5 Tips to Help You Travel Better and Safer During Monsoons

03 August  |  Listicles

The monsoons are a resplendent time of the year, as India’s forests and riverine landscapes come alive. You also need to take extra care when travelling during this season, from your diet to your gear, to ensure that you experience it fully without the pains of illness or injury to “dampen” your experience.

  1. Select the Right Attire

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Travelling in the monsoon season will leave you to the vagaries of the elements. Indian monsoons are also very humid so if you are thinking of picking up a rain suit, skip it and opt for a poncho instead. The latter allows for more breathing and covers you from head to knees. There are two choices of footwear and bottoms. Keep the temperature in mind. For warmer climes, you are better off in shorts and sandals while long boots and thicker pants work for a colder climate. Go for more synthetic, easy-to-dry clothes. The last thing you need is a heavy wet garment that takes ages to dry off.

When it comes to shoes, go for more grip. Larger lugs are better if you are going to negotiate some muddy terrain. The problem with most regular shoes is that the lugs in the soles get filled up quickly when the ground is soft with slush or mud. This then creates a flat surface which does not allow for any grip, and you will be sliding along embarrassingly like a cow on a skating rink.

  1. Umbrella and a Raincoat

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You will probably not want to walk around town in a plastic poncho all the time during the rains. It is always good to invest in a large umbrella; wide enough to make sure it protects your upper body from the rains. A rain coat is also another good buy as it allows you mobility, especially in crowded places.

  1. Relish well-cooked Food

Monsoon season is the season of life. Life also includes microbes which thrive in warm and humid conditions. Never leave food out in the open for too long and skip the raw salad if you are suspicious about the cleaning process. Freshly cooked food is the safest bet for the monsoons. Spices are good as they preserve meats and vegetables. Avoid eating in places where hygiene is not a priority; such places are usually easy to spot. When on the road when choosing a Dhaba, you can always snoop around a kitchen before ordering your meal there.

  1. Carry a First-aid Box

Keeping a bunch of medicines and first-aid supplies handy is very important when travelling during the monsoons. A bad tummy or a slight fever is something to be expected once in a while so quick medication helps. While engaging in monsoon treks and similar physical activities, cuts and bruises happen. A First-aid kit is especially useful if you are adventuring beyond the nearest towns or villages, away from medical facilities.Extra tips for a good monsoon experience would include special storage for your expensive electronic gear, from phones to lenses. Also, keep an eye on the weather reports, as the monsoon brings about severe conditions like landslides and floods which are not to be messed with. Carry insect repellent.

Relish the beauty of the monsoons with respect. Pay heed to the warning signs and always be on the safe side when it comes to physical safety and health.