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Plan Your Upcoming Adventures With These Monsoon Travel Tips

There's nothing like travelling when the heavens open up. Here are some monsoon travel tips that you must keep in mind for your next trip.


By Karan Kaushik Published on Jul 07, 2022, 08:00 AM

Plan Your Upcoming Adventures With These Monsoon Travel Tips
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Monsoon is one of the best times to explore this majestic land of ours. Travelling through lush green, petrichor-scented, and mist-laden landscapes awash with fresh rains is therapeutic. But the rains could be a tad troublesome in a lot of ways. From snarled-up traffic to unexpected fever to bug bites and an upset tummy, travelling in monsoons comes with its own set of challenges. But that should not dampen your spirit to experience India at its scenic best. This is why we have curated a list of quick monsoon travel tips for our readers. By Karan Kaushik

Keep these monsoon travel tips in mind while planning your next trip

Essential things to pack

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First things first. Before you embark on a monsoon trip, packing the essential stuff is of utmost importance. This is what your checklist should look like:

  • Umbrella and raincoat
  • Mosquito repellant
  • First-aid and medicine kit, including disinfectant scrubs and adhesive bandages/plaster
  • Torch/Headlamp in zipper
  • Powerbank
  • Raincover for backpack
  • Extra dry bag
  • Hand towels
  • Reusable water bottles
  • Extra pairs of shoes and socks
  • Emergency snacks
  • Waterproof makeup and anti-frizz hair products

Waterproof luggage


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A waterproof bag is essential during monsoon trips. You really don’t want your clothes and important stuff getting moistened again and again. And waterproof bags are not all that expensive, tbh. If you have made last-minute plans, you can also cover your luggage using waterproof rain covers.

Check the weather forecast

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It’s advisable to keep a track of the weather on a regular basis. Check the weather forecast at regular intervals to avoid any last-minute setbacks. No destination is as beautiful as your life. Check the weather forecast, especially in hilly areas since they are prone to landslides and cloudbursts. If it has been raining incessantly, check the forecast before choosing to stay longer or moving further to another destination. Listen to the weather updates on the local radio before planning your itinerary for the rest of your trip.

Pack synthetic clothes

Synthetic fibres like Polyester, nylon, spandex, and rayon are not as porous as cotton. This prevents them from getting wet like other fabrics.  Their ability to dry faster prevents fungal infections and body rashes. It’s best that you pack dark-coloured clothes. Your mud-stained whites and beiges will give you a hard time washing them after your trip.

Choose the right footwear


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Remember that trek where you almost fell into a deep valley because of the mossy path? Travelling to natural destinations in monsoons could end up being a nightmare if you don’t have the right shoes on. Waterfalls, riverbeds, hills, trekking routes, and rugged terrains could get way too slippery during monsoons because of mud and moss. Pack waterproof and water repellant shoes, especially when travelling to areas that get heavy rainfalls. Brands like Decathlon and Woodland are your best options.

Avoid street food


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We understand that monsoon is incomplete without those crispy onion fritters. But, you really don’t want your trip to get ruined because of a sluggish digestive system. Eating contaminated food can cause the tummy bug, medically known as gastroenteritis, which involves an infection of the bowel. Eat only at decent and hygienic restaurants and eateries. If you are feeling peckish and are out of packed snacks, nibbling on a freshly-baked bhutta (corn cob) could be a safer option than consuming deep-fried stuff. You will have the rest of the year to savour those alu tikkis and gol gappas.

Protect your gadgets


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Who would believe that you visited Cherrapunji or took the Harihar Trek in Maharashtra if you don’t have visual proof? Jokes aside, our gadgets help us in many ways during our sojourns. They keep us safe, they help us record memories of a lifetime, and they keep us connected with our loved ones and the rest of the world. It’s important to keep them safe.

The easiest way to protect your gadgets from the rains is by keeping them in an airtight ziplock pouch or a waterproof bag. If you are carrying your laptop too (we understand it dude), pack it in a waterproof cover or bag. For your smartwatches, use waterproof wristband covers. Seal the USB port and headphone jack of your phone with duct tape and cover the phone with a waterproof case.

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Related: Waterfalls In India That Are At Their Majestic Best During Monsoons

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