But the rainiest months can also bring out some of the most stunning colours and scenery in the outdoors. Follow our guide to keep dry when hiking and be able to tackle routes in any weather.

As the old saying goes, ‘there’s no such thing as bad weather, only unsuitable clothing’. That said, while the rainier seasons can offer some unique beauty, always make sure your route is safe and let others know where you are heading. If everything is a go, here’s how to keep dry:
Equipment Essentials

# Top

If you are heading out in the rain without a waterproof jacket you are going to have an absolutely miserable hike, if not one that could turn dangerous. Even in warmer weather you can always pop it in your backpack, or buy a lighter weight jacket such as those from the the Simond range.

An often-forgotten point up top is your face. A good waterproof jacket will have a cap that will let water run down and over your face, the Quechua range has got you double covered, with 3D hoods with rigid visors. These visors allows adjustments to be made to the hoods positioning for optimal shielding from the elements.

# Bottom

Over-trousers are going to keep your legs dry and extra warm. Again, if it is warmer, but rain is expected, you can also stick these in your backpack without adding too much weight. Just be sure to keep an eye on the clouds, as ideally you want to be wearing your waterproofs before the heavens open.

# Boots

Not all hiking boots are waterproof, so always double check your model before you test them out on route. You can even pick up a pair of GORE-TEX hiking boots, which is made from the same material as many waterproof jackets, protecting you from wind, rain and snow whilst offering breathability.

# Pack

You’ll want to invest in a waterproof hiking backpack, or at least a waterproof cover for a non-waterproof hiking backpack. But, it’s also wise to waterproof the items you are putting inside your backpack using plastic bags, particularly electronics or items that will become damaged if wet – this also applies to sandwiches.
Don’t Overlayer

It’s always advisable to pack more than you need, and the same applies for layers, but it might not be so wise to put them all on from the outset. Better that you keep spare layers for if you become too warm. Dampness can manifest from the inside if you overheat, as your body heat and sweat can become too much for the breathable materials in your base, middle and outer layer (see our article on How to Stay Warm When Hiking for more information).

Under My Umbrella

Umbrellas aren’t just for the city folk, take one with you on the hike for further defence from the wind and rain, just don’t open it if it’s a very heavy gale or you may end up doing an unintentional Mary Poppins impression.