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. TheFantasticPooh PSN on November 16, 2020 at 8:38 pm

    I noticed your Adidas Boost in the video, and I have been considering buying ones like yours for a while now. Since you have and use yours, I’d like to know what you think about them over long miles, and if you would recommend sizing half up? Thanks in advance!

  2. fertugrul on November 16, 2020 at 8:38 pm

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

  3. H Oostra on November 16, 2020 at 8:40 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?

  4. Arkmodeus on November 16, 2020 at 8:43 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

  5. Scott Johnston on November 16, 2020 at 8:43 pm


  6. World B. Gilbert Gottfried on November 16, 2020 at 8:44 pm

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

  7. Eric T on November 16, 2020 at 8:46 pm

    WEATHER makes your backpacking a challenge but it also makes you think about the possibilities and how to deal with them

  8. Nahum Eikenberry on November 16, 2020 at 8:47 pm

    Nice jacket

  9. Thestripper on November 16, 2020 at 8:47 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.

  10. André Deketele 'AstuteComplexTheory' on November 16, 2020 at 8:49 pm

    Use gaiters to keep shoes dry.

  11. Cristian Pavel on November 16, 2020 at 8:49 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.

  12. Daljit Sidhu on November 16, 2020 at 8:50 pm

    Next time bro wellcom my punjab

  13. Randy McIver on November 16, 2020 at 8:55 pm

    We put our polls or rocks under our packs, under the vestibule. Also like you said we put our rain cover on the packs. Procedure = Rain cover on the backs, under the vestibule, on two polls or rocks. Seems to work well!! Dance in the rain!! : ))

  14. Joel Rampersad on November 16, 2020 at 8:57 pm

    I usually teach my trainees to carry a small tarpaulin and stake it to the ground next to the tent, covering most of their gear, which either rests on the folded over tarp or on some foliage. Only sleeping bags and torches allowed in the tent, plus boots go under the corner of the tarp.

  15. Maple Staple on November 16, 2020 at 9:00 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.

  16. The Founders of Joy on November 16, 2020 at 9:01 pm

    Sick video! Encouragement for my content. Subscribed!

  17. on November 16, 2020 at 9:02 pm

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

  18. Piotr Wydmuch on November 16, 2020 at 9:02 pm

    Great tips. Thank you!

  19. jakeislate on November 16, 2020 at 9:04 pm

    What kind of boots are those?

  20. WildWestHikes on November 16, 2020 at 9:06 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. 🤣

  21. Paul Schortemeyer on November 16, 2020 at 9:07 pm

    Good information – basic but important. I wish your camera-man moved around more. "As you can see here…" or "Look here…" – video stays zoomed on your face. I kept wishing he would move the dang camera back to show us what you were talking about!

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  23. Liberty Garden on November 16, 2020 at 9:07 pm

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

  24. sarun thomas on November 16, 2020 at 9:09 pm

    Especially the last portion 🔥

  25. Jaap Ongeveer on November 16, 2020 at 9:10 pm

    Ground sheet slightly smaller than the tent footprint?

  26. Marc Phlip on November 16, 2020 at 9:11 pm

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

  27. Mohamed Laoufi on November 16, 2020 at 9:13 pm

    I wish to live like you

  28. Greg Christensen on November 16, 2020 at 9:15 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?

  29. Justin Krezelak on November 16, 2020 at 9:15 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

  30. Jack Maverick on November 16, 2020 at 9:15 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.

  31. Ismael Garza on November 16, 2020 at 9:17 pm

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

  32. Anon amous on November 16, 2020 at 9:17 pm

    Great Video with great information. However, I was wishing that I could see you doing some of the tips, perhaps with a voiceover. But that would have been just an added bonus.

  33. Des Rynne on November 16, 2020 at 9:18 pm

    Why didn’t you pitch your tent on the high ground behind you

  34. George Bertram on November 16, 2020 at 9:19 pm

    Retighten during and after rain as material stretches. When taking down the tent, keep all poles in place, undo the stakes and pick up the ftreestanding tent if near water or grass and clean off the base and footprint on the wet grass or hover over top of water, shake it off and then take it down.

  35. RTK on November 16, 2020 at 9:20 pm

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

  36. YSMN on November 16, 2020 at 9:20 pm

    Thank you 🤍

  37. Michael Cashin on November 16, 2020 at 9:21 pm

    Nice to have a backpacking video that’s not just a gear review. Thanks for the tips.

  38. A Bear In The Woods on November 16, 2020 at 9:22 pm

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

  39. Millan Ferende on November 16, 2020 at 9:24 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…

  40. Milad Vafakhah on November 16, 2020 at 9:25 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 .

  41. cool epic man on November 16, 2020 at 9:26 pm

    i like camping

  42. It's Adventure Time on November 16, 2020 at 9:28 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.

  43. matus201 on November 16, 2020 at 9:32 pm

    Just move your tent to a better spot!

  44. Dori's Hiking Adventures on November 16, 2020 at 9:33 pm

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

  45. Darren Benson on November 16, 2020 at 9:33 pm

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

  46. Ronald Rose on November 16, 2020 at 9:34 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. 🤗

  47. Mohamed Laoufi on November 16, 2020 at 9:36 pm

    I wich to live like you

  48. Don Gilroy on November 16, 2020 at 9:36 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%

  49. James Johnstone on November 16, 2020 at 9:37 pm


  50. Raimundo Lanas on November 16, 2020 at 9:37 pm

    these videos are gold, thank you so much!

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