"I haven't been everywhere but it's on my list”. This is my favorite quote penned by Susan Sontag. It’s true that I’ve never been to so many places especially outside of my country but for sure it’s on my bucket list. But I do love travelling especially in and around the Philippines. It’s my goal to go and see places abroad; but of course I still want to visit a lot of locations in the Philippines, because having 7,107 islands; there’s still so much to do and see.
Speaking of traveling, I have to admit I am not a light packer. I can’t imagine myself being a backpacker. I would rather pay extra for baggage allowance than get all agitated with the idea that I forgot to pack something. Yes.I.Overpack.
My friends joke around that I always look like I’m never going back whenever I’m traveling. They also tell me to not bring this and that because we can always get them to where we are going, BUT NO. I will get all crazy if like I follow their advice and then when we get there we won’t find the things that I should have brought with me.
Anhyhoo, here are some of my travel essentials:
Yep, you read that right! I always bring extra ones. If I'm on a 4-day-3-night trip I will bring like 6 days worth of undies. That's additional 2 days; because you'll never know when you'll need more. I'm just being practical and I don't want to spend time buying undies from a store somewhere in my travel destination. Time is precious when you're on vacation right? It should be spent on more important things than go to the local mall or store.
After going/walking around in my travel destination, I usually feel like I don't smell good anymore (also after doing a lot of activities). That is why I make it a point to always, alway, bring a perfume or a mist. It's the easiest way to feel and smell fresh, I guess.
Most of my travels involve the beach and since I enjoy being under the sun while the rest of my friends find shade, I make sure I put enough sunblock and re-apply after a few hours. I'm not getting any younger, so taking care of my skin is a top priority. I also hate getting those painful sunburns; putting on sunblocks lessens that kind of effect after being exposed to the sun for hours.
On the beach or just walking around a new city, I think bringing sunnies with you is a must. They protect your eyes from the sun, pollution and dust. Plus it's a great item to use to disguise yourself in a city where no one knows you. (Did I make sense there? LOL!)
I know, I know... I've already packed 2 luggage but what if I went shopping and don't have anything to put all the stuff in? I will go bonkers. No, seriously. That's why I bring another bag that's lightweight but huge so that I can't put a lot of things in there. Also, I can just bring it as a carry-on and never to worry about excess baggage.
I can't live without music. I think the only time that I don't listen to music is when I'm inside the office floor because we can't bring any electronic device inside. But if we're allowed, I'm pretty sure I'll be listening to music all day (night) long. So earphones are not just important for me when travelling, it's an everyday essential. Especially that I like listening to music to lull me to sleep and while sleeping. It's also a nice way to escape from making conversations to the person sitting next to you if you're travelling alone and want to sleep or while waiting for your flight.
Power banks, for me, are one of the best things that were ever invented! Since I 'm always using my phone and always taking photos, my phone's battery always gets used up pretty fast. And I will be out of my wits when while travelling and taking photos, I see that I'm having low power on my phone or other gadgets. That's why I have 3 power banks that I bring everyday, not only when traveling.
I can forget everything but not my digital camera... just kidding! But I really can't go on a trip without bringing my beloved DSLR. A blogger should have one, I guess. I know the latest smart phones take good photos but DSLR is still a necessity. Because sometimes, in low light conditions some smartphones don't take good photos. Also, one time, when I forgot my camera in my friend's car, a day before my trip to HK, I had to beg him to come back to my place. I even bribed him with gas money so that he'll just agree. That's how I am so attached with my DSLR.
Smart Phone with Good Front and Back Cameras
I have one of the latest smart phones with a good camera... or so I think. I just recently dropped my phone (it always happens though, like my phone has its own life and just always decides to jump from my hand) and the glass protecting the camera broke into pieces. Now the photos I'm taking using it, is a bit out of place; maybe because I dropped it so hard this time around that the camera got slightly damaged. And to be honest, its front camera doesn't take good and sharp photos at all. Faces always get deformed too, for reasons I don't know why. That's why I think it's high time to get a new one. Like the new OPPO F1s.
I've been reading and hearing a lot of good reviews about it. I'm not so much of a selfie addict and I'm also not good at taking selfies. But I do take selfies once in a while. So I think I need a smartphone that takes good selfies. Plus it's also hard to take selfies with my DSLR. The OPPO F1s has a 16MP Front Camera which means more light and more detail. It uses a front beauty camera with a 1/3.1 -inch sensor and an F/2.0 aperture. This allows for more light to enter the camera, and enhances its sensitivity. So it can give me natural -looking selfies even in low-light conditions.
Also, of course, when I'm travelling I am usually with friends, and you know how hard it is to take a groufie and compress all the people inside a photo. The Oppo F1s Selfie Panorama where you can simply rotate the phone from side to side to take a wide-angle selfie and it automatically stitches together the photos to make sure that the whole party gets in the shot. It also has a rear camera that takes wonderful night shots. The F1s sports a 13MP rear camera with an industry-leading imaging chip. A 1/3.06-inch sensor allows the F1s to maximize light sensitivity, making for wonderful nighttime performance. The large pixels also work to bump up the dynamic range and give pictures a vivid depth and detail for capturing exceptionally clear and detailed photos. All that I ever need to have blog posts and Instagram-worthy photos of my foodie and travel adventures. Moreover, if I have this, not bringing my DSLR could be an option. That means less things to bring and less luggage weight.
So what do you guys think, should I get one soon? How about you guys, what are your travel essentials?