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Packing for a wet destination is not always easy because raincoats can take up too much space in your luggage. But that doesn’t have to be the case! See what our readers ranked as the best packable rain jacket to travel with!


Women’s Packable Rain Jacket Recommendations



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Packing for the rain isn’t always easy, especially when it comes to outerwear. Often, any coat you bring can be too bulky to fit in your luggage, or if it does fit, it takes up so much room you may have little space for other necessities. 

Let’s face it—wearing a heavy coat to and from a destination because it doesn’t fit in your bags isn’t always the way to go, although we’ve all done it before. Good news, though! There is a solution to finding a packable rain jacket women love to travel with. Our helpful readers share their top picks below!


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Columbia Arcadia II Jacket | Sizes XS-3XL Plus 


Columbia Arcadia II Packable Rain Jacket


This popular Columbia packable raIn jacket feels thick, allows for plenty of layers, and holds up under rainy day scrutiny. It fits snug around hips and wrists (which have Velcro for tightening) to keep you dry. 

On top of everything else, it comes in plenty of bright, bold colors, and offers inclusive sizing. One reader, who touts the Columbia rain jacket packable options, calls this coat “awesome.” Another reader agrees, adding, “It’s a reasonable price. I’ve had mine for years.”


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Cole Haan Back Bow Hooded Jacket | Sizes XS-3XL Plus 


Cole Haan Packable Hooded Rain Jacket


Cole Haan offers a style that’s elegant, lightweight, and water-resistant. It comes down to just above the knee and has a tie in the back which allows you to adjust the fit to your needs. It’s also roomy enough for plenty of layers underneath. 

Readers love the features of this Cole Haan packable rain jacket. One says, “It packs small and withstands a light shower well.”


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Columbia Plus Size Rain Jacket | Sizes XS-3XL Plus


Columbia Women’s Splash A Little II Plus Size Coat


This women’s plus size packable rain jacket by Columbia will shield you from whatever Mother Nature has in store without being overly bulky or heavy. You’ll be cozy, but not too hot in the light, breathable polyester shell and it comes in lots of different sizes to suit your needs. A plus size packable rain jacket that hits all the marks for versatility.


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Arthas Women’s Light Rain Jacket | Sizes XS-XXL


Arthas Waterproof Jacket 


This compact, budget-friendly option by Arthas fits easily in your backpack or purse. Convenient at the first sight of rain, it has room for layers underneath and when you return from a rainstorm, the material stays smooth with no wrinkling.

Considering the low price tag, this jacket does the job well. It’s waterproof, the seams are sealed, and a handy drawstring hood keeps excess water out. One reader calls it the “best women’s packable rain jacket, while another says “wore this all through Switzerland and Iceland!!”


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Marmot Precip Rain Jacket | Sizes XS-2X


Marmot Precip Hooded Rain Jacket


If you’re concerned about appearing boxy and drab, but you need something durable to keep the rain away, look no further than this jacket by Marmot. This womens packable rain jacket is super easy to store and, of course, it keeps you dry, yet it’s bright colors are enough to make rain fun to splash around in! TFG’s editor likes the slim fit and compact design. Highly recommend it!


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SaphiRose Hooded Zip Up Poncho | One Size


SaphiRose Zip Up Poncho


A dependable poncho always gives great coverage but is not necessarily stylish. SaphiRose, however, has turned the tables with this fun, whimsical piece. 

One reader, who purchased hers before heading to Ireland says, “I couldn’t find a plus-size option and this totally did the trick! Kept myself and my backpack nice and dry and folded up tight.”


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Eddie Bauer Rainfoil | Sizes regular, petite, tall, plus


Eddie Bauer Women’s Packable Rainfoil Jacket


You’ll be singing in the rain in this Eddie Bauer jacket, which packs down small into its own right hand pocket. Perfect to pull from your backpack for those unexpected showers while sightseeing or on a light nature walk. It keeps you dry and won’t trap your body heat in the process.


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Orvis Pack-and-Go Travel Jacket: Sizes XS-XL


Orvis Pack-and-Go Travel Rain Jacket


TFG readers love this quality jacket by Orvis. You can tighten it at the waist for a more fitted look or you can wear trench-style with plenty of layers underneath. 

Works well for summer into fall moments, when the nighttime temperatures start to dip a little lower than expected and the material will dry fast for the next outing. There are also two secure interior pockets to hide your important stuff. Functional, yet versatile—readers continually praise this jacket! This jacket is also available in more colors directly on the Orvis site


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The North Face Antora Waterproof Hooded Rain Jacket | Sizes XS-3XL Plus 


The North Face Women’s Waterproof Antora Jacket (Standard and Plus Size)


Womens casual jackets are The North Face’s bread and butter and they accomplish something awesome with this cute jacket. It has a classic look but a practical zipper and pockets, and works wonders in unexpected drizzle or cold snaps.

When the temperatures drop even further, it’s roomy enough for layering, too. As one reader says, “North Face hooded rain jacket is light weight, with zippered pockets. The dry-vent lining keeps you from getting over-heated yet keeps you warmly comfortable. It’s nicely form-fitted and the navy blue color is very tasteful. A good value for the money!” 


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Quince Weatherproof Short Rain Jacket | Sizes XS-XL


Quince Weatherproof Womens Short Rain Jacket


TFG readers love Quince womens jackets and are all about this durable raincoat. Wind and waterproof, its breathable fabric offers ample coverage against the elements without leaving you trapped and clammy in too heavy of a cover and allows you to layer, without being too baggy.

One reader simply calls it “Yes, it is waterproof. The length is good, love the hood that is not too big & covers my hair perfectly. The jacket is lined with a waterproofing material that makes movement audible. This does not bother me but it might some people.”  Also available in long version.


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Helly Hansen Packable Rain Jacket | Sizes XS-4X


Helly Hansen Women’s Breathable Rain Jacket with Hood


A jacket design never looked so streamlined as this one offered by Helly Hansen. Appear less like you’re roughing it camping and more like you’re up for an urban adventure on the rain-soaked streets of Vienna or Rome. 

Waterproof, lightweight, roomy, and breathable, it dries quickly and packs small in its own pocket. Readers adore its urban-chic look!


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Packable Rain Jacket Comparison Chart


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What Is the Best Packable Rain Jacket?


When you are looking for a jacket, the most desired features (apart from keeping you dry) is breathability. This feature allows moisture produced by the body to pass through while keeping the elements out. A good product that serves this very purpose is an essential addition to any travel capsule wardrobe.  

In addition, the ideal jacket will also act as a windbreaker to protect you from cold gusts of air. 

Lastly, choosing a quality product with a thin yet highly effective technical fabric will help you pack light without sacrificing warmth.




Compass Rose Packing Cubes


How to Store Your Jacket


Packing cubes will change the way you travel. You can use them for your personal items and keep your belongings organized for your journey. We’ve designed our own brand of slim cubes with a unique color and numbering system, so it’s easy to remember where you’ve packed everything, including your jacket!



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We put together a five-part YouTube series showing the different methods to use packing cubes for travel. If you use this specific packing strategy, packing cubes can also compress your belongings. This is the secret to traveling carry-on only!



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