Whenever you plan your trip to the Philippines, it should be an exciting moment as you start to think about
everything that awaits you. This becomes even more exciting, if you are going to meet a girl you can be with, who can help show you around.
While I know you are eager to hop on a plane right away (I know I was), you first have to decide what you will be bringing on your trip over there.
This is what I want to dedicate this post about. Giving you an amazing checklist for traveling abroad, that will get you ready for whatever may come your way while you’re there.
First thing you must realize is the Philippines is hot! When I say hot I mean you can expect to walk outside and within the first few minutes and have you clothes drenched in sweat from the humidity.
For this reason I would recommend you bring clothing that would feel comfortable. This can include:
- Several pairs of t shirts
- Losse shorts (not jeans)
- A hat to help block the sun
To elaborate on your shoes, I would recommend you bring both a pair of sandals and shoes.
I personally never wore shoes while there, since we were always walking along beaches, it was more convenient to just slip a pair of sandals on and go.
Protect yourself from the environment
While the Philippines is very beautiful place to visit, you have to come prepared to keep yourself from sickness or injury.
One of the major problems people face, are diseases that come from mosquitos. This is why I would recommend you bring a bottle of bug repellent, or as soon as you arrive go to the nearest store and buy one. This will not only help you stay uninfected, but also just keep those annoying gnats and flies away from you as well.
As I previously mentioned, Philippines is no laughing joke as to how hot it gets there. By having the right clothing and accessories will help, also a bottle of sunscreen will go a long way there.
Keep your money safe
While out traveling a new country, the last thing on your mind is probably someone trying to steal or pickpocket you. Sadly this happens daily in the Philippines. By taking just a few precautionary steps, you ensure your money and other valuables will stay right by you.
First thing I would recommend is to buy yourself a money belt or some small bag of sorts that makes it hard to get to.
I personally had a small handbag wrapped around my shoulder with it in front of me, that way no one could sneak up behind when I wasn’t looking. Not only will this keep your items safe, but it’s also easier to hold onto your other valuables as well.
Aside from buying a money belt, Also make sure never to carry large amounts of cash on you at any given moment. This is like holding a sign saying, “hey I’m a tourist with lots of money to spend here!”
For me, I carried no more than 100 dollars on me at any given time, then used my credit card everywhere else. Just be sure before you go, call your bank letting them know you are traveling abroad, that way they won’t freeze your card while you are there.
Don’t forget your TP at home
Yes I am not joking when I say, remember to bring toilet paper when you visit the Philippines.
I remember the first night I was there, I had to use the restroom or comfort room “CR” as they liked to call it. Anyways, soon as I finished my business, I was looking around puzzled as to where the toilet paper was. Well I soon find out that they do not use toilet paper, but instead have a spray attached to the toilet they use to clean themselves with.
I’ll be honest it was a little discomforting, but at the same time fun as well. However by the end of my trip all I could think of was next time don’t forget toilet paper!
Other accessories for an emergency
Before traveling, make sure to pack a small first aid kit just in case. You never know what may happen while you are there.
Eating street food is a very common practice in the Philippines. While it’s exciting to want to try new and exotic foods, you have to realize being from another country and you may not be able to handle certain dishes they make.
This is why I would bring some pepto bismol or some kind of stomach medicine. Trust me you will be happy you brought it, then having to spend the rest of your day in a restroom feeling sick.
Also remember to pack common medical supplies in your first aid kit like Tylenol, band aids, and rubbing alcohol. I had a pretty nasty cut on my foot while I was there, and I know wish I had some band aids with me at the time it happened.
You will want to take plenty of pictures when you visit the Philippines. Their islands and beaches, are some of the most beautiful in the whole world.
If you get a chance, I would highly recommend you go snorkeling while you are there. They have some of the clearest waters you will ever see, which makes seeing underwater creatures very easy.
I bought a waterproof casing for my iphone while I was there.If you don’t want to take your phone into the ocean, you can always just buy a simple waterproof camera that will work just as good.
You’re probably thinking “well duh, of course I need my travel documents if I’m going to go there.”
While yes you do need them if you want to travel, but making copies can save you a lot of problems and headache if you do happen to lose them.
As I mentioned earlier in this post having some sort of money belt or bag, will make it so you can carry your passport, tickets and itinerary with you at all times. You don’t want to leave those hanging around your hotel or someplace with easy access, for someone to come up and snatch away.
It is a Filipino tradition to bring someone a gift “a Pasalubong” when you have been away for a long time. If you are going to meet a girl when you visit, remembering to bring her a gift will make her quite happy!
Now you don’t have to go out and spend a lot of money on this gift. For me this was several different types of chocolates and candies.This however can be something as simple as:
- T shirt
- Souvenir from your home country
- Stuffed animal
If you feel the need you want to spend more on her, wait until you arrive where you can take her out to a nice restaurant or buy her a nice pair of shoes.
If you haven’t been to the Philippines you really are missing out!
Just make sure before you go, that you are well prepared by creating a checklist of all the items you will need. Having items like sunscreen, Toilet paper, and the right clothing can make all the difference in the world when you’re there.
Have you ever been outside of your country before? Or perhaps you plan on visiting the Philippines soon? I would love to hear about your experience, or answer any questions or concerns you may have.
Just leave me a comment below, and I will get back to you as soon as possible!