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Malapascua

Online since:
April 28.2006
last update
November 15.2016

AABANA Beach & Watersport Resort Malapascua

What to bring for VACATION and what to wear

I added here some travel information for you, to have some idea what to bring and what not


    Southeast Asia has a climate that demands careful thought when planning a trip, but visitors to the Philippines should avoid taking a lot of luggage. Carting baggage between buses, taxis, train stations and hotels can be hard work in the area's high humidity, so backpackers should pack as light as possible. Plus, almost anything you leave at home can be bought in Southeast Asia for a few dollars.

    The tropical climate of Southeast Asia keeps the weather averaging about 86 degrees Fahrenheit around the year with a high amount of humidity and rain. The weather, therefore, requires that travelers use a bit of planning and forethought when packing for a vacation to keep cool and comfortable throughout the duration.

What to Wear/What Not to Wear

    Consider packing multiple swimsuits because the humidity of the tropics will mean that clothing might not always dry overnight. Bathing suits, shorts and tank tops are appropriate attire for the beach or at your resort. If you are leaving the resort area to shop or sightsee -- especially if there are any churches on your agenda -- wear lightweight but conservative clothing.

Clothing

    Pack two bathing suits, since if you go in the water on the first day, that suit will still be damp on the second. A woman can pack a bathing suit cover-up or sundress to wear over her suit, while a man can pack a T-shirt to wear with his. Pack one casual outfit to wear while walking on the boardwalk or in town, and a second that you can wear out to dinner in the evening. One pair of beach sandals and one pair of dressier shoes is all you'll need.
     Pack three pairs of underwear, just to be safe, and one set of pajamas.

    Pack lightweight clothing to keep cool. Include enough shorts or skirts, and T-shirts to get through three to four days. Most areas have inexpensive laundry facilities. If you are traveling to a more remote region of Southeast Asia, you may have to pack a larger supply of clothing.

Health and Safety

    The tropics often means mosquitoes, making insect repellent a must. Some people prefer to buy bug spray when they arrive, thinking that a local repellent will be more effective against local pests, but this is not always a good plan. Insect repellents in other countries can contain chemicals that have been banned in the United States. If your destination is host to mosquitoes that could carry malaria talk to your doctor about prophylactic malarial drugs. It is not advisable  to drink the tap water in  tropical destinations. Stick to bottled water and pack water purification tablets.

Weathering Your Trip

    Tropical destinations tend to be equatorial, which means the sun is especially strong. Think about wearing a sunscreen with a higher SPF than you do at home and be sure to pack plenty of it. Make certain to bring beach cover-ups and broad-brimmed hats and a pair of UV-protection sunglasses to protect yourself from sunburn or skin damage, but remember that its not all sunshine in the tropics. Rainstorms can come on fast and furious, so pack an umbrella and rain slicker or waterproof poncho.

    Be prepared for rain with a lightweight raincoat and an umbrella. A waterproof bag or pouch can keep your valuables dry in the event of unexpected rain.

    If your skin is particularly sensitive to the sun, you can find UV-protected clothing to wear during long outings in the sun.

A Sporting Life

    Water sports are a big part of life in the tropics. If you plan to explore the ocean, pack your fins, snorkel mask, wetsuit and scuba diving license.

    Pack your snorkeling gear if you intend to indulge in some underwater adventure. In some cases, you can purchase or rent the equipment at your destination, but if you are thinking about leaving your equipment at home, call ahead to make sure there is a good selection of items.

    No matter what you plan to do on the beach, you'll need sunglasses and sunblock. Pick a waterproof variety and reapply it every few hours. If you burn easily, a hat with a large brim is a smart addition.

Personal Items

    Bring travel-sized toiletries if your hotel doesn't provide them, as well as extra contact lenses, birth control and any prescription medications you need. Bring aloe vera gel, which will soothe sunburns, and a first-aid kid. Stock your wallet with some cash for the beach-side ice cream stand and arcade games, and bring your insurance card in case of accidents. If you're visiting a quiet beach town without much nightlife or are traveling with children, pack some games you can play in the hotel once the sun goes down. Finally, don't forget your camera and extra batteries.

    Pack a toiletries bag of essentials. Many countries in Southeast Asia are unfamiliar with some feminine hygiene products, such as tampons. If you require these on your trip, pack them in your bag. Add a first aid kit, pain relievers, gastrointestinal medication for emergencies, and any prescription medications you will require.

    Pack a small flashlight to prepare for unexpected electricity outages, and for exploring caves and other natural environments.

Sample Packing List: Bring With You

    Backpack -- between 30-50 liters
    Sandals with ankle straps
    Canvas shoes
    Lightweight pants
    Shorts or skirt
    Swimming gear (or shorts that double as swimmers for men)
    Quick-dry long-sleeved shirt/top
    3x underwear
    2x socks
    Wide-brimmed hat
    Clothes washing liquid/soap flakes
    Sunblock
    Anti-malarial tablets
    DEET insect spray
    Plug-in mosquito killer
    Lighter
    Sunglasses
    No-peg clothesline
    Guidebook
    Camera and charger
    Multiple-type adapter

Sample Packing List: Buy When You Get There

    Sarong or Microfibre towel
    Extra clothing
    Toothpaste
    Toothbrush
    Shampoo
    Painkillers
    Novel
    Notebook
    Pencil
     

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