Whether you live in a climate with unpredictable weather, travel frequently, or just like to err on the side of caution, it's a good idea to have an umbrella handy — especially one that doesn't take up a lot of space. The best mini umbrellas offer total protection from the elements and measure around 12 inches or under when collapsed, allowing you to store them in your bag, glove compartment, or even your pocket.
As you shop for a mini umbrella, the most important factor to look at is, unsurprisingly, size. While the average canopy diameter of a standard umbrella is around 40 inches or under (for use by a single adult), the more critical dimension is its length when collapsed. To be truly compact and portable, an umbrella should measure around a foot or less. One pick below is even small enough to fit in a coat pocket, clocking in at just over six inches long.
Beyond that, you'll want to consider the other features you prefer in an umbrella, like whether it has an automatic or manual open/close function, if it offers UV protection, and the degree of wind resistance it provides. An umbrella with a double-vented canopy will allow wind to pass through instead of getting trapped under it (and, inevitably, flipping inside out). Likewise, the more ribs an umbrella has (aka the metal arms that give the canopy its structure), the more support it will offer, so look for an option with eight or nine ribs if you need extra wind protection.
Scroll on to shop four of the best mini umbrellas to instantly upgrade your rain-gear arsenal — and lighten up your load.
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