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Rain can be a nuisance when you travel if you’re not prepared. Don’t let rain ruin your trip. Here are some packing tips and outfit ideas  to help you make the most of the weather – rain or shine!


Rainy Day Outfits



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I like to be prepared for all types of weather, but sometimes when you choose to travel somewhere during the country’s rainy season, you need to be even more prepared for the weather when planning your travel capsule wardrobe.

Rain can be a nuisance if you haven’t prepared for it. However, if you have the essential items, it will just be part of the trip, not a deal-breaker.


Here are a few tips on how to ensure rain will never ruin your trip:


The type of clothing you’ll need will depend on the day’s activities and how heavy the rain will be. Here are some top tips and outfit ideas some drizzle or a downpour will just be any other travel adventure!




Repel Windproof Double Vented Travel Umbrella


Should I pack an umbrella?


When we think of a rainy day outfit, we often envision an umbrella. However, if rain is not on the horizon, don’t bring one. However, if you’re traveling to a temperate climate in the spring, the probability of it raining is higher, so bringing a compact travel umbrella is suggested but not necessary as you can always buy one in your destination if needed. If you’re looking for suggestions, read this best travel umbrellas post!

Always, always check the weather forecast before your trip. Once you’ve researched the weather, you can focus on creating a capsule travel wardrobe, which should easily fit in a carryon suitcase with the help of packing cubes to compress your clothing.


Tip: I’ve never packed an umbrella when traveling to Europe because I know they’ll be cheaply sold at any tourist location by people on the street looking to make a buck.



Blondo Danika Waterproof Boot Ankle Rain Boots


What type of shoes should I bring?


Whether or not to pack rain boots is always one of the biggest dilemmas when planning your rainy day outfit while traveling. 

Generally speaking, don’t pack rain boots unless you can get multiple uses out of them. However, if you feel you need them, stick to ankle rubber rain boots as they’re easier to manage. Take a look at the best rain boots for 10 options that might work for you! 



Sperry Saltwater Waterproof Duck Boot


There may be an odd trip where you might be outdoors a lot. For example, if you are staying at a farm, planning to visit the countryside, or hiking in a forest, women’s duck boots can protect against mud or manure. Check out this post for a full list of waterproof duck boots!



Blondo Women’s Villa Waterproof Ankle Bootie


However, if you’re traveling to a city and just want to be prepared for the possibility of rain, waterproof leather boots such as the ones shown above are a great all-weather shoe. They’ll go with all your outfits and can be worn in various settings. The Blondo Villa Waterproof Boot is so popular among readers and the TFG Editor-in-Chief, we did a video review on them and a post


Watch this video review on the Blondo Villa Waterproof boot!


Packing a functional yet versatile style can help you avoid the need to pack an additional pair of boots just for rain (aka rain boots).


Check out more of the best waterproof boots for travel.




Eddie Bauer Girl On The Go Waterproof Trench | Sizes XS-3X


What type of coat should I bring?


Planning what to wear on rainy days doesn’t mean you need a utilitarian look. You just need to plan the right clothing based on your itinerary. There are a few outerwear options you could wear in the rain: a raincoat, a regular coat with a hood, or a poncho.




Columbia Arcadia II Jacket | Sizes XS-3XL Plus


If you’ll be doing a pastime such as hiking or have several outdoor activities planned, we suggest a lightweight foldable rain jacket that you can put over other layers.




Cole Haan Trench Coat With Hood | Sizes XS-XL


If you’re visiting a city and spending more time sightseeing indoors, aboard a coach, or using taxis to get to and from destinations, opt for a waterproof classic trench coat with a hood or another spring jacket—review this article for more timeless trenches! 




SaphiRose Hooded Zip Up Poncho


If you aren’t expecting much rain, but want to be prepared, a cheap, packable poncho that you can throw into your bag is an option as well. It’s an often-forgotten must to add to your list for rainy day outfits.


Read this post for stylish travel raincoats for women!




Zella Live in Leggings | Sizes XS-XXL


What clothing should I wear?


When deciding what to wear on a rainy day, leggings, or dresses worn over tights are always a good option. Leggings, and especially tights, dry quickly because they tend to have porous material. 




Karen Kane A-Line Jersey Dress | Size XS-XL


Make sure to avoid cotton leggings or trousers and stick to synthetic fabrics for dresses. Jeans aren’t the best option for rain either; their thick fabric holds moisture against your skin and takes longer to dry. 


Take a look at the top leggings for travel!




L’Oreal Paris Makeup Voluminous Original Volume Building Waterproof Mascara


What make-up should I wear?


Even with an umbrella and the right jacket, you can’t avoid the wind blowing some water into your face. So, deciding what to wear on a rainy day also includes makeup!

Obviously, waterproof mascara is a given if you do plan to wear makeup. Tinted moisturizer is also great option because it tends to soak into your skin more than foundation which rests on the surface. This will also help avoid brown streaks dripping your face. Additionally, an all-over color stick will work better than just powdered blushes or eyeshadows.


