Women’s Packable Raincoats and Jackets for Travel
By Christina Gregoire
It’s easy to pack light for travel if you have a lightweight nylon or microfiber water-resistant coat or jacket. A featherweight raincoat, that stuffs into its own pouch or folds tightly into a plastic baggie, will provide instant warmth when Mother Nature throws wind or rain at you.
Packing Light Is Fun
Packing light can be fun. Really. It's a bit of a game to come up with a minimum amount of clothing that will offer maximum punch, even if you’re planning to be in Europe or Manhattan. And, you should always dress as if you’re going someplace nice...unless your travels include backpacking in some remote location where you will only be seen by bears.
To find a great raincoat that’s lightweight and packable, look for a coat that comes with its own travel pouch. If those pouch-style coats aren’t cute enough or if they don't fit, try searching for an unlined trench or a lightweight reversible jacket or coat in wrinkle-free fabric.
Raincoat Tips From a Seattle Woman
If you are extremely tight on carry-on space, I recommend that you pack a raincoat-in-a-pouch instead of an umbrella, because a raincoat will keep your whole body warm and it's easy to scrunch a coat into an odd-shaped space. More tips:
- When you're on vacation or a work-related trip, you should always toss that pouch into your day bag or backpack. Even if it doesn't rain, you'll wear the raincoat if the wind picks up.
- While commuting or running errands in the city, always scrunch your packable coat into your tote or purse if there's any chance the weather could turn.
- When you're away from home, it's almost always easier to find an umbrella than to find a raincoat that fits.
Always Pack a Trendy Trench or Jacket
Why should you pack a raincoat...even in summer? In the UK, the Baltic States, the Pacific Northwest, and even Hawaii, it can rain for part of every day. And, a lightweight waterproof shell over a cardigan will keep a smart cookie like you warm during chilly evenings on land or at sea. The two layers trap heat.
If you’re like me and you’re not skinny (or you still get hot flashes), you won’t even need the sweater layer.
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