Authored by Diane Wuthrich (Contributor)

Some of the most beautiful destinations in the Philippines are in the coastal areas. From remote tropical islands to well-established beach destinations, you’ll find yourself spoilt for choice when choosing a beach getaway in the country of over seven thousand islands.

That being said, you’ll want to come prepared. Some island destinations are more remote and lack supplies, and in beach areas that are already established, finding the necessities you need may be more expensive than usual.

When it comes to the weather, we like to joke that the two seasons of the Philippines are not wet and dry, but hot with rain, and hot without rain.


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What To pack when preparing for your trip to the Philippines. Photo by from Pexels 



What To pack for your trip to the Philippines



Light & Comfortable Clothing

 During the hottest months of February to May, the heat in the Philippines can be described as oppressive. If you are travelling during this period, pack the lightest clothes possible – it will be a struggle keeping them on, that’s for sure. You’ll also be moving around quite a bit, so you’ll want clothes that will allow you to move.

From June to January, unexpected rains occur more frequently, which brings with it some humidity. It’s also advisable to pack shoes that will protect your feet from crossing wet, flooded, or muddy areas in and around island destinations.

Pack a pair of sturdy flip-flops, which is the norm, particularly in beach settings. If you want to travel light, most destinations will have a laundry service available so you can pack just a few pieces of clothing and have them washed afterwards.

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Sun-Smart Gear

A healthy dose of sun is ever-present in the Philippines. Taking an umbrella with you is a smart move, especially if you’re sensitive to the sun’s rays or don’t enjoy sun exposure. If it doesn’t protect you during the rainy season, an umbrella will come in handy during hot days.

Other sun-smart travel gear to pack include a wide-brimmed hat or cap, sunglasses, and sunscreen. Even if you enjoy tanning, be sure to pack tanning oil that already comes with SPF protection.

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Waterproof Bags

You’ll want to keep your gadgets protected from the elements, especially when you’re in the Philippines. Expect to be outdoors, by the beach, or travelling by sea frequently.

Taking a waterproof dry bag will keep your camera, smartphones, and other gadgets safe from unexpected splashes of water and even sand, which can cause severe damage to electronics. Having a waterproof bag will give you peace of mind, particularly when you’re going to spend a lot of time at the beach, island hopping, or doing extreme water activities such as canyoneering.

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Backpack or Daypack

For a day of sightseeing, bring along a backpack or a small daypack that’s big enough to store your necessities. Men may prefer a pack, and women may be fine with a small body bag. Just ensure that it’s sturdy and comfortable while keeping your hands free for taking photos, driving a motorbike, and other activities during your sightseeing trip.

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Toiletries & Medicine

Bring a good supply of your prescription medicines or other individual items you may need, such as an asthma inhaler. It’s also wise to pack essential medicines for headaches, hay fever, cold and flu, Imodium, and Tums because you will never know when you’ll suddenly be bogged down by something.

As for other toiletries, bring along tissue and wet wipes (it’s not uncommon for public bathrooms in the Philippines to be devoid of fabric), hand sanitizer, feminine hygiene products, and deodorant to ensure that you stay fresh all day long.

Mosquitoes are rampant in the Philippines, so make sure that you have insect repellent with you at all times.

Before your trip, you may also want to consider getting travel insurance, not just consider it, but demand it, because only a fool will travel without travel insurance. Purchasing insurance will give you peace of mind in case the unexpected happens while going to the Philippines.

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Now you know what to bring to the Philippines, it’s time to pack your bags and have the holiday of your life in paradise.


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