Juneau, Alaska receives over a?million visitors a year and every year the town greats them is the best way we know how: with open arms, great big smiles, and buckets of water freshly squeezed from luscious clouds?by our glorious mountains. This large amount of precipitation, after all, is what contributes to our rainforest, glaciers, and in essence everything that visitors come to see in this neck of the woods. While some choose to condemn it, most locals here choose to embrace it, and perhaps with these simple tips you might just enjoy it as well.


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10.?Rain shells with vents

Vents are vital to keeping from over heating while retaining some water resistance. Often these are done with armpit zips on jackets and side zips on pants. While these work great for moist air and even light rain, don’t forget to zip them up when you stop or when it starts to pour!

9.?Layer for rain gear

A rain jacket is good, rain pants are nice, but if they are touching your skin, you might as well go swimming. Pick layers that cover your skin and separate it from the outer shell. Without a barrier, water will condense on the inside faster than it can escape, soaking you more than the rain that is falling.

8. Synthetic insulation

Cotton and down can be tempting, due to being light and inexpensive, but after it gets wet, you will find out just how much it can weigh.

7. Waterproof pack

There are many kinds of waterproofing wax and sprays that will get the job done, however, it is also a good idea to have a rain cover as well for longer stays in the rain. More important than the actual fabric of the pack, is making sure that things inside the pack are protected. Light weight dry bags make bags easy to organize and also protect them when you have to access things in the rain.

6. Xtra Tufs

A lot of people scoff at the brown boots of Alaska lore… until they hop on a fishing boat or hike through the rainforest. They many not look like much but hold a mighty reputation and anyone who spends some time in Alaska will understand why. I have seen many people come to Juneau adamant on not buying a pair, only to break down and go straight to the store after their first long hike.

5. Waterproof phone or tablet?case

If Southeast Alaska can teach you anything it is that anything that claims to be waterproof will be put to the test.?Since phones have become the choice camera for many on adventures, a waterproof case can go a long way between getting a a photo, or not taking any. Lifeproof makes some of the best out there

4.?Blister prevention

Whether you have come to the conclusion that your feet will get wet no matter what, or you’ve stuffed your feet in some boots, Southeast Alaska is a wet place. Moisture has a hard time escaping feet even when you are barefoot which means that a lot of the protective oils from feet tend to be wicked away by wet sock and exacerbated by pruning if you aren’t accustomed to it. Balms and salves are a good replenishment, but some additional tape helps too.

3.?Rain hat

These have long been an important function of the native Tlingit, and they are no less useful today than they ever where. A good hat can go a long way to keeping your on the task at hand rather than the amount of water running down your neck or over your eyes.

2. Rice in backpacks, shoes, and anything you would like to keep dry

As a photographer, one of the first things I noticed was how quickly lenses fog up when going between the less wet indoor environment to the sopping wet exterior. There are many types of drying beads that can be found online, but one of the best methods I have found is a small bag of rice with some pin holes in each compartment.

1. Jump in the puddles, dance in the rain, hike up a mountain, these are a few of our favorite things.

When it comes down to it. Enjoying the rain is a bit about preparation and a whole lot about perspective. If you view rain as bad weather, it is going to be miserable. Ever see kids jumping in puddles or running around in the rain? There is something about the miracle of an essential element from the sky and here it helps support the most life of anywhere on earth.