The Philippines, as of late, is becoming one of the most popular travel destinations in all of Asia. It is personally one of my favorite countries in the world that offers endless, fun-fuelled adventures! The Philippines is made up of 7,500 tropical islands that are desperately waiting to be explored!

Having backpacked all over the Philippines myself, I have a pretty fair idea of what to pack for the Philippines and why!



The Philippines has a wide range of accommodation options from luxury resorts to budget hostels and everything in between. I use to search and book all of my accommodations in the Philippines.

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The best time to visit the Philippines is in the dry season, between November and April.

The wet season in the Philippines typically starts in June and ends in November.

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Most likely you are going to get up to a lot of adventures in the Philippines whether it be hiking volcanoes, exploring waterfalls or beach hopping! A waterproof phone case is a must-have item to keep your phone safe from water damage, sand and scratches. Suitable for all smartphone models.

Philippines Packing List Essential ∼ Waterproof Phone Case


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A reusable water bottle is a must when deciding on what to take to the Philippines and it’s something I have with me on all of my adventures. Not only will the Hydro Flask keep your water icy cold all day but you will also be helping the environment by reducing the use of plastics in the Philippines.

Philippines Packing List Essential ∼ Hydro Flask Water Bottle


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If you are searching for the best day bag to take with you when backpacking the Philippines, then look no further. The Nomatic 20L day bag is one of the best backpacks on the market and perfect for those everyday adventures! This particular Nomatic bag is water-resistant, anti-theft, light-weight and incredibly durable.

Philippines Packing List Essential ∼ Nomatic Day Bag

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A light-weight rain jacket is an absolute must when deciding on what to pack for the Philippines. The weather in the Philippines can be very sporadic due to the tropical climate and a downpour can happen at any moment. The best rain jackets I have come across for men and women are the North Face waterproof rain jackets with a breathable mesh lining and adjustable hood that can be tucked away inside the collar. Be prepared and add this essential item to your Philippines packing list.

Philippines Packing List Essential ∼ North Face Lightweight Rain Jacket (Mens)

Philippines Packing List Essential ∼ North Face Lightweight Rain Jacket (Womens)


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There’s an old saying, ‘If you can’t afford travel insurance, you shouldn’t be travelling’. I have been travelling for almost a decade and in that time I have tried many different travel insurance providers. As of late, I have been using World Nomads Travel Insurance on every trip and in my opinion, they are without a doubt the best travel insurance provider on the market. I always choose the World Nomads Explorer Plan as it covers just about everything.

Philippines Packing List Essential ∼ World Nomads Travel Insurance






ir?t=jonnymelon 20&l=am2&o=1&a=B01HQSWJK2Arriving in the Philippines and not being able to charge your phone, laptop, camera and other accessories is a nightmare for most travellers. I highly recommend equipping yourself with a universal power adapter that can be used everywhere in Asia and also in UK, Europe, Africa, United States and Australia.

Philippines Packing List Essential ∼ Universal Power Adapter

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Packing Cubes are honestly my favourite item in my backpack! Perfect for organising your shirts, pants, jackets, socks, underwear and more! Packing cubes make packing easier and more efficient, adding extra space and reducing packing frustration for your next trip to the Philippines.

Philippines Packing List Essential ∼ Packing Cubes


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One of the best things about having a portable power bank is that you can keep your phone and accessories charged on those longer adventures throughout the Philippines. This Anker Power Bank features 2 USB charging ports, rechargeable battery, works with iPhone, iPad, Samsung, Oppo and more! Also included is a micro-USB charging cable, travel pouch and 18-months warranty.

Philippines Packing List Essential ∼ Anker Portable Power Bank

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One of the most popular cameras on the planet. I love using the GoPro Hero 8 for everything involving water shots and those fast-paced adventures in the Philippines. It captures all of my best moments with its wide range of functions that are very simple to use and I highly recommend this camera when backpacking.

Philippines Packing List Essential ∼ GoPro Hero 8 Waterproof Camera

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Everyone loves a good selfie, right? This slick and stylish selfie stick can extend to 1.2m and I find it much easier to shoot photos and videos with the GoPro Hero 7 when it is mounted to the SandMarc Selfie Stick. This is definitely something you will not regret adding to your Philippines checklist.

Philippines Packing List Essential ∼ SandMarc Selfie Stick – Metal Edition


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The last thing you want when visiting the Philippines is a body covered in itchy mosquito bites or worst-case scenario, dengue fever. As I mentioned earlier, the Philippines has a very tropical climate and mosquitoes along with other nasty insects like to hang out almost everywhere where there is water. Be sure to get a bottle of insect repellent to throw in your check-in baggage when packing your Philippines essentials.

Philippines Packing List Essential ∼ Insect Repellent 100% Deet


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Yes, sunscreen! Some of us hate it, others can’t live without it. Nevertheless,  it won’t hurt to throw in a tube of sunscreen when packing for the Philippines and I guarantee you will end up using it every single day when you are out exploring! In my experience, sunscreen is quite expensive in the Philippines so it’s best to pack some before you go.

