Travelling long term is something of a balancing act, where the traveller always has to be aware of a number of aspects to ensure that their trip goes as smoothly as possible, and one of the most important is weather.
The weather is unpredictable, and unless the traveller is going through a particularly dry area, the chance of rain is always present. And nothing can ruin a trip like a strong dose of rain; it can mould clothing, destroy electronics, and put a swift halt to any plans.
It’s a good idea, then, to be prepared to even the wettest of weather, and thankfully in our modern age, there are plenty of options available to do just that.
A Microfibre Towel
Microfibre towels have become extremely popular in recent years due to their compact nature combined with durability and portability. They can be folded up as small as possible and put into even normal pants pockets.
But the real appeal of one of these towels is their ability to absorb moisture as an incredible rate that’s only matched by how quickly they dry out.
They can be slightly more expensive than a conventional towel, but their smaller size and quick-drying abilities makes them almost a must for the conscientious traveller.
For those that want to take it another step, purchasing quick-drying clothing is a great way of getting clothing dry in as little time as possible.
Only a handful of companies make this kind of clothing at a reasonable price, but it’s a definite for those that find themselves travelling through countries that have a lot of rain, such as the United Kingdom.
Quick-drying clothing can dry as quickly as overnight, or even quicker depending on the conditions of the day.
Quality Rain Jackets
Rain jackets can be bought on the cheap from most clothing departments, but these will do little in the way of keeping a person dry, especially in heavier rains.
While it’s possible to go fairly cheap when it comes to travel gear, a good quality rain jacket is worth every cent that’s sunk into it.
These are often completely waterproof, offer protection from the wind and chills, and can be easily packed away in most backpacks. Many people suggest that a traveller instead opt for a poncho, and while this might be a better idea for those that tend to hike often and need more robust protection, a rain jacket should otherwise do the job just fine.
Second to a quality rain jacket is a pair of high-quality, waterproof boots, but specifically work boots. Hiking boots might seem like the better choice at first, but these often aren’t quite as tough as good work boots, and come with a much higher price tag.
Instead, find a pair of solid work boots that have been rated for waterproofing – they will usually have great grip and offer protection from most weather conditions just as well as expensive hiking boots, if not better.