Whether you are travelling or just staying in a notoriously damp location or simply caught up in the rainy season, a soggy pair of shoes or a soaked sweater can turn a good trip miserable and fast. But here is a must-have 10 things to stay warm, dry, and comfortable.
You don’t want to be stuck in jeans and a wool sweater during a rainy afternoon
The key is to rely on the kinds of clothes that do double duty and a sophisticated system of waterproof pouches
For the umbrella lovers, this is one thing that you shouldn’t leave behind when the rainy season approaches. But to those who’d rather do away with the umbrella, preferably can use a jacket with a sturdy, deep hood that protects from heavy wind or windy rain or felted wool hats.
The versatile all-star for rainy season jacket is a mid-length, hooded, flannel-lined waxed canvas jacket, like Barbour’s Wood Warbler Waxed Cotton Jacket.
This rugged style of jacket stands up to the elements and keeps one from dashing from shop awning to shop awning, but it doesn’t look out of place on a dry day, either. It’s heavy enough to keep you warm without piling on layers, but the hood comfortably accommodates a beanie if it’s a particularly chilly day. Waxed jackets have their roots in workwear, so most styles also feature helpful details you won’t even know you needed until you use them, such as hand warmer pockets and ribbed cuffs.
Sad but true, jeans are a terrible choice for wet-weather. They don’t retain heat but they do retain moisture, so they get uncomfortably soggy quickly and take ages to dry.
Go for pants with a water-resistant treatment, like Western Rise’s ready-for-anything Evolution Pant for men, or give a pair of twill pants a good Scotch-guarding. Leggings are an excellent option as well since they dry quickly once you’re safely back inside, and a fleece-lined pair keeps things extra cosy if the winds are whipping up.
Rainy weather can be beautiful at times, especially when you’re feeling a little bit melancholy. But it can also be a nuisance, particularly if you have plans to head out for a walk.
If you’re someone who enjoys being outdoors, you know that rain can be really annoying. Specifically, a raging thunderstorm can quickly ruin that pair of beautiful shoes.
Hence, you need waterproof shoes that can withstand days that are not picture perfect. You need shoes that can keep your feet dry and warm, not matter how wet the ground is.
Re-usable hand warmers
If you’re well prepared for rain, standing out in it while staying warm and dry can feel like a triumph. And hand warmers make the situation all the better. These days, there’s no need to worry about clogging landfills with disposable hand or foot warmers; there are now reusable options.
If you’re treating yourself, go all-out and get a rechargeable electric version such as Four heart Hand Warmers, which last long, heat up fast, and keep you toasty.
Wool and synthetic beanies work well, and you can rely on your shell jacket’s hood for rain coverage. Full-on winter hats will have insulation inside a shell material. Make sure any headwear covers your ears.
Fleece lined tights
You shouldn’t have to give up on wearing all your favourite dresses just because the temperature dropped below freezing.
As you search for a quality scarf, look for options made with thicker, warmer fabrics (like wool or acrylic). These materials offer protection against chilly weather by acting as insulators on your skin — without feeling itchy. Then, consider your preferences in terms of sizing and colours. If you love being as bundled up as possible, go with an oversized blanket scarf. They’re huge (hence the name) and versatile in terms of style. However, if you’re not a fan of bulky layers, try a traditional two-end option or an infinity scarf instead. Color-wise, there is a wealth of options, from bold colors to neutral tones and eclectic patterns.
No matter your personal preferences, you’ll find something that works for you in my list of the three best scarves for winter, below. Each of my picks uses heavy-yet-comfortable fabrics that’ll keep you protected from the cold and swiftly become a staple in your wardrobe.