Tips for Backpacking in the Rain

In this video, I’m giving you some of my tips for backpacking in the rain because believe it or not, you CAN still hike in the rain and enjoy yourself!

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Gear used in this video includes: Patagonia rain pants, Outdoor Research rain jacket, Adidas Terrex shoes, Marmot Tungsten tent, Mystery Ranch backpacks, MiiR coffee cup


  1. Mohamed Laoufi on February 23, 2021 at 10:42 pm

    I wich to live like you

  2. CAVIC on February 23, 2021 at 10:42 pm

    "..and how boring would that be.." I love that

  3. matus201 on February 23, 2021 at 10:43 pm

    Just move your tent to a better spot!

  4. Ronald Rose on February 23, 2021 at 10:43 pm

    Hello my outdoors friend, thank you for sharing this very informative video. You brought out some great pointers. All the best to you for your good health and safety. 🤗

  5. dereinzigwahreRichi on February 23, 2021 at 10:48 pm

    Oh and having a warerproof footprint under your tent AND vestibule really helps and is well worth the extra weight. Or just some piece of thick foil for your vestibule so you can store stuff there and not have it muddy.

  6. Justin Krezelak on February 23, 2021 at 10:50 pm

    Most important pro tip in the rain…. when you’re inside a tent and the tent is saturated from rain, don’t touch the tent with your bare skin. The natural oil from you fingers will instantly kill the "water resistance" and allow a point of entry for the water too come in. idk… it’s science….and also 101 stuff. lol

  7. A Bear In The Woods on February 23, 2021 at 10:50 pm

    Great video, in Texas the two things we must deal with on almost every trip is Heat and Rain. Thanks for the information.

  8. THeavyArmsT T on February 23, 2021 at 10:50 pm

    This guy has the most dead eyes I have ever seen. WHO HURT YOU

  9. sarun thomas on February 23, 2021 at 10:50 pm

    Especially the last portion 🔥

  10. Don Gilroy on February 23, 2021 at 10:50 pm

    Just got to the part about setting up in the rain. Some tents have footprints that allow you to set up the poles and the fly first. Then set up the tent body “inside” the dry space%

  11. jakeislate on February 23, 2021 at 10:51 pm

    What kind of boots are those?

  12. Nahum Eikenberry on February 23, 2021 at 10:52 pm

    Nice jacket

  13. Arkmodeus Outdoors on February 23, 2021 at 10:53 pm

    Another thought for boots outside, use those cheap shower caps you can get from hotels, I do it all the time and it works great. Put boots together, tuck in laces and put the disposable (ultralight) shower cap over both boots, been keeping mine dry for years now while outside

  14. fertugrul on February 23, 2021 at 10:54 pm

    So much talk for saying just so little. Advices are fine by the way.

  15. dereinzigwahreRichi on February 23, 2021 at 10:54 pm

    RAIN is the one big point why 90% of tents have a stupid design, with the inner tent set up first and the rainfly put over it later. I mean, whats supposed to happen when setting up one of these in the rain? Of course your inner tent gets wet before you even set one foot in. Just plain stupid. And I dont know one single person amongst all my camper and hiker friends who ever in their lives decided to use just the inner tent. I live in Europe, not in a dessert, we get rain often and surprisingly.

    That’s why I love my Vaude tent, it has the poles on the outer tent (not just a rainfly) and the inner tent is clipped into this. Can be set up dry in minutes and the inner rent can be stored separately from the wet outer tent to keep it dry on multi day trips.

  16. Liberty Garden on February 23, 2021 at 10:54 pm

    Thank you for the great tips. How do you like those boots?

  17. Darren Benson on February 23, 2021 at 10:56 pm

    Really don’t think it’s good idea to put wet gear into your sleeping bag????

  18. Hugh E on February 23, 2021 at 10:57 pm

    Netflix is not boring. But neither are the clouds.

  19. Millan Ferende on February 23, 2021 at 10:58 pm

    I’ve been wondering if I can replicate the "bodyheat" system inside my backpack… Like what if I boil water, close the lid, put pot-cosy over it and then stuff it in a tactical way inside my backpack.

    Won’t that dry all my stuff and the backpack over night? I’m yet to try this…

  20. Ismael Garza on February 23, 2021 at 10:59 pm

    Another great video, keep it up!, Cheers from México.

  21. YSMN on February 23, 2021 at 11:01 pm

    Thank you 🤍

  22. Daniel Vogt on February 23, 2021 at 11:01 pm


  23. DR Evil on February 23, 2021 at 11:01 pm

    put all your gear in a black plasic bag,tie it up and leave it outide next to your tent

  24. on February 23, 2021 at 11:02 pm

    Great Video! Thank you for sharing. Can’t wait to see more videos 👍

  25. Thestripper on February 23, 2021 at 11:03 pm

    A no brainer when it comes to tent selection is to get a "european tent" like hilleberg, helsport, fjallraven or other. On those the inner is always attached to the outer tent. In this way you can pitch it in a heavy downpour without getting any water on or in the inner tent. It is also a lot faster and easier.

  26. Maple Staple on February 23, 2021 at 11:04 pm

    rainjacket yes but rainpant not necessary…. carry 1 tshirt and shorts for good weather and 1 long sleeve and hiking pant( if your pant gets wet u dry it at the end of the day, deal with it). out in the wild you have to be ready for any weather. TARP and rope is more important than rainpants, it can be very useful in rainy or sunny weather. Trust me nobody is gonna die from wet pant and the whole point of being out in the wild is to enjoy and be one with nature.

