How to Make a Rain Poncho Out of a Trash Bag

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How to Make a Rain Poncho Out of a Trash Bag
Trash bags have many uses besides holding trash. (poubelles roses image by Bruno Bernier from

No matter where you live in the United States, you are almost guaranteed to get at least one day of rainfall throughout the year. The easiest way to protect yourself from rain is to simply stay inside, but this isn't always an option, especially in cases such as hiking or camping. When in these situations, it's good to have a trash bag on hand as it makes for an effective poncho when you have no other way to protect yourself from the rain.

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Things you need

  • Trash bag
  • Scissors

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  1. 1

    Unfold the trash bag and lay it out on a flat surface. Position the bag so the side that opens is at the bottom.

  2. 2

    Cut a 6-inch-wide slit along the seam on the top side of the bag. This new hole is the opening for the head.

  3. 3

    Cut a slit on the right and left sides of the bag for arm holes. They should be near the top of each side as they would be with a normal shirt.

  4. 4

    Put the trash bag on as you would a T-shirt. If the opening for the head is too small, take the trash bag off and cut the hole bigger. Do not increase the size of the hole by more than 1 inch at a time.

Tips and warnings

  • Large lawn and leaf trash bags are more effective than kitchen trash bags as they are generally thicker and more durable.
  • Flap the bag every five minutes if you wear it for long periods of time. Plastic bags do not let air through, which may cause your body to overheat.
  • Do not put a sealed trash bag over your head at any time.

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