11 Tips For Surviving RAINCOUVER

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Ahh, Raincouver. We knew it would only be a matter of time until you’d come back. Here are a few tips to not only help you survive Raincouver but thrive in it as well.  It’s only water after-all.

11  Give Yourself Extra Time
For some reason, the second it starts all of a sudden half of the population of Vancouver forgets how to drive. Traffic jams, late buses, the skytrain breaks down, you forget your wallet at home. It’s simple, allow yourself ample time to get from point A to point B and you’ll save yourself from the stress of having to combat the rain on a time constraint. The rain, always wins.

pedestrians crossing Seymour street in the rain
(Photo/Vancouver Real Estate Anecdote Archives)

10  Get Away 
Escape the rain and chase the sun. Get away ahead of rain season, somewhere nice and warm either before Christmas  or after. This will help break up the season.

girl sunbathing on the beach

Get Active
Not only will physical activity keep you in great shape, being active helps you fight fatigue and boosts energy levels. So fight back against Seasonal Affective Disorder, get outdoors, and take advantage of having Mother Nature all to yourself.

empty Seawall on a rainy day
(Photo/John Murphy)

Always Be Prepared
Invest in some gore tex and rain-proof outerwear (we carry around pocket-sized portable ponchos) and you’ll have nothing to worry about. Although rain gear and fashion don’t always go hand-in-hand, there are a few fashionable options out there *cough*cough* Burberry rain-boots. Being prepared is key.  Bring back-up – extra shoes, an extra pair of socks. Ladies – carrying a hairbrush will save your life.

woman splashing in puddle with rain boots

Invest in a Good Umbrella
This one’s a no-brainer yet the number of grown men we see with tiny, flimsy umbrellas better suited for a five-year-old is countless. There’s nothing more annoying than when the wind hits and your umbrella gets flipped inside out. The worst.

Check out:

Woman holding yellow umbrella
(Photo/Miranda Hudson)

6  Educate Yourself on Umbrella Etiquette 101 
Once you have the perfect umbrella, it’s important to know what to do and what not to do with it. Don’t swing your umbrella recklessly unless you want to take someone’s eye out. Do share your umbrella if you’re walking with someone else.  Do raise your umbrella if  someone shorter is approaching you. Shorter people, avoid stabbing your taller counterparts in the chest. Transit users, don’t place your wet umbrella on seats. Do close your umbrella before entering a building.  Do give the umbrella-less the privilege of walking under awnings. (You automatically forfeit that right when you have an umbrella.)  The list goes on…just exercise caution and common sense people. It’s really not that hard.

guy getting poked in the face with an umbrella
(Photo/Daily Mail)

Don’t Drive Like an Asshole
Be considerate of everyone on the road, especially pedestrians.  We’re all doing our best to stay dry. Don’t be the douche that rips through a massive puddle and soaks an unassuming bystander on the curb waiting to cross the street. #Karma

person getting sprayed with water by passing Audi
(Photo/Google Images)

Pay a Visit to the Spa
A trip to the spa or sauna will make you feel like you’re somewhere tropical without seriously breaking the bank.  A little massage therapy increases the amount of oxytocin in your body.  The higher your level of oxytocin, the happier you’ll feel. And who doesn’t need a good massage?

One of our go to’s for their infra-red sauna therapy sessions:

woman relaxing in sauna
(Photo/Body Hacks)

Hole up in a Bar
Nothing like an alcoholic beverage to take your mind off the monsoon outside.  Hunker down at your local bar or discover a new cozy (boozy) hangout.

A few of our favs: Uncle Abe’s, Gotham Steakhouse, The Corduroy, and Gerard Lounge.

Two men sit at bar with drinks before making a toast together

Load up on the “D”
Vitamin D that is. Studies have always shown that a great way to beat the blues is by taking a Vitamin D supplement.  Consume foods that are rich in Vitamin D such as fatty fish like salmon, beef, eggs, mushroom, and cheese. We will take any excuse to add more cheese to our diet!

foods rich in Vitamin D

Embrace the Rain
Get your Don Lockwood on and feel the rain on your face. Sing in it. Kiss in it. Embrace it. The sooner you learn that it’s a part of living in this beautiful city and to coexist with it, the sooner you’ll realize it’s really not that bad.

(Photo/The Film Spectrum)
(Photo/The Film Spectrum)

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