It seemed fitting that it rained for our New Years Eve. Amiright?
This past year was such a wash out. That was annoying to most people in our community, but for those traveling in wheelchairs, it was downright wearying.
It hasn’t just been the dreary weather. It’s also the wet muddy floors. The rain while loading and unloading on the van lift is also no picnic, especially when you’re trying to hold the umbrella at the same time. I am tired of being wet and cold.
One item we have gotten our money’s worth from is their IKEA ponchos. We bought ours years ago and they are still as good as new. They fold up into a pouch and pack easily for travel and camp. Here is a video showing how to do that properly, but we just shove ours in!
The poncho is shaped like a cone so that it fits over much of our daughter’s wheelchair as well as her!
It Velcros at the neck to keep the hood secure. There aren’t any sleeves, just arm holes, which we prefer. A pocket is front and center if you need to stash your keys or something. A funny thing I found when searching for images of this poncho: apparently people like it for riding their bikes in the rain, too!
The best part? They sell for less than $10 at the store!
There are ideas to DIY a poncho using fleece or blankets all over Pinterest and I think we have tried them all. I feel like we spent just as much for materials… plus our time. They can be a fun project, though. However, they aren’t waterproof.
If you don’t have an IKEA near you, you may want to check out this well priced poncho option on Amazon.
Do you have any coping strategies for the rain? We would love to hear them in the comments below!
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