It’s so compact, you won’t even notice it in your bag.

By Christina Butan
Updated February 22, 2019
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Rainy days—sometimes we’re ready for them, sometimes we’re not. But with the rainy spring season just around the corner, it’s always better to be prepared than caught in the middle of a downpour on what you thought would be a good day.

That’s why we’re throwing this number one best-selling portable rain poncho from Amazon into our bags this spring season. The Linenlux poncho (from $23; has a number of appealing details: It has pockets (yes, pockets!), comes in tons of colors and patterns (26, to be exact), and can be folded into a super compact size in the matching pouch it comes with. Even better, it’s extremely waterproof thanks to its durable material, hood, and sturdy front zipper.

So it should be no surprise that Amazon customers can’t stop raving about this heavy-duty poncho, which has hundreds of perfect reviews and an overall 4.5-star rating.

“I love this rain poncho! It is lightweight and would fit tiny to plus-sized. With a sweater underneath, it works even on cooler days. It’s both attractive and functional,” one happy shopper wrote. “Around the ‘cuffs’ are elastic pulls you can cinch up to keep the rain and wind out. Such wonderful attention to detail. This is the best rain poncho I’ve ever had [and it’s] also very flattering on.”

Since it comes in so many colors—like black, forest green, and red—and different patterns—like stars and polka dots—there’s a style for each member of the family, and you can easily pack them for vacation. Amazon shoppers say this poncho will actually keep you dry, even on amusement park rides that are designed to drench you in water.

“I ordered this poncho because we were going on vacation in Florida and the Caribbean. I had the opportunity to wear it at Universal Studios. We wanted to go on the river raft ride which is supposed to get you soaking wet. I wore my poncho and my husband wore a cheap dollar store poncho (basically a garbage bag). I was the only person on that ride that came out dry with the exception of my shoes,” another customer raved.

So if you tend to get caught in the rain, or have just been looking for a simple, compact, and waterproof solution to rainy days, this poncho is definitely a smart buy.

To buy: $23-$28;