  27. Piotr Wydmuch on February 23, 2021 at 11:05 pm

    Great tips. Thank you!

  28. Wings on the AT on February 23, 2021 at 11:05 pm

    — Consider, in keeping with LNT principles, to NOT dig trenches around your tent. It disturbs the ground and leaves scars
    — Gortex "waterproof" boots get wet anyway and then take forever to dry. Consider not using waterproof boots — which in no way keep your feet dry anyway
    — 1) Set up your tent rain fly first. 2) Place your footprint on the ground underneath. 3) Then get underneath it and set up your tent from the inside. Easy way to have a relatively dry tent interior
    — Bring an umbrella. Use it to cover your pack as you pull items out to set up in the rain
    — Consider packing your backpack in order that the first thing out is your tent since shelter is the first thing you need to set up in the rain

  29. James Johnstone on February 23, 2021 at 11:06 pm


  30. The Founders of Joy on February 23, 2021 at 11:07 pm

    Sick video! Encouragement for my content. Subscribed!

  31. Jack Maverick on February 23, 2021 at 11:08 pm

    If you can find trees without any widow makers, always set up a tarp first then set your tent up under the tarp. Doing it this way keeps your tents’ rain fly dry and it provides a dry area to sit outside of your tent and a dry area for your gear. Setting up a tarp first give you a quick dry place to set up your tent and the rest of your camp if it starts to rain.

  32. Greg Christensen on February 23, 2021 at 11:09 pm

    Biggest thing I learned from this video is the attention to regular surveillance and maintenance of that tent space, both inside and out. You’re a better man than me on that one! I noticed the Arcteryx synthetic mid layer, and I assume you may even elect a synthetic sleeping bag, especially if you expect to be in rain for several days. Do you ever feel the need for a poncho?

  33. It's Adventure Time on February 23, 2021 at 11:10 pm

    Wool… It’s a miracle material. I’ve hiked in wet wool socks for 10 miles and didn’t even know they were wet because they stay warm and don’t get squishy like cotton.

  34. Raimundo Lanas on February 23, 2021 at 11:16 pm

    these videos are gold, thank you so much!

  35. Din Djarin on February 23, 2021 at 11:16 pm

    i like camping

  36. M T on February 23, 2021 at 11:17 pm

    Always take a poncho, keeps you and your pack dry while hiking.

  37. Wildland Explorer on February 23, 2021 at 11:18 pm

    Wow I learned something new – never even considered putting wet clothing inside my sleeping bag with me to dry them out. Seems counter intuitive. Anyway I’m going to guess you were camped out near FR525C west of Sedona near the Sycamore Creek area? Either that or somewhere north of the AZ strip. I love to guess red-rock filming locations. 🤣

  38. Runner Girl on February 23, 2021 at 11:18 pm

    I took my son day camping in los Angeles park across the street. We had burgers and played UNO. Oh,, it was raining cats and dogs. 😂 FUN

  39. World B. Gilbert Gottfried on February 23, 2021 at 11:20 pm

    Don’t keep food in your tent. Seems obvious.

  40. H Oostra on February 23, 2021 at 11:22 pm

    It’s hard to see from the video but to me it looks like you put up your tent on a dirt track. With a lot of vehicles passing the soil gets compact and hence poor drainage. Was there really not better spot nearby?

  41. Disciple Hiker Servant on February 23, 2021 at 11:27 pm

    love Nature and Embrace the fact that you will be wet, muddy and cold! What gear you have and knowing the limits of the gear can be a game changer. I enjoy your video, this is coming from a guy that wants to hike for 6-7 months to get away for a while!
    Test gear before you hit the trail. I got a brown 1 person tent! Love it! I got 7 inch Y stakes, i wont leave home without them!
    I get a tent that is longer then i am, doing so my head and feet are away from the walls.

  42. Daljit Sidhu on February 23, 2021 at 11:29 pm

    Next time bro wellcom my punjab

  43. Marc Phlip on February 23, 2021 at 11:30 pm

    Great video, maybe I missed it but what do you do with your wet jacket and trousers during the night ?

  44. RTK on February 23, 2021 at 11:30 pm

    And that folks is why I converted to tarp and hammock camping.

  45. Dori's Hiking Adventures on February 23, 2021 at 11:31 pm

    What a great video! Loved watching every minute…so helpful 😊

  46. Cristian Pavel on February 23, 2021 at 11:32 pm

    One of the best videos on backpacking, directly from the real situation and how to adapt. It’s way more better to explain in this way rather than being clean, with fresh clothes in a very friendly background.

  47. André Deketele 'AstuteComplexTheory' on February 23, 2021 at 11:33 pm

    Use gaiters to keep shoes dry.

  48. MV Adventure on February 23, 2021 at 11:33 pm

    My tent rainfly have a extra piece of fabric that fully cover the bottom and sides of the tent perfect for heavy rainfall and snowy camping with helping the water stay away from the edge of the tent, I think this option usually used for 4 seasons tents. I’m happy with that feel like a rugged shelter. look like Marmot pass the challenge especially without the footprint…cool .

  49. Mohamed Laoufi on February 23, 2021 at 11:34 pm

    I wish to live like you

  50. dontall71 on February 23, 2021 at 11:39 pm

    Your instructional videos are motivating and in-tents lol

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