1. Topshop Rain Jacket 2. Mango Folding Umbrella 3. kate spade new york hair ties 4. Dirty Laundry Boots
A couple weeks ago, I realized that Mother Nature doesn’t really care about my travel plans. My suitcase was packed full of white jeans, linen shorts, bright spring colors, and open-toed sandals – totally NOLA ready. But the night before we left for our New Orleans escape, the forecast called for torrential rain all weekend at our destination. Besides being a total downer, an unexpected change in typical weather where you’re headed can cause travel fashion hysteria. To avoid the style panic, and to stay dry, here’s some chic rain gear we suggest you stock up on now & some general packing tips for a soggy destination.
1. Jane Post Raincoat 2. Mason Michel Rain Bonnet 3. MARC by Marc Jacobs umbrella 4. MARC by Marc Jacobs Ponies 5. kate spade new york jelly
Packing Tips For A Soggy Destination:
- Swap out suede fringe sandals for rubber fringe rainboots
- Throw a travel umbrella (aim for itsy-bitsy) in the carry-on
- Pack a thin raincoat or slicker at the top of your suitcase (or wear it on the plane to keep warm if it can pass for a regular jacket)
- Wear the rain boots, don’t even try to pack those bulky things
- Or, consider leaving the boots at home and pack waterproof flats
- Stock up on hair ties and accessories, because no one likes drippy hair in their face
- Shop online – Amazon Prime or Zappos can save the day with free 2 day (or in some cases 1 day or even 2 hour) shipping and deliver things directly to your hotel. Just call ahead to the hotel and tell them a package is arriving. Or, call the concierge and have them suggest nearby shops for what you need.
It’s a total bummer seeing a forecast of 80-90% chance of rain for your weekend escape. Don’t make things worse by spending your next trip searching for rain gear. Be prepared. If you have these cute rainy day essentials on hand before traveling, you’ll be ready (and almost anxious) for the downpour at your destination or at home…like right here, right now in South Florida during rainy season.
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Former NYC fashion industry girl, forever traveler, foodie at heart, and now Mom in Miami. My blog, Arrive Chic, covers the style I find in everyday life both on the road and at home, often with my two energetic little boys in tow.
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