The best time for hiking is from mid-spring to mid-autumn. At this time there is still no snow, the roads are not ice-bound, and the low temperature doesn’t create a threat of overcooling. However, a new obstacle appears – rain and thunderstorms. In order not to get wet on a hike and do not risk catching a cold, read a few useful tips!
What you need to don’t get wet on a hike?
1. Wear waterproof clothing (pants and jacket)
Waterproof clothing is one of the most important elements of your outfit when traveling on rainy days. Most often, the fabric of such jackets and pants is very light. Therefore, if they are not useful to you, then you can always put them in a hiking backpack. They will not take much space.
In addition, many models of waterproof pants include a lot of useful lotions. For example, they are often sewn with a large number of pockets for useful small things and zippers on the legs. Thanks to the zippers, you can wear hiking boots without taking off your pants or lifting up your trouser legs.
When choosing outerwear, people think of two different types: a poncho and a jacket
Poncho made of waterproof material seems to be a very useful thing. Because it will protect from rain not only you, but also your equipment, for example, a backpack. However, it is not very effective in windy weather. The fabric is constantly raised, interfering with the view and opening areas of the body for access to cold air.
A twist will not protect your backpack. On the other hand, it comfortably fits to your body and does not hinder movement, even in strong winds. To prevent your backpack from getting wet during a hike, you can purchase a special cover made of waterproof material.
2. Remember about your feet if you do not want to get wet on the hike
Wet legs on a hike can cause not only unpleasant feelings, but also callosities. To avoid rubbing the skin of your feet, you should try waterproof boots. It is better to carefully approach the choice of shoes, because even the highest-quality copies can’t save your feet from moisture.
Many tourists recommend buying waterproof leggings for boots for crossing rivers or streams. You can also take off your socks and a basic pair of shoes by wearing spare lightweight boots to cross the pool.
3. Protecting your face from water is important too
It’s important to choose a hat with a visor, not forgetting to wear a hood on top. This way you eliminate the possibility of water entering the collar of the jacket, as well as ensure yourself a good visibility.
4. Take with you a light little umbrella, so as not to get wet in the hike
There is nothing strange! The umbrella will be for you additional protection from heavy rain. It will eliminate a long stay in a wet environment, and also save you from the heat. For example, before the rain is often quite sunny and hot weather. Umbrella will save you from overheating in multi-layered equipment.
Tip: Don’t use an umbrella if the rain is accompanied by strong gusts of wind. IT will pull you behind it and turn him inside out. There is a risk not to keep track of balance and fall.
5. Don’t skimp on quality material. Buy items from breathable fabric
Buy clothes from breathable fabric that you usually wear under a jacket. If you take things from synthetic dense materials, then you risk getting heatstroke and soak in your own sweat.
6. Protect backpack from moisture
Now you know what clothes will not let you get wet in the hike, but there is another problem. If you do not take care of things in your backpack, then with a heavy rain you risk to spoil your equipment and food. Do not save on a protective cover of a non-wetting fabric. However, this is not entirely effective. Drops of water can roll off the back of your backpack. Therefore, I recommend you to wrap things in plastic bags. With this packaging, you eliminate the risk of getting equipment wet.
7. Keep moisture away from important things
There are things that in no case should not be allowed to moisture: a card, phone, documents, money. Waterproof protection pockets are considered good protection options. For each item is better to have a separate pocket.
8. Arrange overnight drying if you get wet on a hike
If your trip is designed for several days, then it is worth remembering about regular drying of things. In the evening, when you go to bed, hang out your equipment in a tent or under an awning. While you sleep, they will have time to dry.
Yes, few people want to do it after a long grueling journey. However, it is better to suffer a little and carefully hang the clothes. Otherwise, it will not have time to dry out, and you will be doomed to walk in wet pants, underwear or a jacket. Few pleasant feelings, isn’t it?
How to dry wet shoes?
If your feet were still able to get wet in a hike, then take note of several useful tricks:
- Remove the raw insoles from the shoe;
- Dissolve the laces;
- Straighten your shoes stronger;
- Put shoes and insoles near the fire.
If you are unlucky and have wet your feet, take out the insoles from wet shoes, relax the lacing, BUT do not leave the shoes too close to the fire, otherwise they may shrink, and the next day you will be wearing tight shoes and get corns.