How many umbrellas do you need to stay dry in NYC?

Bed Bath and Beyond umbrella sampling

Bed Bath and Beyond umbrella sampling

Leave one at your office, one in your apartment, one at the gym. Another at your significant other’s place, one for traveling and one at that soup kitchen you volunteer every other Sunday, just to be safe.

Even at $10 a pop, that really adds up. Plus, you busy New Yorker you, chances are you’ll find yourself stranded in the rain without an umbrella anyway, most likely when your hair actually looks nice and you’re wearing new shoes. You begrudgingly seek shelter at the nearest Duane Read and pick up a $12 umbrella only to leave it in a cab on your way home from a night out on the town.

But I digress.

The question is: how many umbrellas do you need? For an on-the-go New Yorker, you can never have enough to cover all your bases. This comes at a steep price. A recent trip to Bed Bath and Beyond revealed an umbrella that is respectable enough to leave at a workplace will run you about $20. Plus there’s the problem of forgetting the office-designated umbrella at your apartment when you used it one evening to get home, leaving two umbrellas near your kitchen counter and none in your cubicle for the next rainy day. At this rate, you’re looking at a small fortune on umbrellas.

Umbrella pricing at Bed Bath and Beyond

Umbrella pricing at Bed Bath and Beyond

Perhaps a gel handle is excessive, but it would be nice to own an umbrella that opens and closes on command and does not have spokes poking out. It’s the little things that make you feel like you’re an actual adult.

Then again, you might be prepared with a decent umbrella stashed at each of your major dwellings, but doesn’t mean the damn thing won’t fail you when you need it most.

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