Philippines Packing List Essential ∼ Sun Bum 50+ Sunscreen


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I think it is safe to say that 9 out of 10 of us have been a victim of travellers diarrhoea when travelling in South East Asia. I personally eat a lot of street food and enjoy the odd seafood BBQ on the beach, but typically these types of eateries are known for bacteria-infected or out of date foods. So to be better safe than sorry, I recommend purchasing these Organic Activated Charcoal Tablets which are fast-acting and a safe way to rid your system of the toxins that cause stomach upset.

Philippines Packing List Essential ∼ Organic Activated Charcoal Tablets


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I know for sure that you are likely to visit at least one waterfall or find an epic cliff jumping spot during your travels in the Philippines. This beautiful country is a mecca for water adventures and muddy hikes so definitely consider purchasing an affordable pair of slip-on waterproof shoes when deciding on what to pack for Philippines.
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Philippines Packing List Essential ∼ Slip-On Waterproof Shoes

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To pack a towel or not to pack a towel? It’s a question I ask myself too often when deciding on what to pack for the Philippines. A standard beach or bathroom towel can take up quite a lot of space in your travel bag, though a quick-dry travel towel is a perfect alternative! This light-weight, microfibre travel towel is perfect for the beach, camping, backpacking and general travelling.

Philippines Packing List Essential ∼ Quick-Dry Travel Towel


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Kindle’s are the best alternative for books when travelling. The Kindle e-readers are perfect for long haul flights, a relaxing read on the beach or a quiet evening away from the beach bars. The new Kindle’s are waterproof, linked with Audible, pair with bluetooth headphones or speakers, adjustable light settings to suit indoor/outdoor conditions, 8GB – 32GB storage and rechargeable batteries that last for weeks!

Philippines Packing List Essential ∼ Kindle E-Reader

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I never go on a trip without my hidden money belt. The best thing is that they are always out of sight, hidden beneath your clothing to prevent pickpockets. They are perfectly designed to keep your cash and other valuables safe for when you are out and about enjoying Philippine’s nightlife.

Philippines Packing List Essential ∼ Hidden Money Belt

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Along with the money belt, a travel passport wallet is a great addition for your Philippines checklist. I find it best to always keep my passport, valuables, travel documents, credit cards and cash all in one place, stowed away in this easily organised travel wallet.

Philippines Packing List Essential ∼ Travel Passport Wallet

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A dry bag is always a good item to consider when deciding on your Philippines travel essentials, especially if you are planning on going snorkelling, spending some time at the beach, exploring waterfalls or island hopping. Best to keep your phone and other valuables safe from water damage.

Philippines Packing List Essential ∼ Earth-Pak Dry Bag

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Something that I have surprisingly been using quite often is a head torch. It may not be an essential Philippines packing list item for everyone but if you do plan on hiking to some viewpoints for sunrise, which I highly recommend, then this waterproof and USB rechargeable head torch will quickly become your best friend.

Philippines Packing List Essential ∼ Foxelli Head Torch

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Philippines Travel Guide: 3 Weeks Philippines Itinerary

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Bohol Travel Guide: 31 Epic Things To Do In Bohol

Siargao Travel Guide: 15 Things To Do In Siargao

El Nido Travel Guide: El Nido Island Hopping

Coron Travel Guide: Coron Island Hopping

Boracay Travel Guide: 15 Things To Do In Boracay

Siquijor Travel Guide: 3 Day Siquijor Itinerary

Bantayan Island Guide: 15 Things To Do In Bantayan

Malapascua Island Guide: 11 Things To Do In Malapascua

Camiguin Travel Guide: 13 Best Camiguin Tourist Spots

Romblon Travel Guide: 12 Epic Things To Do In Romblon

Tablas Travel Guide: 10 Things To Do In Tablas

Carabao Travel Guide: 7 Best Things To Do In Carabao

Dumaguete City Guide: Best Dumaguete Tourist Spots

Sumilon Island Guide: Sumilon Island Itinerary



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I get a lot of messages from people wanting to know what camera gear and travel essentials I use while backpacking around the world, so I have put together a list of everything I carry with me on my travels and that I can personally recommend to you.

As a full-time backpacker, I try to travel as light as possible when I’m on the road and so everything listed below is all you will need to travel the world, take quality photos and not have to carry too much weight.


