*My cute purple Kelty jacket*
The root of my problem was probably due to the fact I would always wait till the last minute before a trip to look for a jacket. Waiting to the last minute is never a great idea. Especially when it comes to travel gear.
*In Scotland with my tacky yellow jacket*
Some things to look for in a good rain jacket is for it to fit properly with some room to layer underneath. Although you want water to stay out, it is also best if the material "breaths" as well. Nothing is worst than be wet and stuffy. It also may be wise to test your new jacket on a short weekend trip before it is completely necessary. For example, when I was in Scotland the first time, I got pelted through my jacket with the icy rain. The rest of the weekend, I was wet and cold. Take it as a travelers warning to go find a good rain jacket.