Dos and Don'ts While Travelling During Monsoon
Everyone loves the first monsoon rain. Don’t you like the pitter-patter sound of the first rain? Eagerly awaited by children as well as adults, monsoon showers give us a respite from the scorching summer heat. From poets to farmers to romantics to even travellers, everyone awaits the rainy season. But hey, travelling during monsoon can be messy too.
If you like to travel during monsoon, you must plan your trips making monsoon safety your priority and follow monsoon travel tips.
Here are some tips for monsoon in the form of dos and don’ts to make your monsoon travel safe:
Below are some monsoon safety tips you must follow while monsoon travelling:
During monsoon, it is advisable to wear light, full clothes when travelling. Monsoon is the time when mosquitoes are large in numbers and their bites can cause dengue. It is advisable that you carry enough full clothes and also carry mosquito repellent.
Also, carry extra dry synthetic clothes for your trip as wet clothes can cause rashes or skin infections. Also, a nice pair of comfortable, water-resistant, anti-skid footwear could not only give you a basic protection in rain while walking but also limit fungal flourishment in your feet. Also, carrying a strong umbrella with you on your holiday is a must.
Your phones and cameras also need protection from rain. A non-functional cell phone or camera is the last thing you would want on your trip. So, make the arrangements so that you can keep your gizmos waterproof to prevent any malfunctions.
When it is the rainy season, there is a high chance of you getting stuck somewhere even after making a perfect plan. A little flashlight on you can be handy in such a situation to help you find your way around. While you can use your phone’s flashlight, electricity outages during monsoon may not allow you to charge it back again. Also, do not forget to carry chargers, extra cables, power banks and extra batteries for flashlights on your trip. A toolkit with Swiss knives, scissors, ropes, tapes, screwdrivers and adhesives can be of help during a trip at any time of the year.
Traffic jams can stretch for hours during monsoon. So, it is better to keep some dry snacks, ready-to-eat food like cup noodles and water on you in case the hunger pang hits. However, you must check your food for freshness before eating it and refrain from eating snacks sitting out for a long time.
In case you are going to a new place, research about and get all the necessary information before the trip. Especially, find out the kind of rain the place receives, check weather forecast, find out if any roads on the way get blocked during monsoons, figure out if you can get help in case you get stranded and have noted emergency contacts of the area you would be visiting.
If there is an emergency during your travel, you might not find help easily during the rainy season. So, it is advisable to carry a medical kit for sure with you. Also, carry some handy medicines for cold, stomach infections, cough and band-aids. Also, carry boiled or RO purified water for kids in case you are travelling with them.
It is recommended to carry fully waterproof bags instead of the regular water-resistant ones for your monsoon travel. Also, carry many plastic bags to store your electronic items and wet clothes, and other items that may need protection from rain.
Below are some monsoon safety tips on things you must refrain from doing while monsoon travelling:
It is easy to lose control while on the road during monsoons as the roads are slippery. You must not drive fast and instead drive being in full control of your vehicle while enjoying the ride.
Street food is not always made in the most hygienic conditions. Moreover, in the rainy season, infections tend to multiply and there is a higher chance of it getting stale. So, it is a good idea to refrain from having it during the monsoon to stay healthy.
Apart from the possibility of causing an electric shock, switching on electronic items with wet hands can even damage phones, computers, TVs, laptops and other digital devices beyond repair. It is better to unplug all your electronic items immediately during rain.
Monsoon has its pros and cons. So, after keeping all the above monsoon travel tips in mind, remember that rains only come for a while in a year and make the most of it. Monsoons can be fun if you plan your holiday thoroughly. Remember that perspective and preparation make adventures worthwhile.