Billy Connolly, a famous Scottish comedian, expressed his sentiment about rain in one of his stand-ups – "I hate all those weathermen, too, who tell you that rain is bad weather. There's no such thing as bad weather, just the wrong clothing, so get yourself a sexy raincoat and live a little."
I cannot agree more. I have had time of my life in Goa, Coorg, Bir, Dharamshala and many other places during monsoon. Who does not adore how a little drizzle makes everything mundane look remarkably beautiful.
So don't be scared of the rain, just pack appropriate clothing and accessories and get exploring.
Things to keep in mind before buying any rain gear:
→ Weight: Make sure all the rain gear you buy is lightweight as these will be additions to your clothing. You don't want to be carrying an extra 5kg in your bag for one-week of travel to prepare for an hour of rain. Try to buy multi-purpose gear such as a rain jacket that can work as a wind cheater too.
→ Water resistant is NOT waterproof: Make sure whatever you are buying is waterproof, as water resistant is no good for heavy rain. Water resistant is good for a light drizzle that you might accidentally encounter.
→ Coverage: Make sure the size you are buying protects you entirely and choose it according to the activity you will be doing. Like if you are hiking on a long trail, it is more practical to go for a rain jacket with trousers as your legs will be freer. If you are riding and don't want to wear those waterproof trousers you can go for just a rain-jacket and pair it with quick dry pants as the wind you will be riding through will dry it quickly.
→ Compact: Buy gear that will take up very less space in your luggage. Like foldable boots, compressible rain jackets, waterproof compressible bags etc.
Here is a list of six most essential rain gear that you don't want to step out without during the monsoon season:
1. Unisex Self-Packable Rain Cheater Suit
No, an umbrella can never replace this indispensable rain gear. It comes as a set of two pieces – jacket and pants and is waterproof up to 2000m. Both pieces can be packed into one pouch and this saves space in the luggage. The jacket has double flap zippered pockets to protect it from the rain. It comes with a chin guard along with an adjustable hem and hood draw cord. The trousers come with an adjustable leg opening for easy dressing without the need to take off your shoes. When you are braving a heavy downpour, this rain cheater suit comes in handy. It is simple, compact, waterproof and breathable and occupies very less space in your bag.
→ Price & where to buy online: ₹1695 on Wildcraft
2. Quechua Arpenaz 100 Mid Waterproof Hiking Boots
A good pair of shoes are an absolute requirement of any traveller. There is nothing more painful than shoe bites from uncomfortable footwear. These lightweight waterproof hiking boots are good for all kinds of weather. Their rubber sole lasts for a long time and has a good grip on uneven tracks.
→ Price & where to buy online:
Men: ₹2999 on Decathlon
Women: ₹2999 on Decathlon
3. Arpenaz Tent - 2-Man
This shelter tent comes in handy when you encounter an unexpected shower in the middle of your trek. This tent weighs just 2.2kg making it very easy to carry along on any journey. It comes with a fly sheet for protection from condensation and has a free-standing dome structure.
→ Price & where to buy online: ₹1999 on Decathlon Store.
4. 600 Adult Running Photochromic Sunglasses
The spectacular view that the rain brings with it is enhanced by these sunglasses. Its wrap-around shock resistant design with flexible arms protects the eyes from wind, water splashes and bad weather. It comes with lens vents that reduce fogging. The grip at the tip of the arm and nose bridge keeps the sunglasses from slipping even when you run. These sunglasses are very comfortable and weigh only 22g.
→ Price & where to buy online: ₹1999 on Decathlon
5. Waterproof Shoe/Boot Covers
When you need to get out in the rain and walk on the slush road, this waterproof shoe cover will protect your beloved shoes from the rain. It covers shoes up to standard M size, and comes with a riding protective buckle on top. It protects the lower part of the legs, feet, ankle and up to the calves when it rains. The covers can be used both while biking and walking.
→ Price & where to buy online: ₹999 on Paytm Mall.
6. Generic Outdoor 25L Waterproof Drift Dry Bag
This waterproof bag will protect your electronic gadgets including mobile phone and camera from any dust, snow and rain that you might encounter. It comes with a watertight and anti-rust fastener. This 25L Dry Bag made with robust material gives you the freedom to enjoy the outdoor without worrying about the rain.
→ Price & where to buy online: ₹1510 on Amazon.