How to Pack Like A Professional Travel Blogger

 

My traveling stint took me back more than 20 years ago when I embarked on my first journey to our province. Imagine a 5 or 6 year old kid tasked to bring all of her stuff and be in the mountains for 2 weeks or for the entire summer break [which spans up to 2 months]. Back then, when computers, laptops and cellphones are thing of the future, I had learned the value of taking care of your equipment and valuables above everything else.

 

However, being exposed to different jobs and interests, while following my passion for the outdoors and also being able to take the Basic Mountaineering Courses, I learned how to pack effectively for all my travels. And that includes everything that I need in my length of travel. Being self contained makes me save money in my travels. Carrying my pack most of the time instead of portering definitely made me save extra money that I can have as a buffer/contigency fund.

 

Here are some things that we need to understand while packing up:

  1. We are only allowed to carry ⅓ of our total weight. That means, choose a backpack after you had checked your total weight. Most of the backpacks are measured in Liters, not in kilograms, though when roughly translated, 1 KL is equivalent to 1 L. Then again, you have to bear in mind that the human body can lift only ⅓  of our average weight comfortably. So for overnights or 3 day travels, you can definitely carry a 30L or 40L pack snug-fit.
  2. Always make sure to compress your stuff and place bulky ones at the bottom of the pack. It will definitely help if you roll your garments too. Sleeping bags, windbreakers/rainbreakers can be placed in the bottom.
  3. Make a list of the things that you are packing. As a digital nomad, we need to pack out our chargers, laptops, mobile phones, power banks and flash drives so that we won’t miss a thing or two with our created memories. Neatly coil up the wires to prevent from being tangled and always make sure to provide name stickers on your gadgets.
  4. Waterproof all of your stuff. Having a suitcase or a backpack, you can always individually pack it via Ziplocks or use a thick translucent garbage bag to waterproof your stuff. Just line up the inside compartment with the bag to make it waterproof. Unexpected downpours might come when traveling so it is better to be safe than sorry.
  5. Lastly, always share your itinerary with close family and friends. You will never know what lies ahead but it will be better if a person or two would know where you are heading so that they will have an idea whenever emergency situations happen. In my climbs, we would always appoint a person that will check on us from time to time. Someone who has a list of our “In Case of Emergency” contacts. This is very crucial in every travel.

 

Over the years of traveling and with the help of experience, here are my “things to bring” and my take on how to pack like a professional blogger:

 

[Clothes]

  1. 1 set of decent blouse/polo shirt/slacks/skirt for dinner parties
  2. 1 pair of trek pants [khaki/black ones] can be worn either on formal or informal meetings
  3. 3 pairs of trek shorts
  4. 3 pairs of black leggings
  5. 3 pairs or more of two piece bathing suit
  6. 6 dri fit shirts
  7. 1 long-sleeve  dri fit shirt [this will work
  8. 1 pair of flip-flops
  9. 1 pair of sneakers
  10. 4 pairs of socks [depends on the number of days that you will travel]
  11. 1 pair of black dress socks
  12. 1 pair of dress shoes
  13. 3 pairs or less of undies
  14. 1 microfiber towel [less bulky and dries easily]

 

Toiletries: These travel sized buddies are packed in one mesh pouch

 

  1. 1 small bottle of shampoo
  2. 1 small tube of toothpaste and mouthwash
  3. 1 small toothbrush
  4. 1 small sized deodorant
  5. 1 small bar of soap or 1 bottle of shower gel
  6. 1 small tube/bottle of lotion
  7. 1 pack of pantyliner/pads
  8. 1 small bottle of cologne
  9. 1 small bottle of sanitizer/alcohol
  10. dental floss

 

First Aid Kit: A must have in every travel

  1. cotton buds
  2. cotton balls/squares
  3. Povidone-Iodine Solution
  4. band aids
  5. AntiBacterial Cream
  6. Anti burn ointment
  7. oral meds like paracetamol, anti histamine, pain relievers, anti motility, anti colds, anti vomiting, nasal decongestants, etc [2 tabs/caps for each]
  8. elastic bandage [3x5 in diameter]

 

Gears: Though I seldom bring this all when I am up in the mountains, still when I travel elsewhere, I bring these.

