x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 28 July 2017

Travel Essentials: Compact umbrellas keep you dry and tidy

Against rain or sun, a light, portable umbrella is a must on any trip.

Totes SuperDome umbrella in red. Courtesy: totes ISOTONER Corporation
Totes SuperDome umbrella in red. Courtesy: totes ISOTONER Corporation

Samsonite Ultra Mini lightweight umbrella

As the name suggests, this umbrella is tiny. It folds into a neat and slim package less than 23cm long. It is also very lightweight, ideal for a bag or handbag. This portability comes at a price, though: the umbrella can feel a bit thin and flimsy. Yet it is still worth the money.

Available from www.amazon.com for US$16.95 (Dh62), plus shipping.

 

Totes Superdome umbrella

This umbrella has an impressive canopy of 140cm yet folds down to just 36cm. Lightweight and compact, it provides excellent coverage. There is a contoured handle making it easier to hold on to in gusty weather, and opens and closes at the touch of a button. The umbrella comes with a lifetime warranty for any manufacturing defect.

Available from www.amazon.com for $24.77 (Dh91), plus shipping.

 

Gustbuster Metro umbrella

This umbrella is a bit bulky but is built to last. It has a double canopy braced by strong and supple rods made from hardened steel. The umbrella has been tested to withstand winds of up to 88kph. It is easy to open using a button on the handle and folds into a case with a strap to carry it over the shoulder. It comes in a variety of colours including black, navy, burgundy, green, pink and red.

Available from www.amazon.com for $32.95 (Dh121), plus shipping.