How to deal with bad weather during travel

How to deal with bad weather during travel

It’s never fun to experience bad weather during travel. When I was in the Philippines, I experienced a tropical storm and a typhoon in one week. What do you do when that happens? I’ll share some tips in this article.

Check the local weather report

The only way to find out if you’ll experience bad weather during travel is by checking out the local weather report. If you notice there might be some bad weather, download a couple of local weather apps or follow the Facebook page of the local weather station. The last option was the best for my trip to The Philippines because they updated it very often, and I knew what to expect and when to expect it. It’s easier to prepare for the bad weather when you know it’s coming, and even better, you might be able to change your travel plans in time.

Make sure your accommodation is weatherproof

Are you expecting a lot of wind and rain? Then it won’t be fun to sleep in a tent or a bamboo hut on the beach. Make sure your accommodation is steady and has a good roof. Will there be floods? Make sure to stay in a place that’s on a hill or a higher floor in a hotel.

Get the right clothes & accessoires

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There’s nothing more irritating than walking around in wet clothes all day, so make sure to get some waterproof clothing and accessories. Always get a (lightweight) rain jacket and waterproof shoes (Goretex), or just wear flip-flops. Especially in tropical countries, it doesn’t really matter if your feet get wet. Also, get some waterproof cases or bags, so you can keep your valuables dry, like your phone, passport, and camera.

Have fun indoors

Wherever you are, there’s always something fun to do indoors. Have a long lunch or dinner, visit a museum, read a book, watch a show on Netflix (I love the fact that you can download shows now and watch them while you’re offline), go shopping, or play a card game with your travel companion.

Try to stay positive

The weather doesn’t get any better when you’re annoyed or irritated, so try to stay positive. You’re traveling and you’ll have a new experience! And you’ll definitely remember the moment when the sun finally came out and everybody was super happy.

Did you ever experience really bad weather during travel? Share your story in the comments below!

More practical travel tips?

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These are some great books filled with good tips:

Travel the World Without Worries: An Inspirational Guide to Budget and Adventure Travel (3rd Edition)

Lonely Planet’s Best Ever Travel Tips

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