Rain Gear Items For Your Preps


Rain gear (mostly items to be worn on the body) is an important part of one’s survival preps within the category of clothing. Staying dry during inclement rainy weather will reduce the likelihood of hypothermia, and will allow you to work more comfortably outside, will lengthen the time that you can survive outside.

The following is a list of rain gear items that you may wish to consider procuring if you have not already done so…

Raincoat. Raincoats are typically not insulated or padded, although often contain not only an outer layer but also unique materials and layers which enable ‘breathing’ – an important attribute for body moisture to escape. In cold weather, simply wear a jacket or layers of clothing underneath the raincoat. Many raincoats include hoods to cover the head, but separate rain hats are an alternative.

Rain hat. Sou’Wester hat. Some rain hats are better than others at protecting your head and back of the neck from wind-swept rain. They are made from various materials and shapes, each with their own attributes and style.

Poncho. A rain poncho is made of waterproof material with openings for the head and the arms. It drapes over the body. Some advantages of wearing a rain poncho include it’s size variability and it can be more easily worn over a warm jacket or coat. With the poncho you can “hunch down” under some trees or bushes and have a sort of personal “tent”. A poncho AND rain paints are a very good combination for staying dry in the rain.

Parka. A parka is a type of coat with a hood, often lined with an insulating material. Parkas are hooded jackets that offer warmth as well as rain protection (depending on outer material). Some parkas have a removable fleece lining.

Rain pants. A raincoat will keep your upper body dry, but don’t forget about your legs…

Mens rain boots. Womens rain boots. Usually made of rubber and-or synthetics. While waterproof or water-resistant hiking or work boots are often appropriate, purpose-built rain boots may be a better choice in some environments. Thick socks may be needed to keep feet warm and comfortable.

Gaiters. These will eliminate any water “creep” up your legs and keep rain water from draining into your shoes or boots, especially if you are performing a lot of exerting tasks outdoors in the rain. Great for the snow too.

Umbrella. Although not worn on the body, they will provide more coverage and rain protection over your body. Good for short-term use. It’s a good idea to keep one in your vehicle for each person. Available in many sizes and designs.

Tarp. They come in many sizes, colors, materials, strengths, and thickness, usually with grommets around the perimeter for easy attachment of lines. As you know, tarps have a multitude of uses, including protection from the rain. It’s a good idea to keep a variety on hand.

Trench shovel. Use for digging water runoff trenches around and away from objects like tents, shelters, or other things.

Goggles. If it’s pouring and wind-swept rain, wearing goggles will greatly help your vision. Without them, your instinct is to look away or down from the rain.

Plastic stretch wrap. Non-adhesive plastic wrap will not only secures boxes and items during storage or transit, but will also protect these items from rain. I’ve seen it wrapped around the open frame of a tractor cab to protect the driver from the elements, wrapped around pallets of boxes, and other sorts of use-case scenario wraps.

Regarding clothing for the rain, look for Gortex garments. Gortex makes for a great ‘breathable’ outer shell, while allowing water to run off it’s surface. It’s worth the extra money. Be sure to keep Gortex out of blazing hot cars on sunny, hot summer days. Wash it on gentle cycle using a very mild detergent in small quantities and let it drip dry. Goretex and other breathable membrane garments will leak water when they are dirty.


  1. You say Goggles, I have to say goggles would not be my choice as they fog up in a real life situation.

    I use my Vietnam era trench-coat Rain coat. Buy yourself a NBC Suit, the pants and jacket are made of water proof material. found at any surplus warehouse.

    1. To prevent fog in your goggles try using the Fog Free solutions that are sold at Scuba Diving shops or the internet sites for skin/scuba diving. Also some of the quality ski and motocross goggles are vented in such a way as to reduce fogging.

    1. Multiple uses for any given item is a bonus. Trash bags certainly have many uses!

    2. JayJay

      yup, I too, was going to say trashbags…And, as Ken mentions,good for many uses.

      also, trash bags take little room.

      I have seen parents of children, put the smaller trash bags on the kids feet, tie them on leg, and shoes overtop. gives the kids grip,yet keeps them dry. runners can be easily dried.

  2. I live in the Pacific Northwest and I enjoy hiking even in the winter. Winters here at lower levels are typically rainy and even when it isn’t raining the woods tend to be wet. I bought a rain suit from Sportsmans Warehouse a few years back. It is goretex with a tear resistant outer fabric. The pants are a bib style and can be put on over whatever out clothing you are wearing. The parka has a visored hood and blocks the rain but not visability. It was designed and advertised as a steelhead fishing rainsuit so it wasn’t with the rest of the outdoor clothing it was in the fishing section. At the time it cost just under $100.

  3. …my westcoast clothing: Mustang full suit and bib-suit with jacket. (all around great rain gear for boating or living on the beach or forest.
    Helly hansen rain gear is excelent.So is Dakota. I use all three for B.C’s wet west coast. the mustang makes great snow gear but also floats.
    Mustang also has ocean survival suits…

    …i love my south Wester rain hat…but it really cuts down what you can hear.

    ijust bought another (CS)-Cascade Designs Propack(waterproof load carrier for caving boating whitewater etc…
    i use my (CS) baja bags (of different sizes)… daily and for years now!…
    I use pelican waterproof cases for my thingys…and i use a e-case for my cell phone.

    saving for more of these items…all are not just great for rain…but for snow and ice.

    ya just gotta keep dry!

  4. The US Army ECWS Gen II Jacket and Pants, one could wear in a Hurricane and you will not get soaked…..

    The better gun shows and Surplus Dealers will sell them in excellent or beter condition….

  5. I enjoy hiking and and cross country skiing. My experience has taught me that no matter what rain pants you buy having lower leg zipper openings for easy on/off makes life a lot better.

  6. For rainy weathers I found a brand that makes rainproof bags and jackets. It’s called MC5. It’s not yet really known but I ordered them online. They make their bags out of recycled plastic bottles so eco-friendly as well. Check it out in case you are interested. I highly recommend them.

    good luck


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