Most modern day backpacks are water resistant but not waterproof. They might keep their contents perfectly dry in a light shower but prolonged or heavy rain will eventually soak in (either through the material or through the zips) and your clothes, maps, and food will get damp. Nobody wants that- a wet jacket is no use if it gets cold and a wet sleeping bag is one of the worst things a hiker could hope to avoid. Happily, rain covers for backpacks are lightweight, adaptable to a wide range of different bag styles, and simple to deploy even in the worst weather.
Outdoor Research Dry Synthetic Backpackers Kit 33190
Outdoor Research Dry Down Backpackers Kit 33190
This section is also home to a variety of handy accessories. There are pouches for cameras, cell phones, laptops and tablet computing devices (both padded and waterproof plastic), sun hoods for baby carriers, and a whole collection of gadgets and pouches to help outdoor folks organize the contents of their packs and make sure everything gets to the end of the trail in one piece.