Tips for Backpacking in the Rain

For people who like outdoor, there is no thing to prevent them, even its rainy, snowy, windy day! But at the same time, we also need to keep safe when backpacking in the rain.

Backpacking Gear for raining day

  1. Waterproof/Windproof Clothes
  2. Raincoat
  3. Rain-shoes
  4. Anti-skid climbing shoes
  5. Waterproof cover for backpack
  6. Trekking Poles

Tips for backpacking in the Rain

  1. Keep warm and Rain-proof
  2. Water and Food
  3. Don't use an umbrella
  4. Pay attention on slippery roads
  5. Stay Safe
  6. Headlights or flashlights must be kept

1. Keep warm and Rain-proof

The most important thing on rainy days is to prevent rain and keep warm. Avoid getting cold or losing temperature in the rain.

Two necessary pieces of equipment for backpacking in the rain: waterproof underwear (or outdoor raincoat) and waterproof hiking shoes. In addition to waterproof clothing, it is recommended to wear wicking pants, quick-drying pants, and jackets.

Regardless of the length of the line, it is best to prepare a set of spare clothes and add replacements as needed. It is forbidden to wear pure cotton clothing, high heels, etc.

2. Water and Food

Put the prepared food and drinking water in a place where you don't need to take off the rain cover of the backpack so that you can easily replenish energy while walking without getting the backpack wet.

Do not take off the rain cover, raincoat, snow cover, and other equipment of the backpack in a hurry. After the rain, especially after the wind blows, rainwater will fall from the trees, and there will be residual rainwater on the roadside plants.

3. Don't use an umbrella

Don't use an umbrella when you are outside on rainy days. You can't hold an umbrella empty-handed. This is especially true for outdoor activities. It is easy to hang on the umbrella surface and lose balance when crossing the woods. Umbrellas are very dangerous on the mountain.

The raincoat is preferably a full-body professional outdoor raincoat. When walking on foot, you need to tighten the drawstring of the waterproof jacket and hood and tighten the cuffs of your clothes. If the trouser legs are relatively short, you need to prepare an extra snow cover to prevent rainwater from flowing into the shoes

4. Pay attention on slippery roads

Slippery roads on rainy days, pay attention to non-slip. Especially when walking in the mountains on foot, green tinea is easy to grow on the stones.
At this time, walk carefully as close to the side of the mountain as possible. Avoid sliding down the cliff. When the phenomenon of "flow cut" occurs in the middle of the team, the last player in the front of the team must make a mark at the fork to guide the players behind; the first player in the back team should also carefully identify the marks, combining the traces of trampling And footprints, make correct judgments and avoid getting lost.

5. Stay Safe

The most important point is that if you encounter thunderstorms outdoors, you must avoid and take safety measures in time.

Avoid using all easily conductive objects, such as turning off your mobile phone. If you have metal objects in your hands, such as metal poles, umbrellas, knives, etc. Move it to a faraway place quickly.

Do not shelter trees from rain, especially trees in open environments, because they are very likely to become a path for lightning discharge; do not shelter from rain next to tall buildings (such as towers, etc.); and do not shelter from the collapsed damp old buildings ( (Such as ancient temples, etc.) to avoid rain; stay away from the lightning rod of the building; if there is nowhere to hide in the wild, immediately squat and close your legs when lightning strikes, do not support the ground with your hands, and hold your knees with your hands at the same time, close your chest On your knees, keep your head down as much as possible, because the head is most vulnerable to lightning strikes than other parts of the body.

In addition, it is not advisable to avoid thunderstorms under big trees. If you have to keep a distance of 3 meters from the trunk.

6. Headlights or flashlights must be kept

Flashlights and headlights are essential equipment for outdoor hiking. It must be taken on rainy days. Because there is no sun on rainy days, it gets dark earlier in the mountains. Flashlight headlights are illuminated in time to prevent slippery road injuries in rain and prevent getting lost.


The quick-drying skills of equipment after the rain are also important! It can ensure that you stay dry and comfortable during the next journey, and avoid catching a cold due to damp clothing.

After the weather is clear, you can stop and rest for a long time. If the shoes are wet, they can be dried in the shade. Be careful not to put your shoes in the sun to dry them, the sunlight will accelerate the oxidation of the rubber layer of hiking shoes. The clothes can shake the water droplets down, and wipe the remaining water droplets with a soft cloth.



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