Here's a little tip I learned from some purse aficionados--
Always keep a plastic bag folded up in the bottom of each one of your handbags. Then if you are ever caught in the rain and have to run to or from your car--just take the bag out of your purse and place the purse into the plastic bag. Then run like heck! (If only we could figure out how to save our shoes!) You can always dry your hair or clothing but we all know that it is not good to get our favorite handbag dripping wet! ;-)
This was a particularly good bag with a drawstring that came protecting one of my mail order clothing purchases--from I forget where--maybe Neiman's?? Any plastic bag will do, though as long as it is big enough.