How to pack your bag for a trip to Meghalaya in the monsoons?

How to pack your bag for a trip to Meghalaya in the monsoons? – Last Updated on 02/08/2019

Visiting the best waterfalls in Meghalaya

Proudly boasting itself as the “Wettest place on Earth” and quite living up to it, Meghalaya is the ultimate romance of Nature during Monsoon! The exhilarating beauty which the nature displays in its favourite season is something one cannot afford to miss.

It is around June-September when the monsoon is at its peak in this region. The giant clouds rising from the Bay of Bengal showers unending rain during this season, making Meghalaya so uniquely beautiful. That’s the reason; it’s also called the “Abode of clouds”. You can expect to see amazing waterfalls in their full flow, lush green land, some temporary waterfalls created due to the heavy downpours, caves at their best at this time. The air is full of mist and you can almost be lost in a blanket of clouds. Though there will also be times when the sun would peep in a little and make it warm for you to step out in the open. All in all, it’s a scintillating natural blessing which must be experienced!

But, (yes there is a But!) How do you know what to carry and what not? There will be rains, and that a lot of it. Plus you haven’t been to North-East India yet, but you really want to witness the epitome of beauty in Meghalayan Monsoons! Well, fret not; we are here to the rescue! (You can thank us later!)

Check out a handy trip calendar that can you help you plan your trip to Meghalaya and Northeast India in 2019

Travelling to Meghalaya in the monsoons


Here’s a guide on how to pack your bags for the adventure called “Meghalaya in Monsoons”-

  1. Keep your belongings dry– Your awesome trip to Meghalaya will be ruined if all your clothes and precious belongings are soaked up. It is always smart to be prepared when you embark on an adventure. You would want to get yourself these-


  • Rain cover for your bag– If you don’t already have a rain cover, you should get yourself one. It’s of great use, not only for this trip but a good travel accessory. It provides decent protection from mild showers and keeps your bag clean and dry.
  • Wrap clothes in dry bags/plastic bags– Meghalayan Monsoons are pretty harsh on the downpour and that itself is the beauty. There will be heavy constant showers and your rain cover might not be enough to protect your belongings. You can categorise your belongings into shirts, pants, inner wears, toiletries etc., put them in a plastic bag and wrap them well and then place these wrapped bags inside your backpack/travel bag.
  • Take a camera raincoat– Sounds fancy, but this one is especially advised for all the photographers. You wouldn’t want even a drop of water to enter your lenses and turn your awesome vacation into a nightmare! There might be times you want to make a time-lapse of the spell bounding rains or just click random pictures; a camera raincoat will ensure the safety of your beloved gadget.

What to pack when travelling to Meghalaya in the monsoons?


Check out this itinerary which is the best way to enjoy Meghalaya in the monsoons.

2. Keep yourself dry– Okay, Now Step 1 is done- All your gears are going to be safe and dry! But it’s equally important to keep yourself dry. You wouldn’t want to catch a cold or feel sticky and soaked up!


  • Grab a raincoat or a poncho– Now this might look a little silly because it’s obvious. Yet it’s the most important accessory you need to carry. I would prefer a poncho which covers you well along with your backpack if you go for a hike or trek. Though I highly recommend you to try on the peculiar beautiful bamboo umbrellas (knups) you can see locals wearing in Cherra and Mawsynram!
  • A quirky colourful travel umbrella– When it’s just drizzling and you want to take a stroll out open in the lush green fields, take off those rain jackets and carry this cute umbrella instead. Oh boy! You are going to love those cliché umbrellas poses pictures you would click amidst the clouds!
  • Handy pair of clothes- If you have packed your bags well and locked them up on the carrier, you would want to keep a pair of clothes in your day pack. You never know you might want to take a shower in any of the lavish natural waterfalls on the way!

Things to carry on your trip to Meghalaya

3. Choose your clothes wisely– Well, you can bid goodbye to your heavy denim and cotton clothes! They aren’t really Monsoon friendly. They soak up moisture and take hours to dry!


  • Take quick drying clothes- Carry Light clothes made of materials like polyester clothes or synthetic fabrics like nylon. You can also toss in your workout wears because they are really lightweight and almost water resistant.
  • Get those shorts along- If you are particular about not getting your clothes dirty, bring a few shorts with you, these would keep from getting your pants muddy.
  • Precautionary clothing- Tag along with a windcheater and a mild warm sweatshirt, the evenings tend to get cold and windy, plus it’s almost always walking through clouds and mist. Unless of course, you are Robert Downy Jr.(Iron man :p ) blessed with superpowers.
  • Towels are important- Keep extra lightweight quick dry towels with you. A handy small towel in the purse or a day bag is a must. You can buy them at, we have personally tried it and find it much better than the Decathlon ones (kalenji). And yes you can use this code “chalohoppoten” to get a discount as well.

Packing smart for your trip to Meghalaya4. Happy feet is the secret to a happy trip– Even if you don’t plan a trek or a hike, your trip will involve some walking. While travelling, it’s important to have dry and happy feet and for that, you should:

  • Carry extra pairs of socks– For obvious reasons, they will get wet-a lot!
  • Waterproof Slippers– A pair of waterproof and anti-slip flips flops or sandals. Don’t get your high heels or very expensive delicate leather shoes.
  • Hiking Boots- Sturdy waterproof hiking boots if you plan to walk to the double-decker living root bridges or trek the David Scott trail or any long hike/trek,
  • Good long hiking socks- This too if you plan a trek, will keep your feet safe from Leeches and insects who love to say Hello in Monsoon.



