When it rains, it pours. In Boston, we’re no stranger to bouts of rain at a time. We are lucky, however, that we’re not subject to Orlando’s downpours nearly every day during its rainy season from June to September.
During my days as a merchandising intern at Disney World, I swore that the rain gods had a rain party every time I planned a visit to Animal Kingdom -- there’s nothing quite like having to sprint into the shade from being drenched in a virtual rainforest.
Here is a roundup of sturdy, innovative items to help you stay dry during the next downpour -- in Boston or Orlando:
At Disney World, the best way to stay dry was by wearing a poncho (to free up your hands), which costs a pretty penny in the parks. And they weren’t exactly lightweight although you could probably get a few cycles of uses from the ponchos before having to toss them.
Invest in a RAINRAPS hooded wrap and pouch instead. It’s lightweight and waterproof as well as fashionable without hampering its practicality. You can wear it like a pashmina or shawl; the material is surprisingly soft, unlike the crickly hard plastic of traditional ponchos. Just bring it along folded up compactly in your purse.
For those who would rather more classic rain gear, these umbrellas are strong, aerodynamic, easy to control, and made of Quick Dry Polyester. The tensioned canopy allows them to withstand wind without putting stress on the carrier. Plus, there are no sharp points at the edge of the canopy so the fabric won’t easily tear away from the covered tips. They also come with a lifetime guarantee.
Do you usually carry an umbrella with you in the event of bad weather? Tell me about your favorite rain gear in the comments.
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Caroline hails from a tiny tropical island originally, but calls Boston home. A curious bird, she spent a spring trekking all over Ireland, has been an Air Force Junior ROTC cadet, and worked at Disney World as a merchandising intern. With a love for all things interesting, she found herself at The Grommet, where she gets to eat, sleep, and breathe innovative undiscovered products. Say hello to her on Twitter.