Camera – Sony A7ii Full Frame Mirrorless

This model of Sony is one of the most affordable, compact and best mirrorless cameras on the market. I shoot with this camera every day and my quality of images has increased dramatically since I made this purchase. You can browse through all of my images in my blog to give you an idea of what this camera is capable of.q? encoding=UTF8&MarketPlace=US&ASIN=B00VZFYFJ6&ServiceVersion=20070822&ID=AsinImage&WS=1&Format= SL250 &tag=jonnymelon 20ir?t=jonnymelon 20&l=am2&o=1&a=B00VZFYFJ6Check Prices >>


Camera Lens – Sony Lens 24-70mm F/2.8 GM 

The 24-70mm is my go-to lens for this camera. It is dust & splash proof, also included is a lens hood & cap. The versatility of this lens allows me to shoot detailed portraits and also offers a wide dynamic range for shooting landscapes.

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The DJI Mavic Pro 2 drone is at the top of the game when it comes to high-quality images and video, easy to control functions and traveller-friendly capabilities. The Mavic Pro 2 shoots high-resolution images in JPEG + RAW and high definition 4K video. Purchase a DJI Mavic Pro 2 drone today and take your photography and videography to new heights!q? encoding=UTF8&MarketPlace=US&ASIN=B07GDC5X74&ServiceVersion=20070822&ID=AsinImage&WS=1&Format= SL250 &tag=jonnymelon 20ir?t=jonnymelon 20&l=am2&o=1&a=B07GDC5X74 Check Prices >>


Laptop Computer – Apple MacBook Pro 15.4″

The MacBook Pro laptop is very lightweight and perfect for backpackers travelling the world. Apart from my camera, the MacBook Pro is my most used accessory when it comes to uploading images, editing photos and video, writing all of my blog posts and booking flights and accommodation when I am on the road.

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High Definition Waterproof Camera – GoPro Hero 8

The most popular camera on the planet. I love using the GoPro 8 for anything involving water shots and for all of my fast-paced adventures. It captures all of my best moments with its wide range of functions that are very simple to use.

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The Feiyu Tech AK2000 is an easy to use hand-held stabiliser suited for DSLR and Mirrorless cameras of up to 2.8kg. Works with Canon, Sony, Nikon, Panasonic. Whether you are a travel vlogger or a filmmaker looking to create smooth, cinematic video then this is the accessory for you!

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The 40L Nomatic Travel Bag is the best purchase I have ever made. This bag has a designated water bottle pocket, RFID protected pocket, shoe compartment, laptop pocket, compression bag and more! The Nomatic Travel Bag is designed to fit the maximum size allowed for carry-on luggage so you’ll never have to spend money on check-in baggage again!

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Camera Bag – Lowepro Protactic 450 AW II Camera Bag

The Lowepro Protactic Camera Bag is one of the best camera bags on the market. It includes a waterproof rain cover, drink bottle holder, padded compartments for DSLR cameras, mirrorless cameras, drones, lenses, accessories and a laptop pocket. This is my bag of choice that I take with me on all of my adventures.

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Selfie Stick – SandMarc Selfie Stick – Metal Edition

Everyone loves a good selfie, right? This stylish selfie stick can extend to 1.2m and I find it much easier to shoot with the GoPro when it is mounted to the SandMarc Selfie Stick.

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GoPro Dome – Underwater Dome Port for GoPro HERO 

Have you ever wanted to know how to get those under/over water shots with the GoPro? This nifty little dome housing can create that perfect shot you are chasing. I use mine every time I am in the ocean!

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Memory Card – SanDisk Extreme Pro 64GB SDXC

The best thing about SanDisk Extreme Pro is that it delivers maximum speed for performance and uncompromising image and 4K video quality from my DSLR. Having 64GB of storage means that I can store my images on the SD card for 2-3 days and not have to worry about running out of space.

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Spare Camera Battery – 2 Pack Camera Battery for Sony

Don’t make the same mistake as me by taking hundreds of photos on a big adventure day and running out of battery. Be prepared with this 2 pack of spare batteries.

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Camera Tripod – Joby GorillaPod – Flexible Ballhead Tripod

The Joby GorillaPod is suitable for all DSLR and Mirrorless Cameras. This tripod is lightweight easy to use and perfect for setting up a time-lapse photo or even using it as a selfie stick. The legs are flexible so you can wrap it around a tree or a pole to get creative with your shot.q? encoding=UTF8&MarketPlace=US&ASIN=B002FGTWOC&ServiceVersion=20070822&ID=AsinImage&WS=1&Format= SL250 &tag=jonnymelon 20

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External Hard Drive – WD Elements Portable External Hard Drive 4TB – USB 3.0 

As a photographer, my images and video files take up a lot of space on my MacBook so I use this compact external hard drive to store everything. With 4TB worth of storage space, this is more than enough for a good year worth of content.

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Jonny Melon
Jonny Melon

Hey, I’m Jonny – surfer, skater, photographer, and coffee-lover from Australia!

With a burning passion for travel and the outdoors, I launched this Adventure Travel Blog in 2017, and I’ve been exploring the world ever since!

My little corner of the interwebs is a space where I love to share all of my epic adventures, cultural experiences, and captivating photos from around the globe with the ultimate goal to inspire and motivate other like-minded travelers to explore this wonderful earth too!

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