Staying dry in constant rain

 All over the world, laborers gear up and head out of the house, no matter how the weather looks. Life moves on, rain or shine. In many of these countries, like Thailand or Ecuador, there is a “wet-season” in which it rains without stopping for almost four months straight.

Even in the face of this weather it is possible stay healthy, work fairly comfortably, and get back to work on time the next day…if you stay dry. Below are five tricks to staying dry in an extremely wet outdoor environment.

1. Only wear waterproof footwear

One of the key ways to staying warm in a wet environment is keeping your feet dry before. In fact, your feet should be your first priority, before any other part of your body. In light of this information, many companies have been creating waterproof products for decades.

Gore-tex is a favorite high-end fabric that keeps hiking and work boots waterproof without sacrificing breathability. In combination with wool socks instead of cotton socks between your feet and your boots because wool wicks moisture away while cotton absorbs it. Gore-tex boots can be found at most major outdoor retail outlets. Another, more economical option, way to keep your feet dry is classic rubber rain boot. These will do the job, but do not offer the breathability that more expensive footwear does.

2. Re-waterproof your current footwear and rain gear

If you’ve already got footwear or other rain gear that was formerly waterproof but is starting to leak moisture, you can spray them with a waterproofing agent that will renew its abilities. Many new products, like Nikwax waterproofing spray, prove to restore the waterproof finish on coats and shoes that begin to let water in.

Be sure to spray your gear outdoors or in a well-ventilated environment as the spray can be hazardous to breathe. Some of these sprays may also require users to wash their items before, or after, using the waterproof spray so be sure to read the directions.

3. In a pinch? Try the trash bag poncho 

Ponchos can cover a lot of area and are made of non-breathable waterproof, a single sheet of it. This means that there are no zippers or seams to spring a leak and soak users. Additionally, the material is less important and can be purchased affordably in convenience stores, should you be using a trash bag, an option for those in a pinch.

Wear it over your rain coat for extra protection or use string to tie its corners to trees to create a roof or awning under which to work.

4. Wear rubber dishwashing gloves over your regular gloves

Rubber dishwashing gloves do the job well in that they completely bar moisture from entering. They can be worn quite comfortably long term in cooler environments with a regular pair of gloves made of wool or other breathable fabric underneath them to soak up sweat.

5. A hat with a wide brim is your best friend

Both ball caps and rain protection hats will suffice. A brim that extends a good three to four inches beyond your eyes will provide an umbrella over the face and preserve your visibility. Sunglasses or other protective eyewear will keep water out of your eyes.

Working where it’s wet can be an invigorating experience with the right protective gear. Solutions can be found in certain everyday household items.

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