As we head into July, we delightfully say goodbye to the sweltering Saigon heat and hello to the ravaging rainy season. One moment the weather is hot, and the next moment tropical rain is there… It’s time to get ready for the rain and the floods! Here are some tips.
Get a small umbrella you can carry for any occasion in your bag and a big umbrella to keep at home, useful when you wait for a taxi. You can buy an umbrella in the street markets, at the supermarkets, in the convenience stores, etc.
Rain plastic ponchos
Buy a rain poncho and waterproof trousers. It will protect you from the rain when you walk in the street or drive your motorbike. Rain ponchos are available in a few different versions. You can find them easily in any market, supermarket or sold by street vendors.
Wearing the right footwear during the monsoon season is an essential step to get right. While it may seem good to wear a pair of rain boots, the plastic sandals are actually a better choice even if there is a greater risk of cuts, and if the rain can increase the chance of picking up germs. Walking around in knee high boots for the day can leave the feet quite sweaty. If you wear plastic sandals clean few time a day your feet with a sanitizer.
Buy a waterproof spray for shoes and bag
Other than shielding yourself from the rain, the next important thing is keeping your items from getting wet, such as your bags and shoes. But, don’t go carrying a bag thinking that it’s waterproof, it’s not. Good Waterproof sprays are not easy to find in Vietnam but you may find some in the online retailers or just bring back some samples from you travels to Singapore!
Waterproof shoe covers
You don’t have any waterproof sprays and Just bought those new pair of expensive shoes you want to show during the rainy season? Get some Waterproof shoe covers available from online retailers.
Keep your everyday items dry with a backpack cover. You can find one from the sports store, luggage shop, department store.
Waterproof phone cover
Protect your phone from the rain with a waterproof phone cover. Available from phone shops and computer shop.
Mosquito repellent and portable mosquito net
The monsoon season means an increase of mosquito. To limit irritating bites and the risk of contracting dengue don’t forget to protect yourself with a mosquito repellent or to take a portable mosquito net when traveling in Vietnam. Mosquito repellent can be found in any store; portable mosquito net can be found on online retailers.
Stay away from light colors
Try to avoid wearing white, or even light colors if you want to keep clean. Keep some easy to dry and comfortable clothes in your bag on in your motorbike. During the rainy season, no protection will protect you totally from the rain and the stains!