Dos and Don’ts for Monsoon season travel

Many people prefer to travel during the summer months when it is sunny rather than travelling during the monsoon season due to adverse weather conditions. However, you may find yourself travelling during the rainy season, and that should not stop you. Travelling in this season requires a lot of prior planning with regards to time and place. Like any trip to a faraway destination, preparation is key. When you are travelling during this season, make sure to follow these do’s and don’ts:

(1)    Do not leave without checking the weather forecast

The first step before travelling during monsoon season is to check the weather and the current situation of your destination. Thanks to technology, we can easily find out weather forecast online at any time of the day. You can easily search, download an app or even have a widget installed on your phone. Checking and monitoring the weather will also give you an idea of what to expect on the go. Real-time alerts are helpful for travellers to locate areas that have potential risk of flash floods and landslides.

(2)    Do pack carefully

Before going on a trip during monsoon season, it is important to carry the right items. You must consider the wet and humid conditions before you pack. In simple words, pack smart and stay dry. To ensure you can make the most of your travel during monsoon season, here are some essential items you should consider packing:

  • Waterproof containers for your gadgets and valuable documents
  • Silica gel for your luggage
  • Insect repellent to avoid mosquitoes
  • Rain gear such as windbreaker, sandals and umbrella
  • Water-resistant clothes
  • Flashlight in case of power outage

(3)    Do practice proper hygiene

Common illnesses that come with the rainy season are usually caused by poor hygiene. Therefore, practising proper hygiene is crucial during the monsoon season as germs survive longer in damp conditions due to the moisture in the air that allows them to multiply. A simple step such as washing your hands with soap and clean water will go a long way to prevent from cough, cold, flu, eye, stomach and skin infections. Here are some suggestions on how to stay hygienic and healthy during monsoon season:

  • Wash your hands with clean water and soap
  • Avoid touching your face as flu virus commonly enter through eyes, nose and mouth
  • Go easy on street food as food sold in open air are likely in contact with airborne and waterborne bacteria
  • Drink herbal tea or honey to cure coughs, colds and sore throat

(4)    Do prepare for mosquito menace

More rains mean more stagnant water for mosquitoes to breed. Mosquito bites bring troublesome itchiness on our bodies to health-threatening diseases such as Dengue and Malaria. It is essential that you take good care of yourself and shield against mosquito bites. Stay epidemic-free with these suggestions:

  • Wear light coloured clothes, preferably long-sleeved shirts and pants especially when doing outdoor activities.
  • Apply mosquito repellent particularly the ones which are herbal and skin friendly, as strong odour of the herbs will keep mosquito bites at bay
  • Stay indoors during peak time as they attack mostly at dawn and dusk
  • Drain any stagnant water and remove any objects that can collect water around you
  • Use mosquito nets at night when you sleep

(5)    Do not wade in flood waters

One of the most serious consequences of monsoon season is flash flooding due to the seasonal heavy rainfall. Major cities are often overwhelmed by flooding during the season. Tourists and travellers are often exposed to higher danger as they are not familiar with their way around the cities. Asking the locals for directions and places to avoid may be helpful. Here are more tips that you can follow when it floods:

  • Always have an evacuation plan so that you can escape safely
  • Avoid walking through moving water as shallow as 15 centimetres is it can make you fall
  • Stay away from broken electric poles, exposed power lines and do not handle electrical equipment while in contact with a wet surface
  • Immediately seek high grounds when flood begins
  • Driving into flooded areas is dangerous as roads under moving water can collapse and bring severe damage to your car engine

(6)    Do allow plenty of wait time in your itinerary

Weather is one of the reasons for travel delays across the globe. Do expect delays at some point during your trip as buses and planes can be cancelled without further notice due to heavy rain, strong winds or even flash flood. Arranging your itinerary with some flexibility for delays will help you experience less stress. Ask your airline or bus about their policies on schedule changes, cancellations and refunds and look into a fall-back accommodation just in case you need to stay longer due to the delays.    

 

 

Ezza Omar
GWS Analyst
Security risk analyst based in Kuala Lumpar

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2018-10-18T13:38:29+00:00

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