Another trip during the monsoons where your shoes can come handy. This one takes you to the Dzukou valley in Nagaland. 

5. Medicines and repellents– Now a basic first aid box should be taken everywhere no matter how short a trip is. A few other essentials you might want to toss in-

  • Mosquito Repellents– Do not, I repeat Do not forget Mosquito Repellents! Monsoon Season is the Mecca of Mosquitoes and Meghalaya is home to in numerous of these tiny monsters. There’s a variety of body repellents available in the form of gels, creams or liquid etc. Grab any of these as per your needs. (Don’t rely on those stupid anti-insect apps on phone).
  • Anti-Allergic medicines– Carry Anti- Allergic Tablets especially if you are planning a trek, you might happen to touch some plants which give unpleasant results, pop in one of these tablets and you would do just fine.
  • Other Basics– Antiseptic cream, bandage, disinfectant etc.

Packing smartly for a trip to Meghalaya

Don’t get intimidated by this list, when you have a closer look you will realise that most of the stuff mentioned here are easily available with you. It’s always good to be prepared when you are out for an adventure. Visiting the rain capital of the world while it’s at its best is a badass and fun thing to do. Let Meghalaya stun and awe you!

Khublei! (Greetings in Khasi language.)

If you want us to help you plan a trip to Meghalaya then get in touch with us here and we will help you out. 

26 thoughts on “How to pack your bag for a trip to Meghalaya in the monsoons? – Last Updated on 02/08/2019
  • Senthil

    Awesome write up.. we are travelling to Meghalaya next month. Would like to connect with you as we have few more questions.Please respond. It would be of great help.

    • Nishant Sinha

      Hey Senthil, We are glad to know that you found this article helpful. We would definitely love to help. Feel free to call us at 7715910407 and we are also emailing you.

  • 5/5

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    • Nishant Sinha

      Hey Marty, Thank you for taking the time out to comment and appreciate the effort we put in. We hope your friends have a great time in Meghalaya. If you need any other help then we would be happy to assist!

  • 5/5

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  • 5/5

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  • Gargi Sinha

    We are so glad that you found the blog helpful and took time out to comment and appreciate the effort. Let us know if you would need any assurance in planning a trip for you. Usually our specialty is in creating unique experiences connecting you with the locals. So we are only a call away. :)

  • 5/5

    One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things. To my mind, the greatest reward and luxury of travel is to be able to experience everyday things as if for the first time, to be in a position in which almost nothing is so familiar it is taken for granted.

  • 5/5

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    • Nishant Sinha

      Hi Juliea I hope you end up having a great time in Meghalaya and if you need any other help then feel free to give us a call or mail us. Happy travels.

  • 5/5

    Wow! Such awesome informative article in regard to packing tips to travel in Meghalaya, I love traveling in different places, I remember there were awesome days when I’d first time traveling in Meghalaya for the fun of it and it was fantastic, I glad to have a blog to accompany me in my quest.

  • 5/5

    Wow! Amazing article. Quiet helpful. As im going to meghalaya on 19th march.

  • Garima Kalra

    Thank you Nishant for such detailed information. We have booked our stay for June in Meghalaya not knowing that it will rain a lot. Somehow I got a little misguided from other posts on the internet. Could you please let me know if it just keeps raining in June? Cz I like to be out of the hotel the whole time on my vacation. Will that be possible? Covering all…

    • Nishant Sinha

      Hi Garima, thank you for appreciating the effort. I was in Arunachal Pradesh all these days and hence couldn't reply to your message earlier. Well, usually we plan different itineraries for the monsoons and the drier months. Even though June is when the monsoon picks up here, whether you will get rains or not in your days of travel will depend on the forecast for the day. What you surely…

  • 5/5

    Meghalaya is an awesome place for traveling but Monsoon time is the best time for Meghalaya visit. Most of the people are visiting in Monsoon. I am reading your blog is very helpful for monsoon trip for Meghalaya. Nice guideline it's an important point you share on this blog. Thanks for sharing.

  • Archana

    Hi Nishant, your blog is very informative. We are planning for a trip ti Meghalaya next week and would like to speak to you. Please let me know a number where i can reach you. Regards, Archana

    • Hi Archana, we are glad you found the blog useful. Sorry for the late response we were out on a trip. You can contact Nishant on 7715910407.

  • Nikita

    Is it safe to visit cherappunji shillong in mid of july?

    • Hi Nikita, yes it is completely safe to visit Cherappunji in July. How when you say Cherappunji - Shillong we assume you are talking about Meghalaya as a whole. You can check out the places in this itinerary which will be feasible to visit in July -

  • 4/5

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  • Shweta

    Is it necessary to carry jackets in these areas during mid october?

  • 4/5

    Nice article, thanks for sharing this..that is more informative for everyone.

  • Ritika

    Awesome information.....we are travelling to shillong in Feb...can u plzz guide me....what we should February very cold there??

    • Hey, thanks a lot. It would be pretty cold in Meghalaya in February. Ensure you carry a thick hoodie. Something that suffices at 4 to 6 degrees. If you'd like us to plan your trip, please do fill up this link -


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