If you have a spring trip planned, you were probably dreaming of warmer, sunny weather when you booked. Chances are you’ll have your wish, however, there is always a chance it may rain, and you should be prepared. While it’s smart to pack an umbrella, you should probably also pack a rain jacket.


10 Rain Jackets Perfect for Traveling


Here are some of our top picks for rain jackets to take along on your spring vacation.

The North Face Apex Flex DryVent Jacket

We all remember the weird sweating that only came with wearing our raincoats as kids. With the North Face Apex Flex DryVent jacket, you don’t have to worry about that! The DryVent technology has a breathable, waterproof surface, dries quickly, and has plenty of pockets for storage. Available in 2 colors for the guys, and a trench style in 3 colors for women.

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Price: $198.95 on Zappos

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Romanstii Waterproof Packable Jacket

There is something about a carrying case that just makes things super attractive to pack in a suitcase. This packable jacket comes with a carrying case, and even has sun protection for those mornings that clear up. Available in 6 colors.

Customer Review: "Very light weight but does the job. I wanted something to take on vacations that wouldn't take up much room."

Price: Starting at $9.99 on Amazon

Average Star Rating: 4


Columbia Men’s Watertight II Jacket

This 100% waterproof nylon jacket will protect you perfectly, from a light shower to the biggest monsoon. It has an abrasion resistant chin guard,  and two zippered side pockets to keep your valuables dry. Available in 23 color combos.

Customer Review: "I bought this rain jacket for my husband to take to England on our vacation. There were a couple of days in Liverpool that he needed the coat. It did what it was suppose to do. The rain jacket looks nice and I would recommend it to everyone."

Price: Starting at $41.00 on Amazon

Average Star Rating: 4.5


LLBean H2Off Rain Jacket

When you can crumple up clothes into your suitcase, and have them come out unwrinkled, you have found the pot of gold. This rain jacket from LLBean is made from 100% microfibre polyester that easily sheds wrinkles when they appear, making it the perfect travel rain coat. It’s non-bulky with ventilation, making it great for spring weather. Available in 5 colors

Customer Review: "This rain jacket met all my criteria: definitely waterproof, nice styling and fabric, long enough, roomy enough to wear a warm layer underneath, good pockets and hood. I appreciate the "quiet" fabric; some rain gear is too crinkly."

Price: $159.00 on LLBean.com

Average Star Rating: 4.5


Marmot Minimalist Jacket

If you’re looking for a classic rain jacket with some special features, look no further. This jacket from Marmot uses Paclite Technology, which reduces weight and makes for easy packing. Underarm vents keep you from feeling overheated, and a water-resistant chest zipper keeps your cell phone dry. Available in 10 colors.

Customer Review: "Bought this jacket as a rain/wind jacket. I have worn it a couple of times so far. I wear a arc'teryx cerium under it and it is perfect for those chilly windy mornings."

Price: Starting at $123 on Backcountry.com

Average Star Rating: 5

Outdoor Research Women's Helium II Jacket

Another classic rain jacket you can’t go wrong with. The Helium II jacket from Outdoor Research is ultralight, super packable (it can get as small as a granola bar!)and has an adjustable hood. Plus it comes with our favorite: a storage pouch! Available in 12 colors.

Customer Review: "Packable, light, and kept me quite dry in days of unending rain on a backpacking trip."

Price: Starting at $79.98 on Amazon

Average Star Rating: 4


Arc'teryx Zeta SL Jacket

Lightweight seems to be the trend here, and this one may take the prize. Dubbed the “ultralight hiker's dream,” the Zeta SL jacket features watertight zips, and an inner pocket with a laminated zip. Best of all? It has a double water repellent finish. Available in 3 colors.

Customer Review: "Fit is great, very light and durable, and keeping me totally dry!"

Price: $299.00 on Zappos.com

Average Star Rating: 5

Columbia Splash a Little II Rain Jacket

Columbia is always a safe bet when it comes to rain jackets. This rain jacket has 2 layers, yet will keep you dry and ventilated during any storm. It has an adjustable hood, zip close pockets, and a button close storm flap in the front. Available in 6 colors.

Customer Review: "I listened to the reviews and ordered a size up (usually a Sm/Med and ordered a large) and I love this coat!!! Wore it while camping in a rainstorm and I stayed nice and dry. Room for some layers but not super bulky. Love the length and overall style - looking forward to the next rain storm!!"

Price: $89.99 on Zappos.com

Average Star Rating: 4

Eddie Bauer Girl on the Go Trench Coat

If you’re looking for something slightly less sporty than your typical rain jacket, this trench coat from Eddie Bauer is the way to go. It’s waterproof, yet breathable, with a removable hood, and a zip plus snap front closure. It’s sure to keep you dry and stylish on your next vacation. Available in 2 colors.

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Price: $89.95 on Zappos.com

Average Star Rating: 4

Disposable Rain Poncho

If the idea of packing a rain coat is not appealing, you should at least pack a disposable rain poncho to throw into your day bag while you sightsee. These ponchos from Newbyinn are lightweight, fold up small, have a hood with a drawstring, and are big enough to cover a backpack. They come in a 5 pack.

Customer Review: "Made to be disposable but better constructed than others. I liked the tie around the hood so I could keep it on my head during a rainstorm I got caught on while on vacation."

Price: $7.99 on Amazon

Average Star Rating: 4


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