Whenever I imagine myself in a new location, I imagine it with perfect weather. Maybe 70 degrees, sunny, a slight breeze. I never imagine trudging through rain and snow, my socks wet and clothes damp. But any travelers among us know that perfect weather is no guarantee. Just because you have taken the time to get to a new location does not mean that the sun and sky will bend to your will.
If you travel enough, it is destined to rain during one of your trips. I have seen the Almafi Coast of Italy, Rekjavik’s harbor, and Maimi’s South Beach, all while suffering wet socks and damp clothes. While I wasn’t thrilled about the rainy turn of events, I would have been a heck of a lot angrier if I didn’t have a fantastic umbrella to keep me dry.
If you plan on visiting somewhere rainy, like London, Seattle, or the equator during summertime, make sure that you throw an extra layer of rain protection in your bag. Below are the best travel umbrellas on the market today.
This umbrella folds up into a little leather sleeve, which means that it is not only compact but that it will not catch on things in your luggage! It has an easy, one-touch open and close, and the 10 ribs make it sturdy against the strongest winds. The fabric is coated with Teflon, which means it will dry quickly and not make your pocket, backpack, or luggage damp. When the umbrella is open, it is 46 inches across, and 25.2 inches tall. It only weighs 1.1 pounds, so it won’t weigh you down.
This tiny little umbrella will fit in the palm of your hand. It 34 inches across, which makes it on the smaller side, but it folds down to only 6.6 inches and weighs a mere 7oz. Trust me, you may even lose this little guy in your pocket. It has 6 metal ribs, which means it won’t be the sturdiest defense in a wind storm, but it will certainly keep you dry. It also comes in a selection of 34 different colors and patterns.
This umbrella doesn’t fold up super small, but it does have a few other key advantages. The biggest seller here is that the umbrella actually folds down upside-down, which makes it easier to stay dry when getting in and out of a car. It pools all of the excess water inside of the umbrella, instead of getting water on everything in your bag or your car. It also has a unique handle that wraps around your forearm which means you can use both hands while staying dry.
This umbrella is teeny-tiny. It unfolds to 40 inches wide but also folds down so small that you can fit it into a semi-hard waterproof case that can be stored in your glove compartment, backpack, or purse. Vumos umbrellas even come with a lifetime guarantee. There are 14 fun color options.
This umbrella is great for traveling to an urban or crowded place. The tips have no sharp points, so you won’t risk putting anyone’s eye out as you wind your way through busy, rainy streets. It is 37 inches when extended and only 14 inches when compacted. It is advertised as wind resistant and rip resistant. With an auto-open and auto-close function, you can easily operate and handle this umbrella. It is a bit on the pricier side, but with all of the high tech elements, it should last for a long time. Plus it comes in 11 fun color choices.
This umbrella is slightly larger than the others on the list when folded (17 inches). However, the double canopy adds wind protection and sturdiness that shouldn’t be ignored. It is also larger when opened, at 48 inches across. It comes with a sleeve and is available in two neutral color options: black and navy blue.
The next time the clouds roll in, you will already be prepared. By selecting one of the umbrellas listed above, you can travel smart. Avoid musty and damp clothes should you get caught in a storm. Keep your backpack, glove compartment, suitcase, and jacket pocket stocked. Stay adventerous and stay dry!