Don’t Let The Rain Stop You From Going Out With These 7 Daily Essentials By Your Side


The rainy season is here, which means we’re back to braving the rain, winds, and puddles every time we go outdoors for work, errands, or leisure activities. It can be hassling, we know—but that shouldn’t interrupt your daily routine or plans, either.

If you need to step out of the comfort of your home during the rainy season, here is a list of seven helpful items you should carry or wear to stay safe, warm, and cozy despite the weather. Remember: Being prepared helps you navigate rainy days better!

A cozy jacket to keep you snug

Rainy weather also means colder temperatures, and adding outerwear to your usual OOTD is one of the simplest ways to make you feel warm despite the chilly season. We recommend choosing jackets, windbreakers, or coats made of waterproof materials, so you can have another layer of protection against the rain and keep your body and inner clothes dry.

At Columbia Sportswear, you can find a great selection of jackets perfect for the rainy season. The Women's Waterproof Jacket Columbia Skeena River is among our top picks—because aside from its Omni-Shield advanced repellency that resists rain and stains, it has multi-functional pockets to store your daily essentials and detachable sleeves for a versatile style. 

Present your SMAC or SMAC Prestige Card when shopping at select SM branches of Columbia Sportswear to enjoy 5% off your purchase until March 31, 2024. This discount applies to selected items only—so browse through Columbia Sportswear’s collection of jackets (as well as shoes and other outdoor gear) for a great deal!

Cool shoes built for wading in water

Let your white sneakers retire for now and opt for footwear that can withstand the rainy weather—like these Women's Hydro Moc Drift Shoes from Merrell! These slip-on shoes have a special feature that makes them perfect for rainy days: a midsole made of BLOOM performance foam with 10% algae biomass, which can transform green water into clean water.

Aside from this innovative feature, the Women's Hydro Moc Drift Shoes have a water-friendly injected EVA foam upper that makes it easy to clean—even if you had to step in a puddle. It’s also lightweight and durable, saving you from all the hassle of walking in the rain. Get the Women's Hydro Moc Drift Shoes now for only P3,095 at Merrell stores in select SM malls nationwide.

A power bank in case of emergency

During the rainy season, it’s important to keep your phone fully charged in case of emergencies. That’s why you should always bring a backup power source whenever you go out—and the ever-reliable Romoss SW10PF Fast Charging Power Bank is one of our top picks.

The Romoss SW10PF Fast Charging Power Bank is capable of 22.5W quick charging via USB Type C input and output ports, enabling you to juice up your devices instantly. It also has a 10,000 mAh capacity that lets you charge up your phone at least twice, so you won’t need to worry if you can’t find a vacant charging outlet or experience sudden power interruptions. Get this fast-charging power bank now for P1,799 at Romoss in SM City Marilao.

Foldable umbrella to shield you from the rain

Especially for commuters, foldable umbrellas are practical rain protection gear because they’re lightweight and compact enough to store in most bags or purses. With a single transaction purchase worth at least P2,000 at Starfinder Optical this month, you can get a foldable umbrella for free—just in time for the rainy season!

This free umbrella features discreet Starfinder Optical branding and UPF 50+ protection, which blocks harmful UV rays during hot and sunny days as well. Head to any Starfinder Optical store in SM Malls nationwide until July 31 to get this umbrella now—and make sure to carry it in your bag, rain or shine!

A comfy outfit that keeps you warm

Aside from wearing jackets, you can stay warm and comfortable during the rainy season by dressing in clothes with long sleeves and thick yet breathable fabric. Popular rainy-day styles include hoodies and sweatshirts, while some fabric options you can choose from include wool, knit, or fleece.

The Gem Puff Sleeves Top with Shorts combo from local apparel brand Maldita puts a check on both features: it includes a chic pullover-style top and has a thick but breathable fabric to keep you warm without making you feel sweaty. With its sophisticated look, this set of coordinates is perfect for casual outfits and workwear. Get it now for P1,795 at all Maldita stores in SM malls nationwide.

Portable mug for your fave hot drinks 

There’s nothing like a nice, hot drink to keep you warm during a rainy day—and bringing a portable mug can help you enjoy that even when you’re at work or school. Hot choco, coffee, tea, milk—whatever your choice of drink is, the Surplus Hydrofresh Mug with Coffee Dripper set (350ml) has vacuum-insulated walls that can keep it warm for up to 3-4 hours. The same goes for cold drinks, so this stainless steel mug is also perfect for quick icy treats during summer. With its plastic lid, you can worry less about spilling your favorite hot drink—and it even comes with a stainless coffee dripper in case you want to create a fresh brew.

Get the Surplus Hydrofresh Mug with Coffee Dripper set (350ml) for only P499 at Surplus Shop in SM Supermalls nationwide.

Water-repellent bag for your essentials

Some daily essentials can be damaged if they get wet from the rain, like your gadgets and paper items. To keep them safe and dry this season, always store them in a water-repellent bag like the Kipling Art Mini Handbag. This mini tote is made of polyamide fabric with a water-repellent finish, so it doesn’t absorb rainwater and helps protect your items from moisture.

Although the Kipling Art Mini Handbag is lightweight and portable, it has a roomy main compartment and multiple pockets that can fit and keep all your essentials organized. Its chic and versatile style also makes it easy to mix and match with your outfits and daily needs. For example, you can carry it with its dual top handles for the typical ladies’ handbag look—or you can use its adjustable strap and wear it as a crossbody bag so you can keep your hands free or conveniently hold your umbrella.

Get the Kipling Art Mini Handbag now for P7,200 at select Kipling branches in SM Malls nationwide. 

Don’t let the rainy weather get in your way with these nifty essentials you can cop at SM Malls nationwide. For more exciting deals and discounts, visit SM Deals or download the SM Malls Online app!