The rainy season is a time to be cautious and prepared, especially when it comes to any booked trips that you have. It can be difficult to travel during bad weather – not only does it make some of your plans impossible, or at least a lot more difficult; but if there’s heavy rainfall, it can also be dangerous – leading to flooding or landslides.
You should always check the weather before you leave for your trip to know what type of clothes and shoes are appropriate for the season. Do a bit of research and try not to book trips to destinations during the months they get heavy rainfall every year. Also, make sure you select an itinerary with plenty of indoor activities so that you don’t have to spend your time walking around outside in the rain.
Pack Suitable Clothing
Pack for the rain and pack well. Bring a poncho, umbrella, or both if you have them. If you are staying in one location, make sure to bring some dry clothes and wet weather gear since it is inevitable that your clothing will get wet at least once during the day when travelling by foot or bike around town. Also, consider bringing extra socks. They take up little space but are super helpful on those rainy days where feet inevitably end up soaked – there’s nothing worse than wearing wet socks as it can give you a chill and ruin your entire day.
Arrange for Convenient Transportation
Getting convenient transportation is vital when travelling during the rainy season. Budget for taxis instead of walking or public transportation, if rain is expected. Plan ahead, and not just for the vacation itself, but also the travel at either side. Allow enough time to get to stations or airports by giving yourself a little bit of extra time as a precaution. It’s better to get there early than not at all. It will be better to have a taxi pick you up or take an Uber rather than trying to go on public transport. Also bear in mind that transportation is often difficult to secure during the rainy season. Keep in mind that flights, trains, and buses often get delayed or cancelled due to unfavorable conditions, so make sure you have a backup plan of where you can stay/wait if this happens.
Avoid travelling in the evening and at night, which is when most accidents happen due to the lack of light. You can also plan your trip ahead to avoid heavy traffic conditions by not travelling during rush hour. You may want to carry a flashlight with you for emergencies. It’s always good to be ready for any eventuality. If there are warnings about weather conditions, such as flooding on your route, take note right away and find an alternative way instead. Ensure that someone knows where you’re heading and what time you expect to arrive/return home just in case anything happens while out and about. Preparation is your best friend in poor weather. Make sure you are registered with a breakdown service and have that number saved in your phone, along with the number for a car accident lawyer incase you are involved in a collision that’s not your fault. Bad weather increases the likelihood of this.
Make a Rain-Friendly Itinerary
Avoid visiting risky activities during that area’s rainy season – this includes trying to navigate any steep hills, boat trips, trips to the seaside, or mountain passes as these can be prone to landslidess. Certain areas are also more likely to be flooded, so it’s best not to risk your safety by booking a stay on a riverbank, for example. If you know certain roads are prone to flooding, you should try a different route and go that way instead.
If your planned holiday involves a lot of sightseeing, make sure you have alternative activities up your sleeve if your initial plans are rained off. Have a list of indoor museums that you’d like to see, some theatre you could book tickets to and some restaurants that you’d love to try. Make sure you have a back-up plan for a day full of dry activities, so that you are still happy and occupied.
In conclusion, if you plan to travel during the rainy season, make sure that you pack suitable clothing, arrange for convenient transportation, prepare a less risky itinerary and consider your departure and arrival time better. Travelling during this season isn’t always a bad idea if you manage these basic things correctly.
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