A decent rain jacket is an essential piece of travel gear.
When Ryan and I had the chance to take Tilley Endurable's waterproof jacket with us on our round the world trip, we jumped at the chance to put this product through its paces and we were thrilled we found a raincoat that was compact enough to earn a place in our pack.
There are only two small things I would modify about Tilley Endurables waterproof jacket. I would add tiny reflective patches or stitching - not enough to make it look sporty but just enough to add an extra element of safety. Rainy weather often means reduced viability for drivers and some reflective features would help protect a traveler on foot.
I would also add a compression sack or storage pouch for the jacket. The slippery material that all rain jackets are made from means they don't like to stay rolled or folded in a backpack. We ended up commandeering our laundry sack half way through the trip to store the jackets in the warm weather locations. The amount of space the jackets took up was cut in half once we figured this out and our packing became much easier.
Overall, the Tilley waterproof jacket is a simple, streamlined, very effective raincoat and it does a good job as a double-duty, unofficial windbreaker and cold weather defender. It has a permanent place on our packing list and now comes along on every trip, whether we anticipate needing it or not.
As always, I welcome and encourage your comments. What are your best tips for dealing with inclement weather when you travel?
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