It's better to be prepared!
Luggage and bags: A back pack or small gym bag. Travel light. It's easier to get on & off the boat walking down a narrow plank without having to balance a whole load of stuff.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Sandals and slippers. Shorts. Some people are already in swimwear when they ride the plane. Not a bad idea. You wil get wet to your knees.
Sarongs are very useful there.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: 1)Insect repellant. While I personally did not have any insect problems, I saw a young French boy who had large mosquito bites on his face. He didn't seem to mind, though.
2) First -aid kit. Just in case you go on an island tour and get a few scrapes.
Photo Equipment: If you plan to go snorkelling, a disposable underwater camera!
Lots of film or a good digital camera. There will be lots of photo opportunities.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Frisbees and voleyballs. Floating toys for the little ones.
Miscellaneous: A map. I just downloaded a map from bluemaroon.com and that had most of the resorts and restos on white beach.
Buy purified water before you get here. It's overpriced on the island.
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Beach wear is all u need, + mosquito repellent
Luggage and bags: If you plan on doing some shopping, pack light and have some empty room in your bag for the items you plan on buying on the island. I dont recommend doing too much shopping on Boracay, you can find a better selection of stuff at the SM Mall in Makati Manila, and for much cheaper.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Bring sandals / slippers. Standard shoes & socks not needed. You can also buy your footwear there at the island. I recommend getting them beforehand and wearing them on arrival, because you will fly into the island and most likely take a ferry to your spot. The ferry lands at one of several beach landings, and the plank leads right into the water. I made the mistake of wearing brand new tennis shoes & socks, only to take them off upon landing because I didnt want to get them wet from the knee-deep water. Water was wonderful though
Luggage and bags: For a traveler like me,I suggest just a backpack,its compact and easier to carry around with both your hands free to carry any extra bag or just free to swing on.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Just bring your swimwear, shorts,any comfortable shirt or sleeveless,slippers w/c are best for walking along the beach and stalls,aqua shoes so you can avoid any accidents like stepping on rocks in the water and bruise yourself ,visor and shades.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Well, the usual,sunblock lotion if you don't want a tan,a moisturizer to avoid dryness of the skin esp after swimming in the sea,toothpaste,shampoo,etc all in sachets to lessen your load in the bag.Me, I've frogotten to bring my mosquito repellant then but fortunately there were no mosquitos during our stay.
Photo Equipment: Your digital camera,of course! Even your camera-enabled phone is helpful,including those unforgetable videos are well kept in your phone.You can even bring a disposable underwater camera w/c you can buy in any sports shop.If your traveling alone or just the two of you,better bring your tripod or else you'll always get photos solo.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: No need to bring a lot of clothes coz once you get there you'll definitely be tempted to buy new ones especially those new style of clothing fit for boracay like the sarong,tops,loose korean pants and even boracay-printed sandos.
Miscellaneous: And don't forget your MONEY!You can never go around boracay w/o spending!But don't bring a lot of cash,there are lots of ATMs there now unlike before there's only one bank around with ATM,its Allied or Landbank ,I think.Lastly, don't forget your plane ticket!
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Come as you are
Luggage and bags: As much as possible, take a back pack with you. It is easier to carry especially in getting on and off the boat.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Don't ever, ever forget to bring your beach wear. It doesn't matter whether it's a 2-piece or 1-piece swimsuit, tank top and shorts, or even T-shirt and shorts; what is important is, you have one with you. For footwear, rubber sandals or thongs are suggested, although walking barefoot is common.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: These stuff are readily available in the general merchandise stores scattered within the island.
Photo Equipment: Make sure that your electronic devices and photo equipment are placed in waterproof cases. Getting on and off the boat can get you and your bags wet, especially during high tide.
Bring an underwater disposable camera if you plan to explore the surrounding islands where corals and tropical fishes abound.
Miscellaneous: For those who cannot leave home without their cellphones, both Globe and Smart have strong signals (as evident by their logos printed on the sail of the paraws).
