Rain, rain, go away…or stay so I can wear my cute rain gear! 🙂
Okay, I know that’s a little lame–but let me tell you–I’m one Florida girl who’s prepared for the crashing thunderstorm 99% of the time.
Come spring and summer, Florida gets the craziest thunderstorms. The weather changes in a matter of seconds here. The blue beautiful sky turns to apocalyptic clouds before a Sunshine State downpour.
And from that to this.
Those of you who travel to Florida to visit Disney World in the summer know exactly what I’m talking about. One minute you’re at the top of Thunder Mountain wondering if the sky could be any bluer and the next you’re running for cover in a colossal storm.
I’m here as a true Floridian–who likes to think she’s ready to take on the rain at a moment’s notice–to share with you items I have on hand—in the car, at the park, or next to my doorstep—to keep me protected from rain!
Rain boots are among the best inventions EVER! They keep your feet nice and warm—all while staying dry! The BEST! Seriously, if you don’t have rain boots, it’s time to go buy some.
I have Columbia rain boots. I like these a lot. They are durable, comfy, and go with any outfit.
If you don’t have rain boots, order some now! The rainy season is upon us and the rain is coming, people. 🙂 The first time you wear these bad boys when it’s pouring outside, your dry pretty feet will thank you!
If you have an older pair of rain boots and a newer pair, I highly recommend you keep your older pair stashed away in your car. Trust me, you won’t regret it!
Theme park tip: Don’t bring everyone’s rain boots. They’re way too bulky and you’ll most likely start the day in the heat and not want to wear your boots in 95º weather. Instead, order some cute Crocs for the whole family: women, men, and children.
They’re small enough to keep in a bag in the stroller, in a backpack, or just wear them all day. When it rains, your feet will get wet but they won’t be soggy like they’d be in sneakers. Once the rain is done, you can do a good wipe-down and dry off with some paper towels, and you’re good to go.
Order a nice rain jacket that you know will last a while. It’s worth it. I’ve had mine for about 3 or 4 years and it still fits great!
Make sure it has a hood, zips, and can fold or roll up nicely. This one is similar to the one I have.
I received my rain jacket one Christmas and it’s been one of the best gifts because it’s a gift that keeps on giving. 🙂 Thanks, Mom and Dad!
This is the jacket I got for Caroline. I ordered a size bigger so she can wear it for a couple of years.
And John has a rain jacket from who knows where, lol–but he loves it!
We have many umbrellas. Umbrellas we’ve purchased and umbrellas that we have no idea where they came from. We have umbrellas of all sizes, colors, and patterns. These are only a few of our umbrellas.
I like to keep some cheap umbrellas by the front door. That way, we can give these to friends and family when they’re ready to leave just as the sky opens. Just remember you most likely will never see this umbrella again. It’ll become a part of their “we have no idea where they came from” umbrella collection. Umbrellas by the door also help for grabbing the newspaper on a rainy day, taking the dog out, or running to the car and trying to keep dry.
I also like to keep one or two umbrellas in my car. This is super helpful if it’s easy to get to. And I like to keep a small one in my purse/diaper bag/work bag during the rainy months.
A stroller cover is worth every penny! We’ve been caught in the rain a couple of times while out and about or at Disney. And the stroller cover kept Caroline and the stroller itself dry. It only takes a couple of seconds to whip out the stroller cover and put it on. Caroline always stays so dry and happy in the stroller cover. Just remember to keep this in the stroller where it’s easy to get to. We keep ours folded up in the back netting of the stroller.
Dry it all!
After the monsoon or little sprinkle of rain, it’s so important to always dry out your rain gear! You don’t want mold growing on any of it.
We leave our umbrellas open in the bathtub or garage until they dry and hang our rain jackets and stroller cover. And we’ll wipe down our boots with some paper towels.
Trust me, you want to keep these items in good condition because when you’re caught in the rain, they’re your best friend.
I hope these tips can keep you dry and happy during these rainy days!
You can easily order all your gear on Amazon! And you’ll be so thankful you did!