Philippines What to Pack

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Philippines What to Pack

  • HOW ABOUT LEARNING THE CUSTOMS OF THE...

    It is always important to know the customs, traditions, etiquette of the people in the country that you are going to visit, so i suggest that you purchase "CULTURE SHOCK, PHILIPPINES, a survival guide to customs and etiquette". The book is published by Marshall Cavendish who have offices in UK, USA, Singapore, Thailand and Malaysia but a good...

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  • BRING A GOOD MAP WITH YOU

    I am afraid that the maps of the country available here are not so good, but you can try and purchase one before you come. I have seen some tourists with very good maps that have been purchased in Canada or UK, but there are normally only two available here---Nelles and EZ, both of which could be improved. At the airport the tourist authority has...

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  • BOOKS--FOOD, NATURE and SOCIETY

    You might like to know a little about Filipino food, the nature or the society so here are a few suggestions for you to read on the aeroplane.THE FOOD OF THE PHILIPPINES by Reynaldo AlejandroSome wonderful recipes with a little history of Filipino food.THE NATIONAL PARKS AND OTHER WILD PLACES OF THE PHILIPPINES by Nigel HicksSome of the best...

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  • HISTORY BOOKS ABOUT THE PHILIPPINES

    You may want to read a little background on the Philippines by reading up on some of the history, or purchase a book in Manila while you are here, as it is quite difficult to find a history book in the provinces except wt the National Bookstore which you will find in many malls or this bookshop in Manila in the link...

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  • FICTIONAL BOOKS BY PHILIPPINE AUTHORS

    As i previously mentioned some people like to get a feel for the country before visiting so here are a few books that i recommend for reading or taking with you.NOLE ME TANGERE by Jose RizalPerhaps this is the most well known book in the country and was written by the country's greatest hero back in 1886, originally in Spanish and was banned in...

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  • BOOKS (FICTION) about PHILIPPINES,...

    We quite often have questions on the forum from travelers who wish to read books or listen to music regarding the country they are about to visit so here is a few suggestions.DOGEATERS by Jessica HagedornThis is about life in Manila for the beggars, prostitutes, crooked policemen and corrupt politicians. A wonderful story that shows the true...

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  • BRING A NOTEBOOK WITH A FEW WORDS of...

    It is always nice to know a few simple words of the language of the country you are visiting as the locals will appreciate your effort. Unfortunately there are 3 main languages in the Philippines plus around 80 more in different areas of the country. Ilocano (north Luzon), Visayan (southern islands) and Tagalog (Manila and central and south...

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  • BRING A GOOD GUIDEBOOK

    Normally i purchase guidebooks by Lonely Planet whenever i visit a new country, but i would strongly recommend Rough Guide Philippines if you intend to come here. Although both are lacking information on many beautiful places on the islands i feel that The Rough Guide is far better as there seems to be a little more information regarding things...

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  • Sure Fire Gear!

    Since the Philippines is a tropical country with only two seasons, be sure to bring the following:-Beach wear for swimming-Rain coat & umbrella for rainy seasons-Sweater or jacket for trips to Baguio Bring insect repellent because mosquitoes are active during the rainy season, and they sometimes bring dengue fever with them. Also get a medical...

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  • Pack Light and Go!

    Pack light and just a back pack than a luggage bag with wheels...it'll be hard to pull it on the fine sands of boracay. Don't forget to bring a belt bag or a small bag (waterproof at least) where you can put your camera, towel, sunblock,cellphone and etc., whenever you go out of your resort. shorts, tank tops, shirts, swim wear, crocs or rubber...

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  • Geez, i left my toothbrush!

    First of all, we must think of what type of luggage and bags are most appropriate to bring in a certain location where you decided to spend your vacation or anything that's related to traveling.It depends on when, where, and how many days are you going to spend it and whom you are with.If you're with minors that are needed to be fed with feeding...

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  • Medicine

    Don't forget simple over the counter medicine they don't have a lot of things we have in the USA so bring a small bag with something for everything you might pick up cold meds stomach ache etc most everything you can get there but simple cold meds they don't have and the pink stuff don't leave home without it.

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  • 3 swim wear,mosquito repellant,...

    travel very light. just one backpack. 3 nylon short shorts, few sleeveless shirts, one light sweater, one pair of jeans,one sweatpants, few t-shirts, 3 or 4 swimwears, sunglasses, sunscreen, hats, swimshoes(optional but great for kids), energy and fruit bars, milo or ovaltine for kids (they provide hot water), crackers and dollar bills for tips....

