No More Rain Woes: The Definitive Guide To Arming Yourself This Monsoon

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You’re no stranger to the trials and tribulations of braving Mumbai’s monsoons while you get to college/work, and we’re on the same boat as you are. Here’s where you can arm yourself with the ammo you need to win the fight against puddles, open streets and public transport!

In case you're a part of the lucky few who get to work from home, check out this list and gift your friends who go to work something durable that'll make them smile and brave the rains! 

Raincoats & Windcheaters

We know it's ideal for you to order 'em online, but we love finding hardy, quality ones we can try on for fit before purchasing. While making the morning commute is (arguably) comparable to an adventure sport, Decathlon has reasonably priced (read easy on the wallet!) and well-made windcheaters that will last you a long, long time. They've got a few basic colours to choose from, if you'd like a simple one that does the job. They're foldable and perfect to carry around in your bags or purses. 

Alternatively, Wildcraft is another company that makes quality raincoats and windcheaters that'll protect you from Mumbai's gusty winds and downpour. They're ideal to wear even when you're riding your two-wheeler to and from work. 

If you're open to splurge, head to brands like Nike and Adidas to shop for the rain. 

Check out this list of umbrellas and raincoats to pick from. 


While a normal black umbrella would do the job... We're fans of anything that fills you with joy. Equip yourself with cute printed/ruffled/uniquely-shaped umbrellas from E Series umbrellas online. Or, check out Classic Umbrellas online that have a great collection! 

The Bombay Store does a killer seasonal collection of umbrellas with new Mumbai-inspired patterns every year. Head to any outlet in the coming weeks, and we're sure you'll be picking one up!

In the mood to make an expedition out of monsoon shopping? There's always Mumbai's oldest umbrella store - Ebrahim Currim & Sons. It's 157 years old, and still going strong. The store's open from Monday to Saturday currently. 

Rainproof Footwear

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Mumbaikars: Breakers of Signals, Survivors of Monsoons, Avoiders of Puddles, need footwear that doesn't betray them, come hell or high water. Now, we would have generally asked you to check out Hill Road's assortment of shops for rainproof footwear. Here's where to get it while in Bandra.

But there's also Beautiful Shopping Centre with outlets across Matunga, Khar, Lokhandwala, and Santacruz, that you can check out for trendy rain footwear starting at INR 500. They have multiple styles of shoes with both open and closed toes — that you can wear and dry off easily.

Apart from this, Lokhandwala market is also a good bet, but you can weather the monsoon with footwear from Native Shoes.

Here's some more rain-friendly footwear that you can check out! 

Waterproof Bags

You've got to keep your (work/college) ammo dry, and you need a waterproof bag/backpack.

Decathlon and Wildcraft are our best bet, in terms of sturdy and reasonable waterproof bags and covers for them.

Other brands like American Tourister, Quechua, and other sports companies also have many options to pick from. Visit them online and check out a plethora of options. If you're still looking for more options, here's a full list.

Waterproof Earphones

JBL, Sony, Philips and boAt will have you covered for this! Make sure you get wireless ones, so you can keep your phone safely in your (waterproof) bag while you're plugged in!

Head out online to their websites or just wait for the monsoon sales to hit every online portal for great deals and discounts.