  1. Camera [either point and shoot or DSLR]
  2. Mobile phone with Camera
  3. Chargers
  4. Power bank
  5. Laptop /Tab
  6. Universal Power Converter
  7. Tripod [optional]
  8. LTE devices/wifi sticks
  9. ear phones/headsets

 

Packing stuff might differ from one person to another and the list of the”must haves” are endless. It will be always helpful to bear in mind your needs and as well as how prepared you are for the trip. And while you’re at it, do not forget to bring your other essentials like Passport, Visa, pocket money in different currencies [when traveling internationally], a TSA padlock to secure your pack, additional ziplocks and eco friendly bags or perhaps, assault packs [tiny backpacks attached to big outdoor packs].

 

Another thing to consider is snacking on little proportions the healthy way. Dried fruit and nuts are a great way to fight hypoglycemia while walking around exploring places. And also, always hydrate with water. It helps flush out toxins and maintain a healthy pinkish glow on your skin. It also helps regulate body temperature.

 

Hope you did learned a lot from this. Happy packing! 🙂

Sources:

 

http://travelfashiongirl.com/blogger-packing-lists/

http://fathomaway.com/postcards/stuff/expert-packing-advice/

http://www.refinery29.com/travel-writer-packing-tips

http://www.nomadicmatt.com/travel-blogs/packing/

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Cebu!

 

Cebu is one of the country’s top destinations that come to mind when travel is talked about. Not only can Cebuanos boast of very beautiful scenic spots but they also have a lot of local culture to share. Their culture is more Filipino than what you get from people in Manila who may be regarded as more Americanized in mindset and practice. There are different ways on how one can get around and discover more of what Cebu has to offer. One can move along with the conventional way of city tour where a guide explains the sites with detailed history and one can also join the new form of city tour where guests just walk to go around the city to feel more immersed in the local environment. Because of the surge of the new mindset in travel, guides have also evolved to keep up with the demands of the market in terms of guiding. Now, not only do guides have to be knowledgeable about the place but they also have to be very resourceful and artistic to make sure that they keep their guests entertained. They can do this by humanizing their stories by injecting personal stories and making it more real for their audience.  Apart from the conventional tours, there has also been a continuous discovery of off the beaten destinations and activities that are not conventional.

 

One of them is the biking adventure trail that Cebu Mountain Bike Adventures can offer. Fear not that this activity is only for professional bikers because even beginners can also join in. There are different tracks for different levels of expertise from beginner to professional ones. Their guides are really friendly and accommodating, I remember how one of our friends did not know how to ride a bike and he was even given a crash course on how to maneuver a bike.  We went on the hills that looked more like New Zealand than Philippines with the view of cows and lush greenery down to the lake and a very sumptuous Boodle meal that is really very Filipino. Nowadays, it is hard to find a place where they serve the traditional local Filipino kind but I have to say the house we stayed at for lunch and the way Nanay (Term used for old women) cooked the roasted pork really made me go back in time and remember what being Filipino was all about. This is really one memorable experience.

 

But Cebu can’t be Cebu without food and delicacies, one of the hidden gems in this city is cottage industry turned big time business, Ralfe Gourmet Chocolates or The Chocolate Chamber which serves and sells different kinds of flavored Hot Tsokolate and truffles that are truly Filipino. They also have a Museo de Tsokolate-only one in the Philippines where people can interact and see the whole process of how cocoa is turned from plant to consumable ready chocolate.  

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3 Subic Destinations That Will Let Your Inner Child Out

3 Subic Destinations That Will Let Your Inner Child Out

Subic is so much more than the usual Zoobic Safari and Ocean Adventure its known for. Up to try something new? You came to the right place.

Hey there! I’m Candyd Sia. A marketing student at DLSU who eats anything that crosses her path and will hopefully travel the world someday.

 

1. Magaul Bird Park

 

Magaul Bird Park is the first bird park in the Philippines with a world class bird show!

 

 

This place will surely take up your whole day so be sure to go as soon as the park opens to get the most of what you paid for. Trust me, its gonna be fun and worth your while.

 

Ticket Prices:

Chick – Under 3ft – Free

Eagle – 3’1 and Above – PHP 350

Vulture* – 65yrs+ – PHP 300

 

*Senior Citizen’s Card is required, and can only be availed for one person only.

There are a lot of fun-filled attractions in this park, but here are some of my favorites.

 

Wings of the World  

 

 

This is not like any other bird show you’ve seen. Wings of the world is a live and interactive bird show featuring both small and big birds. You will see them flying all around you and you’ll never know where they’ll come from.  You can even touch and feed the birds after the end of the show.

