We love umbrellas at the Umbrella Shop, in case you weren’t aware! Most of our employees own a horrifying number of them too, so we’d be lying if we pretended we aren’t always on the hunt for ways to make umbrella management a little bit easier.

Sometimes it can all feel like a bit much. The drips. The ribs. The fussy little band of fabric to snap the umbrella closed. We get it. So we thought we’d investigate umbrella and rain hacks to make dealing with the rain a little bit easier.

1. Keep towels on hand
There’s nothing worse than getting in from being soaked, even if you have an umbrella, and dripping all over the darn place. Having towels, or at the very least, some newspaper on hand can make life a whole lot easier.

2. Do the card wrap
Losing umbrellas is nothing short of annoying. Vancouver is known for having a sea of lost umbrellas scattered across the city. Don’t join those leagues by labeling your umbrella with your business card. Simple tape it around the handle. It might not keep someone from stealing it, but it’ll make it a whole lot less appealing to thieves.

3. Bag it
Some of our umbrellas come with their own personal carry bags so that you don’t have to worry about storing it wet (keep in mind, we recommend you dry your umbrella after every use to keep fabric in tip top shape). But for those who don’t, it’s always a good idea to have a nice, long plastic bag at the ready to store your umbrella until it can be dried properly.

4. Don’t just have one umbrella
We realize we’re saying this when it’s what we sell, so maybe you don’t want to take our word for it. But there’s a reason we at the shop tend to own more than one umbrella…you need different ones for different uses. Stick umbrellas are more durable but can be too difficult to store. So do yourself a favour and have a few options at the ready. Better yet, have one at work and in the car too. You never know.