I was tipping off another member on something to keep in her bag that doesn't take up space. I told her she would never be caught unexpectedly without protection. (unless of course the sky just breaks open and you have no time) In the U.S. drugstores you can pick up the 99 cent rain ponchos. They are usually clear in color and have a hood. They come in their own very small ziplock bag and can be found in the umbrella section of a drugstore. They also have a slightly better quality one that costs a few dollars more, but that will be heavier to keep in your bag and a bit more bulky. Stash one in each bag and when it rains...if you don't have an umbrella both you and your bag will be safe as you dash to your car or wherever you may be off too. After each use they can just be thrown away. Inexpensive and easy to stash....great to have on hand!