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:



  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! 🙂


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Travel Mini Map: Bali Edition

Travel Mini Map: Bali Edition

Luscious layers of rice terraces, exquisite black beaches, unorthodox animals, and alluring volcanoes backdropped with the most divine sunsets and sunrises on Earth. Where and how do all these wonders exist in one place alone? They do at Bali, the famed “Island of the Gods”!


1. Mas Ubud



Discover culture at its finest through an immersion into the Balinese traditions as well as lifestyle and faith right at the heart of Bali at Mas Ubud! Some must-experience forms of recreation in this little village are the Balinese Legong Dance, the Ramayana Balet, the Wayang Kulit Shadow Puppet, and the Agnihotra Spiritual Healing. Mas Ubud is also largely known for its livelihood in wood carving. Partake in the opportunity of becoming a wood carver and take home some of the best sculptures in the world as souvenirs! Most of these activities require special insider access, so you might want to consult a local guide before trying them out!



2. Lovina Beach



Explore what is referred to as “the island of the gods”! The coast of Lovina is a fabulous black beach! Here, get to witness an endless view of the northern coast and see its beauty while having those bites of local favorite dishes. Be sure to spot some dolphins while you’re soaking up the sun!




3. Singaraja



Submerge yourselves in the aquatic sights of northern Bali, literally! Northern Bali has such a huge diversity of landscapes and terrains, and that includes Singaraja. Undergo a visit to a fruit and flower market, witness the aquatic lifestyle of Balinese, and see how it impacts their local faith ranging from waterfalls, beach, and lake. Did we mention that Singaraja is Indonesian for “Lion King”?



4. Batur Volcano



Aside from Bali’s fascinating villages and picturesque rice fields, you must educate yourselves on its spectacular lakes and volcanos! Mount Batur, 1717 meters above sea level, is the most popular volcano in Bali. Upon seeing the view on top, we’ll leave you as the judges for this fact! Note: its last eruption was back in 2000, which is why it is considered an active volcano. Don’t worry, the locals will be there to tell you if it is safe for viewing!



5. West Bali National Park


The West Bali National Park, which has almost 200,000 acres of mangrove swamps and arid forests, is definitely a crucial natural treasure for you to witness firsthand! This park is home to key species such as the Bali starling, notable for being the island’s mascot, and the Rothschild’s mynah, a white soft bird with blue bands surrounding its eyes that can only be found here with limited species remaining in the world. The mouse deer, the barking deer, monkeys, leopards, and civets to also inhabit this portion of Bali. Prepare those outdoor outfits and devices to capture memories as you take on an adventure to discover Bali’s hidden and off-the-beaten forests!




6. Karangasem East Coast



If the USA has its famous East Coast, so does Bali! The east coast of Bali is filled with ancient traditions that one shouldn’t miss to grasp the living tradition of the Balinese, such as salt panning, which remains the villagers’ main livelihood. Unveil more secrets of Bali’s East Coast in the lens of the locals to know its heritage, history and heart!


7. Batukaru Mountains



Experience more natural creations through an excursion to the rural heartland of the island of Bali! Your trip to the Batukaru Mountains will highlight the natural charms of the  raw yet scenic beauty of the island undergoing adventures to its ancient agricultural places, rice paddies, and local markets. Here’s a bonus detour: stop at the ancient little-known temple of Batu Karu that’s mysteriously built on lush vegetation.



8. Taman Ayun Temple



Situated in the Mengwi Village of Badung District lies the Bali Taman Ayun Temple. You can also refer to it as a temple in a beautiful garden, which is what the name precisely translates to. This temple was built by a Mengwi King, I Gusti Agung Putu, in the Javanese year of 1556. Initially, I Gusti Agung Putu built a temple for the worship of his ancestors. Today, not only is the Taman Ayun Temple open to the public, but this temple is also included in World Heritage List.



9. Sekumpul Waterfall



Discover this hidden waterfall in the North of Bali! On the way to the falls, you will be surprised to see an abundance of fruit trees — such as durian and rambutan — around the village. Even before you reach the Sekumpul Waterfall, you will be amazed at how many other waterfalls can be found around the area, yet the twin waterfalls are the real deal. Upon arrival here after a tiring climb, you will immediately feel relaxed and at peace.



Sources: Discover Your Indonesia, Wikitravel, The Lovina Bali, Bali Golden Tour

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20 Yoga Poses for Healing

20 Yoga Poses for Healing

When an opportunity for a vacation arises, we get all giddy and excited, especially those of us who need it more than others. We all need to give our minds a break once in awhile, whether it may be that we planned a destination millions of miles away from home or even just in our own backyard. We all need to take time off from the city life to appreciate nature and all it has to offer, while it is still in tact. We all need to relax.

