I almost never pack an umbrella when I travel unless I’m positive it’s going to rain while I’m away. And by “rain”, I mean, it’s going to pour. For many days.
If the weather predicts that it may shower here and there, I usually take my chances and forgo the umbrella; it takes up extra room in my luggage that I could use for other necessities.
Plus, if it rains, it’s pretty easy to get your hands on an umbrella. Hotels usually lend out umbrellas to guests. You can also buy an inexpensive one from a vendor if you’re in a big city (I swear, it’s always the vendors who know when it’s going to rain or not. Have you ever seen anyone whip out umbrellas as fast as they can the minute it starts raining?!) so the moral of the story is… leave your umbrellas at home because it falls into the category of items that you could easily buy if the need came up!
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