As if the Monsoon blues weren’t enough of a reason to snuggle up in bed with a hot cup of coffee, Mother Nature’s recent need to flood the city at the most inopportune moments is making it just that much harder to convince yourself to get out of bed and get to classes in the morning.
The heavy rain engulfing our humble city comes with its own set of inconveniences, but don’t lose hope just yet! There are still a number of tips and tricks you can employ when disaster strikes.
No more musty shoes
If you’ve been out and about in this season of flooding, chances are, your shoes are worse for wear with a moldy, damp smell. How to get rid of it you ask? This trick is insanely simple and super useful. Just stuff them with newspaper and it’ll draw out the moisture. For best results, replace every hour or so and add a bit of baking soda to the insides to get rid of the smell once and for all, or at least until your next misadventure in the rain.
Plastic bags to the rescue
It’s statistically inevitable that you’ll get caught in a downpour unless you stay indoors for the remainder of this season, so an umbrella is your most reliable line of defense in this war against the weather. If you don’t want to be one of those annoying people who leave their wet umbrellas out to dry in open spaces, leaving others to trip and cuss, then this one’s for you. Keeping a few dry plastic bags at hand for storing your various drenched paraphernalia can save you many a hassle. Just keep your clothes, shoes and umbrellas separate and dry them when you get the chance.
Backup socks are a must
Wet socks are probably one of the most uncomfortable experiences we’ve all had to face at one point or another. If you aren’t too keen to revisit that particular totally gross memory, then keeping a spare pair in a side pocket can be your only logical conclusion. In conjunction with the plastic bag tip, you’re set for a more comfortable day than most.
Denim stain disaster
If you own a light top or purse and dark wash jeans, you might be familiar with the concept of colour transfer, a situation only made worse by the rain. A simple, yet effective way to tackle this horrific experience is to use makeup remover wipes (a purse essential for every girl) to get most of the dye off and then treat your clothes to a proper wash with warm water and some gentle detergent as soon as you can. Like an unwanted house guest, the longer you let it sit, the more it settles in.
First off, major props to you if you’re the kind of beauty queen that totes around hand cream. Did you know that you could tame your wild frizzed locks of hair with a dime-sized dollop of this beauty essential? Rub it into your palms thoroughly and finger through your hair to comb it out. As an adventurous soul, you can experiment with teeny tiny amounts of other creams to give your ponytail or hairstyle of the day a sleek finish free from the humid airs.
Files and folders, a superstar duo
Very few appreciate the benefits of using files and folders to store your notebooks and loose papers, but they are a goldmine. If staying organised isn’t your forte, then bear with it for the duration of this miserable monsoon. Using transparent folders for anything you can fit in them can save you from having to decipher your soaked paperwork with ink blotched out on every page. Save yourself from a sopping, waterlogged mess while you can!