20 Basic Travel Essentials in the Philippines

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Traveling around island Philippines basically ask for travel essentials that conforms to the tropical weather the country has.  Destinations and itineraries may vary but basic travel essentials for a tropical country should always be packed with comfort journey, thrill of adventure and the right attitude.

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Island Hopping Package Tour in Puerto Galera, Mindoro

Here is a list of basic travel essentials suited for Philippine travel.

When heading for the beach, hiking or even strolling around the city, sunscreen is an indispensable item. The sun’s heat reaches its peak from 9:00am to 3:00pm. For the beach adventurers, choose waterproof sunscreen and those that last for hours. For babies and children, child-friendly sunscreens are available.

Tinted eyeglass or sunglasses are essential for eye and face protection under harmful UV rays. Choose those that are made from high-quality plastics and light material. Ray ban wayfarer types are one of the recommendable sunglasses to wear in travels and beaches. Your sunglasses should withstand heat and should be durable enough during the whole travel.
Mineral water, natural juices and energy drinks
Drink plenty of water, dehydration is the result from too much activities esp. if on humid conditions. Quench your thirst ahead of time, even before you hit the sun.
Comfortable clothes
Bring cotton light clothing. Tank tops, shirts and shorts are Philippines’ common wearable.

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Summer in White Beach, Puerto Galera, Mindoro Oriental

Trekking shoes
It is important to have a trekking shoes or anti-slip flip-flops, it does have a multipurpose functionality. When traveling in the Philippines, long walks are considered a norm.
Sneakers/walking shoes
Also one of the basic essentials when going from one place to another.

Zip lock bags
Zip lock bags are not just great for packing toiletries which might leak in a suitcase (in case the bottle leaks). It is also used nowadays as a gadget protector from beach sands and water. You may also safe keep your first aid kit and important medicines inside a zip lock, air-tight packed items tends to save luggage space.

Insect repellent and prescription medicines
As a precaution, keep yourself against the perils of insect bites. Mosquito bites carrying “dengue” are rampant to places with stagnant waters and dark areas. Virgin forests have armies of these dangerous insects. It is important to have presence of mind and prep up before going out.

First aid kit
Your packed of first aid kit should contain the following:
prescription medicine
anti-allergy medicine and/or ointment or lotion
medicines- aspirins, paracetamol, anti-diarrhea medication
small-packed adhesive bandages and gauze
small bottle of Alcohol rub (disinfectant/hand sanitizer) or antiseptic hand wipes
regular strength pain medication
hypoallergenic adhesive tape
anti-itch ointment – calamine lotion, antihistamine cream
antiseptic – povidone iodine in swabstick or towelette
Hand sanitizer or alcohol
An alternative for hand cleansing when clean water may not always be available.
Bring these travel essentials in sachet form to avoid heavy luggage: soap, toothpaste, towels, pack wet tissues and toilet paper.

Eco bags and convertible bags
Philippines’ government adheres to green environment, some establishments don’t use plastic materials as mandated my the law of governance. Bring foldable eco bags for your dirty laundry and other things such groceries and other errands.

Travel document photocopies
Photocopies of important documents should always come in handy. Bring extra copies of your travel documents, passports, drivers’ licenses, credit cards information and emergency contact numbers.

Travel guide maps
Secure travel maps or travel guides and directions from assigned tourism department. Also comprehensive travel maps are available in airports and bookstores around the country. Online guides and maps are also available, obtain basic information before leaving on a trip to make travel easier.

Small locks
Secure your suitcases and traveling bags with small locks for safety when they are left unattended in hotel rooms.

Light snack and interactive toys
During the travel; stack up your bag with right amount of biscuits, cookies, chocolates and gums. It is important for children to have a light meal every now and then, we cannot be certain about flight delays and long waits. These items also alleviate boredom.

Books, e-books
Get yourself a nice book (same with the kids) you can read along during the trip or even while resting or killing time.

Camera, Laptops and Cellphone
Seal in the memories with photographs and videos. Before leaving for a trip, secure your chargers and memory cards on the right places.

Explore the places you are hanging out with. Redefine you adventures by discovering the people, cultures, landmarks, and great foods, to achieve a one-of-a-kind vacation.

Most important, always prepare a your personalized travel checklist. Keep a small note on your pocket, when going back home it’ll make repacking easier and convenient without leaving anything behind.

Remember to travel light and have fun. Make a habit of bringing back home  small pieces from your adventure. 🙂
Or you might plan to go back and re-visit Philippines for more wild travel explorations.
Have you been in the Philippines? We’d like to hear from you, share your travel’s fondest story, good or bad we’ll accommodate it.
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mark · February 19, 2013 at 3:01 pm

God is waiting somewhere above to give you His grace and send His love. Whatever your cross, whatever your pain, God always sends a rainbow after the rain.

    Daryll Villena

    Daryll Villena · February 19, 2013 at 5:26 pm

    Thank you Mark for your kind words, much appreciated.

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