How to Survive Wet Season in the Tropics
So I have officially survived my first wet season in tropical Port Douglas. In some ways it wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be, however there are some things that I wish I’d known earlier. So here are my top tips on how to survive wet season.
1. Don’t even bother with hair and make up
Seriously, just don’t. Your make up sweats off, your hair gets frizzy and wet, and not to mention sweaty. It sounds so glamorous, I know, but everyone’s in the same boat. Embrace natural beauty – most people in tropical Australia don’t both too much with beautifying themselves anyway so you’ll just look silly if you try too hard.
2. It doesn’t rain constantly
I thought that wet season meant constant, non-stop rain. It doesn’t, but when it rains it pours. Like, really pours. Think extreme flash flooding and a whole year’s worth of England’s rain in one day. Some days it didn’t rain, yet other days it felt like it would never stop. That said, do keep an eye on any areas which are prone to flooding, as you may find that you won’t be able to get home or get to the shops.
3. Check the weather forecast even if wet season hasn’t officially started yet, or has just ended.
Yep, I learnt my lesson with this one in October when it hadn’t rained for months. Find out all about my very wet hike to Windin Falls so you don’t have to learn the hard way like I did.
4. Also, prepare a storm kit in advance
Luckily I did this after the Windin Falls disaster. When a storm is due, or when there has been flooding, shops can quickly run out of supplies. Be aware that you may lose power and access to clean water in the event of a storm. Luckily we have a gas camping stove so we stock up on dried foods that can be cooked on there, as well as big water bottles and candles. It’s best to be prepared!
5. Your home will get so mouldy
This one I did not know, and I wish someone had warned me. There are some really good mould-killing products available and you will need them. Be prepared to scrub the walls, the blinds, basically every surface of your home.
6. You may also get lots of ants
Again, I wish that someone had warned me of this sooner, but ants coming into your home in wet season is super common. An ant-killing spray just won’t cut it, but fortunately we found something that does. It’s a poisonous liquid that you squirt in the ants’ trail, and they take it back to the nest and kill all of the other ants. This product made my life so much better. Also, apparently ants in your home is a sign that storms are coming – those psychic ants.
7. Air con is your best friend
OK, this one is obvious, but I don’t know what I would have done without air con in my apartment, at work, and in my car. Actually for a while we didn’t have air con in the car, and doing a 1 hour drive after it had been sitting in the sun all day was just awful.
8. Water makes a fab alternative
In the absence of air con, there’s nothing better than a nice refreshing swim. Whilst the ocean heats up to make a big hot bath, we found creeks to be a much cooler alternative. Our swimming pool is also shaded so that was lovely.
Overall I kind of enjoyed wet season, although I am happy to see clear blue skies again. Good luck if you’re facing your first one later this year!