Your Ultimate Packing List When Backpacking for The Philippines

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Embarking on a journey to the Philippines promises an adventure of a lifetime. With its breathtaking beaches, crystal-clear waters, and vibrant culture, it’s no wonder that this Southeast Asian tropical paradise is a favorite destination for many.


But, when it comes to what to pack for Philippines, it can be a bit of a puzzle, especially with over 7,000 islands to explore and varying climates to consider.


To help make your trip stress-free and enjoyable, Lub d has put together a comprehensive packing list, categorized into Clothing, Accessories, Electronics, and Toiletries. 


Plus, we’ll share some bonus tips to ensure you have a safe and memorable journey. Let’s get started!






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Clothes to Pack for The Philippines:



Comfortable Versatile Footwear


Expect plenty of walking and exploring in the Philippines, so be sure to pack comfortable shoes. Sneakers and sandals, like easy-to-slip-on Crocs or Timberland buckle sandals, are ideal for city strolls and jungle treks.



Light Cotton Clothing


The Philippines boasts a hot and humid climate year-round: pack light, breathable cotton clothes like flowy dresses, shorts, and loose tops. Consider lightweight cardigans or sweaters for cooler evenings or higher-altitude places like Baguio.



Light Rain Jacket


Tropical weather can surprise you with rain, even during the dry season. Bring a compact rain jacket or poncho, especially if you plan to explore waterfalls and mountains.





Don’t forget your favorite swimwear to enjoy the stunning beaches and island hopping. Remember, sizing can be limited in rural areas, so bring your preferred swimsuit in advance.







Essential Electronics to Pack for The Philippines


Power Bank


Keep your devices charged, especially in areas with frequent power outages. A power bank is invaluable for maintaining phone and camera battery life, ensuring you won’t miss capturing precious moments.



Universal Adapter


The Philippines uses Type A, B, and C plugs and operates on 220V, 60Hz electricity. Make sure to bring a universal travel adapter to charge your electronics without any hassle.



Waterproof Camera


The Philippines offers incredible photography opportunities, especially underwater. Bring a waterproof camera like a GoPro to capture the beauty of the islands.



Waterproof Phone Pouch


Protect your phone from sand and water, particularly during island-hopping adventures. A waterproof phone pouch is a smart addition to your packing list.






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Accessories to Pack for The Philippines:



Waterproof Bag or Dry Bag


Keep your valuables safe and dry during beach days and island hopping. These bags are essential for securing your items, especially on choppy boat rides.



Quick-Dry Towel


A lightweight, absorbent, and quick-dry towel is a must for beach visits and waterfall adventures.



Travel Pillow


If you have long journeys by plane, bus, or car, a travel pillow can provide much-needed comfort and prevent neck pain.



Hat or Cap


Shield yourself from the intense Philippine sun with a hat or cap. Look for one that accommodates a ponytail or bun if you have long hair.





Protect your eyes from the sun’s glare with sunglasses offering 100% UV protection and comfort.



Reusable Water Bottle


Join the effort to reduce plastic waste by bringing a reusable water bottle. Fill it with purified water from hotels or refilling stations, which are readily available in major cities and tourist areas.






Essential Toiletries to Pack for The Philippines:


Insect Repellent


Keep mosquitoes and bugs at bay with good-quality insect repellent, especially during the rainy season. Consider mosquito-repelling bracelets for added protection.





Protect your skin from the intense Philippine sun with sunscreen with at least SPF 30. Opt for reef-friendly options like Sun Bum for eco-conscious travel.



First Aid Kit


Be prepared for minor accidents with a basic first aid kit containing band-aids, antiseptic wipes, hand sanitizer, pain relievers, and any necessary prescription medications.





Must-Haves for Your Philippines Trip



Travel Insurance:


Ensure your policy covers medical emergencies and trip cancellations. Trusted providers like Trailfinders offer reliable coverage.





While credit cards are accepted in many places, it’s wise to carry cash for small purchases, street food, souvenirs, and transportation. Bring a mix of pesos, pounds, and dollars for flexibility.



Conclusion: Packing for a trip to the Philippines doesn’t have to be daunting. With our essential packing list, you’ll be well-prepared for your island-hopping adventure. Remember to keep it light, protect yourself from the elements, and stay hydrated. Don’t miss the opportunity to capture the beauty of the Philippines and immerse yourself in its vibrant culture. Safe travels!







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Is your go-to, budget-friendly accommodation option located in the vibrant heart of Makati, Manila. Situated amidst the bustling city, our hostel provides easy access to all the major attractions that this dynamic metropolis has to offer.


What sets Lub d Makati apart is its popularity as a central hub for island hopping adventures. Many of our guests choose to make us their base camp for exciting island-hopping escapades.


We offer a variety of accommodation choices, including dorm rooms, female-only dormitories, and private rooms, all meticulously maintained to ensure a comfortable and hygienic stay for all our guests. 


Come stay with us at Lub d Makati and make your island-hopping dreams a reality while enjoying the best of Makati’s urban energy.