5 Items You Should Bring With You On Your Trip To The Philippines
My first trip to the Philippines was a wonderful experience and I was literally traveling without a map. I never had anything planned out beyond a day or two in advance. It’s what really brought out the adventure, but it also was a learning experience as well. I researched online before my trip about what items to bring to Philippines (or elsewhere abroad) and what I should bring at home. Some of the advice that I read was priceless, other tips really didn’t relate to me. Each person will have different needs with an entirely different itinerary. You need to put in some effort to think about what you will truly need and what will end up being dead weight everywhere you should travel. Here are some tips about the 5 Items To Bring on your trip abroad that you might not have thought about.
Everything You Have From Home Is In The Philippines? WRONG!
I read this tip many times before I left for home to begin my first adventure abroad. While, it’s true that the Philippines does have most of the items that you would consider to be a necessity item, there are some that are extremely hard to find or very costly! Many of the so called “expats” who either live in the Philippines or who have spent a lot of time in the Phils recommend coming as you are. Some say that all you need is 2 pairs of shorts, 2 t-shirts, some underwear and your good to go because you can buy everything you need right here in the Philippines. Hmmmm, that always isn’t the case at all!
Many Items Are Much More Costly In The Philippines
The Philippines may be a developing country where you can live cheaper. However, many items that you would consider to be a necessity at home, Filipinos consider them to be a luxury. Here are just a few item’s that I found to be much more expensive in the Phils than what they cost in the U.S.
5 Items To Bring To Philippines Or Your Select Country Abroad
What To Bring Tip #1
Deodorant – I left my deodorant in the bathroom (or CR as they say in the Phils) in a hotel as I left Cebu to stay in Davao City. So, one of the first things I did upon arrival was to go to the mall to remedy this “necessity”. I found that 90% of the “roll on” deodorants were of the mini 3 oz variety and cost twice as much as what a full size stick of deodorant would cost in the U.S. The full size deodorant bars were even more costly. So, bring bring your own deodorant unless you needlessly want to pay double or triple what you do from your home country.
What To Bring Tip #2
Shaving cream – Pack a gel shaving cream if this is a necessity for you. You will be lucky to even find shaving cream in the Philippines. This is a luxury item. Do you think the average Filipino can afford shaving cream? Not too mention, many Filipino’s don’t even need shaving cream as facial hair isn’t much of a problem for most. If you need to shave every day, then you will be glad that you brought this item with you. The shaving cream you can find is definitely priced to gouge the tourist.
What Items To Bring – Tip #3
Those Taller Than 6 Ft, Sure To Have Several Sets of Clothes – Your going to have a hard time finding a pair of jeans to fit those who are taller than 5 feet 10 inches. I am only 5 ‘9, 170 lbs. I only shopped for t-shirts and noticed that the sizing is different. I bought a XL t-shirt without trying it on and figured that it would fit fine. T-Shirts sized as an XL in the U.S. fit loose and comfortable. The XL t-shirt I picked up in the Philippines was nearly too tight to even wear. I’m only average size and would have had to buy XXL tee’s to fit the way that I like them too. There weren’t too many XXL t-shirts to choose from from my observation. For those taller than 6 feet, finding clothes could be a problem for you.
What Items To Bring Tip #4 – A Quality Backpack!
Having a quality backpack is a necessity for sure! I brought a Walmart backpack that was obviously intended for 6th grade student. Heck, I got the backpack from “school supplies” section. I figured a backpack is just a backpack.. I was wrong. You will be on your feet a lot in the Philippines. You will not be jumping into your car taking you from point A to point B. My first trip I used mostly taxi cabs (a Taxi Cab post will be coming soon.. oh my… my…). Having a supportive backpack will be priceless for you. You also don’t have to break the bank to find a good travel backpack.
Here is the backpack that I bought on my second visit to the Phils (after I learned my lesson). My first backpack is now in a landfill somewhere! A good backpack will be one of your best friends when you will be going on a solo travel adventure. A sore back would be your worst enemy and might even ruin your experience altogether. Some of the great features about this backpack or what you should be looking for are :
- Wide and supportive back straps
- A water bottle carrier
- A laptop compartment
- Look for a size about 18 x 14. This way it will be small enough to take on the plane as carry on luggage but you can still fit quite a bit of “stuff” with you while you are out enjoying your travel adventures.
What Items To Bring To Philippines – Tip #5
Vitamins – For some reason, vitamins are expensive in the Philippines. This is a shame when you consider that there is a lot of poverty and malnourished children living on little other than rice in many families.
So, here are 5 small but important personal items that I would recommend bringing. It’s not enough to weigh you down, but is worth it for your travel experience to be as enjoyable as possible.
P.S. These tips aren’t just relegated to the Philippines. Think about what your own needs are, and what is important to you and your comfort level.
Up next, I will be posting a travel guide to the importance of traveling light and the 5 items you should just leave at home!
Do you have any tips on what you should bring on a trip that travelers may not have thought about? Please share about your “necessity” items that you always make sure to bring on your trips abroad! Please comment and lend some fellow travelers your wisdom.
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