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Packing List: Rain Gear

Rain gear (jacket AND pants – don’t forget the pants) can serve a few purposes on a canoe trip: the obvious protection from a wet day, protection from a windy day, and sometimes protection from a buggy day. Although we have additional suggestions for bug management in a future post.

Remember the last packing list post about me versus Mother Nature and why we put base layers on the “must have” portion of the packing list? Well, if I hadn’t been stubborn and put on my rain gear in the first place I wouldn’t have had need for the base layers.

So how do you pick the right rain jacket and pants for you and your needs? By answering a few questions for yourself first.

Qualities You May Be Looking For:

  • Are my jacket and pants waterproof, water-resistant, or waterproof breathable?
  • Do I want them windproof or wind-resistant?
  • What is the difference between a hard shell, soft shell, hybrid, or insulated jacket (or pants)?
  • Where are the pockets located (or are there pockets) and do they work for me?
  • Are there pit zippers? (You may also be asking, what are pit zippers? We’ve got you covered.)

We’ve accumulated a few resources to help you answer those questions.

Three of Our Favorite Articles + One Video on Rain Gear:

Do you have more questions about your rain gear? E-mail us! If a few rain drops don’t bother you, book a trip with us. We look forward to slowing down with you.

A day for the rain gear