It’s always a good idea to keep a poncho in your back pocket—or more literally, your backpack or hand. You could be in line for the It’s a Small World ride at Disney and then all of the sudden, the sky opens up. If you aren’t prepared with a handful of umbrellas or ponchos, your entire family gets soaked. You’ll have to walk around the park for the rest of the day, soaked through. Being caught in the family on a hike, at a theme park, mini-golfing or doing any outdoor activity isn’t fun.
Keeping ponchos on you is just a good idea, especially when you’re traveling with your family. Instead of just opting for the literal sheets of plastic, cheap ponchos, you should invest in a reusable poncho. Not only will you be keeping additional plastic out of the landfills and making a more eco-friendly choice, your reusable poncho will keep you drier than the alternative. Reusable ponchos have multiple layers, so you won’t have a thin layer of plastic sticking to you. There will be a softer, comfier layer between you and the water-resistant fabric.
We found the best ponchos. One is designed to have enough space to keep you and your backpack dry, which is great news for moms and dads whose function is essentially family pack horse on theme park days. These ponchos all come with convenient carrying cases.
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1. Terra Hiker Waterproof Rain Poncho
If you’re going to be traveling with a backpack or diaper bag, you should consider this rain poncho. It is specifically designed to have enough room in the back of the poncho to accommodate a large item. It’s all well and great that you’re dry, but you’ll still be annoyed if your backpack is soaked through. There are velcro closures at both sides of the coat to tighten or loosen it. This poncho can also be used as a mat for picnics. There are built-in eyelets, so you can stake the poncho’s corners into the ground. It comes in green, blue or black.
2. FROGG TOGGS Ultra-Lite2 Waterproof Breathable Rain Poncho
Keep yourself dry with this two-layer poncho from Frogg Toggs. This light-weight poncho has a water-resistant outer layer that the water rolls right off of, while a soft inner layer is comfy. There are also side snaps and a hood with cord locks, so you adjust the poncho for a more snug fit to protect you from the elements. The poncho comes with a storage sack for easy carrying. This poncho is available in dark green, blue, khaki and carbon black
3. Raines by totes Adult Unisex Rain Poncho
This one-size-fits-most thick and protective poncho from Totes can be worn in both summer and fall. The poncho covers the everything above your knees and has a hood to keep your hair dry. It’s available in one or two packs in a variety of colors, including red, yellow, blue and gray. The poncho comes packed in a mesh carrying case that has an easy-to-grip carrying strap. You can clean the poncho by wiping it down with a damp cloth.