For the VT addicts, there are internet cafes with broadband services. There are also restaurants with wi-fi or hotspots.
While credit card is accepted in select hotels and restos, there are 3 major banks with ATM services - Metrobank, Landbank and BPI - in case you ran out of cash. Metrobank is located at Brgy. Manggayad's busy street, while Landbank and BPI are both along White Beach - Landbank is at Boat Station 1 and BPI is within D'Mall.
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t-shirts and towelette
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: bring extra t-shirts or suffer washing t-shirts in the lavatory. since the weather is balmy, try to bring at least a few more t-shirts (sleeveless or camisetas), or buy at "d mall" if you ran out of tees. they have nice designs and affordable prices. just try "hardest" to haggle for prices. or bring a towelette in case to wipe the perspiration off.
i bought towelettes in the island, and they were so expensive. i bought a set of 5 pc towelettes in SM for a price of 1pc in boracay.
Leave your Levi's jeans and leather shoes at home
Luggage and bags: Bagpack is the best luggage you can bring to this island since you will be transferring from one island to another.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Wear slippers or summer shoes, shorts ans t-shirts. Two piece is appropriate to wear here no matter what body type you have because people are used to seeing different types of people. For men trunks and shorts will befine. Bring your own google and snorkle kit with you and if you have scuba equipment its better to bring them but they have rentals too for this equipment. SUNBLOCK and sunglasses is a must.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Everything is already there, just bring enough money with you.
Photo Equipment: Water resistant camera and more batteries.
Miscellaneous: Bring bottled water before leaving in Manila because its triple the prize there.
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Your beach things
Luggage and bags: a durable and dependable backpack preferrably the one that you can double as a trolley so it would be easier to carry...
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: your two-piece swimsuit(if ur a girl ofcourse), ur "malong" or "sarong", a comfy beach sandals or flip flops, board shorts
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: paracetamol, an anti diarrhea meds
Photo Equipment: camera of course, a tripod, an extra memory card (CF or memory stick depending on your camera) or rolls of film if u won't be carrying a digi cam.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: beach towels (or check with the hotel u'll be staying if they can provide you one), your shades, baseball cap or visor
Miscellaneous: after sun lotion, sunblock, a leave on hair conditioner or hair conditioner spray (u need this so ur hair won't feel sticky once you plunged to the beach)
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Sunblock, Sunblock, and oh, Sunblock!
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Several swimsuits...unless you plan on going skinny dipping all the time. A lot of tank tops and tees and shorts, a sarong (or several), sandals, flip-flops, sneakers (if you like to jog in the morning)
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Sunblock!!!
Allergy meds and insect repellant...actually everything you need you can buy on the island...just a bit more expensive.
Photo Equipment: Digital camera with a lot of CF cards and your charger.
Miscellaneous: Several good books or even trashy novels ;-)
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Sandals or comfortable slippers for Boracay
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Light clothes preferably shorts and T-shirs. it can be always a 'wet landing' upon arrival in Boracay from the motorboat you have to step on the water and sandy beaches before proceeding to your booked resort.
Photo Equipment: Absolutely never forget your photo equipment if you want to have some Boracay paradise pictures.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Always beach gear is the most comfortable attire. At night you can choose to wear long pants to protect from any insects or mosquito bites.
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BEST TIME TO GO
Miscellaneous: Boracay is best enjoyed during the dry season (November - May). The rest of the year is also okay although the beach isn't as nice-looking (some seaweeds and debris floating around). Try to avoid going when there are typhoons because the winds can be quite strong especially in the beach front areas.
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bring mosquito repellent for your protection...
Luggage and bags: not match just whatever is important stuff you need... and very handy one for you...
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Island dress and comfortable clothes are the best cloths in the Island... or whatever is comfortable for you...
Photo Equipment: CAMERA... don't forget to bring one...the most important one or your going to miss the beautiful view and places...
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Bring your hat or buy there.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: It is a very sunny place, hat is a must there, you can buy some hats from the local guys here. Ask for about 30% off is a good starting point to bargain, you end up about 10-20% of the price.
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