1. Waterproof your gear (Gore-Tex is not a solution).
Waterproof your gear because you will carry less weight (as water) and your gear will function better.
2. Use a vestibule.
Avoid your gear getting wet overnight. Get a reliable freestanding tent with
- a quick set up
- a vestibule
- great waterproofing
- a separate ground tarp
3. Know your route, plan for shelter if possible.
It rained for 4 days in a row when I was in New Zealand but because we knew where the National Park hut was, we were able to start a fire to dry our clothes. Oh, what a luxury!
4. Pack a warm sleep system.
Being wet and cold is a recipe for disaster if you have to camp in the rain. Consider:
- A sleeping bag with waterproofing (this could save your life!)
A sleeping pad that keeps you up off the ground and has a good thermal ‘R-value rating’
5. Extra cover is a godsend.
Even when going out for day hikes it's a good idea to bring along a lightweight tarp in case you get caught in the rain.