However, it can be quite irritating if you do not have the right things with you when you travel during monsoon. Here is a list of things to pack during the monsoon:
- Bag: Carry a light, water-proof bag so that your things stay dry. It is also wise to purchase a plastic case for your phone, wallet and passport and ensure that electronic goods are kept securely dry in your bag.
- Clothes: Wear light cotton clothes or comfortable partially synthetic clothes that can dry off quickly if you happen to get wet. Shorts or three-quarter pants are always better than full length clothes which usually get muddied in puddles or by splash-back. Avoid light colors which are prone to becoming stained. A jacket is a must have item particularly if you plan to walk a lot outside or trek. A windcheater is useful to keep you warm during the rains, one without lining is better than one with as most parts of India are quite warm once it stops raining. If you plan to go to a hill-station which is cooler and where it rains quite heavily, a jacket with a warm lining would also be useful.
- Umbrella: Generally to just walk around cities, an umbrella should work just fine to keep you relatively dry. Convenient folding umbrellas are easy to carry and do not take up much space. Umbrellas are quite cheap in India and it is best to buy one when you get there.
- Shoes: Closed water-proof shoes are essential to keep your feet clean. Tall boots or even gum-boots are good but it can get hot wearing them. Avoid wearing open rubber slippers or sandals that will only dirty your feet. Wearing sneakers or canvas shoes is also a bad idea as they take a long time to dry when they get wet.
- Mosquito Repellant or Nets: The monsoon attracts plenty of mosquitoes and it is best to prevent yourself from being bitten so that you don’t get sick. Mosquito borne diseases such as malaria and dengue fever are very dangerous, particularly during monsoon. It is therefore important to keep repelling mosquitoes using tropical strength repellant. If you are able to set one up easily, a mosquito net is also worthwhile for when you sleep.
- Food and Water: Food tends to spoil or get moist easily in the monsoons, so it is worthwhile carrying small airtight containers if you want to pack food. Water can also be contaminated in this season, and it is safest to buy packaged water that is widely available throughout India.
- Mats or Newspapers: If you plan to have picnics whilst on the road, it is useful to carry dry mats or plastic sheets to spread out on wet surfaces. These may also be useful if you have long waits at train or bus stations.
- Sunblock: You can still get sunburnt so make sure you always use sunblock even if it is raining.
This is a list of things that are useful for travel during the monsoon, but of course you may also have a wide range of other basic requirements you will need to pack. You can find more great tips on what to pack during monsoon on this Packing for the Indian Monsoon Season thread.