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When you are travelling as a backpacker in a monsoon area and in a monsoon month, how do you do to "survive" when a heavy rain catches you in the middle of nowhere?

I've heard about people that puts their clothes into bags and put on a plastic cover for the backpack and a raincoat over all this. Is that right?

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are you talking just about your gear and stuff you have on you, or also 'survival' stuff like finding safe drinking water and the like? –  Mark Mayo Jun 25 '12 at 21:17
Only about my gear and stuff :) –  Ivan Jun 25 '12 at 22:09

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There's a great eHow article on this very topic.

But yes, as far as your backpack goes, most backpacks seem to have raincovers these days. I also carry an emergency poncho for myself, although I've only ever used one once (Iguazu Falls).

In addition you can wrap your clothes in plastic bags INSIDE your backpack. Don't forget to double bag your electronics. Clothes can dry, not all electronics can.

You can also put plastic bags around your shoes, if it's really wet, but you may find it hard to walk in them.

Best answer is to seek shelter as soon as possible, and then do what the locals do.

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Great article!! –  Ivan Jun 25 '12 at 22:11

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