While digging through photos from the weeks past we were recently reminded of a commonly (and regretfully) forgotten item at our lodges; rain pants!
We always encourage our guests to pack quality rain gear when traveling to our lodges, both in Alaska and the Bahamas. By that we mean both a rain jacket and a pair of waterproof pants, but more often than not we find most folks choose to leave the pants at home.
We totally understand why.. Why would you need rain pants when you have waders, right? And flats pants dry really fast under the hot sun of the Bahamas, don’t they? Sort of.
At Alaska West, we have an entire building dedicated to drying out our guests gear. That means that our guests waders and boots are able to dry out completely on the last night of their trip, making them much easier to pack. Sounds nice, right? It is, but the boat ride on the way home can still be a wet one. Thus, a lightweight pair of rain pants can make the difference between traveling comfortable or traveling soggy.
On the other side of the continent, make no mistake, getting wet means getting cold. Even in the Bahamas, a rain shower can make for an uncomfortably cold day if you’re not dressed appropriately. ‘Quick dry’ flats pants only dry out if it stops raining. What to do until then? That’s right, rain pants.
Bring a pair of rain pants along folks. They’re light, easy to pack, and can make a big difference during a trip. Don’t, and you’ll end up just like Stu (see photo above). Trust us on this one, you won’t regret it.