Planning a trip to The Philippines? Time to start getting ready! One of the most important things is to determine what you'll be taking with you for your journey. We've put together a clear and comprehensive packing list for you. This way, you'll be well-prepared and won't forget anything.
The Philippines are located north of the equator and consist of over 7000 islands. They experience a tropical climate with high temperatures, high humidity, and abundant rainfall. The weather in the Philippines is influenced by monsoon winds. During the monsoon season, it can rain continuously for days. Due to the size of the island group, the monsoon varies by region. The eastern regions lack a distinct dry season, but there's increased rainfall from November to January. The central part experiences a consistently distributed amount of rain throughout the year, with November to April being the driest months. In the western part, there's a wet season from May to October and a dry season from November to April.
The Philippines have high temperatures year-round, typically ranging between 30 and 35 degrees Celsius (86 to 95 degrees Fahrenheit). The hottest areas are often in the western part of Luzon. Additionally, the country has a higher likelihood of hurricanes. The official hurricane season is from June to December.
During a trip to the Philippines, you'll likely encounter rain. Therefore, it's advisable to bring rain gear on your journey.
The first choice you have to make when you go on a trip is whether you opt for a suitcase or a backpack. There are advantages to both, and the best choice depends on your travel itinerary, the activities you'll be doing, but mostly on your personal preference.
The biggest advantage of a backpack compared to a suitcase is that you can carry it on your back. In The Philippines, you won't always find good sidewalks and paved roads, especially when traveling to more remote places outside of major cities, so a backpack can be the obvious choice. On the other hand, traveling with a suitcase is much more comfortable. You don't have to carry a suitcase on your back, making it more relaxed for longer walks.
An important difference is that a suitcase is heavier than a backpack. With a suitcase, you quickly reach the maximum weight for checked baggage. A backpack can be packed heavier, but it often has less space than a suitcase.
A backpack offers a lot of flexibility, but in most places, you can travel just fine with a suitcase. For example, in locations with only unpaved roads, you can usually take a taxi. It may be challenging to move your suitcase only in places where there are no taxis and no paved roads. So, consider your route carefully and choose what's best for you.
We often travel with our Eastpak travel bags. These have all the benefits of a suitcase, but they are essentially wheeled bags. This results in a lower weight than a suitcase, allowing you to bring more.
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