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Dealing with the rainy season tends to put a damper on outdoor activities. Whether you’re camping, hiking, playing sports or working out, nothing is fun when you’re wet and cold. These 12 pieces of gear will help you block out the rainy season and stay dry during your outdoor escapades.
1. Patagonia Torrentshell 3L Jacket
The first item on anyone’s list of rainy season essentials should be a capable jacket. Patagonia’s Torrentshell 3L is both stylish and functional, with an adjustable hood, micro-fleece neckline and two hand-warmer pockets. It’s also made of Patagonia’s patented H2No fabric, which is 100% recycled.
2. Prepared4X Poncho & Emergency Blanket Hybrid
Outdoor enthusiasts should always keep a poncho and emergency blanket in their arsenal. Prepared4X combined these two items to create a poncho-blanket hybrid. You can get a four-pack of these tough waterproof coverings in orange, green and gray camo.
3. Xtratuf Legacy Altitude Boot
A good pair of boots is a must-have in rainy weather conditions. Xtrastuf’s Legacy Altitude boot is 100% waterproof and provides excellent traction with a slip-resistant outsole. The neoprene rubbery material can also withstand oil, acid and chemicals from cooking or cleaning products. It’s the ideal boot for all outdoor activities, rain or shine.
4. USHTH Rain Shoe Covers
If you aren’t wearing boots when the rain rolls in, you need something to protect your vulnerable sneakers. These rain shoe covers from USHTH are made of elastic PVC materials that ward off water, oil and dust. They also have reflectors on the heels for extra safety. The shoe covers come in five different sizes and you can easily adjust the degree of tightness.
5. Sealskinz Waterproof Socks
You might have a capable pair of boots, but your socks are equally important for keeping your feet dry. Sealskinz specializes in creating 100% waterproof and windproof socks, using a unique combination of nylon, elastane, polyester and merino wool. The flat toe seams and four-way stretch also prevent chafing and blisters.
6. Gloryfire All-Weather Notebook
Paper doesn’t hold up well against water, which is a problem for coaches, hunters, hiking instructors and other outdoor professionals who need to write things down. Gloryfire’s all-weather notebook provides a solution. The paper and binding will remain intact despite sloppy weather conditions. All you need to do is shake the notebook well and the water will come straight off.
7. Filson Dry Backpack
Many bags are prone to water leaks, but Filson’s dry backpack is one of the exceptions. Rainwater will roll right off the coated canvas fabric and the airtight interior pockets will keep your belongings dry. It’s also extremely lightweight, weighing just 1.98 pounds. What more could you ask for in an outdoor backpack?
8. Frelaxy Backpack Rain Cover
If you happen to be using another backpack or handbag, you need an extra protection barrier. Frelaxy’s backpack rain cover utilizes triple-layer waterproofing technology, with tear-resistant nylon and sublayers of polyurethane coating. These rain covers also come in many colors and sizes, so you’re bound to find one that fits your style.
9. Pelican Waterproof Handheld Case
It’s no secret that phones, cameras and other electronics don’t like water. They’re also highly fragile. If you want to give these devices surefire protection, you need a tough container. Pelican’s waterproof handheld case is the best on the market, meeting military water, dust and crush protection standards.
10. Geertop Camping Tent Tarp
Tarps are essential pieces of camping equipment regardless of your outdoor experience. This 17×10 tarp from Geertop covers your entire tent and leaves extra room for a lounging area. The thickened polyester is also tearproof and UV-resistant, so it offers protection in all types of weather.
11. Tirrinia Waterproof Outdoor Blanket
Blankets come in handy in all kinds of outdoor activities — camping, picnics, concerts, sporting events, the list goes on. You can use Tirrinia’s waterproof blanket for all of these activities. The outer polyester layer repels water, while the inner layer with sherpa lining keeps you warm. The blanket is also machine washable, so you can keep using it.
12. CoverU Sports Tent Pod
Parents whose children play sports will especially love this product. The sports tent pod from CoverU comfortably fits three adults and offers protection against rain, snow and UV rays. It has windows on three sides, so visibility will never be an issue. Set-up takes only a few minutes — just make sure you nail the pod down with stakes so the wind doesn’t blow it away!
Prepare for the Rainy Season
If you spend lots of time outdoors, you must prepare for all weather conditions. You can’t always rely on the accuracy of your local weather forecast. These 12 items will keep you dry, protect your delicate belongings and help you maintain your active lifestyle, rain or shine.
Jack Shaw is a senior writer at Modded. Jack is an avid enthusiast for keeping up with personal health and enjoying nature. He has over five years of experience writing in the men's lifestyle niche, and has written extensively on topics of fitness, exploring the outdoors and men's interests. His writings have been featured in SportsEd TV, Love Inc., and Offroad Xtreme among many more publications.