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  • Bottled water

    Tap water is safe to drink in most places but if your stomach is sensitive you can buy mineral water in the bottle beside Philippines have so many refilling station any where you go.

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  • Action Asia Adventure Guide to THE...

    An outstandingly informative and beautifully illustrated, 520 pages long guide to trekking, diving, rafting, surfing, biking, rock-climbing and ecotourism throughout the country. Covers plenty of truly obscure spots you won't find in any other guidebook.Unfortunately, as with the Moon guide, it is now out of print and unlike with that one, you...

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  • Moon: Philippines Handbook

    My favourite guidebook to the country. It is certainly the most detailed one, covering every single province, and has info on lots of remote places way off the beaten track.Excellent cultural background, too. However, its practical details are now rather dated - back it up with the next book for those.

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  • Tropical sunshine

    You can find great bargains here so, I suggest that you bring one big suitcase. Since this is a tropical country, bring clothes that are airy. Sleeveless tops, cotton shirts and blouses are good with a pair of jeans/shorts/pedal pushers. If you will go out at night, jeans are still the main stay here but paired with a dressier top. Slacks, cute...

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  • Filipino (Tagalog) Phrasebook

    Even though English is widely spoken, learning a few words in the country's other national language can be fun, and in fact useful if you go really far off the beaten track.This new edition actually contains words and phrases in various major local languages in addition to "Filipino"!

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  • How Big/Small Are You??

    As many others on this website have mentioned, you can buy just about anything you need in the Philippines. However, women, beware! If you are larger than the average Filipina, you may have trouble finding clothes that fit you. When I was in the Philippines, I gained some weight. I went from a U.S. size 4 to a size 6/8. I had to go to the Speedo...

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  • Check before you plug in!

    If you're traveling to Manila from the U.S, you may be bringing along a small appliance (such as a hair dryer, a cellphone or camera charger) that runs solely on 110V. Ensure that it takes dual-voltage (110V/220V) or you could damage your stuff. Many hotel rooms still have only the standard 220V electrical outlets. Be wise & bring along your own...

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  • A Guide to the Birds of the Philippines

    Birdwatchers heading for the Philippines should certainly not leave home without this excellent field guide, the only one to the birds of the Philippines.

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  • The National Parks and Other Wild Places...

    This beautiful book is the only guide to the Philippines for ecotourists, and it is an excellent, inspiring one.Highly recommended!

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  • Diving & Snorkelling: Philippines

    Currently the only guide to diving & snorkelling specifically in the Philippines.Divers should find it worthwhile.

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  • Philippines Travel Guide by Jens Peters

    General concesus holds that this is the most detailed and updated practical travel guide to the country. The author used to write Lonely Planet's Philippines guide until their ways separated. Note that LP now gets poor reviews for this country!

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  • Everything's available here, just bring...

    The country being islands, travelling at times include riding on boats, jeeps, tricycle. Its recommended to bring only back packs and day pack. Well if its only trip to the city, luggage with rollers is okay. Philippines is a tropical country. Hot and humid all year round. March to May are the summer season. July to December are considered as wet...

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  • Necessities, one would not think about...

    Keep you money in a chest purse.Have only little luggage as necessary when traveling inside the country. If you are oversized (XXL) and need bigger sizes than 43 (9 - 10) for your shoes it is difficult to find. Good tailors and shoemakers however all over the country Filipinos do not like to expose themselves to the sun. Therefore, sun tanning...

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  • Always use your common sense.

    Do not loose eye contact with your belongings. Do not let your belongings take a hike without you tagging along with it. Do not forget about wearing light clothings since the heat becomes unbearable most of the time. Do not wear expensive jewelries and purses whenever you got out. For those visiting Manila for the first time, make sure you take...

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    Have some sort of rain gear. even in the dry season it rain usually twice a day. You can almost set your watch by it. Also Typoons mean lots of rain. An Umbrella is great for the women. Fillipinas use them for the sun. But not men, get a hat. Sun stroke is easy to get in the dry season. Tsinelas(also known as thongs or flipflops) are the every day...

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    There are three distinct seasons:1. The rainy season from June to October2. The cool dry season from November to February3. The hot dry season from March to MayBring what you need for the time of year you plan to travel to the Philippines.

