My previous trips to Boracay has taught me a lot, so I have come up with my own packing list. I knew that every single day would be “pictorial day” so I decided to bring several swimsuits and summer outfits. I have anticipated that I would exceed my baggage allowance so I paid for checked-in baggage. Well, I think I brought too much because I wasn’t able to use the other clothes, but it’s fine– it’s better to have extra clothes than run out of outfits. Here are some tips that will help you in your Boracay trip based on my last trip.
1. Choose your summer outfits ahead of time. I purchase swimsuits and summer outfits every month (as early as July). If you will buy in Boracay, it will be more expensive.
2. Bring travel bags if you don’t have a suitcase. I brought my pink travel bag I got from Heartstrings for P500 (for my clothes) and the other striped see-through bag that I got from Robinsons East Mall for P299 (for my accessories and other stuff). (Next time I will buy a pink suitcase :-))
3. It’s optional if you will bring your own towel. Hotels provide towels for their customers. I still brought my pink towel because I bring it with me everytime I go out to the beach and swim.
4. Bring at least 4 pairs of undies and bras. After swimming, you need to get ready for another outfit/s for walking and partying.
5. Match your eyewear with your outfit– bring at least 3 or 4 sunglasses or shades.
6. Hotels will provide you with toiletries, (I didn’t bring any) but you should have your sun protection and hair vitamins. If you don’t like to load your bag with these, you can buy these from the grocery store.
7. Bring slippers ( I brought 2 pairs from Banana Peel) and beach sandals to match your clothes. I got the white one from Parisian in SM Masinag for only P399 and the black one from Cardam’s in Robinsons Metro East for more or less P750.
8. If you want to have picnic with your loved ones, bring a beach mat. I got mine from Robinsons metro East for P250. You can also put your things here while you swim (just make sure that someone is watching or taking care of your important belongings).
9. You will need beach bags. I got a big one from National book store for P299– this is where I put my towel, sun block, selfie stick, shades, mobile phone and my sling bag. I got my pink sling bag from Robinsons Metro East for P199. I use this if I go to restaurants to have dinner– I have cash and my credit card wallet inside.
10. Cash and credit cards. It really depends on your lifestyle and spending habits. I spent between P1000 to P1500 for the 3 of us for our meals (We had free breakfast in Estacio Uno for 2 days) so we just ate in affordable restaurants like Smoke, Villa de Oro Restaurant, Carusso Restorante Italiano and Andoks. Fruitshakes (Jonah’s Fruit Shakes and Estacio Uno Cafe) and crepes (Crazy Crepes) range from P120-180. We bought 3-in-1 coffee from Budget Mart so we didn’t have to order from Starbucks or from other cafes. In case you run out of cash, you need to bring your credit cards with you.
11. I brought one visor with me because I didn’t want to carry a big hat 🙁 I just bought one from one of the vendors in White Beach for P250.
12. You need your cell phone for important messages and of course to take pictures. While i was there, I still managed to have business transactions. Good thing, we have FREE wifi connection in Estacio Uno. Do NOT forget to bring a charger and a powerbank with you.
I3. Don’t forget your travel documents/vouchers and identification cards.
I hope this will help you plan with your next trip in Boracay 🙂