Traveling to hills during the rainy season can add complications that are often overshadowed by the beauty and unique experiences. If you can tolerate the rain, monsoon is one of the best seasons to visit. India is a tropical country and monsoons are the most awaited season. From poets to farmers, everyone loves a good monsoon.
It is not hard to see the beauty in rains if you are an ardent traveler or backpacker. Those who plan long trips to hills during monsoons might face dire consequences if you don’t make safety your priority. Thunderstorms and lightning don’t look good when you are out on the road or in the wild. Like any other trip to a faraway destination, preparation is important. When you are planning and packing for your rainy getaway, keep these tips in mind:
Pack Waterproof & Quick-Dry Items
You’ll get wet. Your belongings will get wet. Don’t worry and pack items that can help to keep your belongings dry under the rain. A lightweight jacket that repels water and is easily folded to store in a bag will be a lifesaver. For travel and daily activities, Waterproof bags will help to keep your belongings and clothes dry from place to place. Opt for a water-resistant watch or cellphone case.
Do Check the Weather Forecast
Before you choose the destination, book your tickets and venture out for a great time, remember to check the weather forecast. Weather forecast apps give you a fairly good picture of the situation that awaits you at your destination.
Carry First Aid Box
The mosquitoes love monsoons too. So keeping mosquito repellents handy does wonder. It is often advisable that you take some precautionary actions. Stocking up over-the-counter medicines for a cough, cold, fever, flu, is advisable.
Stock Up on Surplus Supplies
While you are on the move, being equipped for uncertainties will pay off. It is important to carry dry and long-lasting food like biscuits, cup noodles and nuts that provide instant energy. Flashlight and extra batteries will be helpful when the sun goes down and you get stuck inadvertently.
Take Extra Precautions for Road Trips
If you are taking a road trip during monsoon then get those anti-skid suspension tires in place. Avoiding the road rash is a good virtue during rains while getting your vehicle insured is a mandate to cope with a breakdown. Keep your emergency helpline numbers on the speed dial. Start early, and take a break when the showers overpower you. Visibility during rains is a major cause of concern. So make sure your car wipers are working fine. Watch your speed on sharp curves along the way.
Do Keep that Savior Toolkit
An emergency toolkit that has Swiss knives, ropes, scissors, tapes, adhesives, and screwdrivers is helpful, especially if you love adventure sports or happen to be on hilly terrain during a downpour.