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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 luck 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

    Decathlon

    Available Online

    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, splurge at any sporting goods store - Adidas, Nike et al., all have colourful, yet slightly expensive, options to choose from.

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

    Umbrellas

    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

    Native Shoes

    Available Online

    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 (we're sharing the list with you, but in hopes that there are precautions taken while heading out)

    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

    Decathlon

    Available Online

    You gotta keep your (work/college) ammo dry, and you need a waterproof bag/backpack.

    Decathlon is 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 our from a plethora of options. 

    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!