The soothing weather, cool breeze, and the music of the rains make the monsoon one of the best times to travel across India. However, a monsoon trip comes with its own set of challenges. If you do not plan and prepare for your trip well, your vacation could turn into a nightmare.

Here are some things to keep in mind when planning a monsoon vacation.

  1. Check the weather forecast

Throughout the monsoon, most parts of the Indian subcontinent receive plenty of rain. If you are planning a trip to the lower Himalayas, the heavy rain will make driving difficult. In addition, events such as cloud bursts and landslides are common in these areas. Given this, it is critical to consult the weather forecast for the next few days before packing your belongings.

  1. Carry adequate medicines

There are high chances of catching a cold or flu when travelling during the monsoon. But what if your condition worsens and your destination lacks a competent doctor? You will need to reach for your medicine kit. Additionally, there is a risk of injury while participating in activities such as camping, trekking, river paragliding, and so on. In such cases, you should consider carrying a first-aid safety kit as a precautionary measure.

  1. Buy waterproof footwear

Footwear needs special attention when planning a trip during monsoon. Waterproof footwear helps you to walk comfortably on slippery roads, especially in hilly areas. Also, if you are going on a hike with your friends during the rainy season, a good pair of waterproof trekking shoes will keep you secure. Research well to know the difference between waterproof and water-resistant shoes before buying a pair.

  1. Avoid street food

Can the foodie in you not look away from the gastrointestinal delights sold on the streets of India? However, if you are travelling during the monsoon season, it is best to avoid fast food on roadsides. Street foods are likely to be contaminated with germs for an extended period. Also, during the rains, abruptly switching from home food to street food can badly affect your digestive system.

Therefore, always carry some packed snacks to satisfy your hunger or eat at well-known restaurants only.

  1. Cover for technology items

Invest in a good waterproof bag to save your high-end gadgets such as laptops, DSLR cameras, and smartphones from a heavy downpour. Also, keep some small waterproof bags with a zip lock handy for your mobile devices and wallet.

  1. Avoid outside water

You might already be doing this, but those who are not should start right away. When going out in the rain, always carry a mineral water bottle or a bottle containing RO water with you. Never drink water from unknown sources or from sources that are used by the public for a variety of reasons such as tap water at a railway station. By following this advice, you can protect yourself from infections such as cholera and diarrhoea.

  1. Carry synthetic clothes

Choose your clothes carefully when packing for your monsoon vacation. It is best to bring lightweight clothing that will not cause too much trouble when soaked in rainwater. If your bag is full of jeans and you travel wearing the same pair when it rains, drying them will take a long time. Synthetic clothes are the best option during a monsoon trip.

  1. Insurance

Leaving your city for a domestic or international trip without comprehensive travel insurance is a bad idea. If you fall ill, your flight is delayed or cancelled due to bad weather, or you suffer accidental injuries, travel insurance can help you financially. If you are a student studying abroad and want to go on an adventurous trip with a friend, make sure you are covered by student travel insurance.

To conclude

Vacations are known for relieving stress rather than providing the worst possible experience. By following the tips mentioned above, you can ensure that you and your loved ones have a safe and memorable monsoon trip.