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Packing for a rainy destination can be tricky because rain products can be bulky and heavy. From backpacks to rain jackets and boots, find out what our readers rank as the best lightweight rain products for travel!
Best Lightweight Rain Products
Travel Fashion Girl help! A reader asks:
I am traveling to Europe for a week in mid June and I’m looking for a lightweight raincoat that can be packed in a backpack, lightweight rain shoes, and a lightweight backpack that can fit my camera, water bottle, wallet, and other small items. Your suggestions for travel specific brands/preferred products for these three items will be much appreciated!
Even in summer, several European destinations, like England and Ireland, still experience rain. However, as rain isn’t as common in summer, you don’t want to stuff your luggage with heavy or bulky rain gear. Our readers are sharing their top picks for the best lightweight rain products.
Eddie Bauer Girl on the Go Trench
Several readers recommended Eddie Bauer for rain coats, with one sharing, “I love my Eddie Bauer jacket. Light enough to wad up and put into my purse!” Another says of Eddie Bauer, “They have great raincoats for women. Lots of color choices and many are packable in their own pockets.”
We’re big fans of the Girl on the Go trench, as it comes equipped with its own unique WEATHEREDGE technology that ensures top-notch waterproof and breathable protection. It’s lightweight and with a zip-off hood, making it ideal for easy packing.
Luna FLower Lightweight Rain Jacket
This rain jacket might just be the lightest one on the market. As one reader says, “Weighs 4 ounces and folds up!”
This rain and wind jacket is ultra thin but well-protected from wind chill and rain. It’s great for carryon packing and for destinations where the weather isn’t too cold but still windy and potentially rainy.
Sorel Duck Boot
For rainy destinations, the best shoe is the duck boot, which prevents slipping on wet streets. Plus, they’re back in style and many are comfy enough to wear all day.
One reader raves about these Sorel boots, saying, “These are amazing little lightweight rain boots. They’re pretty darn lightweight for rain shoes, totally waterproof, and pretty adorable. They’re the best shoe purchase I’ve made so far. They’re also super comfortable!”
Nanji Packable Daypack
Several readers mentioned foldable and packable daypacks for the best backpack for rainy weather. They’re perfect for days out, as they’re lightweight and waterproof. Plus, at such an inexpensive price point, you can bring a couple as backup!
One reader says of this Nanji bag, “I got this lightweight collapsible, packable backpack from Amazon because it’s waterproof. I carry expensive camera equipment and this bag is great for day outings because you never know when you’re going to get caught out in the rain. My husband got the same pack in a different color and we’re very pleased with them. They collapse into a flat little bag.”
Eddie Bauer Cloud Cap Jacket
It might not come as any surprise that we’re sharing another Eddie Bauer jacket. While the trench is great for rainier terrains, this Cloud Cap jacket is perfect for warmer locations. It’s built with an ultralight WEATHEREDGE 2.5-layer waterproof/breathable nylon shell and offers easy packing as it stuffs compactly into the right hand zip pocket.
One reader says, “I used this jacket on a trip to Munich last year. It rained every day but I still had a great time and this jacket kept me perfectly dry.”
Marmot PreCip Waterproof Rain Jacket
Along with Eddie Bauer, our readers love Marmot for rain jackets. One reader says, “I love my Marmot rain jacket. It folds up to nothing and has underarm zippers, which is a great feature in tropical rain.”
The PreCip jacket features a breathable NanoPro fabric that keeps you dry and comfortable even as activity increases or the weather warms up. And the attached, adjustable hood can be rolled into collar when you’re not using it.
Crocs Lina Flat
For those barely drizzly days when you don’t want to wear boots but don’t want to slip, our readers swear by Crocs. These shoes look like ballet flats but are waterproof, so you can wear them to dinners out without worrying about ruining your dress shoes.
One reader says, “Crocs are waterproof and they have developed their styles in the past few years so they aren’t just weird looking sandals any more. I have walked in them for a mile or so, and I got some blisters, but I wasn’t wearing socks and they weren’t worn in too much.”
Beaspire Caden Backpack
If you like to keep all of your essentials organized and plan on taking with you expensive camera equipment, this is the bag for you. The main compartment of this backpack is a camera liner that can hold a full range of cameras, lenses and related gear. You can also take out the sleeve bag, and it can serve as an outdoor travel bag for short day trips.
One reader says, “I really like Beaspire’s Caden multifunction backpack. It has very neat sliding pockets to hold a DSLR and an extra lens, plus a laptop and other essentials.”
Outlander Durable Packable Daypack
This backpack offers everything you want in a packable rain bag. It is made from highly rip and water-resistant nylon fabric, which provides strength and long-lasting performance, with minimal weight. Plus, it folds into a zippered inner pocket to fit anywhere.
A reader shares, “I continue to throw this backpack in at the last minute for trips and always happy I did. Standard not beautiful highly functional travel backpack under $20.”
Blondo Villa Waterpoof Boots
If you’re a frequent Travel Fashion Girl reader, you know how much we and our readers rave about Blondo boots. TFG readers also love these shoes for their stylish exterior, as it differs from other more obvious rain boots for women. They’re comfortable and practical but also stylish too.
One reader says, “I. Absolutely. LOVE these. And the fact that they’re waterproof—you couldn’t have made a more perfect shoe.”
What are your recommendations for the best lightweight rain products for summer travel Please comment below!
For more tips on packing for Europe in summer, please read:
- Packing for Europe in Summer
- Things to Pack for Europe in the Summer
- What to Wear in Europe in Summer
- Two Weeks in Europe in the Summer
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