Travel smart during monsoon: Tips to your monsoon trip

From time immemorial, tourists stay out from popular destinations during rains not knowing what they are missing in the lush green cover of Indian states. Travelling during monsoon is fun, but it can also be a treacherous one if you don’t plan it well in advance. If you are prepared and know where to go and what to expect, then you are on for a trip of your lifetime. Here are some tips for travelling smart during monsoon…

Come monsoon and buses, planes and all other transport facilities are expected to be delayed or even cancelled with or without further notice due to inclement weather. Arrange your itinerary with some allowance for delays. Check with your airline or bus about their policies for schedule changes, cancellations and refunds, and make sure you have a fall-back accommodation just in case you’re forced to stay an extra day. Before you make your way to a particular location, check the local weather to ensure a safe trip.

Carry a raincoat or a waterproof jacket with a hoodie and an umbrella. It would also be wise to pack clothes that are easy to dry.

A few packets of silica gel will prevent your gadgets  from getting moisture into it.

Rainy season is almost synonymous with the diseases it will spread. Mosquito bites spread dengue or malaria fever; feces-ridden runoff can contaminate groundwater, spreading cholera, hepatitis and food poisoning. It is always advisable to carry first-aid medications and get proper, available vaccinations done before going to a place.

It might also be a good idea to carry a mosquito repellent and a bug repellent in your travel kit. Keep a tube of hand sanitizer in your bag so that it would be handy after you come into contact with damp surfaces.

Always make sure that you consume boiled water and cooked food, so that it will help you cut down on the risk of contracting cholera, dysentery or other such unpleasant diseases.

The rain kissed roads would be very slippery and your fancy leather footwears will intensify the chances of you getting in trouble with the slippery roads. Be sure to carry rain-appropriate footwear, and carry all your belongings in a waterproof bag. Floaters and sandals are your best options.

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The beaches may experience dangerous rip currents during rainy season; so always make sure of the weather with the concerned people before venturing out. Unexpected flooding and high-water marks would pose danger. So, it is better to stay away from deserted, unknown water bodies.

Always pack your belongings in waterproof pouches and bags. Bring extra batteries and a waterproof flashlight, in case of a power outages. Take a long scrubby shower as soon as you get out of the flood water.

Make sure you pack smart and plan your travel well and enjoy the rains!