PAG-ASA has just announced the start of cuddle weather, after days of regular rains in the afternoons and at night, and the southwest monsoon's onset.
That means we need to prepare ourselves for traffic jams, wet walkways, and flood waters. Speaking of floods, don't you hate it when you've worked so hard to look good and the rain just effs it up?
Sure, umbrellas, rain coats, and boots can save you from getting wet; but you should take things a step further if you want to protect your #OOTDs from a downpour. Or, if ever delubyo strikes and you had no choice but to face it, you should also know how you can save your stuff from further damage.
And guess what, we're gonna teach you all of 'em!
1) WATERPROOF YOUR SHOES
No matter how big your umbrella is, it will never be enough to prevent your shoes from getting wet. But there's a way to waterproof your kicks. You'll need beeswax and a blow dryer. In case you didn't know, beeswax is a substance from bees that is often used in making candles and it's available in the market. All you need to do is…press play:
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2) DRY SNEAKERS WITH NEWSPAPER
Forgot to put beeswax and now your shoes are absolutely wet? No worries. Just stuff newspaper inside your shoes and wrap the outsole with a few sheets. It will help absorb the water and the unpleasant smell.
3) SAVE YOUR SUEDE SHOES
Suede is strictly a fair weather friend. But if you accidentally get them wet or muddy, don't get stressed-out. Stuff them with paper towels to help them keep their shape while drying. Perform spot-cleaning on your shoe using a pencil eraser once it's dry.
The pencil, though, doesn't have to be this big...and sentient:
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4) BRING A MICROFIBER TOWEL WITH YOU ALL THE TIME
Of course, if the shoes are wet, the socks are wet too. To dry them, lay your socks on a microfiber towel then roll them like a burrito and squeeeeeeze. It will help absorb most of the moisture.
5) QUICKLY DRY WET CLOTHES
Stuck in your friend's house after getting soaked in the rain? Don't want to borrow his clothes? Just borrow a towel. Lay your shirt on it, roll it, press down, and you're done!
Watch this dude do it:
Video via Wes Monk
6) OR USE THE HAND DRYER TO DRY YOUR GARB
Keep the hot air blowin'!
7) READY THEM ZIP LOCKS
Even the most expensive bags cannot withstand the wrath of a ravaging monsoon. Store your bag and your more important stuff (read: gadgets) in zip locks if ever you decide to brave a storm.
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8) SAVE YOUR WET PHONE
Use desiccant (aka those little bags with silica gel that comes with new shoes) when your phone gets wet. This will help absorb the moisture. Leave it for about 24 hours then voila—its alive again!
9) TAKE A SECOND TO PLOT YOUR ROUTE
In the event that you have forgotten to bring your typhoon-hardened umbrella, think about the places where canopies are installed along your route. That way you know exactly where to scramble to when the rains come.