Our readers shared their favorites for the best waterproof mascara!




NARS The Multiple


Color sticks make great travel products in general! Along with working well in the rain, they are multi-functional and pass through security easily. Make sure to bring them along with you on your next adventure, rain or shine.


Search for more waterproof travel beauty products such as eyeliner, eyebrow pencil, mascara, and more that can help you look and feel good in the rain!




Cole Haan Double Breasted Packable Rain Jacket | Sizes XS-3X
(Model Demonstrating Packing Method)


Will the rain ruin my trip?


Of course not! Getting caught in the rain doesn’t have to put a damper on your trip. In fact, make the most of it. Purchase a brightly-colored umbrella that will stand out even in the drabbest weather or bring a lightweight raincoat is a more practical solution. 

You can roll it up when you don’t need it, as demonstrated above, or store it in the bag you’re carrying. Some of those moments have been my most treasured travel photographs. Enjoy a hot bath at night, if the rain made you chilly.

Experiencing a traditional rainstorm in places such as England is all part of the cultural experience. Just make sure you carefully plan what to wear on a rainy day and bring the right gear.


Tip: Try to plan your itinerary according to the rain. For example, save museum visits and other indoor activities for rainy days and make the most of the sunshine when you can.



What to Wear on Rainy Days Outfit Ideas



Below are some examples of specific capsule wardrobe ideas for mild to heavy rain:




 T-Shirt | Socks | Bag | BraPants | Rain JacketBoots


Rainy Day Outfits: Hiking or Exploring


A quality rain jacket, good hiking boots and a waterproof bag will be good to have with you. A bra made with synthetic material is also good to help you dry faster. (Rain and sweat! Double bonus.)

If you’re going to be outside hiking or exploring, you’ll definitely want to wear moisture-wicking pants and socks. Having a good pair of socks that keep your feet dry, and not swampy is key. Your feet will already sweat while you hike, additional moisture can increase the likeliness of developing blisters. Make sure to purchase socks with a wool blend.


Trekking in torrential rain or snow? Pack waterproof pants and a plastic poncho as well.     v




Trench | Lipstick | Tights | Dress | Bag | Earrings | Boots


Rainy Day Outfits: Light Rain


If you’re walking to and from destinations in light rain, a good trench coat will help to keep your outfit and hair dry.

Tights and a dress are a good option, especially if you don’t want to wear hiking pants around a city. Tights are also made of synthetic material that dry fast.

For an outfit that will take you from rain to ritzy, wear leather boots that are waterproof and style-forward. Leather boots will keep your feet dry, and will be able to withstand mud as you encounter it. You can use a water resistant spray to help keep water out and protect your shoes.

Pair with black tights and a dress that can work for both day and night. Finish it off with a waterproof trench coat and a compact umbrella that can easily fit in your purse.


You can easily roll up your rain coat into a packing cube without any issues until you need it.




Longsleeve | Leggings | UmbrellaBag | Boots


Jeans are OK for light rain although we don’t recommend wearing them for heavy rainy days or when you’re outside in the rain for extended periods of time. Opt for leggings instead. (Wearing wet clothes in cold temperatures can cause hypothermia.) Learn about how to choose the best fabrics for travel.

A compact travel umbrella will block a drizzle, and can be stowed in your day bag when not in use. Don’t be afraid to pick up a brightly-colored umbrella. Especially if the day is cloudy, it can really brighten up your photographs.

However, if you opt to skip the umbrella a light hooded jacket will usually work just fine. Wool blend socks are key to keeping your feet dry.




Poncho | DressCrossbody | Earrings | Tights | Boots


Rainy Day Outfits: Outdoor Sightseeing in All-day Rain


Choose one of these travel rain coats for women that fall below your hips. Alternatively, I recommend a durable poncho that keeps your whole body dry, but also gives you some breathability and flexibility.

Believe it or not, a dress and wool-blend tights, and a small leather bag (which is also waterproof) is any easy to wear outfit in the rain. Your clothing can dry easier, too.

Choose clothing you wear comfortably under your poncho or rain jacket. For heavy rain, we recommend a sturdy umbrella (a compact option from home or wait to purchase one abroad if needed).

While you don’t have to pack rain boots for most trips abroad, a pair of waterproof boots like one of these is definitely encouraged. You’ll see that there are many stylish options to choose from!

Now, would be a good time to use your water-proof camera, like a GoPro, to take photographs. Brightly colored lipstick and dangle earrings make a fun way to make you feel flirty, even in the pouring rain and cloudy weather!


Here are some tips on how to weather-proof your makeup!



What tips can you share to prepare for rain when traveling? Share and comment below!


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Author Bio: Nina Thomas is constantly looking for a beautiful view and a good adventure. Her travel highlights include horseback riding in the Ecuadorian Andes, hiking on top of Mount Etna in Sicily, and sheep-gazing in the Cotswolds. For more practical travel tips and ideas from a Central Ohio Girl, check out  Traveling with Nina or follow her on Twitter.