The smart-ass answer to this question is: avoid water.
But to stay dry in the rain, slightly more advanced techniques are required.
- Own an umbrella. Umbrellas are handy little gadgets that unfold
into a large, portable rain-blocker. They come in all sizes and colors,
and usually collapse to about one inch in diameter by twelve inches in
length. But if there's wind, you might have some troubles--they
usually aren't built to withstand much wind. For windy rain, you
- Own a raincoat. A waterproof jacket , usually hooded,
designed to protect your clothes from the elements. A variation of
this is the poncho, which is essentially a round piece of tarp with a
hole cut out for your head. Most ponchos also have a hood. A
third option is the heavier trench coat, ideal for colder climates.
Of course, umbrellas and raincoats require foresight, which sometimes is
not an option. If you have no raincoat and no umbrella, it's time to get
- Make a poncho out of a garbage bag. A quick snip for a hole in the
bottom, and presto--you have a makeshift (albeit hoodless) poncho.
- Call a taxi. It's not free, but it is an option. If you're
near a bus stop, take the bus to a location closer to your destination, even if
it's only a few blocks. You can also offer money to strangers or
friends for a ride. (If you're a young child, don't try that last
- Call the police and claim to be too drunk to drive. I hope
you're a good actor.
- If all else fails, suck it up and walk. A little rain isn't
going to kill you. If you're carrying large or water-sensitive items,
you should probably wait until the rain clears up a bit first, but if it's
just you and your lonesome, just walk. Walking in the rain can be
very nice, especially if you have a laundry machine and dryer in your
home. If you'd rather not be walking in the rain, and you're in an
urban area, you can always hop from building to building. My
university has a building on every block, providing some shelter while
traveling from classes back to the dormitories.
Lots of people actually like to walk in the rain, and
it can be fun, but not when you're forced into it.
Or you could ban alcohol.
This writeup inspired by my three-mile walk in the rain today.