Are you traveling to the Philippines soon?
Get ready for an unforgettable adventure under the tropical sun!
To begin with, you can explore a variety of breathtaking natural wonders.
Go on exciting feasts with culinary delights from different parts of the country.
At the same time, marvel at the warm welcome by gracious Filipinos throughout the archipelago.
But first, make sure you have everything you need for your Philippines trip!
Check out this list of 18 essential things you need to bring to the Philippines.
1. Travel visa
Many countries don’t need a visa to be able to enter the Philippines.
For example, citizens who are a member state of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).
Most of these countries can enter and stay in the Philippines for a limited time without a visa.
For instance, Brazil and Israel passport holders can stay visa-free in the Philippines for 59 days.
Citizens of the European Union, Canada, and the United States can stay in the country for 30 days without a visa.
A visa on arrival can also be issued for citizens of any country, except those on a specified list.
However, there are exceptions to this rule.
Some countries must obtain a visa on arrival.
The ETA Philippines (Electronic Travel Authorization) is currently available only for citizens of Taiwan.
All in all, there are 14 types of visas prescribed by the country, grouped into 2 broad categories.
Firstly, the non-immigrant visa for temporary visits.
Secondly, immigrant visas for foreigners who want to permanently reside in the Philippines.
Check out the Visa Policy of the Philippines for more information.
2. Universal Power Adapter
A universal power adapter will work great for charging your gadgets on a wall socket.
The Philippines uses 220 volts on electrical sockets so the adapter will come in handy for this.
Indeed, you won’t have to worry about incompatible sockets and voltages around the country with your adapter on hand.
3. Power Bank
A power bank is essential as you explore the Philippines’ scenic spots.
Use it to recharge your gadgets, which may be running low on power after staying online all day.
Choose a handy power bank that can juice up your gadgets for a few cycles.
4. Pocket WIFI
Exploring the Philippines will be so much easier and enjoyable if you can check information or directions online.
However, not many parts of the country offer free WIFI access.
In this case, a pocket WIFI will be your best friend.
This nifty gadget will ensure that you can go online whenever you need to.
This way, you can prepare even better for your adventures around the country.
5. Copy of Return Ticket and Travel Documents
It’s best to always have a copy of your return ticket and other travel info handy.
Specifically, you cannot enter the Philippines without an outbound flight/return ticket.
In addition, you should also have printed copies of your passport, IDs, and travel insurance with you.
This way, you have the details readily available whenever they are required.
6. Travel Wallet
A travel or passport wallet will keep your important documents in one place.
To illustrate, you can use the wallet to hold your passport, credit cards, cash, and travel documents properly secured.
This way, you won’t have to rummage through your all your belongings to find these items.
You can place the travel wallet inside the safe in your hotel room.
7. Light Clothing
The tropical Philippines sun can be unbearably hot!
As such, you will want to wear light clothing to stay cool and comfortable through your explorations.
Use thin cotton shirts, dresses, and tops in light colors to prevent an overheated feeling.
In addition, it’s best to wear shorts, skirts, or pants in light materials so you can move around freely.
In general, you only need 2 types of footwear for your trip to the Philippines.
Specifically, you need walking shoes (such as comfortable sneakers), and flip-flops.
Sneakers or trainers are great for hours of walking and exploring the country’s attractions.
On the other hand, the flip-flops are your best bet for strolling along beaches.
In addition, the flip-flops are also ideal for casual walks around the cities.
Did you know that the Philippines is home to more than 7,000 islands?
With that said, you’ll surely want to explore at least some of them!
Swimming, snorkeling and island hopping will be much more comfortable in swimwear.
Your swimsuit will dry quickly under the tropical sun.
However, it’s still a good idea to bring more than one pair to use for variety.
Moreover, having more than one swimsuit will ensure you can keep having fun in the water while waiting for the first one to dry.
10. Foldable umbrella
Philippine weather is fickle-minded.
In fact, a scorching hot day can suddenly include a heavy downpour!
As such, you need the protection of an umbrella to keep you dry from sudden rain.
Choose a handy, foldable one that you can always keep in your bag.
Furthermore, this umbrella can also be used for protection against the harsh sun rays.
11. Camera Gear
Your camera will keep the beautiful memories of your Philippine trip well-documented.
Take as many photos and videos as you want of the stunning views on land.
Furthermore, an underwater camera will enable you to capture the breathtaking marine life.
Don’t forget to bring a selfie stick so you can have photos with jaw-dropping backgrounds.
Likewise, extra batteries will come in handy to keep your camera fully powered.
12. Waterproof Bags
Waterproof bags or containers can be lifesavers to your electronic gadgets and other valuables.
These bags will not let water in, even if they are submerged in water.
As such, your cellphone, camera, batteries, and documents will stay dry and protected from damage.
Then you can go on island-hopping and beach adventures without worrying about your things getting wet.
You can truly appreciate the beauty of the Philippines by exploring and going out of your hotel room.
These trips will give you a variety of remarkable experiences.
However, the lovely locations outside the big cities may not have the essentials you’re used to.
It’s best to bring your own tissue or toilet paper as public bathrooms don’t usually have this.
Bring small packs of your favorite shampoo and soap if you’re not open to using other brands.
In addition, always bring a mosquito repellent to keep bugs and mosquitos from feasting on you.
Finally, always bring your own deodorant!
The hot Philippine sun will have you sweating in no time as you go on your adventures.
That said, the deodorant will keep you smelling fresh and feeling confident in your explorations.
It’s good to always be prepared for emergencies, especially when it comes to your health.
Specifically, if you’re taking prescription medication, make sure to bring the full supply for your entire stay.
This will prevent inconveniences should your medicine brand be unavailable in the Philippines.
In addition, antihistamines will come in handy for unexpected allergy attacks.
For example, in cases when you are exposed to allergens when sampling local delicacies.
On the other hand, anti-diarrhea tablets will be heaven-sent when you have tummy troubles.
In the Philippines, cash is still king.
In fact, credit cards are only widely used in big cities and establishments.
That said, you will need cash to keep exploring the smaller yet undeniably lovelier islands.
Make sure to keep your cash somewhere safe to prevent loss or misplacement.
16. Coin Purse or Small Wallet
A coin purse or small wallet will be enough to keep cash for a day’s worth of adventures.
This is because it’s not a good idea to bring all your cash on daily trips around the country.
In addition, the small purse will also hold all the loose change you will have from all your purchases.
You can also keep a few IDs in the small wallet, so you’ll always have identification.
17. Travel Insurance
Travel insurance should be non-negotiable for all your trips.
A multitude of activities and adventures await you in the Philippines.
As such, it’s best to be prepared for everything when it comes to your safety.
Choose travel insurance that gives ample coverage for the activities you plan on enjoying.
Furthermore, it’s good to be insured against trip cancellations, and for travel gear coverage.
Above all, check the insurance coverage for medical emergencies.
18. Sun Protection Essentials
Exploring even some of the 7,000+ Philippine islands will expose you to the sun’s strong rays.
For this reason, you need all the sun protection you can get during your adventures.
Always keep your sunglasses with you to protect your eyes during the daytime.
Also, don’t forget to generously apply sunscreen to avoid painful sunburn.
Finally, keep your water bottle filled to ensure that you stay properly hydrated.
Tap water isn’t safe to drink in the Philippines, so it’s best to have your own drinking water on hand.
Now that you’re all packed, have a look at all the different tours and activities available.