How to Walk in the Rain


Taking a walk is an excellent way to keep fit and enjoy the outdoors. A little rain shouldn't stop you. With a little preparation and a good attitude, you can walk in the rain just as easily as you would stroll along on a sunny afternoon. Follow these steps to learn more.

Things You'll Need

  • Jacket
  • Waterproof shoes
  • Hat
  • Synthetic socks

Bring Along an Umbrella

  • Carry a small, collapsible umbrella for heavy downpours. These lightweight umbrellas fit inside a pocket.

  • Tell your walking partner to bring an umbrella for himself. One umbrella and two people can cause bad feelings.

Keep Your Feet Dry

  • Visit online stores such as Sierra Trading Post to buy lined waterproof walking shoes (see below).

  • Save money by wearing your regular walking shoes with rubber rain shoes over them.

  • Waterproof your own walking shoes. Purchase some leather sealer at a craft or shoe store and apply, making sure to cover the shoe seams.

  • Wear non-cotton moisture wicking socks. Cotton socks will cause blisters quickly when wet.

  • Check out products like Sealskinz waterproof, breathable sport socks (see below).

  • Consider wearing a pair of gaiters (waterproof socks that fit over your shoes and lower leg). You can find gaiters at ski or outdoor sports retailers, such as Sierra Trading Post.

Don a Waterproof Cover-Up

  • Check out Sierra Trading Post for a selection of waterproof coats to keep the rain off your back.

  • Create your own rain slicker by cutting a neck opening in a large plastic trash bag. This unfashionable poncho is nonetheless effective for a spontaneous walk in the rain.

  • Opt for old-fashioned rubberized pants to keep your legs dry. Keep in mind that these will not breathe, so they aren't recommended for fast walking.

  • Wear your microfiber running pants. Microfiber dries very quickly.

Keep the Rain Off Your Head

  • Wear a hat made of waterproof material.

  • Waterproof your own cap by spraying it with a fabric-guard product like Scotch Guard.

Tips & Warnings

  • Cars will have a harder time seeing you in the rain. Choose to wear bright colors to increase your visibility when crossing streets.
  • Expect new waterproof walking shoes to be slightly more expensive than ordinary walking shoes.

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