Before April showers begin to bring May flowers, outsmart the rain with this easy tip: The next time the weather forecast calls for precipitation, toss a plastic bag into your purse with your umbrella.
If you have to brave a downpour, when you finally get inside, you can slip your umbrella into the plastic bag and avoid soaking the rest of your belongings or—especially annoying—having to hold a wet umbrella on public transportation. Think of it as a DIY version of the umbrella bags that hotels sometimes provide.
Another rain-season must? Waterproof boots. See our picks for the cutest of the season here.