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The Best Packable Rain Gear for Travelers

Don’t let a sudden downpour put a damper on your trip! Just take notes from Scandinavia, where there is a popular saying that translates to: “There’s no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing.” If you pack the right rain gear, inclement weather won’t keep you stuck in your hotel room. 

Helly Hansen Vika Jacket

Front and back views of the Helly Hansen Vika Jacket in green
Helly Hansen

Rain doesn’t have to ruin your style. Ditch the neon yellow rain slickers and opt for something more fashionable, like Helly Hansen’s Vika Jacket. You’d never guess that this bomber-style jacket is fully waterproof (and windproof). 

Featuring the patented Helly Tech Protection two-layer fabric system, the jacket will repel water while still remaining breathable. A hidden inner chest pocket with zipper can hold your phone or passport, making the jacket perfect for travel.

OtterBox Fre Waterproof Cover

The OtterBox Fre Waterproof Cover from multiple angles

You might not mind getting wet in the rain, but your phone will. Protect it from raindrops (and drops from slippery fingers) with OtterBox’s Fre Series phone covers. These durable cases feature built-in screen protectors and port covers for 360 degree waterproof and drop protection. 

Eddie Bauer Storm Ridgeline Boots

Eddie Bauer Storm Ridgeline Boots
Eddie Bauer

No need to avoid puddles when you’re wearing Eddie Bauer’s Storm Ridgeline Boots. These fashionable boots have an Oxford cloth and suede exterior that hide a waterproof liner. The liner prevents any ounce of moisture from getting in, while still being breathable (perfect for trips with unpredictable temperatures).

The outsole is specially designed with a flocked grip that gives you great traction on slippery surfaces, and a molded footbed make these boots extra comfortable (no matter what the weather is).

Shedrain Supermini Flat Umbrella

Open and closed view of Shedrain Supermini Flat Umbrella in black

Even the lightest packer can find room for Shedrain’s Supermini Flat Umbrella in their suitcase. This tiny umbrella lives up to its name, packing down flat when not in use. It’s just 9” long when closed, but opens up to a wide 36” deep canopy that will keep you and a friend dry during heavy downpours. 

Everlane The Rain Boot

Multiple views of the Everlane The Rain Boot in black

Wet weather or not, you’ll want to rock Everlane’s Rain Boots on your next trip. Featuring a trendy chunky sole (that’s slip-resistant in case it does rain) and a cushioned insole, these shoes will keep you dry and comfortable on long walks. 

lululemon Everyday Backpack 

Model wearing lululemon's Everyday Backpack next to a close up of the same backpack

You might get wet in an unanticipated rainstorm, but your stuff won’t if you’ve packed it in lululemon’s Everyday Backpack. Made from a water-repellent fabric, this bag will keep everything dry—and organized, thanks to plenty of interior pockets (and a padded laptop sleeve).

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