 

Tip: Go out of your comfort zone and participate when the host asks for volunteers during the show. Its definitely an experience you wouldn’t want to miss.

Show Schedule:

Weekdays 11:00AM, 1:30PM and 4:00PM

Weekends and Public Holidays: 11:00AM & 1:30PM

 

Goliath Swing

 

 

Goliath Swing ride isn’t for the faint-hearted. For the thrill-seekers out there, you’ll surely enjoy this ride. This huge swing will send you flying 180 degrees into the air hanging over a cliff. If this doesn’t make you scream at the top of your lungs, especially right before that big drop, I don’t know what will. But don’t worry, you’ll feel lighter after you’ve realized that you’ve just conquered your greatest fear. You should definitely put this on your bucket list.

 

Aerial Adventure Walk

 

 

This course will definitely test your fitness level. From walking on a single rope to swinging from one tree to another, Aerial Adventure Walk will definitely leave you sweating after finishing the entire course. It may look easy, but as they say, looks can be deceiving. 

Tip: Bring an extra shirt and water because this course will surely tire you out

Address: Upper Mau, Cubi-Triboa, Subic Bay Freeport Zone, Luzon 2222, Philippines

Phone Number: +63 47 252 1489

Opening Hours: Monday-Sunday 8:00AM-5:00PM

Website: http://www.magaulbirdpark.com/

 

2. JEST Camp

 

Jungle Environment Survival Training (JEST) Camp is where we give adventurous souls a chance to learn indigenous skills in an active, hands-on environment, and educate them on how to work with the wonders of nature responsibly through unique attractions and give them an unforgettable close-up experience with our beloved animals, critters and plants.

 

Jungle Survival Demo

 

 

Survival 101 is all about letting you know how to survive in the wild with the barest essentials. This Demo will show you how to make your own tools, how to build your own fire and how you can drink water straight out of a tree. You got to see it with your own eyes to believe me. Who knew it was possible right?

 

Prices for Mondays to Thursdays:

Child – PHP 900.00 Guardian – PHP 630.00 Toddler – PHP 500.00

Address: Upper Mau, Cubi-Triboa, Subic Bay Freeport Zone, Luzon 2002, Philippines

Phone Number: +(63)472521489 ,+639177964668

Email:adventure@jestcamp.com

Opening Hours: Monday-Sunday 8:00AM-5:00PM

Website: http://jestcamp.com/

 

 

3. Funtastic Park

Funtastic Park is the first indoor Educational Fun Park inside Subic Bay Freeport Zone. Here they offer fun and unique activities which can be enjoyed not only by the kids but the kids-at-heart as well.

 

 

This park has all sorts of indoor rooms and outdoor maze adventures; you definitely won’t run out of things to do. It’s a little dark in some rooms like the enchanted forest walk in 3D room and you won’t be able to take pictures in some of them, but at least you can enjoy the moment even more. Don’t worry rooms like the 3d wall art room will pretty much make up for it.

 

 

But the fun isn’t over yet. Did I mention that there’s a trampoline, a garden maze and a grass slide outside? Yes. You read that right. So what are you waiting for? Call up your friends, hop on that car and off to Subic to you go!

 

 

Address: Building 2070, Corregidor Highway | East Ilanin Forest, Subic Bay Freeport Zone, Luzon 2222,Philippines

Phone Number: 047 250 3099, 0998 530 9377

Email: funtasticparksubicbay@gmail.com

Opening Hours: 9:00AM – 6:00PM

Website: http://funtasticpark.com/

 

Photo credits: Candyd Sia

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A Trip To The North You’ll Definitely Remember

A Trip To The North You’ll Definitely Remember

 

What’s a better way to start your Sunday morning than a road trip away from the bustling streets of Manila for a breath of fresh air?

 

Hey there! I’m Candyd Sia. A marketing student at DLSU who eats anything that crosses her path and will someday travel the whole world. It’s time for a change of scenery and escape your usual stressful city life.  I know it could be scary to explore uncharted territory, so if you’re not geographically inclined like me, you can use this map (or waze) to put you in a little bit of peace. So rise and shine and let’s go on a trip to Antipolo!

 

 

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If you don’t want to go through the hassle of waiting for parking, The Pinto Art Museum opens from 9AM-6PM, Tuesday-Sunday. I suggest you get there as soon as it opens, since there’s really no place to park other than on the streets beside the museum. Plus, you can get to take some good shots without having to worry about people being in the background.

