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Rainy day blues no more: Tips to enjoy hiking and backpacking, even during the wet season
08/05/2018 // Russel Davis // Views

Rainy days should not deter adventurers from exploring nature. There are still a lot of ways to enjoy the sights and the sounds despite the weather. In this article we will walk you through some important tips on how to stay perked up and happy while going for a rainy hike. Prior to the activity, it is important to remember these tips:

  • Planning the right trail -- According to an article posted on the Bear Foot Theory website, it is of no use to hike for hours to reach a summit where the sights are otherwise obstructed by a thick layer of clouds. Go for places that are humid and relatively damp such as forest trails, riverside trails, or even lakeside trips may be a more appropriate choice given the rainy weather.
  • Carrying the essentials -- It is advisable to keep hiking essentials inside waterproof bags. Likewise, experts recommend putting maps inside Ziploc bags to keep it dry. It is also important to carry a first aid kit and containers such as a thermos to keep certain foods and drinks warm. It is also advisable to line hiking bags with plastics so that any essential items will not easily get damp. (Related: 10 must-have solar-powered camping gadgets.)
  • Mind the clothing -- Choose the right clothing material to keep yourself warm. An entry published on the Outdoor Research website suggests wearing a multi-layered attire with mid-weight tights and long sleeve shirts. They can be paired with hard shell jackets or pants with vents. Synthetic wool can be incorporated in this layered attire, the article suggests. In addition, wear a good pair of boots or shoes that will prevent slipping in the soggy terrain.

Things to remember during the rainy hike

  • Maintain body temperature -- The dampness and coldness of a rainy hike will rapidly deplete the body's temperature and increase the odds of suffering from hypothermia. One way of maintaining body heat is to eat while hiking. However, it is advisable to open the bags and food containers as little as possible so that the rain will not seep into the food.
  • Care for other body parts -- It is also important to lubricate and massage the feet at night with moisturizing lotion to help the skin recover from the hike, according to an article posted on the Section Hiker website. The entry recommends drying the feet when you sleep.
  • Be conscious of cuts, wounds -- Experts have also highlighted the importance of keeping track of cuts and skin abrasions.
  • Dry damp articles -- After spending some time in the rain, it is advisable that hikers dry clothes, equipment, and other materials that have been soaked.
  • Enjoy the rain -- Having the right mindset makes the trip a happier one despite the severe weather.

Sources include: 

BearFootTheory.com

OutdoorResearch.com

SectionHiker.com



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