Bring a Brolly

I never used to take an umbrella when I travelled, but over the last couple of years I have changed my mind.

I now take a folding umbrella like this one for a few reasons.

Safety

If you are crossing a road a hood can really restrict your vision . . . . . which becomes more important when you are overseas, and might have forgotten traffic may be coming from a different direction.

Comfort

In the tropics a waterproof jacket can get very hot and sweaty.

A much better combination is a T-shirt or Polo Shirt with an umbrella.

Appreciation of surroundings

When I am in a new place I am constantly looking at things around me.

With an umbrella you only have to turn your head to see things, not move your entire body.

Shade

Since I had a cancer removed from my chin I am more conscious of the effects of the sun and the umbrella can provide more shade.

Extra Weight?

Well it’s only a few hundred grams, and it fits in my coat pocket so it doesn’t count in my carry on weight total.