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4 Ways to Prep for Rainy Days in The Swamp

With the beginning of every Fall semester comes another rainy season. Downpours, light rain and insanely high humidity are Gainesville’s norm . Since the irregular weather won’t disappear any time soon, every collegiette™ needs ideas on how to survive it. Here are four tips on prepping for the crazy weather here in The Swamp:

1. Boot it up 
Rain boots are every girl’s best friend, especially when you’re rushing to catch the bus or running through puddles the size of Lake Alice. Rain boots come in a variety of cute patterns and prints that make for an even better outfit paired with leggings or a dress.

2. Always, always, always carry an umbrella 
Rule No. 1 of living in Gainesville: always carry an umbrella in your bag, tote, backpack or purse. Downpours happen often, especially in the afternoons when you’re getting out of class and have to wait 10 minutes for the next bus home. Don’t be caught out in the rain! Instead of buying a large umbrella that isn’t easily transported, buy a small one that fits into any bag you carry.

3. Humidity at its worst 
Don’t think that just because the rain has stopped you’ve escaped the worst of it. Carry an anti-frizz spray in your bag to stop the humidity from destroying the pencil-straight hair you spent all morning perfecting. Try products like Bumble and bumble. Defrizz or Frizz-Ease 3-Day Straight styling spray, which are both great for keeping those frizzy fly-aways straight for long periods of time. It’s a 10’s Miracle Shine Spray, also sold at most drugstores, is a personal favorite and promises 10 benefits to your hair, with anti-humidity and anti-frizz protection among them.

4. If you don’t want to deal with any products… Tie your hair back! 
A high ponytail works best for rainy days when you don’t want to straighten or curl your hair only for it to be blown into oblivion by the rain, wind and humidity. Spray it with hairspray, place some bobby pins around the ponytail to keep in those flyways, and you’re good to go!

Don’t let the rain get you down, collegiettes™! If we have a repeat of this past weekend’s awful gameday weather, use the rain as an opportunity to express your individual style. 

Alexia Fernandez is a senior at the University of Florida. A journalism major, she has been interested in films, books and pop culture since she can remember. An avid film buff, she hopes to one day write screenplays, make films and tell stories through as many mediums as possible.
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