April may be over, but there’s always a chance for showers when you travel. Don't let a sudden downpour put a damper on your next trip.
Stay Dry This Spring
Have a look below at my must-pack items to keep dry while sightseeing in the rain. Make sure to comment any other cool tools or tips you have on traveling in bad weather.
When purchasing an umbrella, try to avoid the last minute gas station or street vendor umbrella. These umbrellas are generally expensive and are not going to last. Try to invest in something that is windproof and durable. The Repel umbrella is a great place to start this umbrella also has a Teflon coating for more durability.
Amazon User Review: “Perfect size and good construction”
Price: Starting at $24 on Amazon
Remember the last timey you wrapped up your umbrella and it leaked water all over the floor, your bag, or car? This umbrella from Vumos solves that problem by including a waterproof case. Once done wrapping the umbrella you can easily store it in the case until you get a chance to dry it out. The umbrella also comes with a lifetime guarantee.
Amazon User Review: “Very high-quality product and love how it's waterproof! Very portable!”
Price: Starting at $15 on Amazon
I promise this is the last umbrella I’ll mention on the list, but this umbrella is very different than the other. It’s inverted—meaning when you close it you’ll avoid getting drenched and the umbrella can stand on it’s on to dry. It also has a c-shaped handle, allowing hands-free use while walking around.
Amazon User Review: “Love this umbrella. What a great idea, wish I’d thought of it.”
Price: Starting at $20 on Amazon
This jacket is great for a rainy and windy day if you’re not someone who likes to use ponchos or umbrellas. The jacket is wind and water resistant and also uses DRYVENT technology so you won’t get too hot while wearing it on a spring day.
Amazon User Review: “Love the coat! Very pretty color and fits perfectly. I've gotten some compliments too. It kept me warm enough but is light enough that it doesn't make me too hot. Perfect for a rainy day.”
Price: Starting at $89 on Amazon
Guys I’ve got you covered, too. This rain jacket is water resistant and—similar to the North Face jacket for women—has technology such as vents to promote airflow to help prevent sweating on spring/summer days. The jacket also packs up into the front pockets, making it perfect for easy storage in a backpack or carry on.
Amazon User Review: “Good fit and price light and easy to carry”
Price: Starting at $25 on Amazon
If you just want to pack something for emergency downpours, opt for a poncho or two. These from Sara Glove are durable enough to be reused a few times before tossing.
Amazon User Review: “It works. Used it during the 'cyclone bomb' they had earlier this year.”
Price: Starting at $25 on Amazon
If you’re traveling with a large group or family, investing a large pack of ponchos might be your best bet. These ponchos from Juvale are great and cost less than a buck per poncho. Once done with them you can easily dispose of them. Each poncho also has a hood for extra protection from the rain.
Amazon User Review: “Very thin but they worked for a few short uses and light enough to carry around.”
Price: Starting at $17 on Amazon
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