In a tropical country like India, the monsoon is the season when dark clouds shower bliss, the most awaited season. From mid-June, the rain and romance of this season stays people until September.
During this time, rain lovers are busy drinking hot chai and the delicious pakoras. No wonder, from poets to romantics to farmers, everyone loves a good monsoon.
Did we say, everyone? We are right – almost everyone likes a good monsoon! It’s not hard to see the beauty in the rain if you’re an avid traveler or backpacker. Those of you who plan long trips during Indian monsoons can have serious consequences if your safety is not your top priority. Thunderstorms and lightning do not look good when you are on the road or in nature. Our words of advice? Do not be a fish out of the water, but keep a ‘whale of a time’ without raising red flags.
Here are some important travel tips during monsoons to keep you safe:
Travel tips for the rainy season – The Dos
Before you move, look! The following list of things makes things a little less intense while the road ahead is laden with dangers and problems.
Check the weather forecast
Impulsive travel may sound like an exciting idea, but not during rainy days. Before booking your tickets and having a good time, check the weather forecast and the unpredictability at the destination. Most weather forecasting programs give you a good idea of the situation that awaits your destination.
Choose your destination wisely
The rage of mother nature can be a huge penalty if you plan to visit the hilly regions of the subcontinent during monsoons. Landslides, floods and mudslides sound crazy, right? The best way is to avoid these areas during this time. Do your research and choose places that are safe and worth traveling during rains.
Carry your mini first aid kit
It’s not just us, but mosquitoes like mangoes too. They are on the lookout for a human flesh to bite, so it’s always great to keep some repellents on hand. Similarly, the monsoon epidemic is the ugly twin of the rain, and therefore it is advisable to take precautions. It is essential to stop over-the-counter medicines for coughs, colds, fevers, flu, etc.
Pack smart and replenish your surplus supplies
While you are on the move, you will definitely be equipped for uncertainties. It is in your best interest to take dry and long-lasting foods with you such as cookies, dumplings and nuts that provide immediate energy. Flashlight and extra batteries will be your heroes when the sun goes down and you accidentally get stuck in a dark cave or something … just to say!
Note what you are wearing
Soaking can be fun as long as your immune system is willing to fight disease. Waterproof clothing can prevent collateral damage while you are going trekking, water flying or kayaking or playing rain volleyball. If you wear synthetic clothes that dry quickly, and a nice pair of waterproof shoes that can not slip, you need to provide a basic cover for the cat-and-dog weather; It also limits fungal infections. It is always a good idea to make the umbrella your best friend. Your raincoat and boots are your loyal companions during monsoon expeditions.
Make your appliances waterproof
Not only do you need rain protection, your appliances need it too! Handling a cell phone or a camera that no longer works is probably the last thing you want during a vacation. So keep your gizmos and valuables waterproof as it helps prevent damage and malfunctions.
Take extra precautions for road trips
On the road during this monsoon? If you have the slides on the slider in place, you can take the ‘highway’ during heavy rain. Avoiding road rashes is a good virtue during rain, while insuring your vehicle is a mandate to get a breakdown. Keep your emergency number on the keyboard shortcut. Start early, and take occasional breaks when showers overwhelm you. Views during rain are a major cause for concern, so make sure your car wipers work well.
If you rent a car, make sure it is insured and ask for all valid documents. Also pay attention to your speed, especially sharp curves and hairpins in the mountains. As your mom would say, “Do not be fast or furious on the roads during the cloudburst.”
Douglas Horton once said: “Drive slowly and enjoy the scenery. Drive fast and join the scenery”. The latter does not sound like a good idea at all, does it?
Switch on during the downpour
It is essential and can become a life-saving exercise to transport chargers and power banks. If you carry devices with batteries, you should also keep a few extra batteries. With many options in the market for power banks and portable chargers, it has never been easier to go out into the desert with a long battery life.
Pack that rescue tool kit
Emergency tools with Swiss knives, ropes, scissors, tires, adhesives and screwdrivers are always useful, especially if you like adventure sports or are on a rocky terrain during a downpour. It could be a drowning man or a car that could fall victim to the submissive shower.
Travel tips for the rainy season – The Don’ts
‘Do not’ are two words that you do not hear on a normal day, but which are lifesavers, especially if rain of the monsoon is violent and unforgiving. Here are some things you should NOT do during your monsoon trips:
Do not eat street food
We know that it can be difficult to follow this rule when you are traveling, but it is still the most important precaution that any monsoon traveler should take. It is not possible to find hygienic food everywhere, but if you are well organized, it is not impossible either.
Carrying prepared food and boiled water can save you money. Street food houses a few germs of germs that hide beneath its alluring layers. Food poisoning, diarrhea, pollutants and more risks await you if you decide to take a chance on street food and water from public areas exposed to rainwater and contaminated as a result.
Do not become friends with the waves
Many people like beaches regardless of the season. Rainy season causes high tide and strong waves hitting the shores. Boys and girls who would try their luck with adventure on the beach should read well about the safety standards. Soulful swimming when the sea is calm, however, can be refreshing during light showers.
Do not switch to rush hour traffic
The rush hour during the monsoons is even worse than flooding roads. Local affairs can not close due to rain, nor can the crowds for commuters. If you are visiting busy cities that usually drown under rainwater, which they accidentally encounter, it is better to avoid running to public transport and being pushed around in the rain. Plan a trip during the day when the locals would not inadvertently suffocate you while you are looking for an adventure.
Do not participate in risky activities
Rock climbing, abseiling, rafting, speleology, rock climbing and canyoning are great activities for adrenaline pumping. With great adventures, there are great risks, especially during the rainy season, such as accidents, concussions, loss of property and even loss of life. Many tour operators suggest that such activities be avoided as it can pose a danger. It is better not to participate in this extreme involvement if the rain gods show no mercy.
Do not house tents in low-lying areas
If you plan to fully enjoy nature with a camping tour, it is a good idea not to camp in low-lying areas around monsoons. If you do, flowing or stagnant water can cause inconvenience, such as breeding mosquitoes, reptiles, flooding tents and washing out everything you need, while just watching and sighing. And watching and sighing is never a good experience unless you watch ‘Game of Thrones’!
Monsoons can be fun when you are equipped and merciless when you have no idea. Perspective and preparation make your adventures worthwhile. Keep in mind our recommended travel tips for the rainy season for some great times under the dribble. After all, monsoons are not as bad as you think.
As Vladimir Nabokov once said: “Do not be angry with the rain; he simply does not know how to stand out”.