You will be really glad if you decide to invest in quality rain gear. Make sure your jacket, pants, and footwear are waterproof and breathable. Invest in materials, such as Goretex or eVent, that allow moisture to escape but prevent rain from coming in.
Trekking poles can be very useful on uneven and slippery terrain, such as muddy trails. They are also helpful for crossing streams.
Consider bringing a lightweight silnylon rain cover to protect your pack from water damage.
Pack several trash bags and zip lock bags. Trash bags will come in handy for storing your muddy boots and wet clothes for the drive home. You may want to also consider having a dry towel in the car to dry off your hands, face, and whatever else is wet. (Remember to also pack dry clothes and shoes to change into. You will be so thankful to have warm, cozy clothes for the drive home.) Zip lock bags will come in handy for keeping your essentials from getting wet.
Staying nice and dry will ensure for a successful rainy day hike. Choose clothing made with merino and or synthetic materials. Waterproof and moisture-wicking clothing will help to keep you comfortable. It is wise to wear waterproof boots that have sticky rubber soles as you will likely run into a lot of mud. A good hat for head covering is also important. Wear high socks or gaiters.
Consider the weather you will be hiking in and select your destination carefully. Pick a trail that isn't too steep, and avoid exposed ridge walks or trails where you have to maneuver over slick rocks.
Rainy day hikes call for extra calories and frequent snacks. Choose calorie-dense snacks you can easily grab from your pocket and eat on the go, such as granola bars and nuts. Consider one of these 5 healthy hiking snacks.
Also, make sure you are drinking water. It's easy to not drink enough water when you're surrounded by it, but it is important to stay hydrated.
Sometimes, the weather can put a damper on your mood. But hiking in the rain can be just as fun, especially if you are prepared with these tips. No matter what, make sure you have a great attitude. Your mood can affect the outcome of the hike, as well as the experience those around you are having. Don't be a party pooper!
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