Top Waterproof Accessories for Rainy Outdoor Adventures

Text by: Kelsey Begg

Aquapac, Gregory, Osprey, Outdoor Research, Rite in the Rain, Sea to Summit, The North Face. Top Waterproof Accessories for Rainy Outdoor Adventures

It’s a fact that we cannot control the weather and sometimes Mother Nature has other plans and we just have to live with them. When you wake up to rain and somber skies, it’s easy to take a raincheck and postpone outdoor adventures for the next day with the drier weather. But, if you’re on a schedule where a raincheck isn’t an option or you just simply love the rain, there are waterproof accessories that can make your adventure that much more pleasant. For starters, you need to find the perfect raincoat that will keep you dry and remember to dress in layers then all that’s left is accessorizing for a great day in the rain!

Wear a Waterproof or Water-Resistant Hat

When the cold rain is beating down from above, it can be easy to catch a chill so if you haven’t got a hood on your raincoat, a waterproof hat is great to get the job done. Some hiking hats are crafted with Gore-Tex® or water resistant materials so you get the protection you need out on the trail. Sometimes just opting for a wide-brimmed hat will give you enough protection by simply keeping the rain out of your face.

If your raincoat is equipped with a protective hood, you can opt for a thermal toque underneath so you can keep warm while staying out of the rain. 

tnf gtx hiker hat

The North Face

GTX® Hiker Hat

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outdoor research helios sunhatOutdoor Research

Helios Sun Hat

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Use a Backpack Rain Cover

Whether you’re on a multi-day expedition or you’re simply enjoying a day hike in the mountains, a backpack rain cover will keep your backpack and all the belongings inside nice and dry. Some backpacks are equipped with built-in rain covers otherwise they can be purchased separately. 

If you can’t find a rain cover that fits your backpack to your satisfaction, you can also opt for a waterproof poncho which you can wear over top. This is the least convenient method as it restricts access to pockets, straps, etc. although it works for some people.

the north face pack rain cover

The North Face

Pack Rain Cover

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gregory jade 53l backpack

Gregory

Jade 53L

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osprey hikelite 18l

Osprey

Hikelite 18L

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sea to summit ultra-sil tarp poncho

Sea to Summit

Ultra-Sil Tarp Poncho

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Keep Your Electronics & Maps Dry With a Waterproof Case

Whether you’re using your phone along the trail or you have your camera to snap pictures of the scenery, keeping your electronics dry is imperative. Choose from a variety of waterproof cases for anything from cameras and camera lenses to smartphones and maps. If your hike takes you across a river or you’re on the river for the day, waterproof cases are essential for your outdoor adventures packing list. These watertight cases will ensure your belongings stay safe and dry while keeping them close for convenient access.

aquapac kaituna map case

Aquapac

Kaituna Map Case

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aquapac slr camera case

Aquapac

SLR Camera Case

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aquapac mini camera case

Aquapac

Mini Camera Case

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sea to summit waterproof case

Sea to Summit

TPU Audio Waterproof Case

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Write in the Rain With Rite in the Rain

Although not everyone needs to take notes while outside enjoying a rainy day, for those who work in the field, Rite in the Rain Journals are a necessity. These handy journals are designed to be used in all-weather conditions with paper that sheds water so you can write even during a downpour. These are ideal for paramedics or patrollers who need to take notes and are often out working in unpleasant weather. If you’re simply a nature artist who captures your best sketches during the rain, these water-shedding pages will keep your drawings looking tip top for later.

rite in the rain expedition journal

Rite in the Rain

Expedition Journal

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rite in the rain outdoor journal

Rite in the Rain

Outdoor 4X6 Journal

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Rite in the Rain Outdoor journal 3x5

Rite in the Rain

Outdoor Journal 3X5

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rite in the rain outdoor spiral journal

Rite in the Rain

Outdoor Spiral Journal

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From hiking in the mountains to running in the rain, the right accessories and layers are sure to keep you prepared.

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