5 Tips for commuting in Manila this rainy season

Because s*** just got real
by Leandre Grecia | Jun 24, 2019
PHOTO: Victor Miyata (from Pexels)

The rainy season has officially begun, whether you like it or not. And to make sure our readers stay safe when the typhoons hit, we’re handing out a new set of tips.

We’ve already released tip sheets for driving in the rain before—take this one and this other one, for example—so now, we’ve decided to send some commuting tips your way. Check them out below if you regularly take public transport.

1) Always come prepared.

It goes without saying that you should always bring an umbrella when you head out during this time of year. But when the heavier downpours begin, we doubt an umbrella will suffice.

Whether or not you live in a flood-prone area, you should also consider bringing some boots. You can even throw in a raincoat and other rainwear and accessories, just for good measure. You never know when you’ll have to fight your way through a horrible storm, and you’ll be glad you followed this first tip when that time comes.

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2) Bring only what you need.

Taking public transport in the metro is hard enough when you have a lot of stuff with you, and it’s a totally different level when you add the rains to the equation. Bring only your necessities—the absolute ones—and try to keep everything in one small, tight bag.

Take your laptop with you only if you must, and put off those trips to the gym for later. You’ll find it easier to keep yourself dry when you’re bringing much less stuff to worry about. Nobody ever brings around an umbrella as big as a Micromatic, right?

3) Plan your trips wisely.

This doesn’t just include determining the time you leave home or the office, but also knowing where you should board or alight from public transport. Apart from allotting more time for travel when the typhoons hit, you should also know which terminals and train stations will be safest from the floods. Walking the extra hundred meters or so will be worth it if that’s what it takes to keep yourself safe from all the bacteria and viruses coming out of the sewers.

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4) Assume the worst.

Yes, of course, rains will pour today even if your clear and bright morning sky tells you otherwise. Yes, there will be heavier traffic today because of the storm. Yes, you might get sick if you walk through floodwaters without proper gear. Yes,  there’s even a chance you might get stranded later today. And yes, the already difficult commute will get even harder.

It’s not about pessimism, but about thinking ahead. The worse you expect the weather (and the commute) to be, the more prepared you’ll definitely be for it. And disappointment gets thrown out the window when you’re already anticipating the worst possible outcome.

5) Wait out the storm if you can.

If you have the time to spare, just wait out the storm—even if it means putting off your trip for an hour or two. Try going around the mall, hanging out with friends, or just getting some overtime work done instead. In the event that the deluge still hasn’t died down past 10pm, then maybe traffic will be a bit lighter than it was two hours prior—at least we hope so.

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Got any more rainy season commuting tips? Share them in the comments.

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