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Essential Rain Gear For Lawyers and Law Students

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By George Khoury, Esq. on April 01, 2019 1:53 PM

When it rains, it really can pour, and if you're a lawyer caught in a downpour, simply walking from your car to the courtroom could literally washout your case, or at least your case docs.

For attorneys, finding the right rain gear can be tricky, as much of the professional looking rain gear just doesn't cut it when the weather gets really bad. Add the fact that most lawyers now depend on electronic devices (nearly all of which are mortal enemies of water), and you have a recipe for disaster. Fortunately, below, you can get a few tips on how to keep yourself and your gear dry.

High Quality Ponchos

You know those ponchos that role up into a little pouch? There are some decent ones on the market. Find one that purports not to wrinkle, doesn't have a pattern, and has drawstrings and snap-buttons in all the right places, then buy a couple and leave them in your glove box, or under your driver's seat. It also doesn't hurt to have one of those small, fold-flat emergency ponchos in your bag at all times.

Vented Umbrellas

When it is raining and windy, umbrellas can be downright dangerous. However, a not-so recent breakthrough in umbrella technology allows wind to pass through from below, without allowing rain in from the top. These vented or windproof umbrellas are much less likely to invert or fly out of your hands thanks to a gust of wind, meaning you won't get soaked when you're umbrella breaks or flies away.

Dry-Bags

While Press-and-seal Glad Wrap, ZipLoc, and garbage bags can do the same job, high-quality dry-bags (generally meant for boating/sailing) can be really helpful for toting large, or bulky, items around in wet weather. Dry-bags are basically just waterproof bags typically designed with outdoor recreation in mind, and, luckily for lawyers, that means they come in sizes large enough to fit a whole banker's box.

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