As a general guide you want to waterproof any piece of equipment or clothing that can get wet. Rain, dew, snow; moisture is the enemy and you want to keep it away from your gear.
Tent- First and foremost your tent. It’s your home away from home and you want it to be as comfortable, ie: dry, as possible. Waterproofing your camping tent (make sure to test it after) will help avoid having to spend a rainy night in the car.
Boots-If you’ve ever spent any amount of time with slightly damp shoes you can almost imagine the agony of multi day hiking in wet hiking boots. Protecting your hiking boots is essential for a successful trip and could be the difference between finishing a trail or turning back early. Avoid disappointment by taking the time to waterproof your hiking boots.
Jacket-Chances are you didn’t bring an umbrella so your jacket will be your number 1 defence against the rain. Choose a style with a hood (the fur trim is best left off to avoid a soggy embellishment around your head) and add an extra layer of protection with protectME eco-friendly waterproofing spray.
Backpack- Waterproofing your hiking backpack may be the most important job of all. If your bag is soaked, chances are everything inside it are also soaked.
Post trip equipment care is essential in ensuring your expensive gear lasts more than a single holiday. If it’s been a particularly muddy adventure, brush or wash off all traces of dirt and let dry completely before storing away.
Waterproofing your hiking and camping equipment is quick, easy and can be the difference between a wildly fun adventure or selling all your equipment when you return home. Head over to our blog for more great reads on how a little waterproofing can go along way.