Are you planning on camping in the Philippines?
Heading out on a camping adventure can be both exciting and overwhelming. You might forget a few things. It can be stressful if you don’t know what and how to pack for a camping trip. Read on if you’re not sure on what to pack for a camping trip in the Philippines. In this article, we’ll share a few travel essentials for an epic camping aside from a good pair of headphones.
Essentials for Camping in the Philippines
The first thing that you should know about the Philippines is that there are only two seasons – summer and the rainy season. Having a waterproof tent can save you when it suddenly rains at night. Plus, bringing your own tent in a campsite instead of renting one can help you save some money. You’ll only need to pay for the camping ground.
Check out Decathlon in Alabang as they have some of the cheapest and high-quality camping tents.
Sleeping Bags or Blankets
Depending on where you’re going, you can either bring a sleeping bag or a blanket. If you plan on camping in the mountains like Mt. Pulag, it’s best to bring a sleeping bag to keep you warm in the cold night. On the other hand, if you choose the beach like Manuel Uy or Masasa in Batangas, a lightweight blanket will do since it’s hotter in these parts compared to the highlands.
Don’t ever forget to bring a towel. I forgot mine a few times in the past that I had to sacrifice a good piece of clothing to dry my hair and skin. Also, bring some soap, brush, shampoo, and toothpaste.
I have a friend who brings playing cards –UNO and tarot cards whenever we go camping in the Philippines. During our camping trips, she brings these out, and we play all day and night. It adds to the fun factor of the whole camping experience if you have some games with you.
Don’t let mosquitos ruin your camping trip. Bring a repellent.
First Aid Kit
You never know what may happen in the wilderness. It’s essential that you have a first aid kit to deal with the unexpected scratches, burns, cuts, and bumps.
Flashlight, Headlamp or Lantern
Avoid stumbling into the bathroom at night. Always have a fully charged light source especially if you’re going to a place that has no electricity. It also helps when you’re planning on trekking to a mountain summit early in the morning.
If you plan on camping in the Philippines for a few nights, it’s best to bring a stove and some matches. Not all campsites allow bonfires, especially in the beach areas. Plus, not all camping resorts cook food for you. Preparing your own food can also help you save some money since some campsites charge a lot for one meal. If you’re the mountains, leave no trace. Campers are some of the reasons why there are forest fires. Just look at what happened to Mt. Pulag. Be a responsible camper. You should also bring a few pots, mugs, dishes, matches, and a multi-tool.
Clothes and Footwear
Pack some waterproof hiking boots if you plan on a hike and some camp sandals and shoes to use on the campsite. Also, don’t forget to bring some lightweight clothing. Get as much as you need but also consider how long you will be staying in the camp to avoid carrying too many clothes. If you plan on swimming, bring some swimwear. It also helps to bring a raincoat because the Philippine weather can be unpredictable.
- When going camping, be responsible enough and clean before you leave. Consider the ones coming after you.
- Always bring a trash bag and don’t leave your garbage lying around the campsite.
- Check the weather forecast before going on a camping trip. It can be dangerous at times if there is a typhoon coming.
- It can get too hot inside the tent during daytime in the summer. Look for a suitable place to set up camp, so you don’t suffer.
Did I forget anything? Let me know and help other campers. Comment down below.
Where to Camp
Here are a few campsites in the Philippines you might want to check out.
- Baguio City
- Masasa, Tingloy, Batangas
- Manuel Uy, Calatagan, Batangas
- Batangas Beach Camping
- Hundred Islands, Pangasinan
- Kiltepan Peak, Sagada
- Pandin Lake, San Pablo, Laguna
- Talay, Hulugan and Hidden Falls, Luisiana
- Mt. Kalugong, La Trinidad, Benguet
- Mt Maculot, Batangas
- Mt. Pulag, Benguet
- La Veryol’s Glamping, Tagaytay
You can also join our Camping Philippines Group on Facebook for more campsites and tips!
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Johanes is a digital nomad and a web content writer who loves to go on spontaneous travels. She also likes to go camp under the stars and play with her dog and cats.