6 Essentials for a Rainy Day Hike
by Anne Marielle Eugenio, August 10, 2018 9:00am
Art by Dani Elevazo
Hooray for another trekking experience for you dedicated hikers! We know how excited you are about conquering peak after peak. Or perhaps you are looking forward to your first ever hiking experience.
However, due to the unpredictable weather we have now, a dry trail is not always guaranteed, making the adventure extra challenging. There are times that you would push through with your hiking plans, even on a rainy day.
We know that the gloomy weather is not enough to stop you, but before anything else, better check your bags for the rainy day hike essentials. Here are some of them:
This goes without saying. If you're going on a rainy trek, do not forgot to water proof yourself by wearing a rain poncho, lightweight shirt (rashguards are good options!), and waterproof pants. They will help you enjoy the rest of your hike without getting yourself soaked.
Waterproof Bag Covers
Your clothing is not the only one you should think about. Backpacks need protection, too. Keep your stuff safe from moisture with waterproof bag covers. Wet bags are also tad heavier. Don't let them (literally) weigh you down.
Bring Ziploc bags or any waterproof pouches to protect your gadgets, such as cameras and phones.
Keep your feet happy and dry despite the rainy weather. For short hikes, hiking boots with waterproof gaiters will work well, just be careful not to get your feet blistered. If you are taking the long trail, opt for lightweight trainers for better comfort.
Gloomy weather means darker trails for hikers. A flashlight will come in handy when the rain falls hard or the trek ends later than it is supposed to.
Pack your bags with first aid kit, whistle, etc. just in case of emergency. You'll never know what could happen while on the trail, after all.
While a rainy hike can be a fun challenge, it is also riskier for hikers. Always remember that your safety should be your top priority.
Did we overlook some stuff? Let us know!