Truth is, not everyone knows how to relax. Isn’t that insane? We lose our chance to regain our sanity when we aren’t fully focused on renewing ourselves.

But don’t we just need sleep and to laze around all day to feel “relaxed”? Not really. Surprisingly, they can also make you feel sluggish at times. If you are super stressed and you suddenly go on a vacation, chances are you will be too busy thinking about all the work you need to accomplish the next day.

The good news is that sleeping and lazing around aren’t the only two things you can do to feel refreshed. Exercise is one of the most efficient ways to make you feel fresh inside and out. You can do any kind of exercise you want, but yoga is the best for keeping you stress-free. These poses are not limited to whenever you need to de-stress, you can also do these to heal your aching body, mind, or soul.


1. Bound Angle (Baddha Konasana)



This pose looks like a modified version of the Indian sit. Whenever we feel threatened, we tend to bind in the pelvis, although this feeling can become exhausting. Aside from targetting the pelvis, this pose is just as perfect for the release of the hips, knees, thighs, and groin. Hold the pose for as long as 5-10 minutes. Be careful when attempting this pose if you suffer from high blood pressure or any cardiac problems. This asana should be avoided in case of groin or knee injury, and if you are a woman on your monthly cycle.



2. Corpse (Savasana)


Usually done at the end of a workout, this is a restorative pose. Lay flat on your back and keep your feet and legs close together. Let your feet fall out to the sides. Keep your palms facing upward and have your eyes closed. Use this time to concentrate on relaxing your entire body. Don’t think about anything else. It works your whole body.




3. Pond (Tadagasana)



Another result of panic is when we bind in the diaphragm. Lie on your back, lengthen both legs, and sink your thighs down into the floor. Extend your arms overhead. Reach as far as you can until you feel a suction in your belly. This is the “pond”. Doing this stretch lengthens and loosens the abdominal cavity. It also opens up the chest so that the diaphragm can move easily. You will feel a greater ease of breath after holding this pose for at least 5 minutes, since your nervous system will be calmed.




4. Bridge (Setu Bandha)

First, lay on your back. Bring up your knees bent. Place your feet on the floor. Bring your heels close to your butt. Tuck your chin into your neck. Close your eyes for a full relaxation. Interlace your fingers together under your back. You will be stretching your vertebral column, thorax, lower back, and neck. This is one of the trickier poses in the book, so just be careful when attempting it.




5. Upward-Facing Dog (Urdhva Mukha Svanasana)



You’ve probably seen this pose before, because it is one of the most common poses. It is a powerful pose which awakens upper-body strength. It offers a wonderful stretch for the chest and abdomen. Even if you’re a professional, check back on your form once in a while to make sure you prevent injury.





6. Twist (Matsyendrasana)

Do the twist! Cross your legs and twist the torso while simultaneously locking your arm onto your bent knees. This is one of the most fascinating stretches, since it aims to hit most of your most prominent upper body muscles — the latissimus dorsi, the triceps, the deltoids, the obliques, the neck, and the pectorals.





7. Lion (Simhasana)

You may not realize that the jaw joint is one of the most overused joints in our body. We eat three meals a day, sometimes even more. Also known as the temporomandibular joint (TMJ), it is very strong and tends to lock when we try to hold back impulse. It is an uncomfortable position to be in when the jaw is locked. Open your mouth and stick out your tongue to its fall extension while exhaling. This will release tension in the jaw. Just don’t do this pose around your friends who might capture a funny picture of you.





8. Seated Forward Bend (Pascimottanasana)

Sit with your legs stretched straight out in front. Flex your toes back towards you. Press your sitting bones into the mat then lift your spine taller. Inhale the arms up into the sky, then exhale and bend forward reaching the hands towards the toes. You can reach past the feet if you want. Keep your chin towards your chest and lengthen the back of your neck. Move your shoulders away from the ears. This pose will take time to learn, as flexibility is not learned overnight.





9. Head to Knee (Janusirsasana)

Sitting with your legs straight in front, tuck your right heel into your groin, and uncurl the toes out from the left thigh. Lift your hands all the way to the sky and inhale the arms up above the head, then exhale and bend forward to touch the toes of the left foot. Let your forehead near towards the shin. Do this on both sides. Don’t be pressured if you can’t do this pose right away, or if your head won’t touch your knee. It takes time getting flexible. As long as you do this everyday, your body will learn to develop the skill.




