Our 7 tips for staying dry while hiking !

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Hiking in autumn means some great surprises in store, and it would be a shame to miss out on them for fear of getting wet ! So you need to kit yourself out to face all weathers if you’re to enjoy the virtually empty hiking routes.

But remember: the first precaution to take is always, of course, to check the weather.

Brushing off a downpour while hiking is one thing, but going hiking in the pouring rain when visibility is poor is a different matter.Quechua urges you not to set out unless you can see beyond the end of your nose!

 1/ Make sure you kit yourself out with clothing that offers protection against the rain.Waterproof jacket and overtrousers are two essentials.They’re usually very light and easy to slip into a backpack.Some overtrousers even come with zip fasteners along the calf, so you can put them on over your boots without having to take them off.
 
2/ Get yourself some waterproof boots: hiking with wet feet is never very pleasant and can increase rubbing and discomfort.So remember to take waterproof boots, and if they’re a few years old, don’t hesitate to re-waterproof them the day before you set off.
 
3/ Gaiters can offer further protection to keep your boots dry!Made of waterproof fabric, they cover your shoes.
 
4/ Take an umbrella, preferably a lightweight, packable one.It may come as a surprise, but if it rains, an umbrella remains a useful addition to your outfit.Of course, if the weather turns stormy, avoid using it.
 
5/ Invest in high-tech warm, breathable clothing.Indeed, it’s important that the clothes you wear under your waterproof jacket properly wick away body moisture.Otherwise, you’ll end up soaked ... in your own perspiration!
 
6/ Protect your backpack.Staying dry is essential, but if the change of clothes you carry on your back gets wet, all your efforts will have been in vain.Protecting your backpack with a waterproof cover is a good start.But it’s not always enough.The best thing is to wrap up your stuff in plastic bags to keep everything dry even if the cover and the backpack get wet.
 
7/ Provide some waterproof protection for your valuables.Map, camera, phone and identity papers need looking after more carefully.Ideally, you should have waterproof covers that even after a short immersion in water guarantee that their contents remain perfectly dry.The one for your map should allow you to check it even in the rain, with another for the items that remain in your backpack.
 
And of course, even though it may not protect you from the rain, consider taking one or more head lamps or which can be used with different attachments so you can be seen even from far away. Now you should be all set to face the autumn rain either for a short walk or a weekend’s camping!
 
 
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