The monsoons have well and truly arrived, and it’s the best time of the year, to get up, get out and explore the beauty of nature, with a weekend trek or two.
All you need to revel in the monsoon glory is a spirit of adventure, a bunch of friends to go with (everything’s better with friends), and this collection of neat gadgets and cool gear to ensure you make the most of the rain gods’ blessings.
A number of camera companies have waterproof variants of their digital camera models. Pick one that suits your budget, and your liking. Worth it you’re the kind who runs to the hills at the first sign of the monsoon clouds. And if you’re not… #UnderwaterSelfie anyone?
These duffel bags may look flimsy, but they’re waterproof, watertight, and a must have on any trekking expedition. They come in a variety of sizes and are worth every penny if you consider how many valuables they’ll save from water damage.
Sure, some of you may have waterproof phones. For us lesser mortals, there’s this waterproof phone bag that can be filled with air and sealed. So, your phone is protected from rain, and it won’t get damaged if you happen to drop it. Added bonus, if you drop it in the stream you’re crossing on your trek, it won’t sink.
It might however, float away, if you don’t secure the handy strap it comes with.
Waterproof compact multi-utility kits, which include a torch, a compass, different knives, pliers and various other tools are available all over. They’re easy to carry, and combine a number of essential tools into one handy gadget.
Some of these utility kits include jetpacks and ray-guns. Available in your dreams.
If you plan on camping, doing more than just a day-trek, you’ll need one of these wind-up chargers to power your electronics. Useful when there’s no sunlight to speak of and your solar charger is ineffective.
Just what you need after a long day of walking, a furious arm workout!
Portable Water Filtration System
The monsoons are also the time when water-borne diseases spread rapidly. Protect yourself from these, with a handy portable filtration system. One of the best around is the Lifesaver bottle, which filters out pathogens without any chemicals.
Again, this one’s for those more adventurous souls who camp out in the monsoons. Remember, all tents aren’t built to handle the kind of rain we see. So pick one with reinforced floors and seams, to make sure you and your camping buddies stay dry. If you camp at the bottom of a slope though, you’re bound to wake up in a puddle of water and no tent on earth can save you.
Rainwear & Rain-Friendly Footwear
A rainproof poncho is a great option on treks, as it will cover your backpack as well. Pick sturdy shoes with a good grip, that dry quickly while trekking in the rain. Another godsend - ‘Sealskinz’ socks. They’re waterproof, yet breathable socks that are worth their weight in gold for any avid trekker.
Go ahead, plan that trek, invite your friends, and keep a checklist of the gear and gadgets you might need before you head out. Monsoon treks are a lot more fun when you’re fully prepared and well-equipped.
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