10. Pyramid (Intense Side Stretch Pose)

Release your hamstrings and quadriceps with this loosening stretch. Step your feet to 4 feet apart. Rest your hands on your hips, then slowly bring them up to your back. Let your face touch the front leg. Make a praying position with your hands on your back. Make sure that you breathe throughout the stretch.





11. Standing Forward Bend (Uttanasana)



Bring your feet together so that your big toes touch, but keep the heels slightly apart. As you allow the spine to bend forward, tuck your tailbone under. Tuck the chin gently in towards the chest. Lengthen the back of the neck. Gently work the palms towards the earth, fingertips in line with the heels. This intense stretch is usually done after you’ve done an excruciating workout. You can even practice it if your hips, hamstrings, or calves hurt. Bonus: this stretch will strengthen your knees and thighs.





12. Downward-Facing Dog (Prasarita Padottanasana)

Begin on your hands and knees. From there, stretch your elbows and relax your upper back. Spread your fingers wide and press firmly through your palms and knuckles. Exhale as you tuck your toes and lift your knees off the floor. Press the floor away from you as you lift through your pelvis. This will release your shoulders, hands, hamstrings, calves, and even the arches of the foot.





13. Headstand (Salamba Sirsasana)

Holding up your head everyday is a huge job, since the human head weighs an average of 8–10 pounds. In this pose, you are forced to line up the head with the body. The benefits of a headstand show improvements in the alignment of the whole body, while strengthening the neck muscles. Turning yourself upside down is obviously tricky, so this pose encourages you to forget everything and focus in the moment. You might even be able to apply this concept in your day to day life, but let’s not think about that now.




14. Forearm Stand (Pincha Mayurasana)

This pose reverses the bloodflow in your body and brings your attention to your breath — just what you need! By going upside down, you’re literally changing your perspective. In addition, it naturally evokes a sense of calmness and happiness. Practicing regularly can actually relieve anxiety and depression.





15. Camel Pose (Ustrasana)

If you need an instant mood boost, the camel pose is a beautiful position to try. It will strengthen your painful back from too much sitting down in front of the computer. It opens up multiple body parts such as your shoulders, abdomen, thorax, throat, ankle, groin, chest, and even quadriceps. Take it slow when doing this move because you might collapse in your neck area if you’re not careful. That could cause serious damage.





16. Cobra Pose (Bhujangasana)

Lying face down with your legs straight out behind you, un-tuck your toes. Place your hands on the floor, just under your armpits, spreading your fingers. Inhale and begin to straighten your arms, but your elbows can stay bent. Stretch your chest forward and bring your torso up. It helps to concentrate on firming your shoulder blades against your back and lifting your sternum. Do not confuse this pose with the Upward-Facing Dog. They may look similar, but the difference lies in the arms and legs. In the Cobra Pose, the legs aren’t off the ground, unlike in the Upward-Facing Dog. The arms absorb less pressure too here, really aiming to lift the sternum.





17. Wild Thing (Camatkarasana)

Are you ready to go on a more intermediate level? Try this deep back bend! Beginning in a Downward-Facing Dog, bring your right leg up, and bend the knee. Reach the right foot behind you until the ball of the foot comes to the earth. Lift your hips up and open the center of your chest toward the sky. Reach the right arm up and open the chest a little more, coming into a deep back bend. Stay here for a few breaths. Repeat this on the other side. Take note that it is a good idea to warm the body with a few mild backbends before attempting this position.





18. Fish Pose (Matsyasana)

Another back bend type of asana! This will stretch the throat, navel, front of the neck, and muscles between the ribs while it strengthens the muscles of the upper back and the back of the neck. Begin on your back, legs extended, with your hands palms down, under your hips. Inhale and press into your elbows and forearms to arch your upper back and gently place the crown of your head on the floor. Be careful not to rest too much weight on the head. Remain in the pose for just a few breaths. When you release, give your knees a hug, all the way into your chest. Level is intermediate so just take precautions before attempting the pose.




19. Pigeon Pose (Kapotasana)

Arguably the most popular hip opener in yoga, the Pigeon Pose is both challenging and rewarding. Not only is it great at stretching the hip flexors and relieving sciatic discomfort, it also melts away tension, both physically and mentally. It encourages us to let go of everything, to simply embrace the discomforts of challenge and life alone and move beyond it. There are different variations of the Pigeon Pose, and the picture above is one out of two of these forms.





20. Dolphin Pose (Ardha Pincha Mayurasana)

The dolphin pose is a modified version of shoulder stand. It has all the same benefits without going completely upside down. We suggest that you do this pose until you build enough physical strength and confidence to try the forearm stand.











Sources: Yoga Anonymous, Rodale Wellness, Do You Yoga, Yoga Journal, Mind Body Green, Top Inspired, Return of Kings

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