There's nothing more exciting than packing for an upcoming trip. It can feel overwhelming to plan for a week or more of existing in a country you've only dreamed of, but we're here to make packing for your trip an easy experience.
Fall is a great time to visit the Philippines because the country will be coming out of the rainy season and making its way to fairer weather, which is perfect for visiting. The country is known for its lush, green scenery, which makes it a very photogenic region. You'll find yourself basking in hot sunny days that warm your soul. However, there's always the chance that it will rain during fall, so it's important to bring proper rain gear like umbrellas, raincoats, and waterproof shoes so that rain doesn't stop your parade.
Before traveling to a new country, it's essential to read up on the local culture, understand what areas are safe, and know where you'll find the most access to English speakers and other resources. When visiting a new place, respect nature and the local's way of life. Expect to see diverse plants, sea creatures, birds, and animals that will take your breath away. Maintain a safe distance from local wildlife and only take pictures. Adapt the mentality of leaving no trace besides footprints on the beaches.
This country is an archipelago of over 7,000 islands, meaning you'll find beaches galore. The Philippines is home to many fantastic beaches, including White Beach, known for its fine sand, Long Beach, featuring more than eight miles on the west coast of Palawan, Sandria Beach, which offers pristine swimming, Saud Beach, with its abundance of coconut palms, and many more unbelievable beaches.
With any beach trip, you'll need to pack at least one swimsuit per person. There are many options for family swimwear, including sun protective swimwear and items like board shorts, rash guards, two-pieces, one-pieces, and sun hats. Sunscreen, sunglasses, and bug spray will be other musts. It's up to you whether you'd like to purchase beach towels in the Philippines or add the bulk to your suitcases. If you plan to access swimming locations with coral or rough bottoms, water shoes will go a long way in keeping everyone's feet safe.
One of the less-than-pleasant aspects of travel is the possibility of long layovers. If you face one this coming trip, allow us to guide you on how to pack so you have all the essentials and as pleasant a time as possible.
When figuring out how to configure your belongings, the kind of luggage you pack will make a big difference. Your carry-on should have smooth wheels that can easily roll around in the airport because you'll be stuck with it for a long time. In addition to a carry-on, most airlines allow a personal item. We recommend messenger bags, as they are the perfect way to safely store your laptop with your wallet, phone and essential travel documents. Everything will be easily accessible to you.
Other carry-on musts include a neck pillow, chargers, electronics, snacks, ear plugs, eye masks, medications, toiletries, and necessary medical equipment. These comfort items will make you feel much better on your long layover.
If you've got kids coming on the trip with you, ensure any carry-on items the kids will need are light enough to roll through the airport (assuming they are old enough to do so).
Packing will be more involved if you have the little ones coming with you. If they're old enough to pack their bags, be sure to check their bags before heading to the airport to make sure they have all the essentials. Have a safety plan if you get separated during the trip. Give the children identification tags or bracelets with your contact information so you'll be reunited quickly.
It's beautiful to bring children on big trips outside the country, as it can broaden their minds and educate them about other cultures and ways of living. Prepare for the journey by getting them children's books about the Philippines to get excited about all the animals and plants they will see while introducing the idea of trying new foods, which may be more difficult for some children than others.
Once you arrive in the Philippines, embrace a vibrant and exciting culture of bright, colorful fabrics, friendly people, and delicious cuisine.
Be ready to try new dishes and experiences, and allow your mind to open to the incredible scenery and lifestyle you'll witness on your once-in-a-lifetime trip. Bring a camera or a phone that takes great pictures to cherish the memories you make forever.