In terms of clothing, you will definitely need lightweight clothes so you can withstand the heat, which is stifling and humid. Take quite a few changes of clothing; you will see that you will sweat a lot in the Philippines. You should also take clothes that cover your arms and legs in order to protect yourself from mosquito bites. You will need them anyway for visiting religious sites. According to the season in which you come, there's a good chance that you will need clothes to shield yourself from the many strong showers. For the beach, a swimsuit, flip-flops, a mask and a snorkel are essential. For exploring the seabeds, don't overload yourself needlessly; you will be able to hire equipment there.
One point on which you cannot compromise is packing your first-aid kit. You will, of course, need the usual medicines for relieving little everyday pains. Think about adding something to relieve indigestion (which is something tourists often fall victim to), a treatment for malaria (which your doctor will have prescribed you), mosquito repellent and a soothing cream in case the repellent is not very effective, sun cream, and Biafine for treating sunburn.
Think about taking your camera or video camera so you can have beautiful memories of your stay. You will need enough memory cards to store all of your pictures. Although we hope you won't have to use it, pack a photocopy of your passport in the bottom of your suitcase. This will help you with administrative procedures in the event that you lose the original. A credit card is always very practical for making withdrawals and payments at certain establishments.
There is a chance that this trip will shake you up, given the cultural shock awaiting you in the Philippines. Don't leave without an open mind and a desire to explore.
What to pack in your suitcase
- Your international driving licence for hiring a vehicle
- A camera or video camera for bringing back beautiful pictures
- A credit card for making withdrawals and payments
- A photocopy of your passport in case you lose your passport
- Medicine to relieve indigestion
- A malaria treatment
- Sun cream to protect yourself from the sun's rays
- Mosquito repellent
- A well-stocked first-aid kit for attending to everyday scratches
- Mask, snorkel and scuba diving equipment so you can see what is going on under the water
- A swimsuit for the beach
- Long clothes to prevent mosquito bites and for visits to religious sites
- Lightweight clothes for the heat