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Author: Bryn Davies

Let’s face it, when it’s blowing a hoolie and tipping down with rain, life on trail is no picnic. However, there are things you can do to make your adventure a little more comfortable and safe. Hit the read more button to check out Adventure Travel’s wet weather tips.

Pack it in

Conventional wisdom says that you pack a sleeping bag in the bottom compartment of your rucksack and the tent a little higher. When trekking in wet conditions it’s best if you pack your tent where it’s easy to get at without exposing all your other kit to the elements and does not drip over other gear. The obvious place is the lower rucksack hold or strapped to the side in a waterproof bag.

Stuff off

Rucksacks are not waterproof, rain enters via the untapped seams and other weak spots. One sure way to keeping your gear dry is to use waterproof stuff sacks. As a low cost option bin liners are okay but they’re not that durable.

Always pack a couple of easy to prepare meals on a wilderness trek for when the weather turns ugly. After a full day trekking in rain the last thing you’ll be wanting to do is mess about with cooking. Freeze dry foods is about as uncomplicated as it gets.

Wet dreams

Waking up in the middle of the night to find your tent resembles a swimming pool ain’t good news. Make sure you pitch your tent in a spot that has good drainage and avoid dry riverbeds – a storm 10 miles away could end up washing you and your bit of canvas away.

Bags it

Waterproof stuff sacks are best for protecting all your larger items – clothing, sleeping bag – but nothing beats the value of cheap re-sealable freezer bags for keeping your bits and pieces dry.

Hat stand

If you wear glasses then you’ll know all about the problems of water speckled spectacles walking in the rain. A wide brimmed rain hat or baseball cap with a large stiff peak can make a big difference.

Bone dry

Sitting around camp (or in a tent) in wet clothes is depressing and cold so it’s important that you have a dry set of clothes for this purpose. If it’s still raining the next day you’ll be better off putting your wet set back on (they won’t feel so uncomfortable when you start walking) and packing the dry set in a waterproof stuff sack.

Freezer bags

Damp course

Mixing wet gear with dry clothing when you set up camp is not a good idea. Pack a bin-liner just for your wet weather kit such as jackets, rain pants, gaiters etc.

Washing line

Use any break in the weather to dry out damp clothes. Around camp set up an improvised clothes line or use a convenient tree. On trail, tie wet stuff to the outside of your pack and let them dry and air as you walk.

Extra portions

If you’re trekking in wet weather, you’ll be running cooler and burning more calories to help keep warm. A little extra food will keep spirits higher and help replace lost energy.

We’ve shared our secrets on staying dry with you, now share yours in the comment section below!

Adventure Travel magazine issue 135