylon rain cover for your backpack can keep it dry. Dry bags, Ziploc bags, and Silnylon sacks are also best to keep your gear dry inside your pack.
  • Bringing an umbrella during rainy day hikes might seem unconventional. But it can keep you drier than your usual rain gear and can also act as a mini shelter when you decide to take a break.
  • Trekking poles are also best to use during rainy day hikes. It helps you keep your balance while wearing slippery boots and enables you to stay stable while emerging into muddy areas.
  1. Pack the Right Foods

  • A picnic is very unlikely to happen if you’re going on a hike during rainy days. So it’s important to bring foods that you can eat on the go. Granola bars or nut can help you stay active during your trip. You should also bring a thermos filled with tea or hot chocolate to keep you warm and hydrated out in the cold.
  1. Learn to Love the Rain

  • Just because it’s raining doesn’t mean it’s a bad weather. Everything is beautiful in the rain. The greenery looks greener; creeks burble louder, waterfalls becomes ten times beautiful and misty which gives you a chance for great photo sessions. Trails will get less crowded since some people only choose to hike during dry days. And if ever the sun comes out after the rain, you’ll see those beautiful sun rays floating through the mist.