When the SHTF, the rain is still going to fall and you will still need to keep dry. If you have a cozy bugout location all set up and you make it there with no problems or you are able to bug in without any trouble, then you will be able to weather a little rain storm without any major mishaps. However, if you have to bug out, then it might not be quite this simple. If you get caught in the rain, you can get into some real trouble, especially if it’s cold out.
Hypothermia, in particular, is a real danger, something that can cause death. However, even if hypothermia isn’t a concern, it is never fun to be soaking wet when walking around, especially when you know there isn’t a hot shower waiting for you at the end of the road.
If you have to leave to comfort of your home and bug out, then you need to be prepared for whatever the weather is going to throw at you. This means having good solid clothing and raingear that will keep you warm and dry from head to toe – literally. The ideal situation is that you have prepared ahead of time and have all the proper, well-made raingear you need already to go in your bugout bag (BOB). You should also always have a backup plan in case for some reason you don’t have your primary gear. Let’s take a look at what you should have on-hand and at the alternatives if you don’t.
The preference is that you have good quality raingear already bought and packed away in your BOB, should you need it (and you will need it!). You will want items that will keep your entire body warm and dry. It’s hard to say what time of year you will have to bug out and the weather might be cold, as well as wet. For this reason, you need to be sure that you will not only be dry, but well-insulated so you can keep warm. For this reason, first and foremost we need to talk material.