 

Tip: If you’re a student, bring your school I.D and you’ll be able to get your ticket for only P100 instead of the regular rate of P180. If you plan to bring your grandparents with you, the senior citizen rate is P150.


 

There is also a no food, pets and changing clothes rule upon entering the premises so you better go there with a happy tummy and I hate to say this, but you have to leave your furry friends at home this time.  

Apart from having six galleries, it also has a separate museum for indigenous art and a pinto art gallery. There are also tons of gardens located at different areas where you can see a chapel, an amphitheater, a roof deck where you can see the sunset view and even a pool! Make sure to a lot at least 4 hours, if you plan to take your time to look through each gallery, appreciate the artworks and take those Instagram-worthy photos.

 

 

There’s this one gallery that we stumbled upon and its contents were, shall I say, interesting. Watch out for it since it’s pretty easy to miss considering it’s not an open gallery. But of course, the curiosity in me, told me to open the door and explore its contents with wide-eyes. Warning: don’t bring little kids in here since this room contains artworks not suitable for children.  

 

 

Bring a fan, umbrella and water or anything to beat the heat since it could get a bit steamy roaming around the whole place, especially when you go outdoors. This is where your fitness level will definitely get tested, but overall, it was a fun and enjoyable experience. Word can’t describe how beautiful and peaceful this place is. You really have to experience it yourself to understand what I’m saying.

 

 

After all the walking you’ve done, its time to fuel up and grab some lunch! You can opt to have lunch in the museum since they have their very own Pinto Café, Café Rizal and Café Tan-aw by Peppermill located inside. You can get reservations by calling 986-18-04 since it can get filled up pretty quickly.

 

 

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PINTO ART MUSEUM
Address: Number 1, Sierra Madre St. Grand Heights, Antipolo City, Rizal, Philippines
Phone Number: (02) 697-10-15

Opening Hours: Tuesday – Sunday 9:00AM-6:00PM

 

If you want to go somewhere else and explore Antipolo a little bit further, you can try getting breakfast for lunch at Eggs for breakfast.  I suggest you order the One pan breakfast and Vigan longganisa.

 

 

EGGS FOR BREAKFAST

Address: 21 Don Juan Street Villa Cecilia Subdivision, Antipolo, Rizal, Philippines

Phone Number: (02) 213-24-34

Opening Hours: Monday-Sunday 7:00AM-5:00PM

 

Bonus: If you want to stay at Antipolo a little bit longer. You can opt to visit Cloud 9 to chill and watch the city lights sparkle with the amazing 360° view of the metro.

 

 

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CLOUD 9

Address: Bgy. Sta. Cruz, Sumulong Highway, Antipolo, 1870, Philippines

Phone Number: (02) 584 3011 

Opening Hours: Monday-Sunday 7:00AM-5:00PM

 

 

Photo credits: Candyd Sia

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12 Hours Around Manila

12 Hours Around Manila

 

Visiting the Philippines and you have one spare day for a day trip around the country’s capital city – Manila?

Are you not sure what places are worth visiting in Manila?

We’ve got it covered for you.

Known as the Pearl of the Orient, Manila has important and great things to offer to you. Manila could give you a taste of both the present reality in Manila, and the rich history of Manila. Manila will show you both the rich and the poor, the present and the past. It’s a good place to learn about the Philippines and experience the Filipino culture.

So what can you do for a day in Manila?

To start your day, visit Rizal Park or Luneta Park early in the morning. Rizal Park is a famous landmark in Manila. It is located along Roxas Boulevard. It houses the monument of Dr. Jose Rizal – an executed Filipino nationalist during the Spanish regime in the Philippines. At this place, you could go for an early morning workout at the park, while visiting this historical park.

 

 

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If you have spare time, you could also check out Manila Bay. But, I would suggest you visit Manila Bay also along Roxas Boulevard just before sunset. Manila Bay is a harbor serving the Port of Manila which is known for its iconic sunset. And it is one of the best things you would want to see in Manila.

 

 

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Next stop, would be Fort Santiago in Intramuros, Manila.

Fort Santiago is a citadel which was built also during the Spanish era as a form of defensive structure to protect Manila – a newly built city that time. It’s the famous Walled City of Manila. Some people usually visit this at night and join a historical and ghost walk tour.

