During our last date night out, which included an evening out in the rain, The Beau and I got into a discussion about umbrella etiquette. He insists on holding the umbrella as he is taller. I insist on holding the umbrella as he often forgets to keep me covered and will veer of trail leaving me in the rain exposed! He does this unintentionally of course, so I still love him!
Be aware of your surroundings:
Take into consideration the space you are occupying. If you’re on the outside of a sidewalk, passing someone who also has an umbrella, either tilt your umbrella away, raise it up over the height of the other person’s umbrella, or step off of the sidewalk so that you can pass each other.
Do not place your wet umbrella on the seat of your taxi, bus or subway/metro. Your umbrella should be placed on the ground, either next to your seat or underneath it, or should be placed between your knees. Equally important, do not leave your umbrella open when using public transportation. It takes up too much room and will spread water over others, which is beyond rude.
Share an umbrella when walking with a friend or your significant other. It prevents a holdup on the sidewalk behind you, and prevents those walking towards you from having to step into oncoming traffic, just to get around your two umbrellas.
Know the indoor rules:
Don’t walk into a building, home or office with your umbrella dripping wet. Before walking indoors, shake off your umbrella and compress it so it’s not completely closed, but not open either. If entering an office or home, gently lean your umbrella near the front door to dry. This also prevents you from dripping water all over the floor where others could slip. If entering a store, look to see if there is a complementary umbrella stand or plastic bag for your wet umbrella.