Murphy’s Law dictates that whenever you leave the house without an umbrella, you’re bound to get caught in the rain - so it’s better to play it safe. Always having an umbrella to hand ensures that you don’t have to worry when the sky starts to look a bit grey, and whoever you’re with will probably be grateful for your organisation too! You can opt for a portable umbrella that shrinks down to fit in your bag, or a full-size design that the entire family can crowd under in the case of a weather emergency.
If you’re looking for an umbrella to keep in a car boot or your hallway, you might want the cover of a full-size design. However, for carrying around during the day, compact or folding umbrellas are better, being both easier to store and lighter. You can also choose from a range of additional features. Some are made more durable, with windproof and durable designs available for those living in stormier sites. Others come with convenient clips, fast-drying fabric or LED lights. Of course, usually, the more high-tech the design, the higher the price tag. While budget options can be great for the occasional downpour, you may be glad you invested in a slightly more pricey model if you live in a rainy area.