BOOKS & GEAR CONTESTS

Rainrap: The essential rainy day travel accessory (Contest ended)

August 18, 2013
Rainraps color combinations

Rainraps various color combinations

9/1/13 We have a winner!!!

Congratulations to Ceil Duboff!

Thanks to everyone who entered.

Read my review of the latest Delsey Helium Sky suitcase and enter for a chance to win one.

Enter to win a rainrap, the essential rainy day travel accessory. 

Like most of us, when I anticipate a city or beach vacation, I tend to picture perfect sunny days with blue skies. By the time I start to pack, a hard dose of reality sets in. Should I check the extended weather forecast? When I do, it’s still hard to decipher weather patterns and predictions for an unfamiliar destination.

Both packing space and airline baggage limitations are never far from my mind so I think twice before adding anything extra to my suitcase. Even when I know the forecast, I’m always stumped about whether or not to take along a bulky raincoat I probably won’t wear. Is the threshold for taking a 30 percent chance of rain? Higher? Lower? Who knows?

The Rainrap™ is a cross between a rain jacket and pashmina that is so lightweight (8.8 ounces) and packable (it comes with its own little pouch) that it makes this packing decision a no-brainer.

Available in six different color combinations, the garment is stylish, reversible and water repellent. It’s hooded (a rain gear essential for me) and is made of a lovely fabric that drapes beautifully and looks expensive. It doesn’t wrinkle, dries quickly and is easy to stash in the side of your suitcase or even a carryon. When touring a city or leaving your hotel in the evening, its easy enough to slip in your handbag—just in case.

Rainrap for rainy day travel

Rainrap for rainy day travel

Of course, I was smitten by the Forbes story of this unique product being invented by two best friends who went into business together after meeting at a mom’s play group 12 years earlier. The friends, Stacy and Rachel, were generous to offer one Rainrap to me, for review, and another for a lucky winner on More Time To Travel. To enter, add a comment below saying which color combination appeals to you from those shown in the picture.

Have a Labor Day getaway planned? The winner will be randomly chosen on September 1. Only open to residents of the continental United States.

Contest ends August 31, 2013.


Priced at about $60, Rainraps are available from Amazon, other online retailers, from the manufacturer.


Check out this Rainraps video on YouTube:

  • Reply
    Deborah McManigal Ellsworth
    August 18, 2013 at 4:11 pm

    They are beautiful and it is hard to choose, but I will say the Pink and Orange one,

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    Suzanne Fluhr (Just One Boomer)
    August 18, 2013 at 7:27 pm

    I also think I already subscribe to the blog. If I’m wrong, let me know. Meanwhile, I think I’d choose the black and gray one. I think that would be the most practical for travel—not the most exciting for sure, but the most practical.

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    C. K. Lowe
    August 18, 2013 at 8:10 pm

    Color’s unimportant. Thanks for asking(:-)

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    Helen
    August 18, 2013 at 8:41 pm

    Pink and orange (need cheery colors in the rain!)

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    Lisa Waterman Gray
    August 19, 2013 at 7:20 am

    I’d love to have the black and gray one – thanks!

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    Sheryl
    August 19, 2013 at 10:17 am

    What a clever item! You’re right – I am always stumped by the weather when I pack and a raincoat has last priority (maybe it’s denial…)

    I love story of how two friends worked together on this product. Very inspiring.

    And the blue combo would be inspiring, as it reminds me of clear, blue skies (and NO rain!). But, come to think of it…I always pack black to make it easier, so I guess the gray and black would make more fashion sense 🙂

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    Maureen
    August 19, 2013 at 10:25 am

    I’m partial to the green myself. However, I would like to see it made a bit longer, to cover more of the legs!

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      Irene S. Levine
      August 19, 2013 at 11:08 am

      Maureen, I believe there is a longer version on the website! FYI

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    Irene Rawlings
    August 19, 2013 at 10:28 am

    I love this product but a quick caveat. I bought the black/gray one and it looked (to me) like that cape they put on you at the beauty shop. So…I bought the orange and pink one (with a hood) and I love it. It sure brightens up any rainy day.

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    Julie Phelps
    August 19, 2013 at 6:19 pm

    What a great idea! I travel with lots of black, so blue would brighten things up. Thanks!

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    PhotogCynthia
    August 19, 2013 at 7:26 pm

    Oh I love them. Perfect for us photographers too who love to photograph even in bad weather. I think I like the blue one!

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    Deborah Davis
    August 19, 2013 at 8:29 pm

    I love them all, but black and gray is my favorite.

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    Connie McLeod
    August 19, 2013 at 8:42 pm

    Love them!! Especially the pink/orange one!

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    Caryn/TheMidLifeGuru
    August 19, 2013 at 9:12 pm

    These are so adorable and functional. I would love the black and gray one.

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    Phoebe Wulliman Graber
    August 19, 2013 at 10:12 pm

    I’m planning to do some highpointing over Labor Day. Would love the black/gray one!

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    Judy
    August 20, 2013 at 10:32 am

    I like black and gray. Would be useful for Florida’s light sprinkles when a cloud is passing over.

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    Kim Jorgensen Gane
    August 20, 2013 at 9:58 pm

    Fantastic and lovely product! The brown/bronze is my favorite, but it’d be great to have one in black/gray, too!

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    susan
    August 21, 2013 at 6:41 am

    I love the black and grey combo, it is so classic!

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    Ceil
    August 22, 2013 at 11:41 am

    What a great idea. Love all the colors but I think the black/grey is the most versatile.

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    tam childers
    August 27, 2013 at 10:51 am

    love Pink and orange

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    Sharon Sullivan
    August 30, 2013 at 11:18 am

    Great idea! All the colors are appealing – but I might choose e black/gray.

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    Michele P
    August 31, 2013 at 12:14 pm

    my favorite is the two tone blue one… I travel often to Guatemala and can’t tell you how many times I have gotten caught in a sudden downpour! thanks for the chance to win!

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