Last week, I talked about what to do when travelling in the rain. But before you head off on an underwater adventure, have you thought about what you’re going to wear?
We’ve all experienced the pains of wet socks squishing inside soaking shoes, right? It’s a feeling that most travelers know all too well. In moments of desperation, I’ve even tried to wish away rain by chanting… Rain, rain, go away, come again another day. Did it stop? Hell no.
So how do you have fun travelling in the rain? Simple. Stay dry.
After travelling and treading my way through so much water, and in cities all around the world, I finally decided to dress-up my rainy day travel gear. These days I’m not wearing a dorky plastic poncho to escape the rain, nor am I retreating back into a hotel or taking a train ‘outta town. Instead, I have a few rain-ready tricks built into my packing repertoire so I’m always prepared for unexpected weather. Don’t worry… I’m not recommending you take an umbrella on every trip. And I’m certainly not preparing you for a monsoon. These are just a few tips to keep you chic when caught in a shower. Drop a line in the comments section if you have a tip to share. You just might change my life!
There are so many different hair types, but hiding it under a scarf will protect any mane from turning into a mop. When you’re on the move from one location to the next, sweep your hair up if necessary (a ponytail or bun) and shield it with a scarf. Scarves take up very little packing space, cover you from under the rain and are a versatile wardrobe piece in travel. Whatever pattern you choose, always keep a scarf on hand.
Invest in a pair of waterproof or water resident boots. And I’m not talking about rubber rain boots or thigh high showstoppers. A classic, comfortable, neutral coloured, flat boot is ideal. They will sit with you at brunch and strut with you at a bar, but most important, they will keep your feet dry.
Runny mascara is a sad look that I will fear for the rest of my days. You should too. When travelling in the rain, go light on the eyes and embrace the elements with a dewy face as the rain will surely provide frequent touch ups. For a more dramatic look, apply a bold lip colour.
The rain may raise the flowers, but it certainly doesn’t smell like them. Spring brings with it April showers and all that rain, humidity, moisture, etc. always produces funky smells. So if you’d rather intake (and emit) a more pleasing aroma, bring along a scent.
LEGGINGS + TIGHTS
A lot like a country club or golf course, jeans are strictly prohibited. Once denim is wet, it stays wet. Capillary action retains and spreads the moisture, so just don’t go there. Leggings or tights are a much better option. Since the material is thin and lies close to the body, leggings dry fast, don’t wrinkle and are great for packing. So think leggings and layer with a draping top, cardigan, jacket, scarf and any more layers you can think of!
It is easy to mistake rainy weather for cold weather. While cold, rainy days are possible, remember that temperatures generally go up when it rains. Opt for thin layers and shells that protect you from the rain, but leave the heavy fleece behind. And since layering is always a good idea when travelling, it’s wise to choose a jacket that sits below the bum. This way, you don’t have tops, cardigans or other layers hanging down and out from under your jacket (because we all know how that looks). Oh and try to find a jacket with deep pockets because there’s always a need for another pocket.