TOP 4 TIPS FOR WORKING IN THE RAIN
Whether you’re getting down to work or planning a day outdoors, rain in the forecast can put a real damper on your plans. You might be tempted to just stay home, but with these tips and the right rain gear, you can handle the rain like a pro and hit the trail (or jobsite or lake or DIY project)!
1. Wear the Right Layers
When rain is coming your way, you need to be ready to control your body temperature by dressing in layers.
The weather has a mind of its own and conditions can change quickly throughout the day. Think about the temperatures throughout the day and whether wind will be a factor. Also consider how much you’ll be moving around. Physical activity will warm you up quickly and taking off a layer is an easy way to keep your cool.
Once you have an idea how the day will go, choose a base layer that will keep you comfortable in the warmest temperatures you’ll face and a mid-layer and outer layer that together will be able to handle the coldest temps of the day. Vests, base layers and sweatshirts are all great gear for layering.
Get the Right Gear
It’s always important to have the right tool for the job, and rainwear is no exception. So, what should you look for to get great wind and rain protection?
You’ve probably already decided to get a quality rain jacket—good move! But don’t stop with the jacket—you’ll want waterproof pants, too. Look for material and coatings that prevent wind and moisture from getting in, but that are breathable so sweat can evaporate and you don’t overheat.
Unlined rain jackets and pants are best for consistently warm conditions, where insulated rain jackets work better when temperatures get cool. All-season gear like the 3-in-1 Rainwear Jacket is versatile enough to work in almost any conditions.
Don't Forget Your Feet
When it comes to the rain, remember to step up your boots! Go for comfortable, waterproof work boots with an anti-slip outsole. If you’ll be working in the cold, check the comfort rating to make sure they’re the right pick for the temps you’ll be dealing with.
It’s also a good idea to upgrade your socks! Keep your feet comfortable and dry with moisture wicking socks that provide arch and ankle support.
Stay Alert and Watch Your Surroundings
Rain can make it harder to see what you’re doing and for other people to see you! It also means you’re more likely to slip and fall, especially if you’re in a hurry to get out of the rain. Wearing HiVis gear will help keep you seen and safe and be sure to take your time with your work to prevent injury.
Choose the right rain gear for your working conditions and you’ll never have to let a little wet weather prevent you from getting the job done.