What I pack for a short trip in and/out of the country

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I have successfully managed to pack everything I need in these three bags: (1) for clothes , shoes and gear; (2) for tickets and coins; and (3) for the beauty essentials and random stuff cause I’m vain like that.

I’ll be going on a trip to Kuala Lumpur this weekend and, naturally, packing up for the trip has to be planned. Unlike most people, though, I don’t really bring a lot of stuff whenever I’m traveling. I can live with just two bags: a shoulder bag for most of my everyday essentials (makeup, wallet, camera, etc) and a small backpack for clothes. 

Since we travel fairly often in the Philippines, my siblings and I are used to carrying small bags for all of our things. I actually recall my brother commenting on how we only brought a total of three small bags for our recent 5-day stint in Biliran while my professor brought a several large bags and a suitcase for their 2-day stay. He even made a reference on the That Thing Called Tadhana line about excess baggages:

(You packed your entire life? You’ll really have excess baggage.)

Fortunately, you don’t have to worry about excess baggage if you know the essentials of what to pack. I wouldn’t say this works for everyone but this list certainly works for me and I find that I’d want for nothing if I have these essentials. 


  • Passport
  • Departure ticket
  • Return ticket
  • Valid ID’s
  • Wallet
  • Coin purse
  • Body purse (that one you can hide under your shirt) – optional


  • Shampoo sachets (they’re much cheaper)
  • Conditioner sachets (1 for each day)
  • Facial wash
  • Toner
  • Sunflower oil
  • Moisturizer
  • Sunblock
  • Small bottle of Body lotion – preferred but optional 
  • Toothbrush
  • Small tube of toothpaste
  • Dental floss – optional
  • Tampons/sanitary pads
  • Small pouch for toiletries
  • Comb
  • Deodorant 
  • Toilet paper – optional 


  • BB/CC Cream
  • Eyebrow pencil & brush
  • Eyeliner
  • Mascara
  • Lip balm
  • Lipstick
  • Oil blot paper – optional
  • Facial wet wipes
  • Small pouch/makeup kit


  • 3 pairs of bras (strapless, 2 strapped)
  • 3-4 pairs of panties (they’re easy to wash and dry so no worries)
  • 4 light t-shirts
  • Long sleeved shirt (optional because of the…)
  • Jacket
  • A pair of jeans
  • A pair of shorts
  • 2 swim suits (bikini + monokini)
  • Fancy dress/sexy top + skirt (for nights out)
  • 3 pairs of pyjamas (I prefer night dresses since they’re easier to pack)
  • 1 or 2 casual dresses (for when I’m lazy)
  • A pair of sunglasses

Comfort buddies

  • Malong (I lived in Mindanao & this is one of the most important things to bring when traveling. It’s a scarf and a blanket!!)
  • Scarf (those who read/listened/watched The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy know & understand that towels are VERY important. A scarf happens to be a lighter version of the towel.)
  • Pepper spray

I don’t really worry about having no pillows. I could do just fine without one and if need be I use my bags as pillows.

Gear (for bloggers and those who simply like taking photos)

  • iPhone + charger + earphone
  • GoPro + charger + monopod
  • Another phone for the local sim (optional)
  • Power bank + charger 
  • Laptop + charger + external hard drive (optional)
  • Extension wire (optional but very handy!)


  • 1 pair of flip flops
  • 1 pair of high heels
  • 1 pair of rubber shoes
  • 1 pair of sandals
  • Ankle socks


  • Plastic bag
  • Key & lock
  • Ziploc bags
  • Torch light
  • Duct tape

Small Medical Kit

  • Band aids
  • Antibacterial cream
  • Eye drops
  • Mosquito repellent lotion
  • Vitamin C
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Green tea
  • Hyper acidity medicine (I found this very helpful in Thailand)
  • Charcoal pills (for indigestion)
  • Mere amid acid and paracetamol
  • Betadine
  • Pouch for medicines

I actually bring lesser stuff when I’m traveling in or around the Philippines. I bring fewer clothes & underwear (since I could simply wash and dry them) and I don’t really bring a medical kit unless I go to a place with no drug stores nearby. I also avoid bringing jeans when traveling in the Philippines because I’m more comfortable with a pair shorts and they’re easier to pack than a pair of jeans. If I stay in a place for a week or less, then I only bring one shoe (one that I’m wearing on the day of the travel) and a pair of flip flops. I also choose the scarf over the malong since it’s more versatile (I can’t exactly wear the malong as a fashion statement). Of course, makeup is optional but wouldn’t it be better to go around traveling feeling confident that you look as good as you feel?

Since I will also be traveling to KL, I need to make sure I have everything that I need so it’s important to make some adjustments to add some more than what I’m used to bringing. All in all, I’m confident that those listed here will be more than enough for any travel here in the Philippines or abroad in foreign soil. 

Of course, people have different preferences. It’s all a matter of proper prioritizing and feeling comfortable. Maybe you could use this list as a guide but feel free to tweak it up to one that makes you feel most comfortable because, after all, it’s your journey. πŸ˜€


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