Planning for Rainy Season Travel

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
Jan 31, 2013

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Many travellers restrict their vacations to winter or summer; nobody dares to holiday during the rainy season. The question is why? Well, people associate a lot of water borne illnesses with this season and they feel their chances of doing out-door activities is rather limited by the weather.  However, it is possible to enjoy a rainy season break if you take the necessary steps.


Weather updates


Check the local weather forecast of your destination; there are a lot of online resources which can help you get the appropriate forecasts. The duty lies with you – to check weather updates on time.


Research about the location

  • If you’re travelling by road, verify that the roads that lead to your destination are passable during monsoons or heavy storms; accordingly, check if your vehicle is resistant to 
  • Try traveling in a group so that you don’t panic unnecessarily even if you’re stuck in a no man’s land.
  • Go only if you think it is worth trouble taking in heavy showers.
  • Avoid choosing isolated or remote areas as destination spot during monsoons.


Take along items

  • Rain-protection or rain coats.
  • Extra clothes because damp clothes can lead to fungal infections.
  • Car accessories.
  • Umbrella.
  • Rubber boots or rain boots.
  • Lip balm
  • Flash lights.
  • Charge you cell phone battery before leaving and carry extra batteries.
  • Medicine kit with essential and regular medicines and vapour rub and vitamins.
  • Destination map.


Emergency helpline numbers


Gather as many emergency numbers so that you know who to call and where to go in times of emergencies.


Do not hesitate to ask local people for help. Be friendly with them and make friends. You might need their help throughout your stay there.


Watch what you eat


Your digestive system is weak during monsoons and if you eat or drink anything wrong, it could spoil your vacation. Observe following precautions—


  • Eat light food.
  • Avoid spicy and deep fried foods.
  • Say no to street food.
  • Eat as many green veggies as you can because they strengthen your immune system.
  • Wash fruits and vegetable properly before consuming them because there is a high risk of gastro-intestinal infections.
  • Eat cooling foods such as oats, barley and brown rice.
  • Avoid foods like soya bean and pulses like channa and kidney beans which can cause gastric trouble.
  • Dairy products should be avoided.
  • Do not eat fruit salads from outside because there might be germs thriving on them.
  • As a rule of thumb – do not eat stale food.
  • Drink bottled and boiled water only.


Beware of slippery roads


Visibility is reduced considerably during monsoons. One must, therefore, take precautions to reach safely to their destination.


  • You should keep car manuals, emergency flares, window cleaners, washer fluids and wiper blades for road emergencies.
  • Before heading to your destination ensure that your windows and windshields are clean both on the outside and the inside.
  • Check whether brake lights, headlights, brake lights, indicators and tail lights are functional.
  • Check car's motor for the windshield wiper.
  • Switch on the headlights if it starts raining.
  • Reduce speed.
  • Do not drive too close to other vehicles.
  • Keep away from distractions such as radio and phone.
  • Never drive through standing or flowing water because water can flood your engine
  • Turn on the defroster if the windshield starts to fog.


Stay assured that if you follow the above points religiously your monsoon travel will be a hit.



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