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[010] Ask HPL: Do I Pack an Umbrella or a Waterproof Jacket?

Episode 10: Ask HPL - Do I pack an umbrella or a waterproof jacket?

What travel rain gear do I pack?

Kelsey’s back with another great question for us on Ask HPL. Do I pack an umbrella or a waterproof rain jacket when I travel to places known for rain? And how do I do that while packing light?

We discuss these travel rain gear dilemmas in this episode, and even touch on what I tend to pack for rain protection when I travel.

In This Episode, We Discuss:

  • My experience with those mini travel umbrellas
  • Why I don’t recommend packing an umbrella
  • The pros and cons of a rain jacket (plus which type works best for minimalism)
  • Other considerations when choosing your travel rain gear
  • What I tend to pack when I travel

Products and Resources Mentioned in This Post:

  • Pocket Umbrella* – This is very similar to the one that I had, but not the same one. I liked that it laid flat when packed up instead of round.
  • Womens Rain Jacket Shell – Example 1* at just 5.5oz, Example 2* at just 11.4oz
  • The HPLWorld Community – Join up and ask about specific travel gear and get feedback from other members.

*Denotes an affiliated link. If you click and make a purchase, we will get a commission at no extra cost to you. Thank you for supporting our site!


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Written by Brooke

I run the show at Her Packing List and love packing ultralight. In fact, I once traveled for 3 entire weeks with just the contents of a well-packed 12L handbag. When I'm not obsessing over luggage weight, I'm planning adventures or just snuggling with my pet rabbit, Sherlock Bunz.

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