10 Essentials To Carry On Your Monsoon Trip

OT Staff

Monsoon Trips

The rainy season brings with it the smell of petrichor and the enriching hues of green landscapes. Getting outdoors during this time to (safely) explore waterfalls is an absolute treat. Here are some packing essentials for your monsoon trip.

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Waterproof Bag

A waterproof bag keeps your belongings safe from the rain. Your clothes, snacks and electronic items will remain dry no matter how long you are outdoors. Stash a quick-drying towel in case you need to wipe away rainwater.

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The Correct Footwear

Walking on muddy terrain makes us more prone to slips and slides. Make sure you pack footwear which offers good traction like gumboots and hiking shoes. Check online or head to specialist shops for recommendations.

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Quick-Drying Clothes

Synthetic clothes dry faster than natural materials made of cotton or wool. Fabrics like polyester, nylon and rayon are lightweight and will prevent you from getting drenched.

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Zip Up Your Gadgets

Your waterproof bag will guarantee zero leaks but placing your electronic items in a Ziploc bag or waterproof pouch offers an added layer of protection. You can also stick a sachet of silica gel to suck up the moisture.

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Reusable Water Bottle

The monsoons are a time when waterborne diseases like cholera and typhoid increase due to the contamination of water sources by pollutants and debris. Pack a reusable water bottle and only fill up at authorised water stations. If needed, carry a portable filtration device too.

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First Aid Kit

On the off chance that you become stranded due to floods and mudslides, always ensure you have your medications and a first aid kit to hand. Items like hand sanitisers, antibacterial wipes, adhesive bandages and antiseptic solution are a must.

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Insect Repellant

One of the downsides of the monsoon is the horde of mosquitos buzzing about. No one wants to be affected by dengue, Chikungunya and malaria so carry effective insect or mosquito sprays in your backpack. You can also use a mosquito net in your sleeping quarters.

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Raincoats And Umbrellas

While raincoats will keep you dry, they are also made of PFAS chemicals that leach into the living world. If you can, use a heavy duty and sturdy umbrella to protect yourself from the rain and wind. It keeps for longer, too.

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If you are the type to do away with your bottle of sunscreen during the monsoon then think again. Cloudy and grey skies do not stop ultraviolet (UV) radiation from damaging the skin. You can easily get sunburnt during a rainy day so apply sunscreen consistently.

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Headlamps And Torches

Visibility dips during the monsoon which means you may have to bring out a torch or headlamp during daylight hours. Headlamps are usually inexpensive, lightweight and waterproof. You can also use a battery-powered torch and bring along some spare batteries.

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