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Women’s Packable Raincoats and Jackets for Travel

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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.

travel raincoat red for travel womensTo 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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Tina Boomerina (AKA Christina Gregoire) is a Baby Boomer born at the end of 1952. Her mission is to make the internet a kinder and gentler place for Baby Boomer women around the world. Tina's specialty is fashion for women over 50.

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  1. Irene

    Hi, great article and vey helpful! Was wondering where that orange packable raincoat is from (on the first page of the article). The picture is too small to see the tag. Thanks!

    • Tina


      If you put your cursor over a photo and hover without clicking (mouseover), the name of the company will pop up. It's La Redoute.

      Tina Boomerina

  2. Suzie Bourke

    Woul like to know how to purchase one of these

    • Tina

      Suzie, are you talking about one of the coats in a photo or are you talking about Mycra Pac jackets. I have gotten Mycra Pac coats at Nordstrom and at HelloBoutique.com, however I've seen them on other sites. Sometimes Travel Smith has a knockoff. As for the coats in the photos, try mousing over (putting your cursor over the photo without clicking) and the store name will pop up.

      Tina Boomerina

  3. susan

    where to purchase the brown coat on page 2?

  4. susan

    please tell me where to buy the brown coat. thanks.

    • Tina-Boomerina

      Sorry for delay. I was out of town. The brown coat is from Isme in the UK and it's from last year.... I think. If you can't find that coat, try Mycra Pac or Hello Boutique. They may have something similar.


  5. Susan

    Thank you, it is a wonderful blog.

  6. Rosalind

    Where can I purchase the orange packable raincoat. It is perfect for my trip?

    • Tina-Boomerina


      Sorry, I just looked for the raincoat and it's sold out. It was on LaRedoute.com and they may have something else that will work but I don't see that color.

      I'll email you.

      Tina Boomerina

  7. Viv from the UK


    I'm 5 ft 11ins and looking for a really long raincoat but don't seem to be able to find one on any UK site. The gorgeous blue one in the top photo is just what I'm looking for. Please could you give me details of how I can get hold of it, price etc. or guide me in the direction of a likely website ( I have seen Myra Pac but they don't appear to have the blue reversible long raincoat in stock)



    • Tina-Boomerina

      ps I think that's a black raincoat and the lighting makes it look blue, but I could be wrong. Let me check the places where I have bought Mycr Pacs in the past.

  8. Tina-Boomerina

    Hi Viv,

    Sorry for the delay. I was visiting my stepson and step-granddaughters in another state. I'll try and help you but I am in the US, so I'm not as familiar with all the UK sites as I am with the US sites.

    I'll email you in a bit.


    • Cherry

      Would love to know where to get the long Blue one as well only here in the states

      • Tina-Boomerina


        The raincoat in the main photo is from Mycra Pac. You can sometimes find them at Nordstrom's. I've gotten some Mycra Pac coats at Hello Boutique. Both are in the states. Just google Mycra Pac. (I don't know if it comes in blue. I think it was gray, but it may be slightly blue... and they have different colors from time to time.)