I’ve never really cared for using an umbrella, have you? I find them pretty unwieldy and unmanageable. Plus those small telescopic ones – and those are the best for travel – don’t really provide enough coverage. (And I can never get the things folded up again without swearing a bit).

They are really quite scary in busy places too where, in the words of many a mother – you could have somebody’s eye out.

From time to time, there have been developments in the umbrella word (what a lovely thought, an ‘umbrella world’) but even today we are still using the same basic design that was used in ancient China. Yes, ancient China.

So my solution, my preferred method of keeping dry, is to travel with a lightweight rain jacket that will fold up small in my luggage or handbag. I use this here at home too – in Florida, the weather can feature glorious weather one minute and be chucking it down the next.

The weather in recent years has been going pretty bonkers so we never know what we’re going to get. It’s wise to be prepared for a downpour.

Speaking of which, one of the reasons I like a lightweight rain jacket is because it doesn’t add any bulk and is therefore much cooler than wearing a regular rain-type coat.

The one you see here is just right, especially for the price. It has several features that you won’t find in other light weight jackets and the price is only $23.99.

Read on to find out more, or click here to see details and reviews on Amazon.

The jacket has three pockets, one at each side and one at the back. They have zip closures so are great for your phone, money and so on – the rain can’t get in. The bottom of the jacket and the hood both have drawstrings so you can tighten them to make sure that the rain doesn’t seep in. The sleeves are elasticated at the wrists to keep you dry too.

It has reflective markings so that if your wearing this at night, that’s an added safety bonus.

It packs in on itself. And that sentence makes little sense until you realise that the back pocket is actually the pouch. Fold the back pocket inside out and the jacket folds into it.

It’s lightweight, efficient and fits easily into your hand luggage, backpack or handbag.




JJ is originally from the UK and has lived in South Florida since 1994. She is the founder and editor of JAQUO Magazine. You can connect with her using the social media icons below.

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