A change of clothes in a waterproof bag and wearing a hoodie over whatever I have on. Frankly, living in a city with a lot of wind, umbrellas don’t last more than a few rainstorms if I’m lucky, even the higher end ones blow out. And they do nothing to protect anything below my shoulders, unless I get a monsterous one that’s too unwieldly to wrangle. Ponchos are just hot, sticky messes. I’ve never found a rain slicker/jacket that isn’t super hot either. Rain boots are nice for short distances, like if I were going to a car from the house, but they’re too heavy for much more than that. So eff it, if I get too soaked, I can change when I get there.
@davea510 This is a pretty important detail. If I am going to work, I will use an umbrella to get from my car to the building and vice versa. But there are a lot of other scenarios where a poncho is a more practical choice (sporting event, amusement park, etc). Something like a quick trip to the store might just merit a ball cap. If I am going on my daily walk, and it is warm enough, I might not opt for anything in addition to what I already have on.
Rain isn’t much of a bother …unless it freezes, then it is one of the worst weather conditions in the world. Existing outside of your house when everything is covered in a sheet of ice can be near impossible!
I’ve noticed in Florida most people just walk through the rain. Maybe because when it’s not raining the humidity is high enough that you’d think it’s raining anyway? Or because even when raining it can still be 90+ degrees out?
@moonhat yup, just walking around feet get so gross. saw it all the time when i used to take the T. i have a pair of flip flops in a beach bag in the trunk of my car - they only get used on vacation or if i go to a beach/pool.
Seattle person but I have no problem keeping an umbrella in my work bag because waiting for the bus, especially when it’s late which is often, I hate getting rained on. I also have one of those clear bubble umbrellas which is fun, like you are in your little dry world all to yourself
Besides the mentioned hoodie option, a good trenchcoat is also workable for inclement weather, if not as good as a true raincoat. Just make sure you are going somewhere with a drain under the coat rack.