 

 

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Then, next stop could either be Manila Ocean Park, Binondo – the oldest Chinatown in the world, or Star City.

Whichever of the three places could be a good choice for you depending on your preferences, and the type of experience you would want to try.

Let’s start with Manila Ocean Park.

Manila Ocean Park is Philippine’s first world class marine theme park. The park is open from 10 am until 8 pm. Aside from their marine theme park, they have Hotel H2O within the park and fast foods and restaurants.

 

 

 

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Another possible stop is, Binondo – Chinatown.

It’s one of the best places to visit in Manila where you’ll experience the richness of the Filipino – Chinese cultures that had flourished for a long time already. Chinese fast foods and restaurants line the whole Binondo, you’ll spot authentic Chinese dishes and delicacies all over the place. It’s a taste of the Chinese culture within Manila. You also can enjoy shopping within this area, lots of malls to find both rare and common items at an affordable price.

 

 

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If otherwise, you are looking for fun and excitement. An amusement park is within your reach in Pasay, Manila. It would be more fun if you could be at this place for a whole day, but you only have 12 hours around Manila. You really have to choose your rides wisely.

For your last stop for the day, one of the largest shopping malls in the world, SM Mall of Asia (MOA). MOA is one of the tourist destinations in Manila, other than as a shopping center SM Mall of Asia also offers concert grounds, seaside restaurants and bars, amusement rides, skating rinks, IMAX theatre and many other features.

 

 

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This is a good last stop for a 12 hour day trip in Manila. It can offer you a lot of things, and it’s nice to be here at night.

 

 

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Your Ultimate Checklist of Southern Cebu Experiences

Your Ultimate Checklist of Southern Cebu Experiences

 

Cebu is truly blessed with countless attractions from historical spots, natural wonders, vibrant festivals, and thrilling adventures. There’s just so much that it isn’t enough to see and experience everything in just one visit. Here are some of the South Cebu experiences you shouldn’t miss!

 

 

1. Dolphin Watching

 

 

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There are several spots in the Visayas region where you can see dolphins, and one of the best spots is Cebu. When you try Pescador Island Hopping in Moalboal, this will be your first stop. Witnessing these amazing creatures play in their natural habitat is sincerely a spectacular experience. They usually swim near the water surface early in the morning. But always remember that these dolphins are in the wild and there isn’t a 100% guarantee they’ll show up during your visit.

 

2. Swimming with Sea Turtles

 

 

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Another marine creature you’ll love seeing are the sea turtles! There’s a specific area you’ll visit during island hopping where the turtles normally stay for feeding. They look so calm and peaceful while swimming in the clear blue waters of Moalboal. The local guides will help you spot and swim along with the turtles.

 

3. Sardine Run

 

 

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Oh, the sight of millions of sardine fish is simply jaw-dropping! The synchronized movements of the sardines against the backdrop of the deep blue water makes a picturesque view. No wonder this spot is popular to scuba and free divers. Even if you’re not into deep diving, you can witness this underwater marvel while snorkelling.

 

4. Osmena Peak

 

 

 

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Catch a magnificent view of the sunrise from the highest peak of the province of Cebu! Found in Dalaguete, Osmena Peak reaches 1,013 masl yet it’s considered a friendly hike and good for beginners. The view up there is a sight you must see when visiting Southern Cebu!

 

5. White Sand Beaches

 

 

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There’s always an inner beach bum inside every traveler. Worry not, because you also have several options of white sand beaches for some sweet time under the sun. There’s Basdaku White Beach in Moalboal and Sumilon Island in Oslob.

 

6. Waterfalls Hopping

 

 

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There are plenty of beautiful waterfalls in South Cebu. There’s Aguinid Falls where you can climb eight levels of waterfalls. The highest falls in the area is Mantapuyan Falls in Barili. There’s also Tumalog Falls, and of course, the famous Kawasan Falls where you can book a canyoneering trip with local guides.

 

7. Whale Shark Interaction

 

 

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Swim with the biggest fish in the sea — butanding! Whale shark interaction is the most unique experience you can find in South Cebu. Tan-awan, Oslob has been very popular for this attraction. Even foreign travelers visit Cebu just to see whale sharks! These marine animals are very friendly and are considered the gentle giants of the sea. Seeing them is an experience you surely can’t miss!

 

Tell us about your favorite South Cebu experience!

 

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