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  • Beware of the sun

    Packing ListThere are no special things you have to bring with you for the Philippines. Only your towel and your swim suit. It´s a tropical country so don´t forget a cap, sunglasses, sunmilk and something against moskitos like a moskito net. If you are travel on your own then don´t forget a lamp to find your way back to your bungalow. Another...

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    Maraming Salamat Po(Tagalog for Thank You)Paalam - goodbye

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  • Be prepared when visiting the tropics.

    For dry season, you may want to carry light color cotton shirts, shorts, and comfortable sneakers. However if you plan to have a formal soiree, apparently, you may need to carry something for the evening but make sure 100% cotton. Even sometimes if you are in an air-conditioned room, it feels warm. For rainy season, the same outfit but you may...

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    Pakikisama: Closely linked with the desire for social acceptance and approval, pakikisama (conformity, camaraderie) manifests itself in groups of all kinds and ages regardless of class. To maintain pakikisama, Filipinos will yield to group opinion, subjugate ill-feeling beneath a pleasant demeanor, avoid speaking harshly or saying 'No' directly,...

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    Your best bet is always a sturdy backpack. If you absolutely have to bring luggage, trolleys or wheeled suitcases are convenient. During the summer months, light clothing/shorts and sandals; a windbreaker/rainjacket is always useful especially during the rainy season. If you plan to go up North to the mountains, a sweater/light jacket will keep...

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    Get some PHP's before arriving. Currency exchange booth at Manila domestic is prominent and a good deal but I didn't see any exchange at Manila's International terminal in the mass confusion of the international arrivals. Many people will gladly accept $'s but at 50 PHP to $ you will overpay.

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    Loose-fitting natural fiber clothing is best, even if it's going to wrinkle. You don't want to be in that heat in something synthetic that won't wick away perspiration. Most people wear flip-flops, it depends on how much walking and what type of trip you're on. Insect repellent and cortisone cream for sure! Also sunscreen and baby powder because...

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    for those who used to live in cold weathered countries, maybe its better if you put on something you wear for summer...dont forget your swim wear! a good camera complete with fresh batteries and film! this was the indoor jacuzz of Canyon Woods in Tagaytay City

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    If you are a very tall or big girl dont expect to find lots of clothes or shoes at your size in the stores! Philippino women are small! I was lucky cause Im small only 1,53m, and Im not the smallest person here, thera are lots of people smaller than me here! here everything fits me! But I have a polish friend thats having some problems trying to...

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    light secure and lockable baggage. Best to bring as little clothing as poss. Buy as u require ,clothing is cheap in PH. Always carry some tissue in the Ph. as sanitation is a real problem...a small medical kit is essential with antiseptic mozzie deterent. I recomend a wide angle lens in the Ph.Ideal for mountainous scenes and group photo's

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    A backpack is probably the best way of carrying your gear, but try to thiefproof it as much as possiblle and remember that backpacks are prone to damage, especially in the airlines. Travel packs are a relatively recent innovation that combine the advantages of a backpack and a soft carry bag. The Philippines has enough climatic variations to...

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    Travel light especially if you are traveling about the many islands. We badly overpacked and regretted it. Filipinos almost never were shorts in the larger cities but that is not a problem for tourists. Weather is warm, humid and often very wet so pack accordingly. Pack some Loperamide Hydrochloride or something similar for diarrhea. If you are...

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    Pack to be mobile! Buses are often crowded and obtaining attire there is affordable. PI is a tropical destination. It rains often and in part of the city it floods. Flip flops for rural destinations. Breathable shoes that dry quickly for the city. Also you must bring a umbrella! In parts of the PI they carry umbrellas to block the sun and...

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    The best way is to travel light. Make sure that your luggages are not oversized and can be practically carried on your body. Limit yourself to 2 luggages so you can keep count on them. Cotton shirts and jeans pants are the best to travel around. Hats are not very common but umbrellas are used to protect yourself from the sun or rain.

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    Soft bags, and nothing too posh. if you're going away from the cities you'll be in jeepneys, and your luggage will be on the roof - battered and filthy. Also keep valuables inside, and put stuff in waterproof bags if possible - it does rain and your luggage won't be protected! You'll need very little of anything - it is ALWAYS hot! Sounds...

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    Any type of bag is okey. no preffered clothing. just wear anything that you are comfortable. but when you're visiting during 'wet/rainy season' (August to Nov) don't forget to bring umbrellas with you. :) Bring paracetamol for headaches and colds. this is due to constant change of weather and or temperature.

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