3. Waterproof Backpack
Food, spare clothes, mobile phone, snacks and any other essentials should be kept safe and dry by a waterproof backpack. Stuck with a poor quality bag? Throw a bin bag around it for your journey or go mad and buy a backpack cover in any camping store.
Rain from the sky will make you wet, but rain splashing up from the ground will make you miserable! Whether it’s from cars or other cyclists riding behind you, muddy water can be a pain so mudguards (or fenders, to our US cousins) are absolutely essential. Plus that mud strip up the back? Not pretty.
5. Avoid jeans
Never ever wear jeans! It takes ages for denim to dry up and it will leave your legs feeling cold and damp. Choose a quick-drying fabric or waterproof trousers with flaps at the bottom so that the water doesn’t run into your shoes. Or even better: shorts! Although, they may need to be saved for warmer summer days.