Imagine this: You’re walking outside and all of a sudden it starts raining — hard — as if you just got caught in a torrential downpour. Of course, this is the day you left your umbrella at home and now everything in your bag is soaked including your planner and journal. Now you’re stuck with soggy paper filled with runny ink. Bummer.

Too bad there’s no such thing as waterproof paper, right?


Entrepreneur Jerry Darling developed a special coating that makes paper durable enough to survive in any weather condition. Darling had originally created the all-weather paper for loggers in the Great Northwest back in the 1920s.

Over the years, his idea evolved to become Rite in the Rain, a company that develops recyclable notebooks, loose leaf paper and printer paper. Today, the company is based in Tacoma, WA — a place that gets even more rain than Seattle, so it seems about right.

Rite in the Rain is not just popular among loggers who inspired it. The paper can also be used by scuba divers, construction workers, field workers, farmers or anyone who just wants to write in the rain for the helluva it.

Here’s the cherry on top: You don’t even need a special pen to write on Rite in the Rain paper. Any pencil or ballpoint pen will do. That’s because Rite in the Rain isn’t your average paper. It won’t disintegrate when wet. In fact, all Rite in the Rain papers undergo a wet paper test to ensure endurance.

You can recycle Rite in the Rain paper just as you would regular paper. It was designed to have ultra-low impact on the environment. The water-based-coating process emits only steam which is then recycled back into the paper-making steam. Anyone else feel like writing some beautiful poetry while sitting in the rain right about now?

What do you think about Rite in the Rain paper? Does it make you want to weather the storm to write? Share your thoughts with us.