7,107 is the number of islands that make up the Philippines, and its vast archipelago is rich in culture, heritage, adventure, biodiversity, and unique experiences that make everyone enticed to visit the country.
Not to mention, the tropical country’s usually hot and humid weather makes it even more perfect to be a getaway for that much-needed R&R. But, before you book a ticket and head out to the airport, here are eight essential things for your packing checklist when visiting the Philippines.
1. Comfortable clothes
Unlike other countries, the Philippines experiences three (3) seasons namely wet, dry, and hot. According to the Philippine government’s website, the wet season occurs from June to October, dry or cool seasons are from November to February, and hot season is in the months of March to May.
Wearing comfortable clothes like cotton shorts or breathable t-shirts is a must. You’ll also need a pair of comfy shoes because you’ll do most of your walking along uneven paved roads or sandy beaches.
2. Sun-smart wear
The doctor may have ordered a healthy stroll outside under the sun for some vitamin D, but when you’re traveling to the Philippines, it’s best to bring some sun-smart gear. Make sure to have a hat, sunglasses, and a good sunscreen with high SPF.
Keep in mind that sunscreens are only as good as the user, as you’ll need to reapply it every so often (depending on the instructions printed).
3. Camera gear
There are plenty of things to see in the Philippines, so don’t miss the opportunity to capture it all. Pack your camera gear and start documenting everything. You never know, they might just be things you’ll never see anywhere else. After all, there’s the good old saying, “only in the Philippines!”
Because the weather can get hot, it’s inevitable to break a sweat any time of the day. It’s best to bring a few packs of tissue paper and other cooling materials such as wet wipes just in case you need to wipe some sweat off and stay fresh throughout the day.
5. Update your navigation apps
If you’re traveling in a foreign land, it’s best to be equipped with all the maps you can use (both online or offline) because the last thing you want to happen is your navigation apps shutting down when you need it the most.
Make sure you’ve got your navigation apps like Waze or Google Maps up to date. Even though you’ve checked out your routes or traveling with a tour guide, it’s best to be prepared to avoid getting lost in the big city.
6. Emergency kit
Make sure you prepare an emergency kit with items like topical antiseptic, oral medications, bandages, and sanitizer. You can also throw in a portable charger and adjust the kit based on your needs.
7. Identification cards and passports
Having some IDs with you is important. For one, commercial establishments usually require a proof of identity when you’re purchasing items on credit. Second, should anything happen, IDs can help authorities contact your friends or family.
8. Waterproof cases
A trip to the Philippines wouldn’t be complete without a trip to the beach. So, don’t forget to bring some waterproof cases. Enjoy swimming in the ocean while taking awesome underwater photos with your phone.
It doesn’t take much to enjoy what the Philippines has to offer. You don’t need a 12-piece set of luggage filled with clothes and accessories to make the most of your trip.
Don’t forget to check out travel blogs and read more about the best things you can do in the Philippines because you can do all sorts of outdoor activities and extreme water sports that will surely get your adrenaline pumping.
Valerie Chua is a seasoned writer living in the Philippines. A regular contributor for Go Globe, she is an expert in everything about gadgets and technology, lifestyle and travelling.