1. Salvage broken umbrellas with enameled wire
Buy some enameled wire at a hardware store and cut off a 6-inch piece. Match up the rivet holes of the broken stretcher pieces, and insert the wire through the holes. Wrap it around and keep wrapping and threading the wire through the hole until there's no more room. Twist the wire ends together and trim.
2. Carry a supply of dry plastic grocery bags.
Most people probably have dozens of these stuffed in a cupboard or drawer somewhere. Grab a handful and keep them in your jacket pocket or purse when you're out and about – keep your wet umbrella in them and keep wet clothes and shoes separated in them.
3. You stay drier by running, not walking in the rain.
Seems like a no-brainer, but there has been some debate over whether walking leaves your body less exposed to raindrops, or running simply gets you out of the rain faster.
Of course, there are safety concerns about running on wet and slippery surfaces, so this is NOT a recommendation, simply a statement of fact!
4. Silence noisy rain gutters with some rope
This tip comes from LifeHacker.com, citing a tip from the Family Handyman:
Caulk around the gutter drain and install a length of nylon or poly rope (Figure A). The water will wick down the rope instead of free-falling and hitting the elbow.
5. Put wet devices in a bag of rice
Everyone should know this old trick by now – whether you dropped your phone in the toilet, or left your tablet in the rain, if you turn it off and put it in a bag of rice as quickly as possible, the rice will absorb the moisture and there's a chance you can salvage it.
Leave the device in the bag for 24-48 hours before trying to turn it on again.
6. Pack a pair of back-up socks
No matter how lightly you tread, there's always a chance you'll step into a puddle. Don't let it ruin your day – break out that pair of back-up socks you had the foresight to bring along and your feet will thank you!
7. Review the AAA's guide for wet-weather driving techniques.
We all complain about other drivers, especially in poor driving conditions. Make sure you know how to get out of a skid, avoid hydroplaning, get out of a muddy spot, and generally drive safely in wet weather conditions. Check out AAA's comprehensive guide here: http://exchange.aaa.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/Get-a-Grip.pdf