The Best Packable Rain Jackets for Men and Women
Umbrellas and galoshes can be too bulky, but a lightweight rain jacket is one of the best transitional travel items you can bring because it will protect you from the rain, wind, and also the sun. Most of these jackets weigh practically nothing, so you won’t have a heavy burden while carrying it with you. Since they are so light, they can fold (or roll) easily into your travel bags.
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Some styles are thicker to provide an extra layer of warmth when the temperatures drop, like our pick from Columbia. But if you’re heading to a hotter and more humid climate, where the weather can change at the flip of a switch, bring a thinner, lightweight jacket, like the L.L.Bean style. You'll want a fabric that's breathable, too, because with all the moving a traveler does, it’s easy to overheat in too many layers.
Scroll on to see our favorite packable rain jackets for men and women this season.
Eddie Bauer Women's 'Rainfoil' Packable Jacket
Eddie Bauer gear is meant for adventure. This coat has a two-layer Wateredge technology which blocks water from coming in and lets warm air flow out so that you can keep cool while on the move.
To buy: eddiebauer.com, $50 (originally $99)
Columbia Men's Watertight II Jacket
Arc’teryx Gamma SL Hoodie
You can always count on Arc’teryx for good-quality, weatherproof outerwear, and this breathable rain jacket completely delivers. The lightweight piece is compressible and easy keep in your bag and throw on in the case of a surprise summer shower.
To buy: zappos.com, $169 (originally $225)
Rains Lightweight Hooded Rain Jacket
With a high neckline and drawstring hood, this jacket will keep you looking sharp and shielded from the elements. It's impressively lightweight, making it ideal for folding up into a suitcase.
To buy: nordstrom.com, $110
Hunter Original Women's Vinyl Smock Raincoat
Hunter has earned a strong reputation for its rain gear thanks to a long history of crafting reliable Wellington boots and galoshes. True to form, the brand's rain jackets stand up, and this transparent style is a stylish take on an active and waterproof jacket.
To buy: bloomingdales.com, $175
Cole Haan Women's Back Bow Packable Rain Jacket
Rain jackets are often times boxy and unattractive, but Cole Haan has designed a style that has an adjustable waist drawcord to give a bit of a feminine touch to an otherwise traditional coat. The hood is removable, too, making it even more lightweight.
To buy: nordstrom.com, $130 (originally $180)
L.L.Bean Women's Trail Model Rain Jacket
Extremely lightweight, this L.L.Bean jacket is a star in the rain jacket category thanks to its fully sealed waterproof seams, cinch cuffs, and windproof fabric.
To buy: llbean.com, from $85 (originally $99)
The North Face Venture 2 Waterproof Jacket
This jacket from the North Face is both lightweight and breathable, but it will be sure to keep you dry, thanks to a seam-sealed DryVent shell. Plus, it folds up easily and can be stored in an accompanying bag, which makes packing a no-brainer.
To buy: nordstrom.com, $75 (originally $99)
Madewell Raincheck Packable Raincoat
This stylish jacket will brighten up your outfit on a rainy day. What's even better? The jacket folds into a belt bag that you can wear or easily pack in your suitcase.
To buy: madewell.com, $90 (originally $98)