Travelling during the rainy season is no easy feat; the frequent change of plans, delays and the heavy rainfall add a layer of complications to your travel plans. But once you experience the monsoons in its full glory, you’ll come to realise that there’s no season like it! Get ready for the monsoon with our tips!
- CARRY WATER PROOF CLOTHING:
During the monsoon season it's almost inevitable that you and your belongings will get drenched in the rain. Synthetic fabric is known to be more breathable and easy to pack and will probably be the best company for your journey. Pack clothes and items that are lightweight and easy to dry. Also make sure to opt for a water resistant watch or cell phone case or even your travel backpack.
- CHECK WEATHER FORECASTS
In this season, most of the region is drenched in torrential rains, making weather forecasts a traveller’s greatest friend. Check the forecasts on a regular basis and always stay prepared against the unpredictable weather. It’ll come handy when the monsoon becomes your greatest saboteur when you’re hiking in the Himalayas or when you’re taking a stroll through the cities.
- CARRY RAINCOATS AND UMBRELLAS
Don't forget the essentials! Raincoats and umbrellas are a godsend in the monsoon. While this may come off as an obvious point, it is a reminder that cannot go unsaid. Note that water-resistant footwear is a must as well. Tuck away all your fancy, leather shoes and carry waterproof shoes and floaters to stroll around or hike in comfort.
- CARRY A HAIR-DRYER
This tip might come off as a beauty hack, but there's more to it. A hair-dryer will save you the trouble of falling ill. Promenading in the heavy rains and gusty winds with wet hair is the easiest way to catch a cold. With a hair-dryer up your sleeve you’ll be able to prevent such an unfortunate debacle on your trip!
- CARRY INSECT REPELLENTS
More rain means more puddles. More puddles gives mosquitos more room to breed. As pests lurk around, diseases like malaria and dengue run rampant. So it is with our interest that we suggest that you carry insect repellents and ointments around with you at all times.
- CARRY YOUR OWN WATER
As water-borne diseases swill around aggressively during the monsoon seasons, avoid consuming water from an unreliable source and resort to carrying your own water bottle.
- KEEP YOUR SCHEDULE FLEXIBLE
The worst thing that can happen as you head onto the hills is to be absolutely drenched in the rains. As you trudge through the muddy roads, you’ll come to realise that the greater risk of landslides and mudslides are well within the range of probability. Always put your safety first, and make sure you take breaks in between your plans and be flexible to change. Spontaneity is the best way to work around the torrential rains. Make sure to arrange your plans with some room for delay- it's also better if you keep in touch with your airline or bus about their policies for schedule changes and refunds.