Top 10 Rain Jackets for Europe Travel
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Whatever season you are headed to Europe, you might expect some rain. Today as I am writing this it is May 22 and raining. Yesterday was hot and sunny. You just never know what to expect when it comes to weather.
Of course some parts of Europe are rainier than others. You can count on rain in places like London, Edinburgh, Copenhagen and Amsterdam even in the middle of summer. But in southern Spain, Italy and Portugal you might never see a cloud in the sky.
If you are traveling to Europe in spring, fall or winter it is a great idea to have a raincoat with you. Are you looking for waterproof clothing for Europe holiday? Many rain jackets do double duty of also being warm and windproof.
Perhaps you prefer to bring a small umbrella instead. This is a great idea too. However sometimes the rain blows sideways or the winds are so strong that umbrellas are rather useless. After a big rainstorm the streets of Amsterdam are filled with broken discarded umbrellas that collapsed in the winds. Other times you might want your hands free for bicycling or taking photos. That’s when a rain jacket is most useful.
Here are some cute rain jackets for Europe travel.
Top 10 Rain Jackets for Europe Travel
Are you planning to travel mostly to warmer places and don’t need a heavy coat? This very light weight rain jacket will keep you dry in a shower but is made of a very thin material which makes it able to pack up small. The design is also cute with gathers at the chest, buttons and a little collar. It comes in several colors. I like the navy blue and yellow.
Perfect for an active vacation, Columbia’s Splash a Little is made of waterproof, breathable OmniTech fabric to keep you dry and comfortable. The jacket also has a handy hood for those heavy downpours. It comes in a few different colors to match your outfits. Click here for more information.
The Marmot Precip jacket is a very popular choice for staying dry in the rain, especially for active adventures like a bike tour of Versailles, a walking tour in Barcelona, or a nature hike in Croatia’s national parks. It has PitZips to help regulate temperature and is made of sturdy nylon ripstop material for waterproof breathability. The jacket comes in several colors, click here to see them all.
A super flattering belted rain jacket that comes in a bunch of colors, this Columbia Pardon My Trench raincoat will keep you cozy and dry. There is also a roomy hood. It comes in plus sizes from 1x-3x and also in regular sizing from XS-L. Click here for prices and reviews.
Sometimes you just want something easy to keep you dry that you can throw over any outfit, whether you have lots of layers on underneath or only shorts and a tshirt. This fun poncho comes in several colors and patterns and is made of a lightweight material that packs up small in your bag. Check here for more patterns.
This quality North Face mesh-lined parka is waterproof and breathable to keep you dry even as you are sightseeing in Copenhagen or Berlin. It has has a longer length for increased coverage and the two-layer shell will keep you dry and comfortable. It comes in several colors but I like this blue spotted one.
Perfect for layering, this Columbia rain jacket is waterproof and lightweight. It is great for packing for Europe in spring or fall as it can be layered over warm sweaters to stay cozy and dry in a downpour. Click here for pricing and other colors.
This dotted rain jacket is inexpensive and adorable! I love the spots! It is perfect for light drizzle or when you are just dashing through a rainstorm. It’s not a heavy duty raincoat but perhaps that is not what you always need. It packs up small and can be worn as a light jacket in the summer. It comes in lots of other colors too including pink, aqua blue and yellow. Click here to check them out.
Looking for a stylish coat that looks great in an urban environment? This awesome waterproof trench coat by La Selva from REI comes in two neutral colors and is practical as well as flattering. The belt cinches you in at the waist and the coat hits a flattering mid thigh height. It comes with an added hood to keep your head dry in a sudden downpour. Click here to find your size and for price information.
British brand Joules makes some of the cutest raincoats around with fun new patterns every year. I love these floral prints but take a look at the adorable dogs as well here. Stay dry with this Joules waterproof rain jacket with a hood. It’s also lightweight and packable to fit easily in your bag.
I hope these ideas for rain jackets help you with preparing for your trip to Europe. Be sure to check here for 10 stylish shoes you might want to pack too, as well as the top anti theft travel purses. And be sure to take a look at our packing list for Europe in autumn, our packing list for Europe in spring and the packing list for Europe in summer if you haven’t already.
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