A few optional items you may need when traveling in the Philippines

  • Spare razor blades for whatever type of razor you use. Disposables are available but the Mach 3 type of blades are not always available (especially in rural areas) and when they are, they are very expensive.
  • Sunscreen (at least SPF 50). Local brands are available and are good value.
  • Toilet paper is generally available in hotels and guest houses. It is wise, however, to carry some toilet paper with you when you're mobile because toilets in shopping malls and other public places rarely have toilet paper in the stalls.  Some malls will have a vending machine for toilet paper & sanitary napkins and some attendants will sell you toilet paper packets.  Avoid disposing of toilet paper in the bowl as it may lead to a clog or flooding of the bowl.  There is a bin provided where you can dispose of your used toilet paper.
  • Mosquito/insect repellant. Good effective and cheap local brands are available, although on touristy islands such as Boracay fly spray can be expensive: up to US$6 for a small aerosol can at a convenience or sari-sari store.
  • Hand sanitizer or alcohol is cheap and widely available.
  • Bring bottled water when travelling in remote places.